The Vitamix 5200 blender is part of Vitamix’s Classic C-Series line of blenders.
It is mid-priced among all of the Vitamix blenders with a very simple variable speed dial on the motor base and very a powerful motor to do just about any blending job that you would want to do in a Vitamix.
The Vitamix 5200 blender is very simple to use. As you can see in the image above it has a control panel without any timers, attachments, digital displays, or pre-set modes. If you don’t need any of those things then the 5200 could be a good fit for you. Read on to find out in detail what this blender can do and how it does it.
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Vitamix is a privately owned US-based company that’s been owned by the Barnard family since 1921 when it started in kitchen appliances. Vitamix products are made in the United States in Olmsted Township, Ohio, and has been based there since 1946, That’s a long time for one family operation in one place!
Company founder William Grover Barnard introduced the blender to the company’s product line of kitchen appliances in 1937 emphasizing the health benefits of whole good nutrition from early versions of smoothies.
William’s son Bill is credited as the inspiration for creating the nation’s first infomercial when he suggested that his father pitch their products on television in 1949.
Vitamix has continued to grow since then by pioneering new ways to use its products to make soup and ice cream, knead dough, and grind grain. Vitamix has long been an original in the use and design of consumer blenders and is a remarkable testament that it has remained focused on blending and blending only for such a long time
In keeping with its blending focus as it grew in size and customers, the company also created a line of commercial blenders for restaurants and the hospitality industry. Two models of Vitamix blenders can still be seen today in Starbucks and McDonald’s. Vitamix models are often preferred by professional chefs to use in their kitchens for their solid construction, high performance and relatively simple operation.
The company is now led by Dr. Jodi Berg, the great-granddaughter of William Barnard, and making her the fourth generation of the Barnard family to lead the company.
This Vitamix 5200 blender is a classic Vitamix blender design with a super simple control panel and a powerful motor with Vitamix stainless steel blades. The control panel only has two buttons and a dial for variable speed control, that’s it!
The Vitamix 5200 is one of Vitamix’s classic models like the more expensive Vitamix 750, which we also reviewed in detail here or the Vitamix A3500 reviewed here. We also looked at the less expensive Vitamix Explorian E310 model here, the Vitamix Explorian E320 model here, and other Vitamix products and other brands in this article.
Vitamix designs its products with powerful motors to make a lot of things you might not expect to do in a blender, and more easily do other things that you already take for granted.
Here are some suggestions for what you can do with the Vitamix 5200:
Before you start your machine, make sure that your power switch on the left side of the control panel is set to “Variable” and not “High”. It’s also a good idea to set the power to “1” or the lowest speed on the control dial when you start it.
You want to do this to make sure that you don’t start the machine at its highest speed, which is better for the motor (and your kitchen if you forgot to put the lid on and you’re making tomato soup) to go to High after you’ve started at a lower speed.
The variable speed control dial in the middle of the control panel is where you can choose your motor speed. The control dial is easy to rotate clockwise to increase speed.
The Variable switch setting (hold the button on the left side of the control panel above down) is Vitamix’s pulse feature. The pulse feature will turn on the motor on the 5200 for as long as you hold the Variable button down and at whichever speed is set on the speed dial.
Vitamix has designed its 64-ounce container with specific angles (see container below) to create a vortex with whatever liquid or other food, for instance, ice cream, that you’re blending to ensure that ingredients are moved to your blades and don’t stay stuck on the sides of the container, the “Vitamix vortex”.
After you turn on the machine at low speed, you can easily adjust the power by turning the dial up to “10”. From there you can choose “High” at the highest speed (I guess you could call it “11”) setting.
Vitamix recommends using High speed for ice, frozen foods, grains, and whole foods (like whole fruits or vegetables).
High speed also maximizes the cooling fan for the machine and is better used for longer periods than slower speeds for longer periods because of the Automatic Overload Protection (see below).
Sometimes while you’re blending, the stuff in your container will get stuck. If that happens you can try to use the tamper to remove any air bubbles or to just push your ingredients around so they start blending again.
Also, use the tamper when you’re working with dense foods, thick liquids, or frozen foods to keep them from getting stuck in the first place.
The tamper is designed for you can use while the machine is on. Just remove the lid plug in the middle of the lid while the lid itself stays on. Put the tamper in the container and you’ll notice that the tamper is designed with a big disk that will stop the tamper from going far enough into the container to hit the blender blades.
Vitamix refers to this design feature as a “splash disk”, it’s the large round disk near the handle of the tamper illustrated below designed to work with the classic 64 oz container that comes with the blender.
Vitamix recommends that you only use the tamper when the container is 2/3 full or less and also not use it for more than 3o seconds straight or the machine will likely overheat.
If your blender is still stopped even after you’ve broken up anything that might have stopped the blades with the tamper, then it may have been automatically stopped by the Automatic Overload Protection system.
To clean your container, Vitamix recommends adding liquid dish soap to half a container full of warm water. Cover and blend, starting at Low speed, or “1” then slowly increasing to High speed (“10”) for 30 to 60 seconds. Rinse and you are done, make sure you rinse a couple of times since liquid soap does not work well in smoothies! So in that sense, it is self-cleaning, but you’re basically just blending dish soap and warm water long enough to clean the inside of the blender container, so you don’t have to!
You can also sanitize your container by adding bleach, another form of self-cleaning. To sanitize, add 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of liquid bleach to the container that is half-full of warm water. Then run your blender for 30 to 60 seconds, starting Low and slowly increasing to High speed as you do above when cleaning. One additional step with sanitizing, after you turn off your motor, let the bleach and water mixture sit about 90 seconds. Then, pour the liquid out and allow the container to air dry. Vitamix does not recommend rinsing after sanitizing.
The Automatic Protection Overload system keeps your Vitamix motor from overheating if it runs too long at high speed, like when food gets stuck in the blender blades or if you are blending ingredients that are just too thick, which causes the motor to get overheated. When your motor gets too hot, a sensor in the Vitamix 5200 will detect the excess heat and automatically shut off the machine. To restart your blender, there are two separate methods depending on which 5200 model version you have.
If you have the 120 Volt version (the most common), you just have to turn off the machine and wait about 45 minutes for it to cool down. Better not to trigger the Automatic Protection Overload system in the first place! At least it’s good to know that your Vitamix 5200 will shut down before it overheats and damages the motor.
The 45 minute waiting period may even take longer if it’s hot outside, but you may be able to speed up the waiting time by blowing cool air into the bottom of the motor base (see the diagram of the bottom of the motor base below with air ducts depicted) using a hairdryer without the heat or just blowing on it.
If you have the 220 or 240 Volt versions of the 5200, you can reset them by pressing the reset button (see the grey button above) that’s on the bottom of the motor base close to the front side.
The Vitamix 5200 comes with a feature that you might not notice, the power cord cavity. The power cord is long, which is nice, but in case you don’t need the full length of the power cord, you can wrap it out of sight underneath the motor base, at the bottom of the motor base.
There is a built-in cord wrap cavity that is secured by three plastic retainers that will hold any unused cord firmly under the machine and out of sight. You can see it in the diagram above.
The motor is rated at 2 “peak” horsepower by Vitamix, but 2 peak horsepower is just the horsepower rating measured at the split second that the machine starts. The actual operating horsepower is measured by rated watts.
Since the Vitamix 5200 is rated at 120 volts and 11.5 amps, then the rated watts are 1,380. To convert to horsepower, multiply the watts by the horsepower factor of 0.00134 and you get 1.849 or 1.85 operating horsepower.
1.85 horsepower is still powerful enough to blend almost any food you can imagine, fresh, frozen, or even ice, so yes the 5200 does have a powerful motor.
There are two parts to the lid: the lid that fits on top of the blender and the lid plug:
The standard 64 oz BPA free container that comes with the blender is a “wet” container, meaning that it is best used to blend liquids and other things that you normally think of blending.
Each of the four stainless steel laser cut blades in a wet BPA free 64 oz container has sharp ends. You can tell it by the “W” on the stainless steel blade (See picture below) that indicates a wet container.
An optional 32-oz “dry” container can be bought separately and is best used to grind seeds, knead dough, and other less traditional but important blender jobs (some of these were pioneered by Vitamix).
Dry containers have two “squared” stainless steel blades and two sharp-end ones and are marked with a “D” on the blade (see below).
Even though you can use your standard 64 oz wet container to knead dough and grind grain, it won’t work as well as the dry container does for those jobs. Grinding grains may also cause your wet container to get cloudy over time.
If you want to do a lot of grinding or kneading, you’ll want to get the additional dry container. It’s also good to have a dry container since the container, wet or dry, will become discolored over time when grinding, so you might as well limit the discoloration to the dry container. Also note that grinding some types of herbs and spices may damage the container over time, just make sure you know your ingredients!
Note that the dry container is not as good at blending liquids as the wet container is, as you might expect. You can see the Vitamix 32-ounce dry container again on Amazon here
The standard color of the motor base is black with 64 oz container, but you also have two other motor base colors (same 64 oz container) to choose from.
The standard Vitamix warranty is 7 years. A 7-year warranty is about the best one you’ll get in a small appliance.
You can also buy another 3-year extended-term warranty directly from Vitamix to provide 10 years of total protection. If you do buy an extended term, do it when you receive your blender and register it, since it costs more if you buy the extended one after 30 days.
The standard warranty covers you as long as you use it at home, it doesn’t cover commercial use. It also doesn’t cover cosmetic damage, like that caused by discoloration of your container from grinding herbs, for example.
If your blender stops working as a result of wear and tear or just breaks catastrophically at any time during the 7 years of coverage for a standard warranty and up to 10 years for the extended term, you should be covered.
With the warranty provided by Vitamix, you don’t need to buy an extended one (unless you buy the extra 3-year one from Vitamix directly) since the standard Vitamix warranty lasts far longer than most extended ones you’d find online.
The Vitamix warranty even covers shipping to and from the repair center. So, keep your receipt you’ll need it when you make a claim, just call their Customer Service number: (800) 848-2649.
These specifications are measured with the container attached to the motor base.
Vitamix Product Line: C-Series
Measurements: 20.5 inches high, 8.75 inches wide, and 7.25 inches deep (8.75 x 7.25). At 20.5 inches high, the 5200 is on the tall side, so make sure it fits well with your kitchen cabinets.
Blender Blades: Stainless steel laser cut 3-inch “wet” blades are included with each blender. These blades are designed for liquid blending even though they will also blend dry ingredients (including kneading dough) like seeds. The wet container just won’t blend dry ingredients as efficiently as a “dry” container sold separately (see the dry container on Amazon here).
Container: 64 oz BPA free hardened plastic
Horsepower: 2 horsepower “peak”, 1.85 horsepower operating
Electrical: 120 V, 50/60 Hz, 11.5 Amps and 1,380 watts
Weight: 10 pounds, 9 ounces
Design Feature: Radial cooling fan and thermal protection system
Cord Length: 6 feet
Where Is The Vitamix 5200 Manufactured?
Vitamix is headquartered in and manufactures or assembles its blenders in Olmsted Township (Cleveland), Ohio in the United States.
Included in the box shipped with your Vitamix 5200 the motor base and 64-ounce “wet” container. It also comes with a “Getting Started Guide”, a DVD and the tamper.
The Vitamix 5200 is a full-sized full power blender that is priced roughly in the middle of all of the Vitamix blenders. It will do just about everything that you expect from a blender, but without digital displays, timers, or preset modes.
The 7-year standard warranty also means you don’t need to buy an extended one but you can buy one from Vitamix that extends the term to 10 years. A 7-year warranty (and even more so 10) is especially rare among small appliances. Vitamix stands behind its blenders with this extra-long coverage alone.
If you want to compare this Vitamix with a less expensive blender, consider how long the lower-priced blender warranty lasts since these terms are a rough gauge of how long manufacturers expect their products to last. Divide the price by the term and you’ll get an approximate idea of how much it costs for each year you’ll be able to use your blender. There’s a good chance that the 5200 will be much less per year since you’re covered by warranty for at least 7 years and regardless, it’s a better blender to use in each of those years!
Customers love their Vitamix 5200 blenders, praising them especially for making the best smoothies with enough power to make them “creamy”. They also like the durability and the many things you can make with these blenders without having to use a complicated interface or program.
Some customers have had failures in the container or motor, which sometimes happens with small appliances, so it’s good to know that you should be covered by the Vitamix warranty if your blender fails during the 7 years (or 10 years with extended) coverage.
We recommend that you buy the Vitamix 5200 if it suits your budget and you don’t care about digital displays or timers. You’ll be in good company with professional chefs, home cooks, and smoothie-makers who overwhelmingly rate the Vitamix 5200 among the best blenders.
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