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Vitamix 5200 Review

While this blender is still very high performing, it is slightly inferior to the other Vitamix models that we tested
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Price:   $480 List | $394.00 at Amazon
Pros:  Good at making smoothies, great at crushing ice
Cons:  Less convenient to use, no presets
Manufacturer:   Vitamix
By David Wise and Austin Palmer  ⋅  May 4, 2022
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RANKED
#5 of 12
  • Smoothies - 30% 9.2
  • Ice - 20% 9.4
  • Convenience - 20% 4.7
  • Pureeing - 15% 7.8
  • Grinding - 15% 7.9

Our Verdict

Has your heart been set on a Vitamix blender, but you find yourself getting sticker shock from the price? The Vitamix 5200 isn't necessarily cheap, but costs a decent amount less than the other Vitamix models from our favorite blenders review. The 5200 performs very well across the board, only delivering a somewhat lackluster performance in our convenience metric. This kitchen appliance excels at making smoothies and blended drinks for a slightly lower price than the other top-tier Vitamix models.

Editor's Note: This review was updated on May 4, 2022, to give additional advice on what other blenders we recommend.

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Pros Good at making smoothies, great at crushing iceExcellent at crushing ice, perfect at pureeing, superb at smoothies, durableFantastic smoothies, great at crushing ice, silky-smooth pureesGreat blended drinks, excellent at pureeing, solid at making nut butterVery inexpensive, solid for smoothies
Cons Less convenient to use, no presetsPriceyBlade showed signs of wear and tearNo presets, no digital timer, food sticks under blade, motor overheats and smellsCan catastrophically leak if base isn't attached, struggled with grating hard cheese
Bottom Line While this blender is still very high performing, it is slightly inferior to the other Vitamix models that we testedThis burly blender earned the top score overall but comes at a premium priceThis is one of our all-around favorite kitchen appliances and we highly recommend it for all of your blending needsThis budget blender holds its own with the top-tier products fairly wellIf you are shopping for a blender on the tightest of budgets, this one will do the job
Rating Categories Vitamix 5200 Vitamix A2500 Ascen... Cuisinart Hurricane... NutriBullet Blender Hamilton Beach 58148A
Smoothies (30%)
9.2
9.0
9.0
8.3
5.9
Ice (20%)
9.4
10.0
10.0
10.0
7.3
Convenience (20%)
4.7
7.2
6.9
5.2
5.5
Pureeing (15%)
7.8
10.0
10.0
10.0
6.1
Grinding (15%)
7.9
8.2
8.4
6.7
2.7
Specs Vitamix 5200 Vitamix A2500 Ascen... Cuisinart Hurricane... NutriBullet Blender Hamilton Beach 58148A
Model Number 5200 A2500 CBT-2000 ZNBF30400Z 58148A
Power Peak 2 HP Peak 2.2 HP Peak 3.5 HP 1.6 HP Peak .94 HP
Dimensions 20.5" x 8.75" x 7.25" 11" x 8" x 17" 10.05" x 8.50" x 17.55" 16.5" x 9.8" x 7.5" 14.7" x 6.5 " x 8.7"
Jar size 64 oz 64 oz 64 oz 64 oz 40 oz
Dishwasher safe No Yes Yes Pitcher; top rack only Yes
Accessories Tamper Tamper None Tamper None
Digital Timer No Yes Yes No No
Presets None Yes, 3
  • Smoothie
  • Frozen Drink
  • Soup
  • Even though it didn't have a "Clean" ; I just used the smoothie preset to clean it
Yes,
  • Clean
  • Soup
  • Smoothie (Fruit and Green)
  • Ice Crush
None None

Our Analysis and Test Results

vitamix 5200 blender review - the vitamix 5200.
The Vitamix 5200.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Performance Comparison


To determine which of these kitchen appliances came out on top, we bought the best and put them head-to-head to find our winners, judging their performance in five weighted rating metrics. These were Grinding, Pureeing, Smoothies, Ice, and Convenience.

vitamix 5200 blender review - the 5200 makes excellent super blended smoothies.
The 5200 makes excellent super blended smoothies.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Smoothies


The most important metric of our review was our Smoothie metric, which takes credit for 30% of each blender's score. We selected four common smoothie recipes — green, berry, fruit and oat, and Oreo — to rate the performance of the Vitamix 5200. This blender is a smoothie maker's dream, landing at the top of the pack in this metric.

The 5200 made an awesome green smoothie that essentially poured right through the sieve without any issue.

vitamix 5200 blender review - the 5200 easily broke down the tough cell walls of the kale.
The 5200 easily broke down the tough cell walls of the kale.
Credit: Austin Palmer

The texture was exceptionally smooth, with no flakes or chunks of unblended greenery and a consistent flavor profile throughout the drink.

A smooth, evenly flavorful smoothie throughout.
A smooth, evenly flavorful smoothie throughout.
The 5200 was a top performer in our smoothie testing.
The 5200 was a top performer in our smoothie testing.

The berry smoothie was also fantastic, with no unblended chunks of fruit in the final drink and an incredibly consistent texture.

The 5200 also completely destroyed the seeds, a task that only the top-performing blenders can tackle, with the finished mixture cleanly pouring through the sieve.

vitamix 5200 blender review - the 5200 had no problem crushing up the seeds.
The 5200 had no problem crushing up the seeds.
Credit: Austin Palmer

We had to use the blender's tamper to get the fruit and oat smoothie to blend, but this is what the tamper is for. The final mixture was a bit grainier the some of the other product's fruit and oat smoothies, but it was still very good. The 5200 also produced an exceptionally smooth and creamy Oreo malt milkshake. We employed the tamper here too, and there were one or two little clumps of ice cream that the blade missed, but all in all, it was an excellent shake.

vitamix 5200 blender review - the 5200 made deliciously smooth frozen drinks with minimal effort.
The 5200 made deliciously smooth frozen drinks with minimal effort.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Ice


The Ice tests in this review are weighted at 20% for each blender. We based the scores for each product on its performance in two tests: mixing an excellent margarita and crushing a full pitcher of ice. This premium Vitamix model again scored very well here. It had no issue crushing ice without any liquid present, demolishing an entire pitcher in less than 20 seconds.

vitamix 5200 blender review - ice? snow problem.
Ice? Snow problem.
Credit: Austin Palmer

The 5200 took a little bit more time when blending a margarita and required us to vary the speed and stop and shake the pitcher occasionally to keep the mixture blending.

vitamix 5200 blender review - like the other vitamix brand models, the 5200 also comes with a...
Like the other Vitamix brand models, the 5200 also comes with a tamper.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Convenience


Convenience takes credit for another 20% of the final score for the Vitamix 5200. We determined scores for this metric on how easy it is to clean each blender, take the lid on and off, or use the preset functions. The 5200 delivered a middle-of-the-road performance, earning a 5 out of 10 for its efforts.

We had a bit of difficulty cleaning this model. It's not recommended for the dishwasher, and it's a bit tougher to manually clean than other Vitamix models due to its taller and narrower pitcher.

vitamix 5200 blender review - this model's narrow pitcher is more difficult to clean.
This model's narrow pitcher is more difficult to clean.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

The 5200 also does not include a digital timer and preset functions as we would hope. However, the controls are clearly and intuitively labeled.

vitamix 5200 blender review - there are no presets or a digital timer, but everything is clearly...
There are no presets or a digital timer, but everything is clearly labeled and easy to read.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

It's also very easy to remove the lid, but this blender is a little on the loud side compared to the rest of the pack.

vitamix 5200 blender review - the 5200 had some trouble making a smooth and creamy nut butter.
The 5200 had some trouble making a smooth and creamy nut butter.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Pureeing


Accounting for 15% of the total score, our Pureeing metric is comprised of a trio of assessments, testing how well each blender made mixed soup, heated it, and made nut butter from almonds and peanuts. The 5200 did very well here, just slightly behind the other premium blender models.

The 5200 created an excellent and silky-smooth tomato soup that effortlessly poured right through the sieve in just under six minutes.

vitamix 5200 blender review - the 5200 made the ideal tomato soup: hot and well blended.
The 5200 made the ideal tomato soup: hot and well blended.
Credit: Austin Palmer

It easily heated the soup to the point that it was hot enough to be served, reaching just over 153°F at the conclusion of its blending cycle. Unfortunately, though, the 5200 severely struggled with making nut butter. The mixture remained thick and grainy, never becoming smooth and creamy like the other Vitamix models. The motor also became exceptionally warm — enough for us to feel the need to give it a rest. We even added a little extra oil and never got satisfactory results.

vitamix 5200 blender review - if you plan on doing a lot of dry grinding consider getting an extra...
If you plan on doing a lot of dry grinding consider getting an extra pitcher or the pitcher with the dry foods blade.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Grinding


For the remaining 15% of the final score, we judged how well each blender handled grinding hard food. The 5200 concluded our test with a solid performance, doing great at milling corn flour, creating a mixture that almost entirely passed through the sieve, with only a tiny bit of residual caught.

vitamix 5200 blender review - the 5200 did superb in our flour test, only missing a few kernels.
The 5200 did superb in our flour test, only missing a few kernels.
Credit: Austin Palmer

The 5200 also did very well when tasked with making powdered sugar, matching the performance of the top models. The 5200 finished with a solid performance in our parmesan cheese challenge, producing a relatively fine blend of grated cheese, but not quite pizza parlor shaker quality.

Should You Buy the Vitamix 5200?


The 5200 is a great choice if you want a Vitamix and can deal with the lack of presets. It's more affordable than the other Vitamix models we tested and performs similarly; just note that the pitcher on this model is taller and slimmer than the other Vitamix blenders. However, if you're okay moving outside of the Vitamix brand, there are comparably priced models that matched or even outperformed this one.

What Other Blenders Should You Consider?


If you're sold on the Vitamix brand, the A2500 Ascent Series is our favorite of the bunch. We think it's one of the best blenders on the market today. With a similar overall score, the Cuisinart Hurricane Pro is an excellent model that comes highly recommended, and it's a bit more affordable than the A2500 Ascent. These models are outside of the price range for many, though, and if that's the case, we recommend the NutriBullet Blender, which also lands high on our list and scores very well in smoothie making, ice crushing, and pureeing.

David Wise and Austin Palmer
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