Hi Guys, today I’m reviewing the Vitamix 5200. LINK TO Vitamix 5200: http://amzn.to/1Hq95dR
LINK TO Vitamix Dry Blade Container: http://amzn.to/1BZMQcD It’s 20.5 inches tall, 7.3 inches wide and weighs 10 lbs 9 oz. It has an industrial, heavy duty look to it. The Vitamix has a 2 peak horsepower motor.
The container holds 64 ounces and is bpa free. Vitamix states it is virtually unbreakable. There are measurements on the jar – ounces, cups on one side and milliliters, liters on the other. The shape of the jar helps pull the ingredients into the blade. The lid is vented, spill proof and has a cap. The blades are hardened stainless steel which is supposed to stay sharp over time. There is an auto shut off feature if the unit gets too hot.The heavy duty cord extends from 19 inches to 6 feet. Included is an owner’s manual, getting started guide with recipes and a DVD. There is also a sturdy binder with recipes for smoothies, soups, desserts and even a kids section with playdough and finger paint recipes – so cute. The binder also folds so you can use it as a stand. It’s such a simple thing but shows how much thought went into this recipe book and the buyer’s ease of use.
The Vitamix comes with a 7 year warranty which is the longest compared to most blenders except for the Blendtec which also offers a 7 year warranty.
The controls are simple with an on/off toggle switch and high/variable toggle switch. There is also a speed control dial. The included tamper is used to push ingredients down into the blade especially when you’re processing thick food. It’s designed not to touch the blade as this part of the tamper will stop at the lid. Make sure you use the tamper with the lid on. You do not want to run the blender with the lid off.
I’m going to test the Vitamix by making a fruit smoothie, a healthy vegetable drink, hot soup and Sherbet for dessert. This looks like a serious machine and I’m hoping it will live up to it’s name.
Let’s start with a basic fruit smoothie. The smoothie is perfectly blended and there are no chunks. I’ll taste it. This is probably the creamiest smoothie I’ve ever had. The blueberries were obliterated, there’s no trace of skin. It is smooth and silky.
To clean, fill halfway with warm water, add 2 drops of dishwashing liquid, lock the lid. Blend on High for 30 – 60 seconds. Turn the unit off and rinse the container and lid with water. Blending is helpful because it would be difficult to manually clean under the blade. After cleaning, dry everything thoroughly. Take the lid plug out of the lid so moisture doesn’t get trapped.There is a flap on the base that you can clean around if you need to. Do not put the container or lid in the dishwasher.
Next, I’ll make a super healthy drink with lots of vegetables. Always put the soft ingredients on the bottom and dry ingredients and ice on top. I’m adding a cup of ice. Put the lid on. Select variable and 1. We’ll turn the unit on, turn to 10, high and blend for a minute.
The vegetable drink is also completely smooth, no chunks at all. I’ll taste it. There’s no grittiness at all. You would expect it to taste a little gritty because the celery is fibrous and the carrots are hard but this is perfectly smooth. Try this blend of vegetables because it’s really healthy and tastes pretty good.
The base can be wiped down. This part does lift up so you can clean under here if you need to.
Next, I’ll make mango sherbet. I’m pouring in 1 cup of milk, 1 pound of frozen mango chunks and a quarter cup of sugar. You can substitute another sweetener if you’d like. Put the lid on Again we’ll start with variable and 1 on the dial. Move the dial to 10 quickly and high. This is similar to a recipe in the Vitamix recipe book. It is a good idea to try their recipes because they’ve already tested it out. You can also use similar ingredients to customize the recipe.
There’re the four mounds, so you know the sherbet is ready. If you over process this, it will start to melt. See how smooth it is, how creamy it is. It tastes absolutely heavenly. I like this consistency but if you want it harder, put it in the freezer. You can see how thick and velvety smooth it is. It’s like a dessert made with a commercial machine at an ice cream shop. This is a great recipe and you should definitely try it.
Is the blender loud? Of course it is, any powerful blender will be loud. The noise is not ear piercing but dull so it’s tolerable.
Overall, the Vitamix is very impressive. If you are just going to make smoothies, then you don’t have to spend so much money on a Vitamix. However, if you plan on using the Vitamix a few times a week, it’s definitely worth it.