Vitamix 5200 Super 64oz Variable Speed Blender w/Dry Container
Best Kitchen Appliance
Save money by investing in one blender that does so much instead of wasting money on blenders that burn out or multiple appliances that this one replaces! I have owned mine for three months, use at least once a day and I don't know what I did without it !
Best Blender Ever
Have purchased many name brand cheaper blenders in the past that don't last nor do what I want. Save up and get this one. We make smoothies, soup, etc. 5 people in the house and always some extra kids. It is worth the cost.
Don't Delay...Buy Today!!
I bought the CIA vitamix and received it last week...its most like this model. I debated for the past 3 years about buying one and finally took the plunge. I wish I hadn't waited so long. This thing is the BEST. The day I got it I made amazing apple juice (get the filtration bag if you don't want to drink the pulp) and I made some super yummy chicken tortilla soup and then ice cream. It does it all. Its a bit intimidating with the power but with the big warranty there's no worry about breaking it...which I think would be very hard to do.
I did a ton of research too and this won me over. I'm a gadget geek but in my appliances I like simple and this is simple but so wonderful too.
Well Worth The Money!
I love everything about this Vitamix! I mainly bought it for smoothies. However, I use it for everything and everything. I make my own peanut butter, ice cream, and grind my own meat. I no longer need my food processor. I'm so happy I finally made the purchase!
Used my VitaMix 4 times, when I tried using it the next time it wouldn't chop the items without having to use the tamper tool. Later tried to make a smoothie with the same ingredients as the first 4 times and the same thing happened, the machine wouldn't puree the ingredients without using the tamper again. My old blender worked better than the VitaMix, so I returned it within the first week. Good luck.
BETTER THAN EXPECTED
Im not sure how to stress this point in a positive way - we are foster parents. a substantial amount of kiddos come to us malnourished but are so afraid of fruits and veggies because they grew up on McDonalds or are expecting fast food at every meal. I cannot begin to tell you how difficult it is (now that we are working with Therapeutic Foster kiddos) to get them to put a vegetable in their mouth - even though we KNOW they need the vitamins in their bodies. Since we unpacked and set up our vitamix we have been able to get our 3 kiddos to eat (or drink I should say) bananas, strawberries, yellow squash, spinach, mushrooms, beets, broccoli, green peppers, extra protein, onions, olives, and zucchini - this has all been this week. it is so easy to make spaghetti sauce and hide broccoli in it. Or make a smoothie with the sweet taste of strawberries and hide zucchini. there are no chuncks - unless you want them in there and honestly, I was perplexed at how hot the soup or spaghetti sauce is - far better than a burner for sure. not only would I recommend this product (and yes I know it is spendy) but I would encourage you to buy one. the little dark circles under one of my kiddos eyes are going away, my older kiddo seems to have more energy and doesn't just want to sit around. (and yes, I have lost 2 pounds and didn't even know it until I weighed, while writing this review) SO PLEASE, we have tried the other mixers, blenders, juicers, slicers, dicers, and mixers, please give this one a shot - even though it is spendy, I think you're worth it.... the nutrition you can obtain, far exceeds that of canned or commercial gunk.
Overated. Under performer. Not worth the $$$
Way not worth the price tag. Does no better than a unit 1/5th the price. Have had this unit about a week was super excited with the possibilities. Having used it everyday for multiple tasks I find it does none of the tasks nearly as well as its hype. Unit cavates easy and freeze bridges like any other blender. Blends only the lower third of the craft if you don't consistently plunge it with the tamper. If the tamper get into the center of the mix it causes the unit to loss prime and nothing blends. Sure it would grind concrete but dont expect any less hassle than any other blender. Oh and the first batch of margaritas smoked the units motor. Still runs though. FYI this is the only thing I have ever bought from QVC...probably the last too. Re affirms my suspicion its just over polished "as seen on tv" snake oil. Should have actually seen one of these in person would no have purchased.
OWNED THIS MODEL FOR YEARS!
I have owned this model for over 10 years and love it !!!! Use It every single day more than once a day. It is such a quality appliance....there is a metal gear in base and metal in bottom of blender that fits to metal gear...you can add more food as blending through center plug that can remove from lid . America's Test Kitchen has rated this number one in testing multiple blenders two years in a row...can see on youtube! The competition mentioning the use of the tamper is nothing! In smoothies (sometimes) will need to use to push down ingredients for a second to clear air pocket created by blades and helps to get powerful vortex going like no other blender has and creates the most BLENDED SMOOTH smoothies with NO food bits floating through drink! Of course making a nut butter or ice cream may need some additional pushes with tamper....that is nothing ...trust me...in getting the best quality outcome and with such a quality unit that will probably last you until you want to upgrade to a newer vita mix or color! Their warranty is a long one! I'm only waiting for a new color I can't resist and I'm waiting for the "Q" to also offer the Vita Mix S30 personal blender with the 40 oz container for smaller amounts that also has the personal ""20 oz to go container" ...the footprint and small space this unit takes up is amazing.....all vita mix appliances have heavy round electrical cords with a three prong end....also to last and take the test of time! LOVE LOVE LOVE = VITA MIX!
Worth Every Penny!
Every time the vitamix presentations would come on, no matter which model, I would just sit in awe of what it could do. I finally broke down and purchased it and have not had one ounce of regret. So far, I've made smoothies almost daily, a milkshake, a few frozen alcoholic beverages, guacamole, and peanut butter (just to see it do it). I love how you can take a smoothie recipe from the book and use the basic measurements for liquid, yogurt, fruit and ice but change the type of juice, yogurt and fruit to make literally any flavor. My favorite is an OJ and vanilla yogurt base with strawberries, banana and pineapple. The banana tones down the acidity in the OJ and strawberries; and the pineapple makes it sweeter. The balance is such a smooth flavor and it's perfectly blended so there is never a spot with more of one type of flavor. The ice is never clumpy and the smoothies are perfectly amazingly smooth! I did try to make a frozen coffee without a recipe as a guideline for ice to liquid ratio, and it came out too icy...but I will try again! I LOVE this thing!
Best investment ever
Yes, the price is high. But you pay for quality. I use my vitamix at least 5 times a day. I love it. My family loves it and my waistline loves it. This is far and beyond the best purchase in home appliances I have ever made. The recipes are endless. The vitamix is a pulverizing monster and does exactly what it says it will.
Problems Cleaning It
I will say it makes a decent smoothie. But other brands make them just as well. We made peanut butter chocolate smoothies last night and cleaned according to manufacturer's directions by cleaning within the blender. A bunch of gunk still remained so I cleaned it regularly & it still was not clean. I had to take a soft pad to it & now the blender is scratched & cloudy where I simply tried to clean it. I expect more with a price point so high. I would return it if my window had not expired. I'm getting tired of QVCs high-end prices for sub-par merchandise.
Worth it's weight in gold!
Got this last year as A TSV, After purchasing too many so so blenders. There is no comparison. It is top quality and a breeze to use. The food is so delicious that you can actually taste & smell different flavors. It is also a time saver. Thanks Vitamix. I am a customer for life. Don,t let the price scare you it is worth it especially on easy pay.