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There are a couple powerful, high-end blenders on the market, but none of them quite match the power and versatility of a Vitamix.
After using several top-of-the-line blenders over the last few years, I’ve come to love my Vitamix!
What Does The Vitamix Blender Offer?
Vitamix manufactures several blender model series, but I’ll focus this review on the model I have – the Vitamix 5200.
The Vitamix 5200 blender has a powerful two peak horsepower, 11.5 amp motor. The motor is powerful enough to blend up the smoothest green smoothies without leaving any bits of fruit or greens intact. My Vitamix had no problem liquifying pineapple core, raw carrot, tough kale and frozen strawberries.
The Vitamix 5200 has a four-blade assembly that makes short work of anything that you put in your blender pitcher.
The blender comes with a large, 64-ounce BPA-free pitcher. A 32 and 48-ounce compact pitcher is available separately, or you can order a Vitamix blender package with either of the compact pitchers instead of the 64-ounce one. I recommend going with the 64-ounce pitcher, especially since it’s the same package price.
Vitamix blenders come with their famous “tamper tool”. The tamper lets you push ingredients down into the blades while the blender is running. It is an essential tool for making nut butters, fruit sorbet or vegan ice cream. It really comes in handy for making green smoothies since leafy greens love to get caught above the blades during blending.
The tamper tool takes the frustration out of blending and it shortens the amount of time you need to blend as well.
The Vitamix 5200 features a switch and dial interface. The “On” switch starts a low-powered blend. Then you turn the speed knob from 1 to 10 to increase the speed and power. Flip the second switch from “Variable” to “High” to whip your green smoothie (or anything else) into the desired consistency.
The Vitamix 5200 blender with 64-ounce pitcher stands about 20-and-a-half inches tall. While it may not be able to fit neatly under your cupboards, it certainly doesn’t matter since this blender should never be tucked away anywhere! Give it a prominent place in your kitchen where you will use it every day. Convenient power cord storage is located beneath the base.
Vitamix blenders comes with a 7-year warranty, and a 3-year extension is also available for purchase. Vitamix blenders have a reputation for durability and longevity. Just about every time I mention Vitamix on the Incredible Smoothies Facebook page, someone inevitably mentions their 20-year old Vitamix that is still going strong.
The Vitamix 5200 starts at $449, and is well worth the investment when you consider that this blender should last at least a decade or more with normal use.
How The Vitamix 5200 Blender Compares To The Blendtec Total Blender
I wrote an in depth article comparing these two blenders from a technical perspective a couple years ago. You can read it here.
But I’ll summarize a few things that I’ve noticed from a “user experience” perspective since using the Vitamix 5200 every day these past few weeks.
First of all, there is absolutely no quality difference between a green smoothie made in a Vitamix and and a green smoothie made in the Blendtec. Both blenders make green smoothies that are essentially identical. What it all comes down to is a difference in user experience with each blender.
After using a Blendtec Total Blender for the past three years, I was hesitant to give up the push-button ease of making smoothies with it. However, the Vitamix won me over with the level of control I have over my blends. I can make a perfectly-blended green smoothie using a lower power setting, or I can make it in less than 20 seconds using high-speed and the tamper.
Secondly, the Vitamix is definitely quieter. It’s not whisper-quiet, no blender is, but it is quieter. While a Blendtec blender shatters the morning peace as thoroughly as it blends fruits and greens, the Vitamix gently nudges the morning solace aside while it gets down to business, at a slight hush compared to the Blendtec.
Thirdly, it takes less time to blend a green smoothie in a Vitamix than it does in a Blendtec. In my Blendtec, I ran a 30-35-second “smoothie” cycle using the preset button. With the Vitamix, I simply turn it on, crank the speed to 10, then flip the other switch from “Variable” to “High”, insert the tamper and 20 seconds later, I’ve got a smoothie every bit as creamy as anything I’d get out of my Blendtec.
And finally, the Vitamix is more versatile right out of the box than the Blendtec, and a big reason for that is because of the tamper tool. You can use a basic Vitamix 5200 and 64-ounce pitcher to make nut butters, fruit sorbet, vegan banana-based ice creams and more with ease. It’s a bit of an ordeal to do this in a Blendtec unless you sprang for the $119 Twister Jar. Making nut butter in a Blendtec WildSide or a FourSide pitcher is doable, but not anywhere near as easy as with a Vitamix.
Are You Ready To Upgrade To A Vitamix?
If you take your health and nutrition seriously, then you owe it to yourself to own one of the best kitchen appliances that maximizes the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. I love my Vitamix blender, and I know you will too!
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Tracy Russell is the creator of the Green Smoothie Weight Loss Program, the 30-Day Whole Foods Challenge and founder of Incredible Smoothies. She is passionate about helping people improve their health with green smoothies and a whole foods lifestyle.