Our recommendations are made independently through Research & Testing. We may receive commissions from purchases made via our links.

Vitamix 5200 Blender In-depth Review

Blender manufacturers often overpromise and underdeliver. However, it’s hard to dispute that the Vitamix 5200 is truly the best heavy-performing blender on the market.

By , , and ·Updated
Tested Using Methodology v1.0
The Vitamix 5200 blender on a countertop with a bunch of celery and carrots on the side, a glass of green smoothie, and a bowl of red apples, set against a blue background with various blenders on display.

Overall Verdict

The Vitamix 5200 is in a class of its own. Throughout our testing, it consistently amazed us by swiftly and flawlessly blending smoothies, frozen delights, protein shakes, and almond butter, often at speeds two to three times faster than other blenders. Its only shortcoming was leaving a few ice cubes unblended in a 12 oz load, but reducing the ice amount gave us a finer consistency.

The Vitamix 5200 also boasts an appealing design that is sure to complement any kitchen decor. Further highlighting the product's unparalleled quality and longevity is its remarkable 7-year warranty. 

In conclusion, the Vitamix's quick and consistent results, coupled with its durability and aesthetic appeal, makes it a long-term investment that truly pays off over time. Although its higher price point may not cater to budget-conscious buyers, for those who rely heavily on their blender or are in search of the best, this Vitamix is an excellent choice.

Things We Like

  • Many user-friendly features, including the removable blade assembly
  • Versatile speed settings for a diverse range of textures
  • Capable of blending non-stop for up to six minutes
  • Rapid and potent acceleration for efficient blending
  • Excellent for both hot and icy blending applications
  • The 64-ounce container is ideal for preparing family-sized batches
  • The 7-year warranty is notably longer than other blenders

Things We Don’t Like

  • The container does not lock onto the base 
  • Average ice-crushing capability

Vitamix blenders are available in a variety of full-sized models, and the price tag generally fluctuates between $350 and $650. Top dog among them is the Vitamix 5200, one of the brand's most iconic models. Although some may consider the cost steep, numerous exceptional features and benefits justify the investment. 

The Vitamix 5200 excels as a high-performance blender, boasting a 2-horsepower motor that outshines its budget-friendly competitors. In our comprehensive testing, we observed the remarkable performance of its blades. The unique design of its jar also enhances blending efficiency, creating a vortex that pulls food through the blades with ease.

Key Specs

H19.7 x L8.8 x W8.8 inches
9.7 lbs (4.4 kg)
64 oz
Motor Power
1500 watts
Various Speed Settings
Pulse Mode

Where to Buy Price at publication $474.97

*You help support HealthyKitchen101's product testing and reviews by purchasing from our retail partners.

Compared to Other Full-Size Blenders

Ranking by
Showing: 8/9 Items

Analysis and Test Results

9.7 Performance

We put the Vitamix 5200 through its paces by blending a variety of challenging ingredients, including frozen fruits, leafy vegetables, raw nuts, ice cubes and dried foods. We were happy to find that it effortlessly pulverized everything we threw at it, producing smooth and consistent textures every time. The only exception was in the ice-crushing test, where it struggled to match some of the other high-quality blenders.  

Nonetheless, this minor drawback doesn’t hurt its overall rating much. The Vitamix 5200 delivers a level of performance that, as far as we can tell, is completely unmatched by any of its competitors.

10 Smoothie

Vitamix 5200 blender Green smoothie video
The Vitamix 5200 motor base and its container stand on a table, accompanied by a glass filled with a green smoothie. Next to it, a white paper features two distinct smoothies spread while a smartphone showcases the blending time of 59 seconds.
A white paper displays two smoothie samples, showcasing the consistency of a Vitamix smoothie blended for 30 seconds and another blended for a full minute.
Blending Time
40 seconds
Silky Smooth

The Vitamix 5200's ability to liquify leafy greens is truly impressive. We put the blender to the test with a mix of kale, apple, banana, pineapple, and plant milk. The resulting smoothie was the epitome of perfection—even the stubborn kale took on a silky, velvety texture with virtually no bits or chunks left behind.

Initially, we achieved this exceptional quality after blending for a full minute. However, through repeated testing, we found that our Vitamix 5200 could deliver the same results in just 40 seconds. This performance far surpasses competitors like Cuisinart and Black+Decker, which took nearly four times longer to blend and still didn’t manage the same smooth consistency.

The extraordinary outcome of the Vitamix 5200 test is a testament to the blender's exceptional design. The uniquely shaped container and high-performance components, such as aircraft-grade stainless steel blades, collaborate to generate an ideal vortex that pulls ingredients downward. Consequently, the blender can break down the cell walls of fruits and vegetables, resulting in faster, smoother blends.

9.8 Frozen Fruit Smoothie

Vitamix 5200 frozen smoothies video
The Vitamix 5200 motor base stands beside the container, which holds a portion of the smoothie it produced. Next to it, a glass bowl contains the remaining smoothie, while a smartphone displays a blending time of 1 minute and 9 seconds.
A sample of frozen fruit smoothie created with a Vitamix 5200 blender, spread on a white paper.
Blending Time
1 min 10 seconds
Silky Smooth

The Vitamix 5200's performance in this test was truly exceptional. Within the first 45 seconds, all the frozen fruits were completely transformed into a velvety smooth concoction. We can confidently say it’s rare to find a blender that can do the job so quickly. 

However, for some reason, the milk did not fully integrate with the fruit smoothie mixture—a white layer remained on top of the rest of the orange smoothie mixture. Despite continued blending in hopes of improving the texture, it became clear that the blender alone wouldn’t fully incorporate the milk. As a result, we paused the blender at the 60-second mark and manually stirred the mixture before resuming blending. After an additional 10 seconds, we finally achieved a homogeneous mixture.

This test also demonstrated how important a tamper can be in promoting a smooth, quick blend. We found that by continuously pushing ingredients down towards the blade, we could expedite the blending process significantly. Our tamper tests turned out flawless smoothies. Only a few tiny flecks of raspberry skin and seeds remained, but they were negligible and did not did not compromise the overall quality of the drink.

9.9 Protein Shake

Vitamix 5200 blender Protein sharkes video
The Vitamix 5200 motor base stands beside the container. Next to it, a metal mesh strainer filtered its protein shake while a smartphone displayed a blending time of 1 minute.
A mesh strainer filters a protein shake made by the Vitamix 5200, retaining the unblended solids that fail to pass through.
Blending Time
1 min
Silky Smooth

This test poses a particularly demanding challenge, combining notoriously tough ingredients such as raw nuts and chewy dried berries. Yet, once again, the Vitamix 5200 rose to the occasion. It set a new benchmark for heavy-duty performance by effortlessly liquifying everything in this protein shake in just one minute, leaving little to critique.

In contrast, other blenders we tested struggled to keep up, with most leaving three times as much unblended debris within that time frame. The Hamilton Beach blender performed the worst, taking up to 4 minutes and 30 seconds to process the oatmeal, yet producing a vastly inferior result with three times the amount of unblended chunks when compared to the Vitamix 5200.

10 Almond Butter

Vitamix 5200 blender Almond Butter video
The Vitamix 5200 is beside a white plate containing almond butter with a spatula nestled inside, and a smartphone revealing a blending time of 1 minute.
A sample of almond butter created with a Vitamix 5200 blender, spread on a white paper.
Blending Time
1 min
Silky Smooth

Almond butter is possible thanks to the nuts’ natural oils. Properly extracted, the oil creates that signature creamy and velvety texture. However, not every blender is capable of effectively breaking the almonds down into a fine powder while also incorporating the natural oils and creating the proper texture. This means that certain blenders may require added oils or sweeteners to achieve the right consistency. (For example, the Hamilton Beach and Cuisinart.) 

But fear not, because the Vitamix 5200 is the exception to the rule. In just 60 seconds of blending, this machine gave us a scrumptious and silky-smooth almond butter that outshone every other blender we tested. And since it can create almond butter with just the nuts themselves, the end result is a healthier and more natural spread that retains all of the almonds’ nutrients and flavor. For anyone looking to make homemade nut butter with ease and without any artificial ingredients, the Vitamix 5200 is undoubtedly the best option.

8.0 Crushed Ice

Vitamix 5200 blender Crushed Ice video
The Vitamix 5200 is beside a black tray containing its crushed ice.
The scale's screen shows  2.28 oz of unblended ice cubes remaining from the Vitamix 5200.
Ice Fineness
Unblended Ice
19% of 12 oz

The Vitamix 5200's ice-crushing performance fell short of our expectations. It was able to crush some—but not all—of this test’s 12 oz worth of ice. About 19% (approximately 2.3 oz) remained unblended. The resulting crushed ice was not as snow-like as we had hoped, though it was still good enough for use in drinks that call for crushed ice, like cocktails and slushies.

One possible reason for the incomplete blending is that the ice became trapped under the blades. The tamper may have contributed to this issue; we used it to vigorously push ice downward. In addition, ice has a natural tendency to clump together, and these clumps can cause the blades to lock up and stop spinning. However, we cannot rule out the possibility that the Vitamix 5200 simply does not excel at crushing ice. 

Despite imperfect results in this test, the Vitamix 5200 is still among the few blenders that can claim any reasonable ability to crush ice. For best results, we recommend blending only 6-8 oz of ice at a time.

10 Design

As of the time of writing, the Vitamix 5200 is available in three different colors: red, black, and white. Each color variant comes at a different price point even though they’re all the same under the hood. Whether you choose the cheapest (the black version) or splurge on the pricy white one, your Vitamix 5200 is sure to fit in well with most kitchen decor. Its sleek and minimalist design is a picture of sophistication and versatility, while the robust construction ensures that your investment will pay off for years to come.

In the Box

A display of the Vitamix 5200 blender and its accessories, including the tamper, carton box, recipe booklet, and user manual, on a table.
  • Motor base
  • Blending container with lid 
  • User guide
  • Recipe booklet  
  • Tamper

All of the components included in the Vitamix 5200 box are essential for getting the most out of your blender. While the motor base and blending container make up the centerpiece of the machine, the user guide and recipe booklet provide an array of tips, tricks, and recipes to help you unleash your Vitamix 5200’s full potential.


llustrated dimensions of the Vitamix 5200 Blender showing the height, depth, and width across in inches
19.7" (50.0 cm)
8.8" (22.4 cm)
9.7 lbs (4.4 kg)
7.8" (19.7 cm)

Measuring 7.8 by 8.8 inches at the base, and standing 19.7 inches tall with the container attached, the Vitamix 5200 blender has a relatively large footprint. Its height, in particular, means it may not fit with the standard 18-inch clearance between kitchen countertops and cabinets. Make sure you have a place to put it before you buy.

10 Build Quality

A close up of the Vitamix 5200 motor base and container
The Vitamix 5200 Motor Base and Container
A close up of the Vitamix 5200 motor base and container
A close up of  Vitamix 5200 container’s bottom
Someone is holding the centering pad of the Vitamix 5200’s motor base

Our Vitamix appears to be truly exceptional in terms of build quality, with each component crafted to last. We subjected the blender to a series of rigorous tests but found no signs of wear and tear. All the polished surfaces remained as shiny and perfect as when they first came out of the box. 

The motor base of the Vitamix 5200 is made of die-cast aluminum and high-impact plastic. While the aluminum provides strength and durability, the plastic helps to reduce weight and gives the exterior a nice sheen.  

The container is also a true masterpiece of both style and function. It is made of BPA-free Eastman Tritan copolyester that demonstrates remarkable clarity and heat resistance. The shatterproof design of the container is an added bonus, and we can attest to its durability against accidental drops and falls. 

Inside the container, the blade assembly is another prime example of the Vitamix 5200's attention to detail. The four-pronged blade is made of hardened stainless steel, which is corrosion-resistant and should remain sharp for extended periods.

10 Blades

A close up of the Vitamix 5200 blades
A close up of the Vitamix 5200 blades
A close up of the Vitamix 5200 blades
A close up of the Vitamix 5200 blades
Stainless Steel
Blade Count
4 sharp blades
Dishwasher Safe

According to Vitamix, the blades are crafted using precision machining techniques. They’re stamped from a sheet of stainless steel, then heat-treated and finished by a computer-controlled laser cutting process to create the unique four-pronged design.

During our tests, we noticed that the blades' sharpness and strategic positioning did increase their effective surface area, enabling them to blend more ingredients in a shorter amount of time, compared to other models. Additionally, they are angled in a way that promotes a high-speed circulation of ingredients and creates a powerful vortex, pulling ingredients towards the blades for even distribution and consistent blending results.

Motor Base

A close up of the Vitamix 5200 Motor Base
A close up of the Vitamix 5200 Motor Base
A close up of the centering pad of the Vitamix 5200 motor base
A close up of the concealed power cord underneath the motor base
Rated Voltage
120 Volts
Rated Power
1500 Wattages
Working Time
≤ 6 minute
7.2 pounds
Cord Length
5.9 ft (1.8 m)

We found that the motor can maintain consistent torque and cool temperatures at high speeds, which gives this blender the stamina to blend continuously for six minutes at a time—long enough for the blades' friction to heat your soups or sauces to serving temperatures even without the stove. 

While we haven’t conducted specific tests on this blender’s ability to make hot soup, we can attest to the real-world results we've observed in other blending tests. For instance, when making almond butter, the resulting blend was relatively warm due to the blades' friction. The same also went for the protein shake test and this further supports the idea that this Vitamix 5200 blender can generate enough heat to warm up liquids.

Blending Container

Illustrated dimensions of Vitamix 5200 Blender Blending Container showing the height, depth, and width across in inches
BPA-free Eastman Tritan Copolyester
64 ounces
2.5 oz (71 g)
Dishwasher Safe
Suitable For
Medium to Large batches

The blending container of the Vitamix 5200 is made from BPA-free Eastman Tritan Copolyester—a top-grade and lightweight material that can withstand impacts, scratches, shattering, and chemical degradation. Tritan Copolyester is also odor and flavor resistant so the container won't absorb any residual flavors or aromas from previous batches of food or liquid. This property is especially important when blending pungent or aromatic ingredients.


The Vitamix 5200’s Two-Part Lid stands on a table
Closing Type
Lid plug

The blender's lid consists of a high-quality plastic main lid and a flexible, durable rubber lid plug. Together, they form a leak-proof, spill-proof seal. The main lid attaches securely to the container through friction, while the lid plug, easily removable, enables adding ingredients mid-blend without messes. It also accommodates a tamper for pushing ingredients towards the blades, ensuring a smooth blend.

10 Control Panel

A close up of the Vitamix 5200 control panel
A close up of the Vitamix 5200 control panel
The Vitamix 5200 Blender Min Speed
The Vitamix 5200 Blender Max Speed
Speed dial and Switch
Min Speed
1,419 RPM
Max Speed
23,122 RPM
Digital Display
Built-in Timer
Pulse Mode

The Vitamix 5200 offers great flexibility and precision with its three distinct controls. All the settings have clear markings and are self-explanatory.

You can select either high-speed or variable-speed mode. When set to high, the motor runs at its maximum speed of approximately 23,122 RPM, delivering robust blending power that is perfect for tougher blends. 

However, for more delicate ingredients such as herbs or fruits, the variable speed option is the way to go. In this mode, you select the intensity using the center of the control panel. Option number 1 is the gentlest setting at 1,419 RPM, while 10 equates to the full High mode.

Extra Accessory: Tamper

The Vitamix 5200’s tamper is on a table
Dishwasher Safe

After conducting numerous tests, we’ve come to regard a tamper as not merely an accessory, but an essential component of any blender. That’s particularly true when blending thicker or heavier mixtures that resist the blades' movement.

When a blender's blades are spinning, they generate a suction force that causes the ingredients to move towards the bottom of the container. However, thick ingredients or mixtures may not respond. This is where the tamper comes into play and proves its significance.

Without the tamper, it would be considerably more challenging, if not impossible, for the Vitamix 5200 to produce a perfect frozen fruit smoothie in such a short amount of time.

8.7 Usability

The blender's control panel is user-friendly and intuitive, promoting easy use without needing to consult the manual. While the tall, narrow cup can be challenging to hand-wash for those with larger hands, it cleans easily by running soapy water in it at high speed. Assembly is simple, but the absence of a locking mechanism can lead to instability with tough ingredients. The lid fits snugly, requiring some force to secure, but is easily removable.

9.0 Ease of Blend

The Vitamix 5200 blended ingredients smoothly with minimal user intervention, unlike other blenders that often required stopping to manually adjust the contents, leading to uneven blends and messes. A concern with the Vitamix 5200 was the container's shaky connection to the motor base, particularly noticeable when crushing ice or blending frozen fruits. This sometimes made it feel like the container might come loose, necessitating a firm grip on the handle for stability.

While we can't confirm if the container would actually detach, for safety and best results, it's recommended to use the blender on a flat surface and hold the container handle firmly. Starting at a lower speed and gradually increasing helps manage any instability during blending.

7.0 Noise Level

The Vitamix 5200 blender is on a table, accompanied by a sound level meter displaying its noise level nearby. In the background, other blenders that we tested sit on a nearby shelf.
Max Level
99.8 dB

The noise level of a blender is mostly dictated by the power of its motor. The Vitamix 5200’s robust motor reaches 99.8 dB in our noise level test using ice cubes and water to simulate the blending of an icy smoothie. This noise level is akin to a motorcycle or a lawn mower. However, since it does its job so quickly, the noise is short-lived. Most users won’t find it particularly problematic.

9.0 Assembly

Assembling the Vitamix 5200 is simple. Start by aligning the container's tabs with the motor base's notches and sliding it into place; there's no locking mechanism, so it won't click into position. Then, insert the lid plug into the main lid, turning it clockwise until it's secure. To attach the lid, align its flaps between the spout and handle and press down firmly – it may require some force, but this ensures it stays put during blending. The lid is tight but easy to remove after use.

9.5 Cleanability

None of the Vitamix blender's parts are dishwasher-safe, but they are all straightforward to clean by hand. The container's smooth interior surface makes it easy to rinse and prevents food residue buildup. Its design ensures most remnants wash off quickly, a feature shared with the two-part lid that has minimal crevices. The motor base, being sleek and user-friendly, typically requires just a simple wipe with a cloth. Spills are rare thanks to the effective lid and spout design. For the blade assembly, removal allows for thorough cleaning, though using a brush is advised for safety and reaching all areas.

Behind the review

Headshot of Tina Pham
Tina PhamReviewer

Tina Pham is a staff writer and reviewer, with five years of experience in the industry. As a passionate amateur home cook, she loves to discover practical cooking solutions, and has made it her mission to bring her findings to every kitchen. Her ultimate goal is making cooking more of a pleasure for all.

Headshot of Lap Vo
Lap VoTest Lead

Lap is Head of the Research, Testing, and Review Team (RTR Team) at HealthyKitchen101.com, where he directs and supervises the testing of kitchen gadgets and appliances.

Headshot of Nguyen Ntk
Nguyen NtkVisual Specialist

Nguyen Ntk is a graphic designer, photographer, and videographer whose philosophy centers around respecting and celebrating the beauty of reality. Through his lenses, Nguyen strives to capture the true essence of objects and events, showcasing and highlighting authentic features without distortion or exaggeration.

You have 3/3 full reviews left

To access unlimited full product reviews, product prices and other exclusive site features Become a Member