View Full Version : Is it worth waiting for the 5200 Vitamix?
03-20-2008, 04:10 PM
I live in Canada and the new 5200 Vitamix is not available here yet. It was supposed to be February, then I was told March, called a week ago and was told they are hoping for middle or end of April.
My blender now is a GE and has done well for 2 years (10 months of that raw) and it started leaking a few weeks ago. I went out and bought a rubber ring thinking that would solve the problem but it's still leaking. I'm dying for the new 5200 to come out but wondering if it's worth the wait.
I know it has that new Titan material and it's quieter than the 5000 but it is a big difference in noise compared to the 5000? I could just get a refurbished 5000 now without waiting.
What do those of you that have the new one think?
03-20-2008, 10:21 PM
I went all out and got the Delux 5200 package in red. See photos below.
In all honesty, I doubt there's a good reason to get the 5200 over an older model. It's my first VitaMix, and well, thought the red looked interesting. Amazon doesn't carry the 5200 yet, so had to order it from Vitamix. This being my first, can't compare to other models. But love to you use it. I had a Blendtec for a week and sent it back. Couldn't get used to the way it sloshed everything up and down like a washing machine coating the jar and lid and squirting out the vent hole on top. Nor could I get used to lack of manual controls. I know people love there Blentecs, it just wasn't for me. I should have gotten the VitaMix first.
03-20-2008, 10:32 PM
Thanks for posting and love the photos. Oh, it's gorgeous and I'm envious just looking at it. :) I want the red one too but don't see it on their site on the main page anymore. I hoping it will be offered in Canada as well.
I did a lot of research and was sold on the Blendtec for the longest time but kept holding out and finally decided on the Vitamix. Part of me has waited this long so I could wait a tad longer. Is it fairly quite compared to the Blendtec (went to a live food gathering and heard the Blendtec in person and couldn't believe how loud it was)? Is it a dream to use, are you disappointed in any way. Does it meet your expectations? It's expensive so trying to prepare myself not to expect too much.
How much did that cost you? I know the price is different for Canada but just to give me an idea.
03-21-2008, 12:22 AM
I paid $694 for the deluxe version (extra containers, etc) including shipping. You can fake-start the buying process at Vitamix to get the price on each model. So far, I love using this. The only issue I wasn't expecting - the standard tall container wouldn't fit in my fridge without removing the lid. However, the smaller 32oz container is large enough for most blending chores and that fits just fine. No, I'm not disappointed in any way. I'm glad I ditched the Blendtec. The very first time I started the Vitamix up, I held my breath and said "please don't slosh everything up and down like the Blendtec". It doesn't. I've used cheap Hamilton Beach blenders since the seventies (that don't create this wave action), and just couldnt get used the Blendtec washing machine creating a hard to clean mess inside. I tend to put my pre-made blender meals in the fridge overnight for a quick breakfast in the morning. With the Blendtec, all that sloshing around created a coating that had hardened and was harder to rinse out. And make really sure you have the Blendtec lid on securely or your going to get liquid flying out all over (from experience). Not only does the Vitamix NOT create this wave action, but it has an ultra slow speed you can start with using the variable knob - and speed it up gradually to see what's going to happen. In other words - complete control over the speed. Programmed buttons on the Blendtec sounded cool, but didn't find it practical.
Oh, I don't see the red one on their site either - but I see it as one of three colors if you start the buying process. Red in an extra $20.
03-21-2008, 12:40 AM
Thanks for the info. Is quieter than the Blendtec?
03-21-2008, 01:06 AM
Thanks for the info. Is quieter than the Blendtec?
I don't really remember the Blendtec being loud in a way that bothered me anymore than the $30 hamilton Beach blenders I used for 30 years.
I would need to have them side-by-side and running at the same speed to say for sure.
04-25-2008, 02:09 PM
I got my red Vitamix 5200 last Friday and was so excited. What do you use your dry container for? Do you just use it to grind seeds like flax or nuts? What raw recipes can you make in it?
04-25-2008, 03:40 PM
Wow....I just looked at the red vitamix photo and it is sooooo cute!!!
04-25-2008, 04:05 PM
hey sprial girl, looks like this post is to late as you've already bought one, but just so you know, the new vita mix is BPA free.
google for info on the serious poisonous effects of BPA leeching into food/drink.
04-26-2008, 10:11 AM
What do you use your dry container for?
So far I haven't used it at all. There was an example on the DVD that came with the 5200. I did try the dry container once on a green smoothie to see if it would work, and it appeared to blend OK.
I ordered another 32oz wet container. I typically make two blender drinks in the evening, then blend/drink them the next day when it's convenient. My old $30 Hamilton Beach wasn't so great when blending everything cold right out of the fridge. The Vitamix, no problem.
04-28-2008, 06:15 PM
I used it the other day just to mix flax seeds but am thinking maybe I can try it with drier type recipes and see what happens.
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