View Full Version : VitaMix 5200 vs. Professional Series
05-18-2009, 09:34 AM
Hello raw foodies!!
I have been blessed with the opportunity to borrow a vitamix professional series & I am SO PSYCHED!! PLUS the tax return finally has hit the bank account...I'm sure you can guess what that means :p
My question is...what are the major differences between the 5200 & the professional series? They both have a 7 year warranty & from what I can tell they are pretty similar.
Any input you can offer is appreciated!
05-18-2009, 09:40 AM
Do you know what the physical differences are? I have the pro and love it but never used the others so can't compare. I think mine is 3 HP. More than enough power. Like does a fruit smoothie in about 5 seconds. I think maybe the next one down is only 2 HP but I have to think that would be enough for home use. My hubby just hit on a great deal for the pro and got it for my b-day.
Are you certain about the 7 year warranty on the professional model? I have the 5000 model, and my parents bought the commercial 3HP version. Theirs was about $150 more than mine, but it only came with a 1 year warranty. I can't tell the difference between theirs and mine, and they wished they had just got the 5000 series instead. In fact, they just bought my sister a Vitamix recently and got her the 5200 model so that she could have a 7 year warranty. All of us love having a Vitamix at home, it's just that not having a warranty on it is uncomfortable. My parents use their Vitamix at least 4-5 times a week (often daily), so I hope it is sturdy enough without warranty to last them at least another 20-30 years.
I previously called Vitamix asking if my parents could get their warranty extended beyond 1 year. They said no. They said that if it was for household use, my family should have got the regular 5000 series, as the only difference was that the commercial one had extra burnout protection simply because it was for commercial use, but that the household version was more than sufficient for personal use.
I am personally quite happy with my 5000 model and don't think I need anything more. I may simply upgrade my containers in the future to get the new BPA-free plastic, but the machine is just great.
05-18-2009, 10:26 AM
Yes - the professional model has a 7 year warranty, however the commercial model does only have the 1 year. ;) I made to research that part a few times over because initially I thought the commercial model would be the best! So far, the main thing I'm finding is that the professional model comes with a recipe book & the 5200 doesn't. No big deal for me there! I already know what I'll be making in it :D
05-18-2009, 10:32 AM
My hubby just hit on a great deal for the pro and got it for my b-day.
Care to share with the class? :D
Yes - the professional model has a 7 year warranty, however the commercial model does
oooooooooooooooooooh - I thought you were talking commercial. How do you find the professional? I don't see it on the vitamix website????
05-18-2009, 10:35 AM
Snoops - I couldn't believe how fast it made my green smoothie!! With my old blender it was in steps & really sllllooooooowwww...so amazing! And tastes so much better!!
05-18-2009, 10:36 AM
I found out about the professional from my local kitchen store. Do a search on google under Vitamix Professional & it will show up : )teeheee
05-18-2009, 10:41 AM
Care to share with the class? :D
It was more than a year ago T-bird. On ebay.
05-18-2009, 10:45 AM
Thanks for the quick answers!:)
05-18-2009, 10:46 AM
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I recently got a new Vita-Mix 5200, and it came with the recipe book. It's uncommon, but not unheard of, for folks to have problems even with these wonderful blenders. I would sure hate to get a professional model that stopped working in a couple years and wasn't under warranty.
I use my Vita-Mix for raw food classes, just had a fantastic dinner party + recipe class on Friday with 18 people. It was more than enough to make a five-course meal for everyone without any problems. (Mine was refurbished with free shipping -- good as new and full price, in my book.) (http://www.uncooking101.com/saving-money-on-raw-food-equipment.shtml)
I've had 3 Vita-Mixes (one I sold when I moved overseas, the second died after MORE THAN THIRTY years of age, and now this one)... no professional series, all top notch.
Just my thoughts. No matter which option you go with -- you'll be thrilled. Vita-Mixes RAWK! :)
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