Back when Kenji first reviewed blenders in 2014, a clear winner emerged: The Vitamix 5200 Professional Grade Blender. It’s been our top choice ever since, effortlessly blending, pureeing, and pulverizing everything we’ve put in it. The downside? It’s expensive and rarely on sale (pretty much only on Prime Day and Black Friday). The good news? Right now, the 5200 is $170 off.

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to buy: Vitamix 5200 Professional-Grade Blender was $550, now $380 at

Why It Won Our Review

The Vitamix 5200 is powerful enough to tackle tough tasks (think: making nut butter) while also having a very low, low setting, which prevents the lid from blowing off when pureeing hot soups. It can make mayonnaise, whip cream, mill grain (really—we tried it!), and blend frozen margaritas without a hitch. We love its simple, analog controls (it has a few switches and a dial), which allow you to tune in on blending speed without a fuss. Its narrow, tapered blending jar helps create deep vortexes that suck everything down into the blades, preventing food from getting stuck in the corners and creating silky-smooth sauces, soups and smoothies.

While the lack of pre-sets might be a dealbreaker for some people (though to be honest, we’ve found blender presets overrated), if you’re looking for a professional-grade standby, we can’t recommend the Vitamix 5200 enough .

Good to Know:

  • Capacity: 64 fluid ounces
  • Weight: 10.5 pounds
  • Number of Speeds: 10
  • Controls: Manuals
  • Comes with tampers: Yes
  • Warranty: 7-years


Which Vitamix blender is the best value?

We think the Vitamix 5200 Professional-Grade Blender is one of the best Vitamix blenders you can buy. While it’s not cheap, it offers the highest functionality for a reasonable price and will last you a long time (not to mention it comes with a 7-year warranty).

What can the Vitamix 5200 do?

We thoroughly tested high-end blenders and found the Vitamix 5200 excelled at making smoothies, blending hot soups, making mayonnaise, blending frozen drinks, milling grains, making nut butters, and blending hummus. It’s an extremely versatile kitchen tool, and there are almost no limits to what it can be used for.