Despite the fact that Vitamix blenders often show up on professional chefs’ wish lists and are beloved by reviewers and lots of home cooks, for a long time, I was skeptical that they were actually worth the price, which can easily approach $600. Then I actually used a Vitamix blender — we had one in the test kitchen at my last job — and I fully became a convert. The blender was way more powerful than I imagined it would be, and it readily handled any task I threw at it, be it making a smooth, silky milkshake with Lucky Charms or liquefying a nasty combination of pineapple, matcha powder, orange juice, and celery during a 40-minute-long round of smoothie roulette on Facebook Live. And if a Vitamix can pulverize celery, with all that stringy cellulose, without skipping a beat, there’s really nothing it can’t do.
Really, only two things have changed since I first published a version of this post back in 2017. First, I’ve become the proud owner of my own Vitamix blender, and after months of hard use, I can attest that it’s made my tiny apartment kitchen feel even more like a test kitchen, in the best way. I’ve used it to make creamy nut milk, blend frozen fruit into a delicious and easy sorbet, even purée vegetables into hot soup. I should note that the 5200 isn’t the newest Vitamix, with all of the smart programs and Bluetooth connectivity, but I never really use those features anyway — and this one has just as powerful of a motor as that newer one.
Second, this much-loved blender is on sale again, this time for Prime Day, and the price is the lowest it’s been since Black Friday. So if you’ve been thinking about upgrading your blender, or have a loved one who’s as obsessed with making homemade nut milk as I am, this Prime Day is a good day to finally get that Vitamix 5200 blender you’ve always dreamed of.
Editor’s Note: This Vitamix is no longer on sale, but this on-sale blender from Ninja is a serviceable dupe, especially at a sub-$100 price. If you’re agnostic about retailer and just want a Vitamix, Macy’s still has a couple different models on sale, including the Vitamix Explorian E310 and the high-tech (and higher priced) A3500. However, if you’re looking for other Prime Day deals on kitchen gadgets, check out this page.
If you want an even cheaper Vitamix blender, this Vitamix Explorian is just $180. Yes, it’s “certified refurbished,” but for Vitamix, that means it’s gone through a 17-step process at Vitamix’s factory in Ohio to make sure everything is working smoothly. Plus, it’s still covered under a five-year warranty.
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