What every best Blenders has:
- A tight-fitting lid.
- A pour spout
- A stable base.
A blending superpower. In virtually every expert review we found where blenders were tested, the Vitamix 5200 was at the top of the list. It's also one of the highest-rated blenders on consumer review sites such as Amazon. Owners say the Vitamix never stumbles, no matter what they throw at it. It churns nuts into nut butter, kneads dough and grinds coffee, spices and even grains, something that's really popular with the gluten-free crowd. Vitamix says the friction of the blades can create hot soups in four to six minutes, and owners say that it really works. It excels at traditional smoothies, but can also handle "green" smoothies made with hard fruits and leafy veggies, an area where most blenders tend to lag. Expert reviewers say it's loud, but owners don't seem to care.
Simple controls -- and blends itself clean. The Vitamix 5200 is simple to use, reviews say: Just set the jug on the base and flip the switch. A dial lets you control the speed, from 1 to 10. It also has a variable speed option for even more control. The lid has a removable plug to add ingredients while the blender is running or to use the included tamper to prod food toward the blades. It scores highly for convenience at a top testing organization, where experts like the well-balanced, easy-pour jar, clear controls and easy cleanup. The blades don't detach from the jar, but Vitamix recommends whizzing soapy water in the blender to clean it, and owners say this works well. Reviewers also love the long, 6-foot cord.
Built to last. We saw owner reviews referencing Vitamix blenders that have lasted for 20 years or more, and experts agree: the Vitamix 5200 has survived years of use in one professional test kitchen. Those professionals say that although it's expensive, it's cheaper in the long run than buying low-quality blenders and replacing them more frequently. The jug is made of tough, Eastman Tritan co-polyester, which is considered more durable and resistant to the demands of heat, heavy usage, impacts and chemicals than the more common polycarbonate. As for that "plain" looking dial that some users say looks uninspiring: Experts say dials tend to be more durable than pushbuttons. The Vitamix 5200 comes with a long, seven year warranty.