by Garrick Dee
Updated December 18th, 2018
When you ask people about blenders, I bet 7 out of 10 times they would tell you about the Vitamix.
It has been synonymous for producing commercial grade blenders for home use the last decade or so and these machines are pricey!
Even refurbished models still go over $300.
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How about a brand new Vitamix for around $330?
Take note that this is a brand new blender and not refurbished.
So it has the full 5 year warranty.
What’s lacking from this variant is the variable speed and pulse option. But it still comes with the same 2 hp motor, blade and pitcher. So you’ll be getting the same machine as the 5200 but for much less.
If you can live without this feature then read on.
A quick look at the features
- Has a 2 horsepower motor (same motor in the Vitamix 5200)
- Laser-cut, stainless-steel hammer cutting blades measures 3” in diameter ensures even blending
- Comes with two speed settings – high and low
- 64 ounce pitcher with an opening on top so you can add ingredients without removing the cover
- Food tamper helps in blending thick recipes like nut butter or hummus
- 20.5″ tall
- 5 year warranty
- One of the “cheaper” Vitamix blenders in the markets
- Still has a long warranty
- Capable of blending a whole gamut of ingredients from nuts, fruits, veggies, ice and even grind stuff like coffee beans
- Tamper makes it possible to make nut butter and sorbets
- Powerful motor
- No variable speed setting
- No pulse
- At over 20 inches tall, this is a very tall blender – make sure to measure overhangs in your kitchen to make sure this will fit
At first glance this blender looks almost exactly like the 5200 with the hi/low switch on the left and the power switch on the right.
What’s missing is the rotary dial of the 5200 that allows you to control the speed with more precision.
Here’s a closeup look at the controls…
Is this a big deal?
Unless you’re a restaurant owner who needs consistent results from blenders, this machine will product the same results because it’s got the same blade and motor. It will take a bit more work though minus the variable speed and pulse.
To help make things easier, it does come with a recipe book that shows you exactly what settings to use for different types of recipes.
Once you’ve gotten the hang of the settings, you can add your own twist to the recipes. And you’ll find out that variable speed is actually a luxury than a need.
And you’ll save yourself $$$ in the process.
The bigger downside is the lack of a pulse button, at least for me. When I make smoothies, this is what I usually use just to break up hard to blend stuff like frozen fruit, ice or celery.
Same performance as the 5200
Performance wise, expect the same blending quality as the 5200. It uses the same motor, same blade design and pitcher. Basically this is a 5200 minus the variable speed that is $80 cheaper.
It comes with the same 64 ounce pitcher and tamper that allow you to make goodies like almond nut butter, crushed ice, hot soup, grind coffee and much more.
But if you really need the variable speed, the next best option would be the Vitamix TurboBlend VS – it has the same variable speed knob as the 5200 but it is around $60+ cheaper.
If you want to know what this can make you can check out my 5200 review.
Here’s what you’ll get inside the box. Video courtesy of Raw Nutrition…
All Vitamix blenders are easy to clean. The fast method is filling up the pitcher halfway with water, add a few drops of dishwashing soap and then pulse at low speed for 30 seconds. Make sure to rinse it well because you don’t want any soapy residue in your smoothies.
And wash it after using so reside does not dry up.
|Jug capacity||64 ounces|
|Blade Type||Laser-cut, stainless-steel hammermill|
|Preset blending cycles||None|
|Warranty||5 years (whole machine)|
As I expected most of the users who bought this were pretty much satisfied with what they got which is an all-around food mill capable of making not just smoothies – a cheaper less powerful Nutribullet is capable of doing that.
I’m talking about making real food recipes like soups, pasta sauces, nut butter, desserts, hummus, dips, you name it this blender can probably do it.
One consumer named “M. W. Trimble” didn’t have arms and he says that this product helped him lose excess weight and live a healthier lifestyle.
And the great part as consumers say is the price – for a sub $390 Vitamix blender is a bang-for-the-buck machine that would fit people looking to live a healthier lifestyle using only natural ingredients.
If you want all natural sorbets, just pop in a bunch of frozen fruit (without water) and blend until smooth.
For making nut butter, use roasted almond nuts and then blend it (you can add some coconut oil if you like it more smooth. You’d have to use the dry container though for this.
Some of the complaints include the pitcher not fitting snugly on the base but Vitamix says that this is normal and you shouldn’t worry about it.
Other complained about this having too much power and liquid splashing over the place (yes even at low speed). If you feel this is an issue then opt for the slightly more expensive TurboBlend VS.
You can buy the Vitamix TurboBlend Two Speed in Amazon for around $330. One reason to buy from Amazon would be the free 2-day shipping they offer if you join Prime.
Extended warranties of up to 4 years are also available just in case you want that extra peace of mind.
Out of all the products in the Vitamix blender line, this is probably the most affordable option available that is brand new. It isn’t as popular as a 5200 but at around $80 less, I feel that it is underappreciated because it isn’t marketed enough.
It has the same motor, the same 64 ounce pitcher and tamper but not a lot of people know about this product. The only difference I see is the lack of a variable speed feature but that’s it so if you don’t mind not having this feature then by all means get this blender and enjoy the savings.