6 of the buttons correspond to preprogrammed ‘blend cycles’ that are optimized for particular recipes ranging from smoothies to soups. 2 buttons are manual speed controls (up and down). The last button is the pulse button that allows you to do short bursts of medium-high speed blending (the blades spin as long as you hold the button down).
Vitamix 5200: 7 YR WARRANTY Variable Speed Countertop Blender with 2+ HP Motor and 64-Ounce Jar Black
Vitamix blenders are manufactured and assembled on-site at Vitamix’s headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio. Interestingly, the 5200 contains a cutting edge motor that is designed and manufactured in Sweden. Enhanced energy savings and motor performance allow The Vitamix 5200 is a 2 horsepower (2 HP) machine that can achieve a top-end blade speed of 37,000 revolutions per minute (higher power or blade speed does not necessary correspond to better performance as we will discuss later).
Perhaps the most discussed and controversial aspect of Vitamix versus Blendtec blenders is the fact that Vitamix blenders have been designed to be used with a tamper (which will be discussed in detail below). Operated manually, the tamper allows users to enhance the blending process by guiding larger or denser ingredients towards the blade.
Comparison Factor 1: Blender Power
In terms of raw power, the Total Blender, as a 3 horsepower machine, edges out the 5200. However, raw power is a poor gauge of a blender’s performance as that also depends on many other factors like the blade and jar design.
In fact, in terms of power, there is very little to choose between the 5200 and the Total blenders as both machines are extremely powerful and effective for a variety of blending tasks (differences come about for specific tasks as we will see later).The Vitamix 5200 has a square motor base that is 7.5 inches wide, 9 inches tall, and weighs in at 11 lbs. With the jar and lid on, the machine stands at approximately 20.1 inches tall. The jar that comes with the 5200 has a capacity of 64 oz.