Vitamix 5200s Review | Innovative Home Kitchen.
NOTE: Vitamix 5200s is the same as the “Vitamix 5200 Standard“.
Greetings folks. I’ve spent the better part of the morning so far today researching and reading reviews and comparisons of multifunction blenders including the Vitamix, Blendtec, Ninja and Montel’s Living Well HealthMaster. Here’s a rating and summary of what I learned:
#1 – Vitamix – The best hands down with the best warranty (7 years standard) and customer service. Costs the most, but often on sale for less than $400 at Costco.
#2 – Blendtec – Almost as good as Vitamix. Trusted by Starbucks and smoothie shops world-wide. Can be noisy and uses presets so speed control is more limited.
#3 – Ninja – (NOTE: We are of course referring the Ninja Professional, not the earlier Ninja, which seemed like a more advanced Magic Bullet) – A
decent blender that can do most blending tasks including “…crush ice, blend fruits, blend vegetables, and make blended drinks…” (GotGreensRevolution.com), but only has 1 year warranty, not good for grinding grains or making hot soup.
#4 – Health Master – According to over 153/235 reviewers (65%) on Amazon.com this product is less than desirable. This blender has been around for a while now. Several reviews indicated worn bearings, rust, grease/oil leaking into smoothies, difficulty disassembling/reassembling multiple plastic components after cleaning, and many reports of overall failure within the first 3-6 months. Talk show host and now infomercial spokesman Montel Williams began hawking this blender in 2009, but many customers believe it is a reincarnation of the Jack LaLanne Health Master 100; unfortunately, this blender seems to have inherited most of it’s predecessor’s defects, much to the consumers’ dismay.
One reviewer said about the the Jack LaLanne:
- ”[T]he bearings at the bottom of the blender are completely inadequate. It never got wet from below. I was always careful about that. It still didn’t take long for the bearings to become shot. Liquid started to leak through and it rusted out. Now the whole thing is entirely useless. It lasted all of about 2 months for a total of probably 40 uses. That is totally unacceptable. The bearings just can’t keep up with the 150 HP electric engine.”
Here is a review excerpt about the Living Well HealthMaster:
Living Well HealthMaster with rusty base
- (Amazon.com, robert campbell) - ”[December 17, 2009]This unit is a Jack La Lanne Healthmaster, redesigned with a new digital display, and costs more. I owned the Jack La Lanne, and within 6 months, the bearings stripped, and a rust color was dripping from the container, with the food being tainted by rust on the blades. I threw it out and bought a Vitamix. The same problems are beginning to surface with this machine problems develop either immediately or within 3 to 6 months of use. A neighbor, who loves Montel, and ignored my warnings, bought this machine through the healthmaster website. Within 3 days, the motor burnt out … This machine does what it is supposed to do, it makes good smoothies, but simply isn’t powerful enough and cannot handle the strain.”
And here is a recent review of the latest version – The HealthMaster Elite II — written this year (2012):
- (Amazon.com, AK1989) – “To be clear, I purchased this Health Master Elite II (Montel’s blender) from the Montel Health Master website. The blender stopped working after two months of light use. I only made fruit smoothies which only requires to run the blender for one minute to make a smoothie. So the combined time for that two month period was approx 35 minutes. The motor appears to have stopped working, as an electrician that has installed numerous motors over a 30 year career, this is a sign of a bad motor/product.”
Given the above reviews and many others that I read today, I don’t think I’d feel comfortable in recommending the HealthMaster to ANYONE. The manufactures apparently don’t care enough about their customers to make a decent product that lasts.
As to which blender is best I would have to agree with others who have said don’t waste your money on the pretenders — just buy the Vitamix, and if you live near a Costco you should be able to get a hefty discount (currently it’s mid-August and my local Costco is selling the Vitamix 5200s for $375 — that’s about a $50 savings of the cost of ordering it direct from the manufacturer!
Have you had any experience with any of these blenders? If so, comment below and tell us what you liked, what you hated, how much it cost you, and let us know which units you would recommend to your friends!
Blessings and Peace