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Vitamix 5200 Series Blenders: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: What are the differences between the VitaMix 5200 and its predecessor, the VitaMix 5000?
A: There are several. First, the Vita-Mix 5200 Blender has an all-new container that is made of Tritan™, an all-new material just developed by Eastman. Tritan is a copolyester, which is as strong and durable as polycarbonate, yet was formulated without BPA. The container also features improved sound dampening during certain operations and improved chemical resistance with regards to cleaning compounds. There is also a new no-drip spout on the new container.
Complementing the new container are functional upgrades and exciting designer touches. The Vita-Mix 5200 Blender's new easy-to-remove lid with “flaps” makes for smoother operation and a new twist-off lid plug means that it’s easier—and safer—to add ingredients for recipes like chunky soups. What’s great is that the plug (also made of Tritan) is conveniently marked with measurements. The Vita-Mix 5200 Blender's new design elements include an ergonomic comfort-grip handle that not only feels good, but looks good, too. The switches and dial have also been upgraded to a soft-touch look and feel and the label adds a touch of elegance to the classic Vita-Mix look.
At the heart of the Vita Mix 5200 Blender is a new and more efficient 2-peak-horsepower motor. This motor has been custom-designed just for Vita-Mix to run substantially cooler when processing the heavier-than-normal mixtures such as peanut butter and ice cream, two favorite Vita-mix recipes.
The Vita-Mix 5200 Blender comes with some all-new bonus gifts, too. The “Let’s Get Started!” cooking class on DVD is TV cooking show quality with a great hostess. The DVD is really enjoyable to watch, start to finish. The DVD does feature convenient view buttons, however, so you can easily access a particularly recipe you would like to see. The food photos are superb, the recipes are easy and delicious, and the hints really come in handy.
The “Getting Started” guide, the companion cookbook to the DVD, is all-new, too—and it’s already getting some good reviews. Again, you get gorgeous photos and super-easy instructions for all the recipes found on the DVD.
The “Whole Food Recipes” cookbook has a new look, too, and the many of the recipes have been updated and improved, fresh from the Vita-Mix test kitchen
What Vitamix has not changed is the amazing 7-year performance warranty—Vita-Mix still absolutely guarantees that your Vita-mix 5200 Blender will run like new (under normal household conditions) for 7 full years from the date or purchase. Vitamix has an amazing customer service that can “troubleshoot” most everything with you, but, in the unlikely event a repair is needed, Vita-Mix will fix your Vitamix 5200 Blender for free if you are still under your 7-year warranty. All repair and assembly operations are located at the Vita-Mix world headquarters in the USA, in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio.
Q: Why did Vita-Mix decide to replace the polycarbonate container?
A: The Vita Mix product development team has always kept up-to-date on alternative container materials and discovered that Eastman Chemical Company was developing a new material that happened to be BPA-free. Being aware of a growing controversy regarding the BPA in polycarbonate, Vita-Mix felt that the new Tritan™ was a wise choice for its toughness, increased sound dampening, and resistance to cracking in addition to the fact that it contained no BPA.
Q: Is there any real danger in using the Vita-Mix polycarbonate container?
A: There is not. Polycarbonate is 100% food safe and certified and tested by NSF and other agencies around the world. Polycarbonate is absolutely safe up to 212° Fahrenheit and food prepared according to Vita-Mix instructions would never reach anywhere near that level of heat.
Much of the “Internet buzz” on BPA concerns heating food in polycarbonate container in a microwave or storing food in polycarbonate containers, which again, does not relate to Vita-Mix processing in any way. Vita-Mix does not recommend storing processed food in the container for any amount of time.
The BPA controversy arose several years ago when two independent scientists microwaved baby formula in a polycarbonate baby bottle for 30 minutes on high. As you might imagine, the bottle actually melted and a small amount of BPA was found in the formula when tested. These extreme conditions are definitely not normal household conditions and this test was not authorized or recognized by the American Plastics Association.
Q: Why is it that glass was not chosen for the Vita Mix 5200 Blender container, when glass is BPA-free?
A: Due to the high speed of the blades and the powerful motor, glass is an unsafe option for the Vita-Mix 5200. If a spoon, or other utensil, were to be accidentally dropped in or left in the container during processing, the glass container could shatter or explode and cause serious injury.
Q: Why does the Vita Mix 5200 have a new motor that’s made in Sweden? Was anything wrong with the old one?
A: The motor in the Vita-Mix 5000 and Super 5000 models was the most powerful and most efficient on the market when Vita-Mix was using it. It was an excellent motor and extremely powerful one. Because Vitamix now sells in over 80 countries, they have been fortunate enough to meet some new global manufacturers who can offer more cutting edge components, and the new motor is one that they were fortunate enough to come across. The manufacturer has actually custom-designed the new motor just for Vita-Mix. Taking into consideration the wide variety of extreme processes the Vita-Mix 5200 Blender is expected to handle, the new motor really rises to the challenge. It runs substantially cooler when handling heavy mixtures like peanut butter, ice cream, and batters for extended periods of time. Vita-Mix decided that this new, improved motor should be an integral part of their first new household blender in 15 years.
Q: The new Vita Mix 5200 costs quite a bit more than the 5000 model. How can I convince myself that it’s worth the extra money?
A: First, you have a new, extremely durable container with a no-drip spout, an all-new lid with easy-off “flaps”, a new twist-off lid plug with measurements and a stylish comfort-grip handle that matches the new lid. Next, you have what Vitamix has determined to be the best small appliance motor on the market—one that will run cooler and more efficiently when handle a wide range or processes. Add to that the Vitamix 5200 Blender's upgraded, soft-touch switches and dial, and you already have a real difference. The new bonus gifts included with the Vitamix 5200 are the real icing on the cake. The DVD cooking class is fun, informative and so user-friendly. You can use the convenient view buttons to watch any process you really want to work on over and over again. The all-new “Getting Started” guide has gorgeous full-color photography and is coordinated perfectly with the recipes in the cooking class. The “Whole Food Recipes” cookbook is improved and updated, too. This Vita Mix 5200 package is priceless.
Q: What is included in the Cooking Class on DVD that's included with the Vitamix 5200?
A: The DVD covers everything from making a simple whole food juice to grinding grain and kneading dough for whole-wheat bread and then cleaning your machine. Seventeen recipes and/or processes are explained in detail, with interesting cooking tips and tricks included. You will really enjoy watching as Katherine, your Vita-Mix hostess, tells you the whole story.
Q: The new Vitamix 5200 Blender container is made of Eastman Tritan copolyester. What exactly is a copolyester?
A: This is a basic explanation, but here’s how it works: polyesters are made by stringing together a chain of esters using multifunctional molecules (acids or esters). The polyester most people are familiar with is called PET, and some copolyester's are based on PET but tailored to yield a range of properties for specific applications. Eastman’s new Tritan™ copolyester is produced in a similar way, but it is not based on PET chemistry, but rather a new monomer that gives it higher heat resistance, excellent impact resistance and increased resistance to cleaning agents.