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[Review] Smoothie, Shake, or Juice Junkie? You NEED A Vitamix Blender In Your Health Arsenal, And Here’s Why

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*Disclaimer: This review is unsponsored and unaffiliated with Vitamix. I bought my own blender. All opinions are solely mine and those of Lean It UP.

There was a point when I thought dropping $450+ on a blender was asinine. But now that I utterly abuse my Vitamix Blender 2-3x per day, I’m beyond pissed and flabbergasted that I went years without one. I was unknowingly drinking chunky, low-grade, liquefied-smoothie-sludge produced from my (now ex) Ninja. At least relatively.

You don’t know, until you know. And then there’s no turning back. The difference is striking. I had no idea that a household kitchen appliance could be an aphrodisiac.

At its core, the Vitamix is a high-powered, variable speed blender. It comes in a plethora of models, but for our purposes—pumping out copious protein smoothies, veggie juice blends, lean cocktails, and miscellaneous cooking shenanigans—the 5200 is what matters.

It excels at turning left into right.

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Blenders aren’t sexy. What the Vitamix pours out is. Every time. Like a Bugatti, it’s uber-powerful and packs a motor that clocks in at 2 horsepower and 1,380 watts. Yes, it’s a blender with horsepower. And that’s immediately apparent. Literally, toss ANYTHING you’d consider eating—frozen fruit, spinach, whey protein, ice, and any milk base makes a solid green smoothie formula—into the 64 oz. container and voila, in about 6 seconds it’s magically transmuted into a vat of rich, silky smooth, decadent bliss.

Here’s mine churning through a fat heap of frozen strawberries, mango, spinach, ice, and whey with massive centrifugal force.

No seeds. No obnoxious chunks. No gross spinach residue. No grainy whey protein. One CONSISTENT waterfall of pure, unadulterated deliciousness; laced with glowing nutrition.

And the benefits keep flowing:

  • Ridiculous versatility. Smoothies and juice are the obvious use cases, but the Vitamix also excels at making almond butter, coconut milk, gelato, gazpacho, dips, hummus, salsa, aioli, dough, and about a million other things. Peruse their recipe database. What one little machine can pump out is astounding.
  • Cleaning. It’s the perfect cooking instrument, mainly because clean up is insanely easy-to-nonexistent. If you’re lazy or constantly running around, it doesn’t get more amenable. Pop it in the dishwasher or just fill it with hot water and a drop of soap. Bam, you’re done.
  • Idiot-proof. If you A) hate cooking or B) just suck at it, using a Vitamix is basically on-par with the cooking skills required to make Ramen. Even if you venture into the advanced world of hummus, salsa, and gazpacho, you’re basically mastering 2 motions: dumping things in and twisting a knob. It’s food DJing.
  • Style. The Vitamix comes in 5 colors — stainless steel, black, white, red, and blue. It’s got a cool retro vibe, too.

But that leaves the pressing issue of price, and the magical $470 question: is it worth it? Like any luxury item, it’s cost-effective if you use it AND you value it. “But, but, but — dropping that much cash on a blender, you’re nuts!”

Not really, actually. Any Vitamix purchase comes with a 7-year warranty. Conservatively, figure you’d replace 3-4 low-quality blenders during that time anyway. That’s $200-$250 off the bat. And then there’s the whopping smoothie opportunity cost.

As a health junkie living in NYC, it’s hard not to find a way to drop $8-$10 on a smoothie. Throw in an extra shot of whey protein and that’s even higher. Want juice? Try $12.

Hypothetically, let’s say you guzzle an average of one smoothie per day (and my number is always closer to 2-3). Ingredients run about $3 for our Green Ginger Monster. Less for the Peanut Butter Power Shake. On the conservative end, take that $5 gap on an $8 smoothie and you just saved $1,825 smoothie bucks over the course of a year.

Extrapolate that out over the entire 7-year lifespan: $12,775.

And that’s using it exclusively for smoothies and nothing else.

But the biggest gain of all is unquestionably its explosively positive impact on your diet. As long as you’re using it, it’s impossible not to upgrade the way you’re eating. I’d even venture to say that there’s no better material investment in your health. Nutrition—in the form of fresh fruit, veggies, and superfoods—finds a way to become a (delicious) staple, and concurrently displaces a lot of the crap you’re used to relying on. And that’s a revolutionary thing.

Throw spinach or kale into any fruit-based protein shake and it’s instantly green and underscored with fiber and a spectrum of nutrients. Flax and chia become a chug-anytime source of heart-reinforcing healthy fats. Protein powder serves as a mandatory bulking agent. Anti-inflammatory agents like cinnamon and fresh ginger are viable garnishes that diversify the flavor palate. And you won’t really know that any of it’s there — the Vitamix stealthily merges everything into one coherent uber-liquid.

Toss your Hamilton Beach. It’s like comparing a Prius to a Lamborghini. No contest.


Vitamix — The Bottom Line

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It’s rare for me to call anything “life-changing,” but the Vitamix makes it irrationally easy to infuse gobs of nutrition into your diet. Even if you cut out one meal of utter garbage and replace it with a nutrient dense, protein-laced waterfall, that’s a huge win for your body.

If you’re already a smoothie or juice connoisseur, the quality and sheer volume make it a must-own. And if you’re someone who’s just venturing into the world of health and looking for an easy way to upgrade your diet—in a way that’s delicious, easy, and doesn’t totally suck—this is it. It’s an effective launching pad that facilitates a chain reaction of nutritional improvements.

Plus there’s psychology at play. Drop $470 and you will use it. Excessively. Only positive things result from there, and they’ll increase exponentially.

If you’re considering it, go for it. And then don’t look back. You’ll thank me once the addiction sinks in.

Buy It: Amazon — Vitamix 5200 Blender, $470

Bryan DiSanto

Bryan DiSanto

Founder & Editor-in-Chief at Lean It UP
ELLO ELLO I'm Bryan DiSanto. I'm the Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Lean It UP, a CPT/CSN/Fitness Coach, Chef trained at Le Cordon Bleu – Paris, NYU graduate, ex-fat kid, and all-around fitness junkie.

I also contribute to Men's Health Magazine.

When I'm not working on my abs (or somebody else’s), whipping up avocado roses and avocado toast, or running a Tough Mudder, I'm probably yelling at a Carolina Panthers game somewhere.

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  • Max Kelman

    Just a suggestion. You may also consider a BlendTec Blender. They’re very very similar. It’s a little shorter too, so if you have tall cabinets like me, it may work as well.

    If the Vitamix is the Lamborghini, then the BlendTec is something like a Ferrari. Both wonderful machines, and you really can’t go wrong.

    • Hey Max — I definitely agree. I’ve personally never used a BlendTec, which is why this isn’t a comparison. I’d imagine you’d get similar results and really kickass smoothies with both.