Vitamix 5200 Blender

What's the best way to whip up a homemade recovery smoothie? We put nearly a dozen blenders through the ringer, and three came out on top.

Vitamix 5200

If you’re going to drop half a grand on a ­kitchen appliance, it better deliver, and the Vitamix 5200 does just that. It grinds almonds for almond milk and purees vegetables for soups as effortlessly as it minces garlic without crushing it. It’s all thanks to a 10-speed control that spins the 1,380-watt machine’s four stainless-steel blades anywhere from 11 to 240 miles per hour. Making ice cream or nut butter? The 5200 comes with a tamper that can be inserted through the lid to break up air pockets. If you’re looking for the ultimate do-everything blender, this is it.

Brand: Vitamix $449
From Outside Magazine, September 2012 Get the Latest Issue