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.
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