How to get a Vita-Mix 5200 (for a great price!)

I’ve been posting about me using my Vita-Mix 5200, and I figure it’d be a good idea to share some information about how I ended up getting one.

There was a ridiculous sale on a refurbished Blendtec blender on Fat Wallet.  The original post originally said that the coupon was good until September 2nd without mentioning an expiration date for the blender price, and since it was still a good chunk of money, my wife suggested that we sleep on it, since we believed we had until the 2nd to purchase the blender at that price.

As sad as it might sound, while I was asleep that night, I had a dream about a using an awesomely powerful blender, and when I woke up in the morning, I was sure I wanted to order it.  Unfortunately, unbeknownst to me, the reduced price of the blender had only been good for the previous day.

The good news was that in my hunt to find a similar great deal on a blender in the days that followed, I found plenty of negative posts about that specific refurbished Blendtec item and the company that’d been selling them for that price.  While I’m sure Blendtec blenders are good, buying a “refurbished” blender that’s not actually refurbished by the manufacturer from a company that is shipping broken and heavily used units wasn’t a route I wanted to consider going down.

I decided that if I was going to spend upwards of $100 on a blender, I may as well do it right, so I researched both Blendtec and Vita-Mix some more, as well as other blender makers.  Rather than trying to find the cheapest deal, I was now trying to find a great deal on a great product that came with a great warranty.

At the end of the day, my own personal conclusion was that both the Vita-Mix and BlendTec blenders looked like fantastic devices, and that I wanted either the Vita-Mix 5200 or the BlendTec Total Blender, and that I wanted to make sure it came with a good warranty and in good condition.  I tried to find deals at places like Bed Bath & Beyond or online, but when I’d find what looked like a good deal, such as a 20% off coupon at Bed Bath & Beyond, the fine print would exclude Vitamix and Blendtec products.

Now, I wasn’t worried about cosmetic scratches, and both companies offered refurbished models directly from their website with multi-year warranties, so I decided the best price and best course of action would probably be to contact both companies directly through their “contact us” forms on their webpages.

BlendTec never got back to me, but Vita-Mix did.  I received an e-mail answering all my questions and giving me the contact information for Brenda, the sales woman who would later sell me my blender.  My main concern was that there would be a better deal or coupon that would be worth waiting for, and she assured me that free shipping was the best coupon I’d find for Vita-Mix, and that even their refurbished model came with a full five year warranty.  (The coupon code for free shipping is 06-006651)  That made me comfortable in knowing that I really wasn’t going to get a better deal, so I bought the refurbished 5200, which came with some other goodies along with the free shipping, and that was the start of this blog here!  It’s worth mentioning that the 5200 looked brand new when I received it, and I have no complaints so far.

Again, if anyone is interested in getting a Vita-Mix 5200 for the best possible price, assuming that they still have it, I highly recommend the refurbished 5200.  While you can see their products here, you can also call them directly, and I highly recommend speaking with Brenda Kilbane.  Since I think she’d be happy to speak with anyone who’s interested in buying a Vita-Mix, I assume she’d be OK with me sharing her contact details here:  1-800-848-2649, extension 2305, and use the 06-006651 coupon code for free shipping.

So there we go, that’s how I got my blender, and how you can get your own.  Now I can get back to talking about what I can make with my blender. :-)

Edit: I actually used my warranty.  You can read about my experience here.  The short version is that VitaMix’s support team is very good.

Update (3/23/2013):  In addition to the refurbished 5200 I mentioned, there is now a refurbished 7500/Pro 300/Creations Elite available.  I wrote a post about it, and I think it’s a fantastic option to consider for anyone thinking about picking up a Vitamix.

  1. Thanks for the great advice! I just bought a refurb 5200 using the shipping code you provided – and spent $150 less than the cost of the new one, (which I almost did bought night)…. great information! Thanks again.

    • María
    • September 7th, 2012

    What goodies did they include?

    • plastic cutting board (that can be rolled up so you can easily drop your food in the blender after cutting), spatulas and cookbook. Those are the ones that jump to mind, but there may have been something else.

    • felicia
    • September 21st, 2012

    does it work okay compared to new one? hows your working til now? tks

    • I use mine all the time, and it absolutely does work great. Just this afternoon I used it for a green smoothie, frozen mocha coffee drink and peanut butter. Now, I rarely use it that often, but I use it a lot, and I’ve been very, very pleased with how well it’s run. If you browse through my blog, you’ll see that I did use warranty support once in early 2012, and my experience was very positive. I’m still covered for the next however many years, and based on the positive things I’ve heard and my own positive experience with their warranty service, I’m definitely comfortable recommending a refurbished model because even if something does go wrong, VitaMix will make it right. :-)

    • laura
    • December 10th, 2012

    I heard that if you bring in the coupon to bed bath and beyond, they’ll honor it even though they’re not supposed to do it, at least that’s what the guy in the florida store told my mom yesterday. Has anyone else heard this or tried it?

  2. I cannot thank you enough for posting this! We’ve had our eyes on a Vitamix for some time now, but just could not get past the price. I found your blog and just ordered a refurb. one from Brenda yesterday. Such a great deal….thank you thank you thank you!!

    • Thanks! :-) Glad I could help, and I really appreciate you taking the time to leave a nice message.

    • Patti
    • January 25th, 2013

    Hi! I just want to let you know that your blog REALLY helped. I just spoke with Brenda and ordered a 5200 model myself. Thanks so much. I inherited my grandmother’s 3600 model, but it’s not working. I’ll be able to trade it in and receive a $100 credit. Sweet deal. : ) I’m so happy.

    • Thank you very much for the nice message! Brenda is awesome, and the trade in makes the 5200 a steal!

      Enjoy the 5200, and thanks for reading!

    • Maria V. Panichelli
    • May 26th, 2013

    Thanks to your blog I was also able to purchase the 5200 for a steal. No other retailer could match it. And for 329.00 and the coupon code here I got the 5 year warranty and free shipping! Can’t wait to start using it! Thanks again!

    • Thanks for the kind words! I hope you love and use yours as much as I love and use mine!

  3. Thanks for the great advice! Brenda is really helpful. Unfortunately, she said it is not available for Canada -:( Just wanted to share this peace of information..

    • Kathy
    • July 1st, 2014

    Bed, Bath, and Beyond honored my 20% off coupon for a new Vitamix.

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