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Vitamix 5200 for $200 or 300 for retail?

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Vitamix 5200 for $200 or 300 for retail?

jpayne80 | Aug 24, 2014 02:09 PM

A few weeks ago I bought a Vitamix 300 for full retail from Macy's. Thought I needed the latest and greatest, so I went with that. I love it of course, with the exception of blending smaller amounts - it doesn't do so well (which is funny, because if you look at the stock photo of the red one on Macys' site, it shows an amount definitely less than their recommended 2 cups or whatever for the next-gen pitchers http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/vi...). They recommend purchasing the older style 32 oz pitcher for smaller amounts. Call me crazy but after spending $530 on an appliance I don't feel inclined to spend another $100+ on another jar. Here's the dilemma...a friend of a friend is selling a new-in-box/never registered 5200 for TWO HUNDRED BUCKS. I'm so tempted to get it and return the 300 to Macy's. At that price, I wouldn't even mind spending the extra $100+ for a smaller pitcher, though then I wouldn't really need it unless I decide to put it under my cabinet. Has anyone tried both models? I seem to remember reading a review or two that said the 300 seemed to pulverize seeds somewhat better, which is important to me as I have texture issues with many foods - although I am not sure if I can justify it being ~$365 important (including tax) when I'm sure the 5200 already does a fantastic job.

What would you seasoned Chowhounds do?!

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