I bought a Vitamix blender (5200) and I feel very positive about it. Vitamix is a heavy duty blender that will crush and liquefy the entire fruit (seeds, skin, and all).
I've been checking Costco.com but they only had complete packages for $649.99 each.
Costco now carries cheaper model, 5200c at warehouse (not online). This is Costco only model, they are $379.99 each. Their cookbook is not included in this box. But a $50.00 coupon to buy the cookbook ($50) is included.
Finally, yesterday I went to Costco to pick up a Vitamix blender. And I saw a Vitamix roadshow going on there (son of a gun). The pitchman gave me a good overview of the machine. And a fellow shopper convinced me to drop Costco model (5200c) and buy their regular model at $15.00 more. So, I bought their regular model 5200 for $394.99. A cook book and a CD are included in this unit. This unit sells for $449.99 at Vitamix's official website and elsewhere.
I am happy with my purchase. I saved $55.00 plus $25.00 shipping on Vitamix 5200 standard, thanks to Vitamix roadshow at my Costco warehouse.
I wanted a Vitamix blender for some time. I've been making juice every weekday for last 4-5 years. That's roughly 1200 days of juicing, 2 juices a day, totallying 2400 juices. But, all this time there was something that didn't make sense to me. I throw out a lot of pulp every morning. I thought, if anything, I should be eating the pulp and throw out the juice. My common sense told me that pulp must have more nutritional value than the juice.
With Vinamix, there is no pulp to throw out. Pulp will get crushed & get liquefied. So, from this point, I will buy 60%, maybe 75% less fruits and vegetables then I used to. I will no longer buy 25 Pound bags of carrots. I figured the machine will pay for itself in 1 year or less. So, if you have a family of more than one and juice every day? You must buy Vitamix for sake of saving money.
But, money aside, I believe Vitamix is much healthier than juicing.
Yes, I (briefly) thought about taking my 3 years old juicer back to Costco for a refund. That will make my Vitamix $294.99. But I decided not to do that. :)
Vitamix 5200c Vs 5200
Costco model, 5200c, is the best price you can pay for Vitamix Blender. It has the same powerful motor. It will work just as same as any other Vitamix Blenders. The only difference is that it comes with smaller container. And it has different finish on switches. In fact, it *almost* makes me to think maybe 5200c are older models that they are trying to get rid of.