The Vita-Mix 5200 is a so-called "high performance blender." High performance blenders can be used for tasks which are not always possible with a normal blender, such as making your own peanut butter or homemade flour.
The high-performance label is usually only given to blenders with a motor that has 2 horsepower or higher, but it's important to check the actual specifications of any blender you may be considering purchasing, or you may not get the best bang for your blending buck.
The Vita-Mix 5200 uses a custom designed 2 horsepower Swedish motor. This can be considered the most important part of a high performance blender, as it's what gives the blender the power to blend food into a finer consistency than conventional home blenders.
The Vita-Mix 5200 uses a copolyester container with an attached blade. The standard Vita-Mix 5200 package contains a single wet-blade container useful for blending wet foods. A separate dry-food blade container comes with some of the more expensive packages or can be bought separately.
Unlike some other high performance blenders with digital controls, the Vita-Mix 5200 uses a simple set of manual switches and a speed dial.
The Vitamix 5200 stands 20.5 inches tall including the container in place, 8.75 inches deep and 7.25 inches wide. It weighs 10.9 pounds.