So after agonizing and reading every review I could find (and there are a lot of them) I got the VitaMix with the 7 year warranty. I know I will love it and I'm sure I'd have loved the BlendTec if I got that, but I like the longer warranty for a purchase of this size. Now DW is buying every kind of nut she can find to make nut butters. I just hope I get to use "my" new toy once it gets here.
Baby steps, getting back on track 2015. Moving the next 10 lbs by the end of the summer.
Maintaining 48 lb loss since 2008, working off regain to a sensible maintenance level. 65 lbs and counting!