So far we are absolutely loving the VitaMix. We each use it at least once a day. I've made smoothies and gazpacho so far (lovely thick green smoothies!), DW has been branching out to sauces, nut butters and garlic scape pesto. I'd have to say we are very happy with our purchase right now. Thanks everyone
Just in response to the Blendtec being more commercial - the Vitamix is well-known in the chef community as well; they are the blender of choice at some pretty major chains too (Starbucks and McDonalds to name a couple).
That said I think you'd be happy with either. I've spent some time in Cleveland (where Vitamix is from) so I am a bit of a fan.
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