Have you ever heard of The Sweet Home and/or The Wirecutter? They are a site built around answering the question: What do I get? They research and review product categories but instead of making you read countless reviews and making you choose which is best they recommend one product and then tell you how they came to their choice.
I've been wanting a Vitamix for years, and was excited to see that The Sweet Home named a Vitamix 5200 as their top blender pick. I was even more excited when my mom offered to get Tim and I one for Christmas!
I've long wanted a Vitamix. They're top of the line blenders that can handle all kinds of blending, chopping, pureeing, grinding, etc. The best part is that they're quiet!!! I love making soups, smoothies, and sauces, and I always cringe when I have to use the loud blender!
One of the major downsides of living in a condo is that we have quiet
hours, and I used to leave for work so early in the morning that I
wasn't able to make smoothies before I left. Now I can!
Seriously, this thing is quiet! I hate loud noises and I don't even have to brace myself when I turn the Vitamix on.
So far I've made a couple acai bowls, a couple smoothies, and our favorite Mmm sauce.
My favorite thing is this nice little pushy pole (officially called a tamper). It's used to burst air pockets as you're blending, and it's genius! I used to try to carefully stir my smoothies to get our blender to keep whirring, and this tamper fits right into the cap and is just long enough to avoid the blade.
Like with all things in life, you have to take reviews with a grain of salt. Vitamixs come with a pretty hefty price tag, and it's probably not worth the investment if you aren't going to use them. I think this machine is worth it to us because we cook from scratch a lot, and love smoothies. A friend of mine who never cooks but loves smoothies swears by her Vitamix as well. It's all up to you what you feel the cost benefit is! We've had a $90 Oyster blender for the last 5 1/2 years and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend that model as well.