If you like the Vitamix then you will love the Optimum Blender. Its not only cheaper but it is quicker as well.
This brilliant machine has helped me increase my raw food intake, starting with just green smoothies.
Not only does it blend to ultimate perfection but you can use it as a food processor by simply using the pulse function.
They are manufactured in Japan with a blunt cutting surface, the blades break the cell walls of raw foods making the enzymes more bioavailable, releasing their nutritional benefits as well as their delicious flavours.
This machine is capable of heating soups and freezing ice cream, the blades spin really fast producing friction heat which after a couple of minutes will leave you with a steaming hot soup.
Those same speedy blades can crush frozen food at an incredible speed, leaving no time for any melting while allowing the mixture to refreeze.