I agree the vitamix is one of the best ones out there, but I just could not bring myself to pay that much for one. After much research, I bought this refurbished Brevill and absolutely love it. Has a heafty cast aluminum base and a glass jar. Even has a setting for smoothies, so if you add fruits to your shakes, this is a really nice option.
Agreed Jrod!! I got one of these for Christmas and it's the best blender I've ever owned. Normally I just end up using the single serving blender cup which is perfect for blending my protein shakes. Frozen fruit is pulverized in seconds....LOVE IT!!!
I'm another Vitamix fan. I spent a few weeks researching it vs. the Blendtec and felt the Vitamix was better. Cleanup is a snap. Just fill it up with water, put in a drop of dish soap, turn on for 30 seconds and it's perfectly clean!