I have the vitamix and without hesitation will recommend it to anyone. The thing is amazing. I've never had a smoother smoothie. We've cooked soup in it and we've also ground up peanuts to make peanut butter. The warranty on the vitamix is top notch as well. Having been through a number of cheap blenders over the years, I'm planning on the vitamix being the last one I'll buy.
You can pick it up at Costco if you want. I got mine at Bed Bath and Beyond and they still honored the 20% coupon even though it states on it explicitly that vitamix is excluded.
"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST