I am sure if you are reading this review you are trying to decide between the blend-tec and the vita-mix. I have used both and they are both excellent blenders. I went t with the blend-tec for the following reason's. It is easy to clean, no knobs or switch that get dirty. It stores under the kitchen cabinets with the standard jar attached. The vita-mix may have a slight edge over the blend-tec when you use the vita-mix plunger, but I loath cleaning, finding and storing the plunger. I love that blend-tec doesn't need it. I have been very happy with my choice.
I would recommend this to a friend