Im posting because I read the comments below and someone like myself may see this long after it was posted. Here is the deal with the Vitamix....you DONT have to be a person with more money than you know what to do with to appreciate a great machine! As a people we buy junk at a cheep price only to buy more junk a year or two later. If you are not serious about juicing and becoming healthier dont spend the money. Period. However, if you want to get all the nutrients fro raw foods you need to extract them from the plant. Most "juicers" leave behind a LOT of pulp thereby leaving behind a good portion of nutrient. If you have watched any of the several films about being healthy and getting your needs met with real food than this is the machine for you. A little about me- I am a stay at home Mother of 4 children 3 girls 1 boy. 2 of my children are special needs. Not severe but enough that nutrition is one way we are dealing with their issues. I am overweight. My husband is an accountant and is at a desk all day and is over weight. I take meds for depression, anxiety and Rheumatoid arthritis. I do not sell for the company. We went to visit my parents and they were excited about their new purchase-a vita mix. I used it while I was there and fell in love with it. It has taken me one full year to get the money to buy one. Here are some of the plus selling points for me #1 It extracts 100% of the raw plants goodness for your body.
#2 by extracting and juicing your body/bloodstream can absorb all of the nutrients your body needs to function
#3 Because of #2 you need less food to feel full, to be sustained and to start to feel better.
#4 This is probably one of the BIGGEST reasons for me to buy THIS product- IT IS SUPER EASY TO CLEAN! No parts to take apart and scrub. No parts to brake off, After use I put hot water and a little soap and run the machine and even with Chia seeds, walnuts, agava or honey it cleans itself.
#5 The lifetime warrenty that comes with each machine. They know it is a good product and will stand behind it to the very end.
#6 After a certain period of time in the high position it becomes hot and you can make soup with all the goodness of fresh veggies and not even turn on your stove! We made pancake batter from scratch, we ground sirloin to make patties, and SO much more!
There are many more great points about the Vitamix. Do your homework before you buy. Dont get stuck behind the thought that more expensive is worthless and only for rich people. Hopefully in a few months I can come back and tell you an amazing story about our family and the changes we have made. I will also say that in the year waiting I had a Nutri Blast that has been a heaven sent for us. If it is just you at home, that may be the way you want to go.