I was eyeing the Vitamix for many months, if not a couple of years. Always wondered how much better a blender could actually be, compared to a cheap $30 Oster from Walmart. It just simply grinds food up, right? Yes you will get a "smoothie" through the Oster, but it's far from smooth even after a good 30-60 second blend which leaves air bubbles and sometimes foam after. And that's about the extent the Oster can be used.
Now the Vitamix is a flippin' power house. It turns fruit and ice to butter in about 5 seconds on high speed. Yes, 5 seconds to smooth perfection. This to me is ideal to minimize oxidization and retain more nutrients, as beating air into the ingredients simply degrades them. Be warned though, this power doesn't come without noise. This is an insanely loud blender, drowns out almost every other noise around. Kind of shocking the first time, when you realize just how much power this machine is actually pumping out.
The damper is genious