I'm interested in getting a new blender, and have been looking at the Vitamix models. Before I spend $500 on a blender, I want to make sure it will live up to my expectations. I want my new blender to make smooth icy drinks - no annoying chunks! Other than that, I don't really care. If anyone has a Vitamix and can rave (or rant) about it - feel free. Or if you have another brand of blender and want to give a recommendation, go ahead. Thanks!