I hate playing favorites with kitchen appliances but...actually you know what, I don’t hate playing favorites with kitchen appliances. This one wins. Every time. If you’ve been pondering a Vitamix purchase, I really think you should go for it. Pricey, yes. An investment in your health that also saves you loads of time and cooking frustration? Also yes. I use this beast for everything. You can read up on it here, but it's so much more than your traditional blender. I use it everyday for smoothies, but also make soups, complete prepwork (it chops like nobody's business), and the list is honestly endless.