In spring 2012, after eyeing on a Vitamix blender for several months, I received a surprised birthday gift from my husband. It was a Vitamix 5200. Although I consider kitchen appliances the most unromantic gifts on earth, I am very happy to own my Vitamix 5200.
I have several other blenders from various manufactures. I make juices from fresh and frozen fruits frequently. When I made my first cup of juice with the exact same usual ingredients from Vitamix 5200, I immediately tasted the difference. The juice was very smooth and delicious. I would not have considered my juices from other blenders coarse and tasteless if I have never had juices from Vitamix blender.
It is amazing how sharp the blades are. Every blending takes less than 30 seconds. Cleaning the unit is super easy and takes less than 1 minute. I have own my Vitamix for over a year. I am still very happy with it. Even though the price tag is high, it is worth of the investment. It helps me to eat more whole fruits because Vitamix makes it so easy to make delicious juices.