I have owned a Vita-mix in the past and after a decade of use it died. Not wanting to put out the money for a new one, I limped along with a Juiceman Smoothie Blender for the past five years. The Waring Mega-Mix has great power and does a good job blending smoothies. Things that surprised me: the 48 oz container feels small when you are used to 64 oz or more and you have to hold the top of the jar while blending - it swivels on its base a bit. Now that I have used it for a few weeks I quite like it and highly recommend it for those who want a powerful blender but don't want to pay $400-500 for Vita-Mix style blenders.