I had been using swagbucks and saving for a vitamix for over a year, when I happened upon a deal at Sam’s Club. It was for a Dash blender, normally $200, on special for $99. I called my husband and had him look up reviews on it, and all the reviews were good. It uses the same pitcher as the vitamix, and it has a lifetime warranty on the motor. I decided to try it, knowing that if I didn’t love it, I could return it. So far, I am loving it!!! It has many of the same features as the vitamix, such as making soup, and even ice cream, but I will mostly use it for smoothies. It is a luxury to be able to make large quantities at once, since I had been using a magic bullet before. I am so happy that I was able to find such high quality at such a reasonable price!