You can't beat the Vitamix for sheer blending power and diversity. You want perfect ice crushed for that umbrella drink Done, you want soup yes it can boil water Done, you want an amazing (taste and health wise) smootie or coffee drink Done! It's a very diverse machine that you should have on your counter top! That's the secret KEEP it On your counter so you use it! Oh and clean up is so easy a little warm water and a drop of dish soap Clean!