Trusty old (mid-60s old) Oster blender is finally giving up the ghost and I'll need to replace it soon. I have extenvise experience with Vita-Mix blenders at work but have recently heard a good deal about BlendTec blenders being just as good (or better) than a Vita-Mix. Plus the BlendTecs that I've seen are less expensive than the Vita-Mix.
Are the BlendTecs really that good. I would prefer not to have to spend $400 +/- on a blender if I don't have to.