So I finally bought a Vitamix 5200 and I have to say, I guess I was expecting a lot more for 500 dollars.
1. The container sits loose on the base, like it's going to fly off if I don't hold the container down from the top (I called Vitamix and they claim this is "normal"). It's just bizarre that you have this extremely powerful blender with blades going at 100mph or whatever and the container is loose and moving side to side while it's on.
2. I made a triple berry (blueberry, strawberry, blackberry) smoothie and the Vitamix did NOT pulverize the berry seeds. Are you kidding me? For 500 dollars I want you to pulverize diamonds if it put them in there!
3. It does blend better than your standard $100 blender at Macy's but I'm not sure 400 dollars more better. The controls don't even have auto-shutoff settings for "smoothie," "shake," etc.
Is the Blendtec better at pulverizing than the Vitamix? Is it also sturdier? Does it have settings for foods, drinks etc? Maybe I bought the wrong Vitamix. I dunno. I am disappointed.