The compact size (48-ounce/1.4-liter jar) also makes it great for small kitchens. To clean the jar, simply mix a drop of dish soap and warm water and blend on highest speed for 60 seconds!
Promising review: "The Holy Grail blender, y'all. I grew up with a Vitamix (big, tall, classic model), and since being on my own, I have really missed it. I tried food processors (because they're cheaper), less expensive blenders, immersion blenders, etc. Nothing came close to what a Vitamix can do. If you're wondering if it's worth the price, I would give a resounding YES. It's so supportive of a healthy diet (smoothies, soups, scratch-made dips and salsas, nut milks and butters, etc.), and it's stupid easy to use AND clean. I live in an apartment, so my kitchen is small, not a lot of space. It fits easily on one shelf, the pitcher sitting next to the base (NOT stacked, it's too tall for that). I couldn't be happier with it. What sold me ultimately was 1.) the smaller size (the classic ones are larger), and 2.) I thought about how much I spend (or would like to spend) at my local smoothie/juice bar. A 16-ounce smoothie costs a ridiculous $8-9 and a juice at least that much, if not more. If I could afford it, I would have gotten one daily. So, this Vitamix pays for itself in about a month." —lovespuppies
Get it from Amazon for $299.95.