Vitamix Platinum Aspire Food Mixer Blender VM0109 5 "Great for preparing food in a really healthy way" Ms Williams 22 February 2013 I am so pleased that I bought this Vitamix as it makes very tasty fresh soups and smoothies. You can put in any combination you like of raw veg, herbs, water and seasoning and it produces warm, healthy soup in minutes. You keep all the vitamins as the soup is only lightly warmed by the action of the blending. The smoothies are also live up their name with no lumps or bits. I blended soaked almonds, seeds, frozen fruit and water to complete velvety smoothness. Jug size is ideal for 1-2 people. I would go for the TNC if you have a family. Can be a little bit noisy but worth it for the results.