I like to make fruit and veggie smoothies in my blender. For many years, I had a Vitamix, and that blender was SO powerful that it would have made juice out of rocks. I loved it ! Unfortunately, things happened in my life, and I had to sell it when I moved, and I have missed it ever since. I have a Ninja, which is also a powerful machine, but the blades go all of the way up, and it is designed more for crushing ice than chomping up carrots. I looked on Amazon and found a cheaper blender, and it blends smoothly; but does not have a powerful motor. What I have been doing now , is processing everything with the Ninja, and then once it is thoroughly chopped up, I put some in the new blender and add water and fruit juice to make my veggie juice smoothie. It is a complicated process; but short of buying one of the expensive brands that are designed to work like the Vitamix did; I don't know what else to do. What kind of a blender does anyone else recommend for blending veggies and fruit ? If all you are doing is making a smoothie with a banana or other soft fruit, most any blender will do; but it takes more power to blend up things like carrots and beets, even when they are cut up small.