This is a pretty solid blender for under a hundred dollars.
We had this one for 5 years and used it every day. We just bought it again after the motor started smelling like it was burning: http://www.target.com/p/oster-fusion-blender-brly07b/-/A-10481705#p...
Listen, I am absolutely in love with my Nutribullet. I rave about it so much, the company should just pay me!! No, really... It is a great blender. It pulverizes everything into a smoothie texture. Best purchase.
Nuti-Bullet at Costco for about $80.00.
I have an el-cheapo from Walmart and a Ninja. I rarely use the Ninja because the el-cheapo does a better job blending. Especially greens or any fruits with a skin. I'll echo that the only thing I like better about the Ninja is its larger capacity.
I bought a few blenders and juicers but im mainly using nutribullet just because im lazy and its the easiest one to clean for me.sometimes,i just rinse it without soap.
I have a dirt cheap Kenwood number, found it second hand on e-bay for around £30 - I don't buy into the 'need' for a Vitamix personally. xx
I have an Omniblend V, which works well -- seems like a cheaper Blendtec: http://omniblender.ca/ and it looks like the one Freelee uses in her video, but hers has a jug that's more like the Vitamix one (which seems better because it is narrow at the bottom).
Also, you can try a personal blender; I have the one by Tribest and use it for smaller amounts and thicker dressings that will just get pushed to the side and not blended in the Omniblend: http://www.amazon.com/Tribest-PB-250-Personal-Blender-Complete/dp/B...
I just made a dressing from 80/10/10 with brazil nuts, orange, and bell pepper in it, and it worked like a charm.
The ninja is a pretty good blender! It runs for about $100 dollars US I believe. It is basically a cheaper version of a vitamix (which I love).
I couldn't survive without my ninja..i use it everyday haha