Recommend Blender for specific need
I make green smoothies regularly with my Blendtec. Love it, but it does fall in the breaking the bank cats gory. Prior to that I had a Ninja. Not good for green smoothies. Does not purée the greens well. Before the Ninja, I had a 99.00 Kitchenaid blender that blended the green smoothies great. I loved it enough, that I baught one for my daughter, and she has been very pleased with it. It will have a shorter lifespan than a vitamix or Blendtec, but they cost a lot less too.