The VitaMix is a super effective blender. It can make hot soups from room temp ingredients just through the power of its wildly mad blending capabilities.
Oddly enough, it can also make soft ice cream or frozen yogurt type stuff as well, using frozen ingredients.
The only iffy thing about the blender is that the blender container is a hard plastic like the nalgene that has questionable qualities (like it can release a not-so-good chemical into the food and thus into you). The company says you’d have to melt the plastic to release the stuff, but that is the company speaking, so I don’t know about that. I use it anyway because I LOVE it so I choose to take my chances. If it had a glass container it would be PERFECT.
Maybe they sell one. I should check into it.