I know you are thinking maybe we got ourselves our own Jackie Chan, but no. Since the Vitamixes cost as much as it would to get a new laptop, we opted to try the Ninja. And boy are we happy!!
First off, we got a killer deal. It took me 2 hours to research, but in the end we paid about $75 for it. I purchased it from Kohl's, who at the time was running a sale $179.99 for the 1200 watt Ninja. I also had a 20% off coupon. Additionally, they were running a $15 Kohl's cash back for every $50 spent (I added on a nerf toy for our friend's kid to get back to $150). I then ordered online through eBates.com - which was giving 6% back on all purchases on Kohl's. And then lastly, in the paper that week there was a $20 rebate coupon in the coupon section. When it was all finished (and you subtract all the money and coupons) we paid right around $75. SWEET!
Performance-wise, this machine is a breeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeze. It came with 2 different sized pitchers, which was great when only one of us was making a smoothie. Our smoothie test consisted of fresh picked spinach, banana, frozen mango and strawberries and fresh blueberries. A little water and almond milk too. (Oh and a some of my herbal potions we droppered in). I was surprised at how well it blended everything. I was worried about the spinach coming out leafy in the drink, but it ended up being a super thick creamy green smoothie with ZERO chunks of anything! So, that's hat we got it for, and it did it. And I saved $325. Shazaam!