In an effort to save money, DH and I stopped buying the $4 smoothies from KEVA Juice and decided to make our own at home. The first Oyster blender we got was about $50 and lasted about 3 months. We used it every morning to crush ice and fruit. After that blender went out, I bought a Cuisinart. That one lasted only a month! I think it's the ice crushing that is burning out the motors, even though these claimed to be able to crush ice. So now we need a new blender, but this time we want to get one that will last. Does anyone know which one is the best? We also realize that even though we did this to save money, it is costing us more buy now buying another blender, but we are still prepared to pay more. We like the conveince of making our breakfast smoothies at home, and we've both lost weight! The best one I've found on the web seems to be the Vita-Mix 5000, but we don't need all of the other features of grinding up seeds to grain, etc. The price is around $400 plus shipping which is more than we want to spend. If someone has a blender that they use daily to crush ice and the blender has lasted a long time, I'd appreciate the info (including how long you['ve had it!