Hi Bronwyn, If you are still looking, we use the Vitamix and you are welcome to come over and give it a try. We use it daily for juicing veggie smoothies and regularly for turning almonds into flour for cakes. However, we bought it in the USA since we dual wired the house with 120v power. Oddly, the motor is Swedish, but at the time Vitamix did not offer it in 220v.
We also have a Green Star GS 3000 Juicer (230 volt) that we will be putting up for sale on TradeMe in a couple of days. It does a fantastic job separating excess pulp (like carrots) from juice without friction heating, but we find we just don't use it enough to justify counter-space.
Well, I invested in a Vitamix earlier this year and it was the best purchase I ever made. I've had all sorts of blenders and juicers over many, many years but the Vitamix beats them all hands down. Just a few of the things I love about it are the totally unbreakable jug & lid, the incredibly powerful motor which comes in handy for making compost by grinding up hard chunky things that would take ages for the worms to deal with and for making nut butters without overheating the motor. Also love being able to make hot soup in it -chop the ingredients in the jug and then cook into soup, all in one operation. It also makes icecream, so the book says. For ease of cleaning it's in a class of its own. By the way, I don't work for the Vitamix Corporation!
Forgot to say that the Vitamix has a full 7 year warranty -have never come across any other appliance that's covered for so long.