The only serious competitors in the smoothie market are Vitamix and K-tec's Total Blender (previously called the Blend-tec).
I have a Total Blender that I'm happy with, but I strictly make smoothies with it and don't do all the raw food tricks. (My brief experience with raw foodism was something I never wish to repeat)
I would be grossed out if I had to blend a lot of my food, but we do drink a kale-parsley-blueberry smoothie for breakfast every morning to boost our intake of greens. That's our only truly daily use.
Other than that, we occasionally use it to make fruit smoothies when we crave a dessert, and I blend oatmeal with frozen bananas and strawberries on very hot summer mornings. I don't think I'd want to blend huge quantities of fruit every day - that's a lot of fruit in too processed a form to be really McDougall.
Have you had a blended salad? If not, try them out in your conventional blender before sinking $300 into a Vitamix. If you don't like them, that's a lot of money.