Vita-Mix’s Vita Prep 3 is a very popular item with our home users. Why? They love having the added assurance of a 3 horsepower motor and they also know that it will be able to tackle any job since it was designed for a commercial kitchen. At $485, this machine comes with a tamper, 54 page recipe manual, a 3 year warranty through Vita-Mix and a mail in rebate for a FREE case of Big Train Blended Ice Coffee! Like all Vita-Mix units, this one also comes standard with a wet blade. If you are rarely going to be doing dry chopping or grinding, you can use the wet blade, but only do a cup of dry ingredients at a time. If you are going to be doing dry chopping or grinding quite a bit with this unit, we recommend that you also purchase a dry blade assembly. Where can you find a Vita Prep 3 being used? You won’t have to look to far, just change your television over to the Food Network and watch an episode of Iron Chef America. The blenders that they use are the Vita Prep 3’s. Now they have the old design, and recently Vita-Mix decided to update the look of a few of their units and the Vita Prep 3 was one of them. The Vita Prep 3 is the perfect blender for any setting.