Not challenging the Vitamix as a great blender.
If you plan heavy use for your blender, including frequent and heavy duty use, a Vitamix or other heavy duty blender might be the way to go. If you plan occasional use for a blender, a less expensive alternative may be a smarter choice.
For example, I don't use a blender much. I have a $50 blender I bought some 10 years ago and it's still working great.
I saw the Cuisinart soup maker and blender and my first reaction was negative. This appliance makes no sense to me at all.
Just my opinion.
"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -Carl Sagan