We have a Waring Pro, the classic beehive base blender with the 40 oz. cloverleaf carafe. The commercial grade 2-speed motor is more power than most home kitchens need, but it really comes in handy when you need to crush ice or puree a soup to silkiness.
The brushed chrome model pictured above is a Williams-Sonoma exclusive ($129.95). You can find the brushed stainless or white models at Sur La Table ($129), or be daring with a copper, retro green, or chili red model available at Amazon.com ($128.95).