Cleary the people that have chimed into this thread haven't used a BT so their recommendations have to be taken for what they are. The BT doesn't come with a plunger cause it doesn't need one. You've seen BT blenders in use at hundreds of juice bars across the globe, none of the bartenders are futzing with black dildo, cause the machine doesn't need one. Its because the BT uses a novel blade and jar configuration. The VM is powerful but the jar/blade hasn't been updated since blenders were invented. I'm not saying that I don't get frozen cavitation once in a while. I just shut the machine off and use a rubber spatula to push the food back down and add more liquid. A plunger isn't going to stop frozen cavitation either. Some may not be so concerned about foot print or counter space in a large kitchen, but in a home kitchen, the small foot print makes getting the blender out and storing it much more friendly. Their both great blenders, I'd like to see any non-biased review that contradicts that.