I bought this blender on clearance about three years ago and have been pleased with it. I haven't used it to make smoothies with the attachment so can't comment on that. Although it's dishwasher safe and wasy to clean that way, the easiest way to clean it is just to fill it with hot water, add a few drops of soap and let it run for a minute. We've never had any problems doing it that way! Pros - - Large capacity - Easy to dismantle and clean (dishwasher safe) - Lid seals tightly Cons - - Only a few different speeds - Not great for crushing ice - Doesn't come in different colors - Sometimes food gets stuck below the blades and doesn't get blended without tipping the blender a few times I had one of the expensive brands before purchasing this one and although I can see the difference, this model is still very usable.