I am overall happy with this blender, as I love to make smoothies, and this blender takes carrots, beets, and ice with no problem. Its great for its low price and has proven stable for me in the past few months that I have used it. Some cheaper blenders can not handle the vegetables and ice like this one can, and therefore stop working. Not this one, it is just as productive as the day I first got it....about 40 smoothies later. Clean up is rather simple, mess seems to wipe right up. The only thing I would say could be better is if the pitcher were made for a more precise pouring of the smoothy when you are in a hurry to pour into a skinny glass. It is fine, though, for the price, it works for me.