This machine is good for smoothies, but not much else. They also have to be pretty thin smoothies because once it gets thick, it stops grinding ice effectively and just bounces it around instead. What I like about it: 1. The stir stick is awesome! it allows you to stir the contents for a better blend without the danger of hitting the blades. What a great idea. I wish every blender came with that option. 2. This blender is simple, stores without taking much counter space and is good at the one job it professes to do. What I don't like about it: 1. The pour spout is so low you have to hang half the blender off the edge of the counter to get a decent size cup under it. It's also incredibly hard to clean out once it gets fruit and stuff inside of it. 2. It doesn't work at all for dry ingredients. We've tried to use it to crush oreos or grind oatmeal and it does a TERRIBLE job. Mostly stuff just bounces around in there and never grinds. My Bosch blender is so much better for jobs like that. All in all, I would recommend people to just get one high end regular blender for both smoothies and other jobs you may want a blender for, because with this one, you'll probably need two.