The Cuisinart blend and cook soup maker really doesn't work, unless all you want is pureed soups it's good for that, but that's just about it. I make a lot of soups that have rustic chopped vegetables and chunks of meat in them as well, I make a vegetable soup, and I also make a chunky style potato soup and it didn't do well in this. The flavors of the soups do not blend together which is essential for a great soup and it takes forever for this soup maker to get to a boil and even then it's not a heavy boil that is needed with some soups. If you cut your vegetables with any bit of thickness, they don't cook through well at all I don't want a crunch in my soup and I don't know of anyone else that does either. It holds onto smells as well, so if you use any seasonings and spices, it will stay no matter how well you clean it. Blending Power This is the one thing it does well, it purees things to a pulp and that's all it will do, don't use it if you're only wanting it chopped it won't do that for you. Versatility Not very versatile at all, like I said before it's mainly for pureed soups and that's about it nothing with any thickness or rustic style soups sadly. Ease of Cleaning Not easy to clean at all, you can take it apart somewhat, but it's still so very hard to really get it cleaned. Ease of Use It's easy to use but you won't get the results you're looking for most of the time. Design Very poor design, you can't even clean it properly which is really gross. Durability Really it's hard to rate this because it hasn't gotten any more use out of me since it is so bad.