I have had this blender for several years and have had absolutely no problems whatsoever with it. This blender is very powerful and crushes ice quite efficiently. It blends quickly and has an ice crush option. There is a high and low speed as well as a pulse button. You also have a digital counter which tells you how long you have been blending for which is handy for cooking. The base is very solid and made of metal instead of the usual plastic which is a definite upgrade. The pitcher is a very thick and heavy glass and has survived my clumsy roommate for many years. The pitcher is very easy to take apart and clean. My models base is black and has a textured finish which makes the base a bit hard to clean. The stainless model has a smoother finish and I imagine would be easier to clean. My only negative on this blender is that when blending very thick drinks on high, sometimes it creates a kind of air bubble around the blade which stops the drink from blending. These types of drinks are better blended on a lower speed. I have other Cuisinart appliances and have always been very happy with the quality of their items.
Monteal, Quebec, Canada