I received this blender as a housewarming gift from a friend so, honestly, I'm thankful for it but, it's really no more useful then my food processor (hence the title). I wasn't holding out for much though, as my luck with Hamilton Beach products seems very hit-or-miss. But a free gift is a free gift so I decided to give it a shot. It says it's ten-speed but, try as I might, and with various fruits, liquids, and sometimes veggies, I can't seem to get more out of it than "fast, hard blending" or "not-as-fast, hard blending". I give it a 5 primarily because it's lasted longer than I thought it would and honestly, it still makes a decent smoothie (sans ice). It ONLY gets a 5 because, if you were to add that ice into that smoothie, expect nothing but shucked around chunks. For blending mainly liquids, in a heartbeat, it's decent and basically performs the job. For anything more complex or substantial, go the extra mile and buy something a little better.