For the price I paid. this device was okay. For mixing liquids it works very well, but if you add ice or frozen juice the blades will not work well, causing you to physically mix the drink. Blending Power Like I said, for liquids this works fairly well, but the moment you add in a solid like ice the blending power goes downhill. Ease of Cleaning I simply pop this into the dishwasher and it cleans it. (note: not the part with the cord) Ease of Use This is easy for liquid mixing. When solids are added in you will need to physically mix the drink and then let the blender continue to make a poor attempt at mixing. Design The design is simple, very basic. Durability I've had this for about two years. It's just now starting to get some use. It's still working.