This product is a great buy! We have had it for about 2 years now. Such A GREAT BLENDER! Blending Power Me and my husband have gone through many blenders or various brands and types in hopes that we would purchase one that meets our needs/wants. We enjoy making drinks such as Margaritas and it is difficult to get the perfect texture that you would get at a restaurant. Versatility So many options to choose from! With this blender, it has many different blends that creates the perfect texture for any drink, smoothie or shake that you are wanting to make. Great for adult get together and great for kids slumber parties! Ease of Cleaning The cleaning can be a bit tricky when trying to clean around the blades. Other than that, it's pretty simple. Ease of Use Extremely easy to use! My 14 year old is always using it for her fruit smoothie and my 8 year old loves making her own shakes! No matter what setting it is on, this blender is extremely user friendly! Design Love the colors of the black and silver Durability Another factor in purchasing a good blender was the strength of the blades. When making our Margaritas, we use ice and with other brands of blenders, we would have to completely break up the ice in as little pieces as possible in order for the blender to make the desired drink. Most of the time, it still wasn't right! Our Hamilton Beach blender has such string blades that there is no need for us to break up our ice any longer. In fact, we don't even have to buy the ice from stores (10lb. bags with smaller ice cubes) because this blender will chop right through our regular freezer ice cubes!