This is a great brand and good for a basic blender. Always happy with kitchen aid products. Unhappy that it wasn't as powerful as I wanted- considering the price. Plastic at bottom of cup that sat on mixer broke and that was it. disappointed the bottom portion was made of plastic. Very easy not to put glass on base properly. Blender will run but at the same time the plastic is falling apart be aide not a good fit. Blending Power ok, but sometimes not strong enough for full cup. Large glass container but couldn't fill half way and get reliable results Versatility able to do different things with lots of speeds and settings Ease of Cleaning always had trouble getting every bit out. Trick! Rinse and then add a little water and drop of soap. Turn machine on and let work with soap. Gets gunk on bottom out :) Ease of Use easy to understand and control Design plastic piece at bottle of cup connecting to top of mixer is poor design and cracked which made the whole thing useless Durability plastic piece is no good!