I love this blender. It has a charming retro look and is small enough to fit any small corner. This blender is loud and powerful. The bottom of the glass container can be screwed opened, so that helps with cleaning it. The build quality of this blender seems to be fairly sturdy. The base of the blender is all metal with a little metal prong that spins the blades when the glass jar is attached. Most of the blending mechanism is metal except for a plastic grommet or something that screws onto base before you blend. An excellent choice of quality glass, plastics and metal went into the construction of this machine. OSTER has achieved near excellence with a very reasonable price. Oster should be proud of this product and I hope they keep selling it until eternity.