I bought the Back To Basics Slushie Express Blender on an impulse. They had a few of them at a local Big Lots Store. It was marked down at a really good price and I couldn't pass it up. It is a quite nifty machine. The blender cup can be turned over and used to eat your slushie from. It also comes with a slushie spoon / straw as well. The machine is quite loud but, I had expected that anyway. On the slushie cup there are 3 different lines. The first is a line the syrup line, after adding the specified amount of syrup, you will need to add tap water to the water line. Once you have done that, you just need to add ice until you reach the ice line. There is a twist on detachable blade cup that needs to be twisted on. After that, you are going to lock the cup into the machine base and press. You should be easy with the pressing down for too long, you don't want to burn the base out so take breaks in between. It only takes about 1 to 2 minutes to make an amazing slushie with restaurant quality consistency. You don't have to purchase the syrup if you don't wish to but, they sure are good! You can also use lower calorie selections like Crystal Light or similar drink sticks, they are just as fun and work as a healthier option. I am pretty satisfied with it thus far. I guess I couldn't have bought it at a better time of year anyway. It's really easy to use n almost effortless. Oh, it also comes with a screw on slushie top - It makes for quite a novel experience. Kids love it. Blending Power Don't press the machine down too long because you may burn out the motor. Versatility Can also be used to make smoothies Ease of Cleaning Most of the parts screw off for easy cleaning. Design Wish it came with more cups like my other one!