This blender is pretty good. It was the first one I bought when I moved into my own apartment. I decided to get it because it was fairly inexpensive and I liked the idea of the wand to help move items around to make sure everything is blended evenly. I also thought the spout on the front to pour your drinks was a good idea. However, now that the novelty of it all has worn off, I find that it's not as functional as it appeared to do. Even with the wand this blender does not crush or chop ice evenly. Unless tilted forward, the spout is extremely slow and you are better off just pouring the smoothie or drinks straight into the glass just like any other blender. Lastly, the blender is pretty big. If you have a small kitchen, like I did, it takes up a lot of room. I usually ended up putting it away and not letting it sit on the counter top, which in turn, I slowly started to use it less and less. Overall, not a bad beginner blended, but the fun features fell short and you are probably better off buying a more traditional style and skip the bells and whistles on this one. Versatility If it crushed ice it would have opened up a world of opportunity for making mixed drinks aka margaritas. However, since it failed to do this, the only things I could put in here to blend were juices and soft fruits. Ease of Cleaning The pouring spout does come off for cleaning, but is kind of a pain to deal with to make sure no missed juice or fruit dries on it. Durability I used it a bunch and it was still working like new. So even though it wasn't the best blender I owned, it did survive long enough for me to pass it along to someone else.