I love my Black and Decker Blender! I got it as a gift when I moved to my first apartment, and it has served me well. In the beginning, I didn't use it so often because I assumed it was only the sort of thing you'd use for smoothies and milk shakes (don't get me wrong - it makes a mean milk shake), and it did a great job with both of those tasks. But until I moved into my new house, and started becoming little miss domestic, did I realize that you could use it for so much more. Need cruched ice instead of cubed? It'll do the trick. Does your recipe call for almonds finely minced in a food processor, but find yourself without such food processor? Throw them in the Black and Decker Blender, and see how finely minced those almonds can be (they're great in a crumble pie crust, by the way). The blender is powerful and fast, and has lots of options from puree to whip to crush, to give yout he desired consistency of whatever you're usign it for. Well done, Black and Decker!