I purchased this blender several months ago to make smoothies and it has not only been great for smoothies but many other food items as well. The blender crushes big cubes of ice and other frozen fruit with ease and leaves no chunks. The smoothie button works very well leaving out the guessing game of how long the items need to be blended. The blender is very noisy but that is to be expected with a powerful machine. Something I learned after purchasing this machine is that it grinds wheat as well. It's functions like these that make this machine so useful so you don't have to purchase multiple machines for different tasks. The wheat grinding does a great job and it allows you to use the whole grain for bread making so you get the most health benefits from your bread. The blender isn't a cheap purchase but it isn't a cheap product and it is designed to last. The warranty also gives you peace of mind in case the product does break.