This is a great machine that is powerful. It is my top-used kitchen appliance. There are so many wonderful accessories you can purchase to go with it. I love the capacity and the ease of making any product, including bread dough. It is definitely worth the money. Ease of Cleaning It is mostly easy to clean, but there are a few "grooves" in the bowl and in the beater attachments that can be more difficult to clean. I often have to use a sharp knife to get dough or batter out of the little crevices. It is dishwasher safe (not the base). Ease of Use It is pretty easy to put together. However, there were a few tricks to get the blender to work. Everything has to be put together and connected in a certain order. I have learned that this is a safety feature to ensure that it doesn't accidently start while fingers or hands are in the way. Design It is sleek and better than the older versions. Durability It is powerful and sturdy. It has rubber grips on the bottom that help keep it from sliding around while mixing.