i like this because it is small and gets the job done. i live alone and don't want a bunch of large appliances or gadgets clogging up my kitchen. i cook small portions and eat a lot of vegatables so i like to save time by using this unit to do my red onions, carrots, peppers, celery, etc... it's eay to clean and i only ever air dry it. i have had no problems with the unit not functioning properly. it has a touch operating system so you can just pulse the blade until your item is chopped or minced. this unit is much more suitable than a large bulky item - unless you are in the habit of preparing large meals for many people. i would also think this is a good gift for any person moving into their first apartment or even as a housewarming gift.