I use this thing often. Shredding veggies, pureeing smoothies, mixing dough. It's a pain to clean, and even so I don't hesitate to use it because it's so helpful. I can't imagine making carrot cake, zucchini bread, cucumber salad, etc. without using this. I would part with many of the gadgets in my kitchen, but not my food processor. Power I have used this for small amounts of pizza dough, but it does seem to stress the motor a bit. I mostly use it for slicing, grating, and pureeing. It makes quick work of potatoes, and makes super creamy "ice cream" with frozen bananas. Safety It won't turn on without the cover being locked securely in place. (I know this for sure because I have little kids who like to push buttons). Ease of Cleaning Like I mentioned above, it's not the easiest thing to clean. For awhile I avoided using it because I didn't want to clean it. However, I have discovered that the benefits far outweigh the slight annoyance of clean up.