This is the best blender of them all. Easy to use, easy to clean, and best of all the blades are really sharp, so you know things will be blended. Don't worry about the items on top... they will get blended. I love the fact that I can take off the blades to clean it. and the buttons are very easy to push and they do what they say they will do. The sleek look of it looks amazing in a modern kitchen set up. and If you don't have a modern kitchen set up, I'd still get it because of the blending power, durability and how awesome it is. Blending Power Super power... at a push of a button. Versatility You can do everything from crackers to smoothies. My favorite is smoothies though. Ease of Cleaning You can take off the blades so you don't cut yourself. Plus the top is two different parts so you can clean between any cracks. Ease of Use Press a button and WHALA! 3 settings, all you need. Design Fits under the cupboard .. I appreciate it. and it fits IN the cupboard. Durability I haven't dropped it, but it's pretty heavy glass.