Ie loved this blender until it suddenly broke. It was powerful but quit and simple to use, and it looked great. The food processor was the perfect size, and very handy. After a year and a half of moderate use which was mostly smoothies the plastic gear thing connecting the motor to the blender just shattered. We bought ours at a retailer that we returned it to but If Cuisinart ever fixes this only issue we would definitely buy another one again. Ease of Assembly It was very easy to use and efficient. I used it almost everyday. It helps me prepare my healthy foods without wasting too much time. It was a great machine and it had made my life so much easier. Durability I only needed a small capacity food processor so this was perfect. I used this blender part a few times to make some frozen beverages with just liquid and ice and it worked fine. I just don't like is how it was cheaply made and broke.