I have owned this blender for several years now. First of all I am not a smoothie drinker and don't use a blender often. But occasionally the need does arise for one. I purchased this model at a big box store because it was stainless to match my appliances and it was a mid priced blender from a familiar brand. For what I use it for which is making occasional milk shakes for the grandchildren it works great. This was not the heaviest blender nor the most expensive on the shelf but simply their mid range model. For somewhat light use this has been a good buy for my family. Blending Power This blender tends to get bogged down easily. For instance frozen fruit or ice can really slow it down. If it is just liquids it works great. I have used mine for mincing dried garlic and it worked great for that. Ease of Cleaning I like that the pitcher comes apart for easy cleaning and can be washed in simply warm soapy water without any problems. Snaps right back together simply and ready to go. The base is simply wiped with a rag with warm soapy water and it will remove any splashes and splatters. Ease of Use Simple to operate. Design Can be taken apart for easy cleaning. Good heavy glass pitcher. Like the rubber lid with the small clear piece in the middle that can be removed to drop things through. Lid fits tightly. Several speeds and settings. Overall pretty good design. Durability Mine has held up for several years now and performed well. I do not however use it heavily.