I purchased this processor at the end of January after doing a little research on line. I was replacing an old Oyster Processor which had a lot more to it but price wise was more expensive to try to replace. I choose the Hamilton Beach because it was very easy to use and anybody in the house could use it. It is simplistic. It has pulse and on only. I have used it very frequently. When I am making chilli I can throw everything in then use pulse to get the desired chop that I want and need. If you are looking for inexpensive and easy this is the machine for you. Safety The unit will not turn on unless you have locked the top in place and has a feeder tube to use to put your food into.