I loved this food processor. It chopped, pureed, and mixed things for smoothies and creamy soups. It chopped nuts and raw veggies. I used it to puree veggies all the time. Power It is very powerful. I use it alot to puree veggies. I hide the purees in sauces and soups and meatloaf so my kids will eat them and not be able to notice. I have also used it to chop nuts for baked goods and it works great. Safety I think it is safe to use. In fact it will not starting chopping or pureeing unless the bowl is in place on the base and is locked into place. You can turn it on but it will not do anything just make a buzzing noise letting you know something is not right. Ease of Assembly So easy to put together. There's even little instructions right on the machine. Ease of Cleaning Super easy. I throw all of the pieces parts in the dish washer on the top rack. Everything comes apart easily and it is very easy to put back together. Durability I had this machine for ten years and it just recently over heated and stopped working. But for ten years it worked very well and I was very happy with it.