WhenI was buying blender 5 years ago I did my research and that was a good deal back then. It is not that powerful as some of those on the market. However, it is not that noisy either. I mostly use it to blend shakes and smoothies. Not a big fan of ice so can't comment on that but blending fruits and milk is no problem for this guy. I mostly unplug when not in use so the blue light is still working after 5 years. It's better to undo the whole thing to clean it up. Which takes some time but manageable. The rubber ring stuck to the bottom part so I don't detach it but so far no leaking. Many blenders now have this wavy design, which was innovative back then. It is really working and fun to watch. I liked the idea of the hole in the lid, however it's not that easy to use without mess with regular food so I don't use it often. But I can see how you can add liquors to your drink like that. All in all, I am a happy customer. After 5years it is still working like it was supposed to. Design It has plastic base, rubber stoppers on the botom fall out long time ago so it slides easily now, would prefer more stylish option, but liked the blue light.