When you work in a kitchen all the time you learn what you need or do not need and you want something to do the tasks you have to get right. There are different ways that each person in their kitchens work. No two cooks let alone people are alike so what is good for one may not suit someone else. There are some things that they all need the same. When you have friends over you dont want to serve crummy drinks to your guests. The Hamilton Beach Wave Station does the trick. The wave station has a 56 ounce container. It is a thermal container that is designed to keep all your drinks cold for a while so you can enjoy each drink. You can make smoothies, shakes and what ever you can think of and you wont have all the pulp and chunky things all in your drink. You have a strong handle if you wish to pour it but I like the way you can just use the spout on the base of the blender. It works very well for me and I have used it quite a few times. So if you need a good blender check this out. It really does the job for you.