I bought this machine on a whim because I had never seen a juicer and a blender all in one. I thought that it might be a waste because one or the other system would not work as well as a machine dedicated to only that art (for instance only a blender). I was suprised and happy to find out that I was wrong. Just because it is a two in one does not mean that quality was sacrificed on either end. I love the blender part because it is so strong and chopping up ice is so easy. Milkshakes/smoothies are my favorite thing to make in a blender and this one is perfect for that. The juicer portion is great because you can juice the items you want to use in your smoothie so everything is healthy and fresh. The juicer gets all the pulp out with ease and uses all of the fruit rather than just a portion of it while wasting the rest. It is fairly easy to clean and does not require a lot of set up. I would recommend this especially if you use both machines often.