I have gone through quite a few blenders in the last several years, so the last time I had to buy one I wanted to make sure I bought one that wasn't too expensive but was going to still hold up and last awhile. I also wanted one that was pretty simple to use. I have a fancier blender that has what seems like a million buttons and is kind of complicated to use especially first thing in the morning. When I came across the Kalorik two speed blender I knew that I had found my match. Not only is it small enough that it doesn't take up too much counter space, something that is pretty important since we have moved into a smaller place and have significantly less space, but it is also easy to use. There are only a few speed settings and buttons but they more than get the job done for smoothies, milkshakes and soups. Another thing that I like about it is how easy it is to clean. I just take the different pieces of the pitcher apart and stick them into the dishwasher, making clean up super easy. Very sturdy, not that that is really a huge problem when it comes to a blender. But the blades/mixer part have held up well over several hundreds of uses. It also doesn't feel the cheap the way that some of the cheaper priced kitchen gadgets. Overall it is a good blender and a decent price, and is a great middle of the road blender for someone who wants something basic but that will hold up. I would recommend this to anyone who is in the market for a new blender.