I bought myself this because I had heard so many good things about it. It has been one of the best purchases I have made in a long time. I don't know how long I have had it but it has been at least a couple years. And it works just like it did when I first bought it. I use it daily to make smoothies for my family. I crush ice with it make cookies, malts, shakes, small dish of salsa and so much more. It is really hard to drink anything thick from because the mouth is so wide and so far from the beverage itself. It is also hard to clean some of the parts because of the blades. They are sharp and close the the bottom of the piece you mix with. Another con is when making cookie dough you can't make a large amount. But that in itself isn't a huge thing as it actually makes cookie dough unlike most blenders! I recommend this for anyone who is an avid or casual cook! You won't regret the purchase!