My aunt wanted to start juicing and she had two of these blenders. When I made a smoothie for her the plastic pieces that rotate the blades broke (four of them in all) just snapped off. I thought it was my fault at first. Like I turned it too hard or something. Then the rest broke (not all by me) and I realized it was the machine. Great blender for smoothies. But the pieces will break apart on you. Blending Power It was a good blender. There were only a few chunks but overall good for smoothies. Ease of Cleaning Basic cleaning. There are a few parts but not too many. And you only have to clean the cups and lids with blades unless you spill. The machine doesn't touch the mess. Ease of Use Pretty easy. Just fill the cup, pop on the lid and turn. Design Black base, clear cups, black lids. Nothing too great about it. Durability Like I said, the plastic pieces that connect the blades to the motor on the blender broke. AND I thought it was all my fault which makes me more biased. So I DO NOT recommend this blender to anyone.