The Oster 18- Speed Digital Blender (BCSG18Z) is a horrible blender. When I make juices or smoothies in the morning, I place the fruit into the Oster Blender. However, the strength of this blender is weak and doesn't break down the fruits all the way! I have to constantly add more water or other liquids so the blender would mix the fruits more. Half of the time, the fruits would get stuck into the machine and I have to fish it out. Besides fruits, the Oster Blender cannot blend ice, so forget about putting ice into the machine for your smoothies. After trying many times, I just end up putting the ice in my drink at the end, so I have large chunks of ice floating in the cup, which is not appealing. Rather than Oster Blender, I really recommend the Blendtec Classic Blender. This was introduced to me from a friend and this works wonders! I am so glad I switched to the Blendtec and got rid of the Oster 18- Speed Digital Blender once and for all.