I am partial to purchasing Sunbeam products because they are very cost friendly and usually last longer than I would expect them to. I was very disappointed with this blender with the first use. The plastic jar was awkward to remove and place back in the base of the blender. After only a few uses of mixing smoothies, the blades seemed to not be sharp. Cooked fruits and vegetables that I tried to process in the blender ended up more shredded than blended. The gear that sits under the jar did not appear to fit tightly into the gear in the bottom of the blender jar at times which caused the blender jar to pop up off the gear component. That in turn caused the points on the gear to become rounded. The base of the blender was an awkward size and was difficult to hold on to, to move, and to store. The buttons felt sticky in movement when I pushed on them to operate the blender. I had a very hard time removing the screw cap and blade gear from the base of the blender to clean everything. I was very disappointed in the purchase of this blender and will not buy another one.