We had previously purchased another high-end blender, that stopped working after less than 10 uses, so we decided to try this blender. We’re very happy with our decision. It’s a great blender! We mostly use it to make smoothies from the recipe booklet that’s included. The strawberry coconut shake is delicious! Using the vacuum blender gives smoothies a velvety texture that our previous high-end blender did not do. It’s very easy to clean with hot water and few drops of dish soap. It looks nice, but is bigger than most blenders because of the vacuum cover. It’s a bit loud too, but that’s a minor con considering the great results.