We had one like this for probably 15 years - then it finally gave out. We purchased this one and it has been perfect. We didn't realize that our last one was slowly loosing power till we turned this new one on. My husband is a retired chef - and this is something he uses all the time making soups. He loves it.
Has worked great for soup and chili so far and that is what I wanted it for so anything beyond that will just be more perks! Has two speeds - i tried the blender on high and liquefied tomatoes in a a matter of seconds. I have kept this thing on low speed outside of that little test but it works great for my needs and for the price I believe its a great value to add texture and layers of flavor to meals.
I bought this to replace another one (different brand) that was getting ready to quit. This model is quiet, efficient and very easy to handle. We've used it for smoothies, soups, potatoes, etc. So far it has done a great job at all of them.