When making a smoothie, it did not crush ice woithout my frequently opening and pushing down the ice. Same with pesto. To blend I needed to open/push down the ingredients down numerous times. In addition some garlic pieces and nuts fell to the bottom and were difficult to remove when washing the blender.
This product was billed as having the ability to "crush" ice. Even with it's more powerful motor this product does not adequately crush ice. It does no better nor worse in the other button functions. The glass carafe is heavy and somewhat cumbersome for repeated uses. It will perform the functions of any good blender, but it is definitely not a "power" blender.