I love this little stick mixer! I hated the cleaning of the traditional style blender with the big glass jar. This is a snap to clean. It does take a few seconds to get through hard ice cream, but no big deal. I also use it in chowder and it improves the consistency to be more blended than before.
This stick blender is a two-speed model. It blends well and does not bog down. I have used it with crushed ice to chop the ice into a fine slush, and it did a great job. I have not used cubes, so I don't know how well it would handle them. It is easy to clean and not noisy to use. The only issue I have is that when the blender is together for use, it is a bit top heavy to stand up on the counter. I lay it down so that it does not fall over.
Read the review in COOK"S magazine and checked here for price. As usuall Overstock had the best price around here and I purchased one. Works just as promised. Could use a bit more power, but is just great for everyday kitchen use to blend soups, smoothies, etc. No problems in the month I've used it.
I saw this unit rated number 1 on "Cooks Illustrated" I bought it for pureeing soups, smoothies etc. It works Great! Easy to disassemble for cleaning and storage. I have had it for about one month and it still works well. The graduated mixing cup is a real plus too. I don't have to use another measuring cup when making a smoothie (I make at least one each morning, a soy milk, banana and Fruit of the day smoothie). When I need to puree a soup, all I have to do is stick the unit in the pan and press the button. No more getting out the blender etc. etc. I find it very useful.
I found the mixer easy to use as well as clean up being a breeze..It is just what I was looking for. This product would be great to take on trips for quick blending of drinks..It look good sitting on my kitchen counter & takes very little space