This blender is very powerful, and that was exactly what I was looking for; it blends food with ease. The downside to this blender is that it is quite loud (which didn't really bother me though) and it is not very durable. When it arrived, there was a piece broken off the base of the cup part, but Overstock quickly sent me a replacement part. In a very short time the glass cup part of the blender had a large crack in it,GA but the glass is so thick that I am still able to use the blender even with the crack. I will be looking for a replacement glass top so that I can continue to use this powerful blender.