A very useful tool and convenient tool, requires concentration, and cleaning. You need to be careful because of the power and heating/cooking capability, bit it does work well. Strong motor, but you again need to understand the unit's characteristics, and cooking capability. Measurements and amounts need to be gauged carefully. Definitely not a device for little children to be around or use. Also its a more sophisticated tool for the kitchen. You can always pour the soup afterwards in a pot, and tweak it. The recipes are pretty good in the instructions, not necessarily optimal nutrition. The materials are reasonably good, plastic base, strong motor, glass container I really like. Don't overfill, it can splatter hot liquids. I would rather see a real metal or stainless base. This is an economy of scale, cost manufacturing decision. 20 years from now, with the right interface, our robots can use this. Would make a great device for hospitals making home made tube feeding formulas or home care for geriatric patients. Compared to our old Waring Blender , its somewhat Surreal but great for Geeks. Needs an iPhone or IPad interface, maybe an HDMI adaper or multimedia entertainment screen. :) I have yet to try it, but ought to be a great machine for making Mango Lassi. Definitely an evolved product from the Industrial Revolution for the sophisticated buyer. Of course I wonder what the kitchen must be like from the blender's designer ? Likely designed in the US, made in the PRC. Also a nice evolution to the hotplate, with cross cultural appeal. We bought because of the handle for its blending capability for hot liquids. This is the product for an archeologist to find 10,00 years from now, along with Google glasses and an iPhone.