I've been using my unit for 8 months. I make fruit smoothies almost daily in the blender and have used the food processor for various meals about once a week. I have been happy with the performance of both the blender and food processor up until recently. I started to notice the plastic on the bottom of the blender carafe where it attaches to the base is starting to crack. Soon it will crack all the way off rendering the blender useless. Also just yesterday the food processor bowl started leaking. It too has stress cracks on the bottom where the unit attaches to the base. I called Delonghi and they are sending me replacements for both parts because I am still within the 1 year warranty. However, I believe this is an issue a lot of people are having with this model because the replacement parts are on back order for 3 weeks. I also believe that this will happen again over time to the new parts they are sending. Even though I love how this model performs and looks, I wouldn't recommend it to others simply because of the plastic parts.