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.
Bought this as a gift for my daughter because she wanted a nice blender to use to make smoothies and other blended drinks. She told me she was very happy with it and performs quite well enhances the look of her kitchen. I bought at a good price here on overstock.
I purchased the blender for crushing/grinding ice for mixed drinks. My complaint is that the display ad for the blender shows a cutting wheel for grinding ice that is not included with standard model actually delivered. The standard cutter on the delivered blender must be operated repetitively with the power switch to accomplish the grinding. Even then it is unsatisfactory to operate. The ad is inaccurate, and the product delivered is not what is displayed.
This blender has serve my family very well with smoothies which include ice cubes (it does leave little nuggets as it's not an ice crusher), batters, salsas and more. The easy pour top with a flip-up lid works well being set back a bit from the top's edge. This blender is a bit of a work horse and has held up well for the past year.