This is actually a very nice blender. I have one that I paid twice as much for and it looks a lot cooler and has a lot more buttons and selections, but it doesn't work as well. It's not an eye catcher, but it is far from the ugly duckling appliance in the kitchen and it only has three settings, high...which pulverizes and will eventually heat the contents, low...which is a lot like high, and pulse...I don't really use that function because it appears to be worthless, but if you do something that require that setting, it is available. It's a glass container with plastic lid...classic setup. The blades are very effective and they clean up easily, although I haven't let anything set in them and since there are six of them, it is a little tighter of a squeeze between them. Overall, its a super blender for the price. I kept my more expensive one with the extra settings "just in case", but I think it will be making a trip to the good will soon...this blender is an easier to use, more effective blender.