I have been making a lot of smoothies lately and my last blender broke. I was happy that I bought this. This blender is loud, but powerful. It works well with ice, and I imagine it would crush just about anything. Sometimes it spins, so fast that it creates a little space around the blade, and then nothing else gets blended. You have to stop the blender and shake it, or smack the bottom. Overall this is a great blender.