if you are looking for an individual smoothie maker you can't go wrong with this. Just be aware that this is not a heavy duty mixer, and you can only use it for about a minute before resting it for 10 min. In that regard it's perfect for making one smoothie and cleaning it consists of removing the bottom half of the unit where the blade is and rinsing it. Soo much easier than cleaning a blender. I have found that when I cut my fruit up in fairly small pieces and used crushed ice I don't have to run it as long, so hopefully this will extend its shelf life. I've used it several times and it makes a really nice smoothie!