I LOVE this machine. It is on the counter and I use it at least once a day. The single serve "bullet" accessory is great for making sauces and finely grinding nuts for recipes that you want very smooth....very powerful. Easy to clean. Great having options for the blender and the processor. I have not made actual smoothies yet as I juice with a different machine but I do know when I am ready for smoothies this is the machine that will do it. Would be lovely if it was a quieter machine but it works so well and the price was right that it doesn't matter.