This is exactly the blender I wanted - not sure why I waited so long. Love the single serve cups. Makes smoothies a breeze. I have the Ninja Kitchen system but never liked it very much - too bulky, too many parts, no single serve. It was also very picky about when it would run - if anything was the slightest bit out of alignment, it would not work. At one time I actually thought it was broken. The Pulse is different - it is simple, easy to use and has just the right number of parts. It's easy to clean and every bit as powerful. Can't believe I waited so long - get one before these are no longer available. You won't be sorry!