I was worried about the performance of this blender due to some negative reviews, however, at the discounted price I thought I would take a risk. The machine is aesthetically pleasing and looks nice on the kitchen counter. It feels solid and well constructed. We have made smoothies, blended soups, crushed nuts and dips and blended various sauces. I find it very easy to use and clean, powerful and stable. To clean the machine after smoothies I rinse it quickly then add a drop of dishwashing liquid and a cup of water. I then blend until the machine is full of frothy soapy water and appears cleaned. All you have to do after that is rinse well. If you have made pesto or used oils then add hot water with the soap and let it sit a while after blending, if needed. I am really happy with the purchase and hope it will last a long time.