I must admit that I was a bit hesitant to begin with about buying this blender as it is a bit expensive, but after taking the plunge I don't regret it! It's the best blender I've used (and I've used quite a few different makes). The main thing that I wanted it to do was to crush ice as we love frozen margaritas - and the cocktails were fab. After a week of frozen cocktails every day I thought I should try the blender for something else so I made some butternut squash soup which came out beautifully smooth - so I'd highly recommend it. It feels solid and well made.