Summary: I have had a smoothie every morning for the past 10 years and I have been using this smoothie machine. I tried a couple different ones in the beginning, and this one clearly won. Put ice (about 4-5 cubes) and frozen fruit on the bottom, cover with liquid, then add any fresh fruit and finish off with a cup of yogurt and you get a perfect smoothie (it will blend spinach good as well). I then dump it into a nalgene type bottle and bring with me to work.
Summary: I wanted a blender that I could make my smoothie in and go out the door.( Handling my Cuisinart blender first thing in the morning is too much for my sleepy brain! ) . This is perfect! I bought some 1/2 cup containers & measured out nuts, seeds, protein powder and some green powder. In the morning I put in almond milk, my measured ingredients, frozen blueberries... etc... I pulse it a few times. Blend on low for a minute and then on high for a minute.
Summary: I've been using this blender for years to make my morning protein smoothies. Only problem with the one I just ordered is that the O ring id allowing the drink to leak out, otherwise it works great!
Summary: We use this after a run to blend up some smoothies (ice, fruit, etc.) and it is stronger than old standard pitcher blender, and quieter (I think because there is no opening at the top when blending like traditional blenders). The convenience of the moving from blending to drinking in the same container is strong plus.
Summary: I bought this blender about 10 or more years ago and it finally went out on me. I did not even consider buying another type of personal blender. I really like the pulse function along along with the lid that allows you to drink from straight from the mug itself. This blender is very well constructed with a lot of power and I ordered another one and It came quickly.
Summary: I purchased this to make smoothies for my kids who are runners. I make my smoothies with frozen fruit and juice - that's all. During the fall - cross country season I use this blender every weekend, we don't use it as much the rest of the year, maybe once a month. The motor sometimes sounds like it's about to die and has done so for the last few years, but it keeps on working. The blender base leaks a small amount but it hasn't hurt it. I think it was a great value.