Summary: As one other reviewer said, at first I had challenges with this blender when making frozen fruit smoothies. It seemed I was always using a spoon to push more of the fruit down towards the blades.
Then I learned a similar trick to the other poster - put in your juice along with any softer fruits at the bottom of the blender, then have the frozen stuff at the top.
For example, I love to make my strawberry (frozen), banana (fresh), blueberry (frozen) smoothies.
Summary: This blender works great but I had the same problem others reported. After about 6 months of using the blender to make smoothies, the white plastic "teeth" on the blade assembly started breaking off. On 11/27/06 I called Braun (1 800 272 8611) and asked if this is covered under the one year limited warranty (I'd ordered the blender on 12/30/05 and it was shipped out to me by Amazon on 1/23/06).
Summary: We got this blender because of the Consumer Reports rating, and the reviews that said it was powerful. It is! Can mix up ice or ice cream easily. Overall has a high quality feel to it. Not too many speeds, but that's fine - who needs seven or eight? Symbols for the various speeds are indecipherable, but we're rather smart so we quickly deduced that "5" is faster than "1".
Summary: My blender lasted several months before breaking. The plastic gear teeth on the bottom of the jar broke while crushing ice. I noticed Consumer Reports Magazine revised their article to reflect the broken teeth complaint. Their sugestion was to contact Braun and they will ship you a new and updated replacement assembly free of charge. Apparently this is the assembly that the newer blenders of the same model use.
Great power for making smoothies...no longevity in parts
Phillip Hanson "peejmeister", Amazon
1 August 2003
Summary: I had done quite a bit of research before buying this blender to make smoothies. I guess I should have listened to the online comments. While Consumer Reports rates this blender as a best buy for powerfully blending smoothies and a great price around ..there is a problem. After using the blender for only about a month the plastic teeth that hold the pitcher onto the motor break off. I had seen reports of this happening but the motor power and cost seemed hard to pass up.
Very powerful and fast blender, one minor complaint
pm444 "pm444", Amazon
20 January 2002
Summary: I had an old Osterizer blender with 12 push-buttons, none of which matched the speed of this Braun powerhouse. I bought this to make protein shakes, which includes crushing a couple ice cubes, and so far, it has produced uniformly smooth shakes, with no lumps of unblended powder or pieces of uncrushed ice.
Summary: Habe den Mixer jetzt ein paar Jahre im Gebrauch und er funktioniert immer noch einwandfrei. Das Glas ist total stabil und hält auch heißer Kürbissuppe stand ohne zu springen. Alle Teile können in die Spülmaschine ohne Schaden zu nehmen. Die Dichtungen sind auch immer noch top. Ich benutze allerdings immer nur die ersten drei Drehstufen, hab das Gefühl danach verändert sich nicht mehr viel. Aber mit den ersten drei Stufen bekomme ich auch alles klein.
Summary: Il frullatore Braun PowerBlend MX 2050 è un prodotto dal design particolare, nonostante il bicchiere sia molto capiente ha una lunghezza ridotta, infatti il suo diametro e quello del corpo macchina hanno misure sopra la media. Questa originale forma ad “otto” però non sviluppa molta superficie in altezza e il peso è alquanto contenuto.