Summary: It's easily the best blender around - great smoothies, easy emulsifications, no leakage. This is my second one. The motor burned out on my first after 5 years. It costs less than $100. I don't know why they stopped making it. I bought the Ninja and was terribly disappointed - smoothies were terrible and the opening on the side makes dripping in oil a mess. The Braun makes great smoothies and has a center opening (unlike the Ninja) to drip in oil for emulsifications.
Summary: We have been using Braun MX 2050 blender for the last 5 years. Unfortunately, the last one burned out due to carelessness. And it was even unfortunate to find out that Braun appliances are no more available in north america. However, I was able to buy this last piece out of ebay and happy to be a Braun user again. This blender has one of the quietest motor (we tried Oster meantime and wowww no ear plugs could save my ears).
Summary: I read a Consumer Report review of this blender a while back. They said it is the best reasonably priced blender for crushing ice and since I love smoothies I made a note of the name and model. Boy were they right! When the bowl broke on my Osterizer 12-speed blender it was the perfect excuse to ditch it and buy the one I had my eye on. There is no comparison, the Braun is 10 times better!
Summary: Excellent value for money - the blender chops, grinds, blends, and crushes ice perfectly. The jar is huge and convenient to handle. The next best model would be Oster Fusion technology which is priced $40 more - this Braun blender is ranked equally high in consumer reports - hence the best value for money.
Summary: Bought this model based on Consumer Reports rating. In our smoothie-loving family, blenders don't last too long. This one appears to be solid, powerful and much quieter eating ice cubes than its predecessors.
Summary: I loved my blender before it croaked after about 8 yrs of very regular use. It died after an extremely thick batch of hummus my husband made. This was no fault of the blender I might add. When my dad got the blender it was a "consumer reports best buy" that we purchased at Sam's Club for around $60. Over the course of 8 yrs we have had to replace the part where the jug connects to the base in order to blend. That was easily purchased online from braun for like $5.