Summary: First of all I have to say that the rating below here is meaningless as it has nothing to do with the blender itself, but rather with the customer service of the seller. Amazon should add two review options to avoid these situations. So to the blender - I have tried numerous blenders and I have been looking for a good one or the last 1,5 years.
Summary: I've had mine for years and during all that time, it's worked great - never a problem until just recently the plastic drive coupling broke. I replaced it for about $20 and voila; I have my favorite blender back. I would recommend this product. Braun products rule!
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.