Summary: We had just bought the blender a few months before. I had the original bowl too close to the heat return on my stove top and it melted. I found the plastic bowl component on eBay, bought it for less than $20 and had it in less than a week. Perfect solution!
Summary: Can handle just about any task. I love the fact that it's 2 machines in one so I don't have lot of countertop clutter. I use it a lot for making salsa and smoothies. The only thing I don't like about it is that the base is a silver colored plastic. I thought it was metal and was really disappointed but the operation is terrific. Would recommend this product.