Summary: I thought this would be a great deal since it was two items in one! I used the blender one time and the bottom piece broke, Cuisinart replaced it at no cost. Today the entire base just stopped working during use, I am very dissapointed. I am returning the item and will replace it with another brand. I have always love Cuisinart products, but this one is not reliable. I have read other reviews that say the same.
Summary: Hi All, Just got this today and tried it, the motor is fine but very noisy, you cant imagine how noisy it is !!!! Suprisingly there is no real lock on this model, if you put the blender Jar and operate at high speed it will start to twist and move from the base, then you will start to fell a smoke smell with very high noise as the rubber will start to heat !!
Summary: My search continues for a functional yet attractive blender. I didn't make it so far as to assess the functionality of this fine machine, because I couldn't get past the "fake metal". The photo is convincing, but the large handle and cuff on the pitcher is actually silver plastic pretending to be metal. This seems to be the blender trend these days. But in Cuisinart's defense, it almost got it. The base IS metal. And the pitcher IS glass. P.S.
Summary: We bought this blender to replace a 35 year old Oster that performed beautifully....yes, it's a hard act to follow. 3 years and 2 months later, the Cuisinart's motor has frozen and burned out. The Warranty is good for 3 years only. Our local appliance repair person recommended buying an Oster or another brand for which it's easier to get parts. Our experience with the Cuisinart: Pros: Handles ice well. Stays put on the counter. Big, wide top glass jar.
Summary: Terrible design in the spout. I am writing a review after almost 4 years of owning. It works well, but I can't stand looking at this blender anymore. THe spount doesn't work well. I make a smoothie everyday, so in terms of it being a workhorse- it is. THe problem is when I go to poor the smoothie it drips all over the place. So much crap has gotten under the metal part that surrounds the glass it looks terrible. I can't take the metal surrounding off to clean it either.
Summary: I purchased this mostly as a compact food processor and to make the occasional smoothie. I have had it for about 2 years and considering the price (I payed about $140) you would expect it to last. Now every time I try and blend something the liquid poors out of the sides, rendering it useless. It is not durable and I don't think its built to last, sadly like most things these days. Not an appliance you would want to use a lot.
Summary: No problems so far, approximately one year later. Doesn't get a whole lot of use though. The main complaint is regarding the blender jar pour spout. What an inefficient design! Liquids just spill over the edge then drip down the side of the jar when uprighted. Also, the inside ridges that go from top to bottom which help to knock the food around are poorly placed. There are four, one in the middle of each side.
Summary: I loved this combination food processor-blender. It did all the work I needed, it was easy to switch out the different parts of the unit, and easy to wash and clean. I bought the unit in late 2004, and used it until late 2008, so it lasted for 4 years. Unfortunately, the warranty is only for 3 years and the motor burned appears to have burnt out. I would expect a blender that costs this much to last much longer especially given that I did not use it all that frequently.
Summary: Before I purchased I read the other reviews and I do agree with them. It's a powerful machine, a bit noisy because of the power but not too much, and the pour spout is terrible. The food processor attachment seems a little wobbly, but works fine. Overall I am very happy with it. I needed something powerful and the problems it has are small inconveniences. I would recommend it.
Summary: As a single serving chef this is a great deal-the blender is powerful enough and the food processor works great; however, if you're wanting to make large quantities in the food processor, this is not the product for you. But other than the size limitations this is a great product.