Summary: This is an outstanding cool looking blender. We had one of the original Cuisinart SmartPower Premier CBT-500 blenders purchased when Cuisinart first introduced them as their top of the line blender. Bought this one as a backup to our original and because we got this complete unit for less money than a replacement jar. I might add that the unit bought was literally brand new, used only once. Quality and construction are of the highest standards.
Summary: I am a bit stumped on several of the reviews on this bar blender. Were these made better 7+ years ago, was mine from a different batch or what? I don't know. All I can say is this is the best blender I have used. Several years ago, I purchased this blender at Dillard's, shortly after getting my first KA Stand Mixer. I was able to have the sales person plug it in for me to test it out first... to see that it worked and how the motor sounded.
Summary: I bought this because I wanted to make smoothies. It crushes ice beautifully and the smoothies are fantastic. I have used it quite a bit and I just love it. This blender can get the job done in a snap. I would recommend this to anyone who appreciates quality with a reasonable price tag. It is GREAT.
Summary: I found this to be an excellent blender. The lip of the pitcher part is large and one has to learn how to pour it without spilling, but that's its only drawback. And it was easily solved once I mastered the correct pouring angle. Its fast and blends smoothly. Highly recommend.
Opt for a different blender - get one with an all-metal drive
Cooper "ministering4Him", Amazon
30 August 2010
Summary: I love this blender's functional design and heavy glass pitcher. Excellent product with one major flaw - an all metal drive. I purchased this and within one week had to return it because the plastic couplings got shredded because it didn't seat on propery one time I used it and ... that was the end of the blender! I opted for an Oster with an all-metal drive at Wal-Mart. It was actually less expensive, but I lost no quality and gained an all-metal drive.