Summary: I was excited to purchase this blender because our last Cuisinart blender just died after almost 8 years of vigorous usage. Our previous model is no longer sold. This one appeared similar with a few more bells and whistles. I was, however, thoroughly disappointed with this model. I was expecting at least the same amount of power and quality. This was not the case. Our first use was to make smoothies. I used the smoothie button. It was useless.
Summary: blender works great and truly mixes ingredients; it is a little heavier than expected. I purchased this product because the glass to my first blender broke and rather than purchasing a nother unit, all I needed was a replacement.
Summary: I am very happy with this blender - it does a great job at blending smoothies. Just throw in fruit, yogurt, raw carrots - whatever you like, and they come out great every time. I have used the blender to crush ice with great results also. I would purchase this model again.
Great Features, but noisy...not noise you'd expect
8 April 2011
Summary: I have the Cuisenart food processor that is in the same series as this blender. I needed a new blender and based on the performance of the food processor bought this blender. I like the performance of this blender and its features, but the hard plastic base and hard plastic bottom for the glass jar make terrible noise when you use this product. I find this to be a design flaw and an annoying one for the price.
Summary: The product is stylist and has many great features and options for different speeds. I purchased it for smoothies and it has a timed pulse to mix and then smooth the contents. Very impressed with the operation of this blender. Hands down best blending over any other blender I have owned.