Summary: The Cuisinart SB5600 blender functions far below expectation for me. It does not crush as well as more inexpensive machines I have owned. However, it is twice as loud. The glass carafe is nice, but the pour spout is quite ineffective; the contents runs down the side of the jar with every attempt to pour. This one was advertised as having a 90 ounce capacity when, in fact, it has a 60 ounce capacity -- not sure whose fault that is.
Summary: I wanted a high power blender similar to a Vitamix, but I noticed that Vitamix blenders were priced at approximately $400. Although this Cuisinart blender is not quite as powerful as a Vitamix, the price is much better and so is the overall look of the blender. This blender is the most powerful in the Cuisinart Line.
I have used this blender to make soups and fruit & vegetable smoothies and it has worked extremely well and is very easy to clean.
Summary: It's simply a great blender and is very modern looking.
The buttons on the side of the blender are well placed and responsive. There's a small light to the left of every button except "OFF" that goes on when that button is selected, very nifty.
The glass container is sturdy and slightly heavy with measuring markers engraved in the glass. The blender has many blending options as well.
Summary: We drink protein shakes 3x a day. I love lots of ice in mine, and this blender is perfect for that! Even the lower settings are more than powerful enough to chop the ice up. And the fact that it is very good looking didn't hurt either! I used to run a juice stand and this does as good as any of the professional models I've used.