Summary: We owned an earlier version of this blender. The body was actually made of metal and lasted a little over 3 years. We loved its look and it was quite easy to clean. We use a blender, mostly, to make smoothies. This newer model's motor base is plastic. We bought it 6/15/12 and, as of today, 1/24/14 the motor is overheating. I am really disapointed as it is a great looking blender. However, I feel the cost is too high for the amount of time it actually worked.