Summary: I've purchased this blender to replace an old dead Krups that was very good. I wanted the same features for the new one and this Cuisinart gave me all I wanted, but better. It is strong, easy to use, well designed. It has accomplished all tasks very well.
Summary: The jar will spin itself loose if you don't hold on tight. The jar is very heavy, and if you break it it costs $45 to replace. Unfortunately I did break mine trying to wash it. About a year after purchasing the blender the blade assembly locked up and I had to pay $25 plus shipping to replace.
Summary: I have used it to make smoothies and pancakes and it works seamlessly. Absolutely love this product. I haven't had it for very long yet, so I cannot comment on long term use, but so far, so good.