Summary: I first purchased the CuisinArt blender in 10/2013 and the motor stopped working within a month. As a result of this manufacture defect, I replaced the blender with another exact model. The 2nd blender lasted a little longer but the motor still died after only 40 days! I tried the product twice and the outcome was the same. Something has to be wrong with this model. I only use my blender for regular smoothies which any decent blender should be able to handle.
Excerpt: Beware! This blender is a piece of JUNK! 1 month after purchasing it, the blade fell apart. Zappos replaced it. 7 months later the motor to the new blender sputtered a few times and "died". The only think I have used it for was to make smoothies. Giving it even 1 star (other than in style) is too generous. I'm very disappointed. Cuisinart used to be a good quality.
Summary: This nice looking blender does not blend very well. It seems strong, but fill it half way or more and the only thing that gets blended is the stuff at the bottom, with the upper stuff just sitting still. Here is where you must stop the thing, pry off the top, make a mess, and stir it yourself. I have never had a neat experience. The best part is that the parts are dishwasher safe, so clean up is not that hard.
Summary: have several Cuisinart products, so when I saw this blender,I was sure I was getting a great product. It was bought on August 3, 2010, from Amazon.com. Started working fine, but all of a sudden, it stopped. I let it rest, to reset it and worked. But after less than a year it stopped again, but this time the reset didn't work. It goes on, but no matter what function you choose, it works for a second and then goes off again. Try to blend something this way.
Summary: Don't be fooled by the nifty SmartPower feature or the solid build. This blender is garbage. We loved the solid build but when we tried to crush ice or make a frozen drink, the blender runs for about half the time needed, about 20 seconds, then the SmartPower protection kicks in and shuts it down. Also, the 15 minute reset time is a joke. Ours didn't reset for at least 45 minutes to an hour. Any brand has to be better than this one. Guess we'll try Oster next.