Summary: We own a vitamix professional 500. We need another unit for a second address. Sorry, but this one isn't even close. Large pulp remains and huge chunks of ice. Same with almonds or other nuts. Took itback after trying it 3 days. So sorry. Thought I was going to be pleased.
Summary: My previous Hamilton Beach blender cracked and needed to be replaced. Since my old blender lasted 3 years, which daily use, I decided to buy another one. I have tried several different kinds, but most only last a month or so. The Hamilton Beach blender 3 years lasted, until it cracked. I really like this blender. It makes great smooties. I use frozen fruits in it on a daily basis. It works best if the fruit is cut up.
Summary: All I can say is WOW...I love the "smoothie" feature..it blends all of my ingredients really fast. I make green smoothies daily and this machine slices thru frozen bananas, frozen fruit, ice, etc. like paper. I recently purchased & returned 3 other brands and was totally disappointed with them...my search is over. I have found the perfect blender!!!! Love It!!!!