Summary: I purchased this blender at a Walmart. My teenage daughter loves smoothies and finds this blender easy to use and easy to clean. I have attempted several frozen drinks, but the ice (from my refrigerator freezer) is never crushed completely. It could be that the ice cubes are too firm and large, because I have an older model refrigerator. Many newer model refrigerators have a crushed ice feature which is probably easier to use in a blender.
Summary: I read the reviews on this and decided to try it. My other 2 blenders just died ugly deaths and I was reluctant to buy another one. I thought I didn't really need it as I don't use them very often. I started reading about the smoothies people are making and the adult beverages that turned out so well, so I took the bait and purchased it. I'm glad I did. I am making smoothies and milkshakes more often and truly enjoying it.
Summary: I received this blender as a gift and use it all the time to make frozen drinks. It works really well for the most part and the spout is great. However the spout always seems to clog up with ice and you end of having to pour it like a normal blender.
Summary: I own three of these blenders and they're like nothing I've ever used before. The blades make some kind of vortex which mixes and moves everything around so that it all gets blended smoothly (no ice chunks). It is loud, but seems plenty powerful. It's the only blender I've ever used that I haven't had to get out the long spoon and push and move chunks around to get it mixed properly.
Summary: I FOUND MINE AT THE LOCAL DOLLAR GENERAL STORE. COULDN'T CRUSH ICE WITH MY STANDARD BLENDER TO MAKE MARGARITAS, AND HAPPENED ONTO THIS. SAID IT COULD CRUSH ICE AND IT DOES! TWO SETS OF STEEL BLADES ARE VERTICAL AND HORIZONTAL, ALLOWING FOR EASY CRUSHING AND ROTATION OF THE ICE, IT KEEPS THINGS MOVING AND WON'T JAM. I'VE ENJOYED MAKING MARGARITAS FOR MYSELF, AND THE KIDS WENT CRAZY OVER THE SMOOTHIES I MADE WITH IT.
Summary: I bought this at an end of summer sale blow out ...really cheap but must say so far so good! Makes better frozen drinks than our Oster which was about 3 times the price of this. This totally crushes ice cubes and makes the beverages nice and slushy. Although, dispensing can be tricky. When the liquids are very thick the blender must be on in the dispense mode to get it to come out and sometimes there's dripping but a little cup under the dispenser solves that easily.