Summary: After reading reviews from several sites and magazines, I chose this blender. It's a dream for making smoothies, frozen drinks, and blending soups, etc. It's well built, quiet, and has a large jar capacity. I love the way it goes through ice- it doesn't bog down or leave big chunks. The single speed is more than adequate and the pulse feature give you more control. I love this blender and would recommend it to anyone from chef to the occasional user.
Summary: I purchased this blender based on the Cook's Illustrated recommendation. While it does a good enough job at tasks requiring high speed and lots of power, I really wish I'd purchased a blender with a wide range of speeds, especially slower speeds. While it might do a good job with ice or a smoothie, both of the two speeds available on this blender are faster that what I typically like to use with my food.
Put $50 in a blender that actually works and hit 'pulse'
Pat Tepm "Pat", Amazon
26 May 2010
Summary: The motor burned out the very first time we tried to use this - making pancake batter. It was on for less than 60 seconds, when it began producing a faint smoke odor and the motor cut off entirely. It could not handle milk, flour and an egg. The whole thing was over in a minute. We tried plugging it in the next morning when the motor was cold....nothing whatsoever. A colossal waste of time and money.
Summary: BUYER BEWARE - Kalorik DOES NOT stand behind their products. I have the Aztek version of this blender and in the first 5 uses (approx 2 minutes of actual blend time) the Glass Jar developed a huge crack from bottom to top and is not usable. Though the Blender has a 1 year warranty, the glass jar, one of the most important parts is not covered. I have never seen a company basically say "Sorry" when the item dies right out of the box.
Summary: I purchased this blender, as many others have, based on the recommendation from Cook's Illustrated as a "Best Buy." I previously owned a Cuisinart blender that cost roughly three times as much as this one. I was never happy with the Cuisinart; it couldn't thoroughly crush ice or make smoothies, required constant intervening when blending to try to get the contents consistent, and eventually the motor burned out.