I bought the Cuisinart PowerBlend 600 Blender, towards the end of last year, with the intention of using it towards preparing a meal for my family for the holiday season. First of all, for a blender with such a powerful motor, it is pretty lightweight, which made me question its durability. While crushing ice, I noticed that the stability of the Cuisinart PowerBlend 600 Blender was compromised. I had to hold the blender down with both hands for fear that it might start sliding across the kitchen counter and end up on the floor. Moreover, at its third use, the blender started smelling like something was burning. Of course, I turned the blender off immediately and have not used it since! What concerns me is the high price of this product for such a poor quality piece of equipment. The safety concerns regarding the use of this product is unnerving as well. I would definitely not recommend the Cuisinart PowerBlend 600 Blender.