I was given this blender as a gift and I was very skeptical as to how well it would perform. I love to cook and bake so I have used alot of different styles and brands. BUT I was actually quite surprized at the power in this small appliance! Also that I can use it in the my small bowls and glasses. Just whip it out and start filling up my glass with fresh berries, ice and some yogurt and I have an excellent smoothie!! Small yet powerful..this blender is a keeper!