It is great for making smoothies and protein shakes especially for only one person so you don't have to deal with leftovers. Great design and easy to use and clean. It is compact for easy storage. Could have more power though. It sometimes gets bogged down it there is not enough liquid in the cup. I like to make fruit smoothies with it and it can have a hard time with frozen fruit if there isn't a lot of liquid in it. It still does a good job and because it isn't super expensive and bulky I would purchase it over most other blenders. Ease of Cleaning Very very easy to clean. If you don't use a dishwasher (which I recommend to not use because I think that the components will last longer if you don't) It is still a very quick wash by hand. All you need to do is clean the blade and the cup. That's it! Durability Watch out for the small pieces that stick out at the brim of the cups. It you are too rough with them they will break easily.