I picked up this blender on sale for a great price and it far exceeded my expectations for the price that I paid for it. I mainly use it to make smoothies and frozen drinks. It does a great job crushing ice for a nice smooth drink. I make a blended drink using various protein powders (depends on flavor/brand I feel like drinking that day) and even the clumpiest, most stubborn protein powder that usually has trouble dissolving comes out smooth without any hidden clumps of powder like my old blender used to give me. It's great for parties as well, everyone loves a good frozen margarita and you can make some excellent ones with this blender. I mainly use it for beverages, but I've tried making salsa a few times as well and it's come out great every time. So far I've been really impressed with this blender, it's easy to clean and it seems really durable so I expect I'll have it for years to come! Blending Power Awesome power for the price. I've used more expensive blenders in the past that didn't give me as good results as I get with this Oster blender. Ease of Cleaning Easy to clean and dishwasher safe!