Based on previous reviews, I decided to go for this as it seemed one of the best blenders out there. I was looking for something efficient, that would look good and last a long time. Well, this certainly looks good in the kitchen but it can't handle very simple things, such as smoothies. Bananas are never properly blended, let alone frozen fruits, no matter how long you blitz them, and it doesn't do too well on soups either. I don't know how long it will last, given that I bought it only a few months ago, but I am rather disappointed with it, so do think again before you buy it.