If, like me and hubby, you have never ventured into home smoothie making, then this is a good machine to start with. i agree with the other reviewer here, the machine is plastic looking, hence 4 stars. However, we have had ours for over 6 months, with at least once a day usage, and have had no problems at all. Simple to clean, simple to use and a great price to 1st timers to have a play with smoothies and cocktails. Highly recommended.