This might sound silly, but I get a little thrill putting an onion or other item down the shoot and having it chopped or grated way smaller, in a flash; its like magic. I do not like the part that it takes longer to clean soft cheeses out of the grates than to grate it, so I just do the whole two pounds at once and save it. My other "gripe" is the extra blades cost quite a bit. But I do think its worth it, when you divide up the time it takes. And how much better something is when it can be chopped up finely. Say, chicken meat. It pulverizes it so small, way smaller than I could do with a knife--for chicken salad. Or drop some brussel sprouts and shred them into a salad. Or make the pieces extra fine for salsa flavors to meld. I am a health conscious person, and a semi-foodie, so that means cooking at home quite a bit, but I do not want to be tied to the kitchen and to cleaning time. This cuts prep time down tremendously. It was a practical decision and investment.