The Hamilton Beach Blender is a great blender. I would recommend it to a friend and anyone who likes to make blended drinks. I have tried many blenders over the years and have always burned out the motors on them with in a few uses. I love to make blended drinks with crushed ice, so I gave the Hamilton Beach Blender a real work out prior to writing this review and it passed with flying colors. The glass canister for blending is great for keeping things chilled and I'm able to put it into the freezer and then go straight into the base and re-blend left over beverage. Past experience with other blenders I have had to chop up the beverage prior to re-blending or the motor would burn up. The 6 cup/ 48 oz. blending amount is wonderful also. The pour spout is wonderful addition to the lid, but make sure that you have something under it, there is a slight problem with leaking. Having the addition removable fill cap makes it nice when you need to add just a little more to the already made mixture. This particular Blender came with a handy stir spoon which makes it great when your mixture gets stuck, you don't even have to remove the lid to use it, fits right through the spout, just wonderful. Another really nice feature is that not only are all the parts dishwasher safe but the gasket on the bottom of the blades is attached, don't have to worry about keeping up with it while your canister is being cleaned or having it crack or stretch from use. I have been just ranting and raving about how wonderful this blender is and in my opinion it is just that. I would recommend this brand to a friend and to anyone who enjoys using their blender for making mixed drinks, that is crushed ice drinks.