I bought this for my wife because she has a thing for snow-cone type of ice with Barq's root beer in it! I don't understand her attraction to this stuff but, it is what it is. We've tried other brands but, she likes this Rival better. This is our third one in three years but, I don't think it's because of a bad product, I think my wife uses it so often that it eventually breaks. It's pretty inexpensive so it's affordable to replace. Not like I really have a choice in that.