I had a very bad experience with another manufacturer's blender which was supposedly made for making smoothies, which I had bought at Target. It failed on the very first use and I returned it to Target for a prompt and easy refind.
In contrast, the Ninja is phenonominal and works better than I had expected. Whether making a frozen smoothie or whipped protein shake or whatever, this device rocks! Fast, efficient, easy to clean and reassemble, this device surpasses my best expectations. Now I know why the leading consumer reports organization rated it a best buy.
Don't waste your money on anything else.
I purchased this on the black friday weekend sale for a great price! It performs well and chops effortlessly! Everything comes out quite small, so it's not great for chopping, but the blades are sharp, precise and easy to clean. My biggest complaint is the amount of veggies that get stuck up in the lid, even if you are just dicing garlic.
I would buy it again!
This blender is amazing- easy to use, very easy to clean as compared to the conventional kitchen blender, and works amazingly.
The small cup is great for personal sized smoothies/shakes, chopping up veggies for salsa, etc. The larger one is the big kahuna. It can chop up anything you put in there. The multiple blade technology is genius and makes for a smooth drink with long pulses or even chopped foods with the pulses. Would definitely recommend this product to anyone!!