I have a heavy weight food processor, and a blender. However, the heavy weight is hard to get out of cupboard, sometimes the lid is fiddly and lots of washing up. I was therefore looking for a lighter machine that could do it all. Already familiar with Braun, I knew they made good products. This machine does everything I want. It will easily process veggies for a salad, mash potatoes, puree my soups or sauces. Although it doesn't specify that it can do this I also made quiche pastry in this machine. So it pretty much does everything it claims to do and it does it very well. I like that it is compact, easy to clean and get out of your cupboard. This is as far as I know the only machine of its kind that does variable speeds. This is important if you use the immersion blender or whip up pancake batter. You never end up with splashes everywhere as you can slowly increase the speed. I am very pleased with my new Braun, and it is used in my kitchen several times a week. My only gripe is that in Europe it comes with both the 2 cup bowl and 6 cup bowl. I bought it with the 6 cup bowl, and now will have to buy the 2 cup bowl seperately.