I got my blender for just under $14 after taxes. It was on sale for $17.99 and I had $5 in Rewards Points. I recently started working out so I needed something to make my protein shakes. Before I was using a mechanical food chopper to make my shakes and each time would take around 15 to 20 minutes having to chop up each ingredient individually and then manually shake the drink container for what seemed like forever. That was a huge waste of time. So far it's been working great. I can make great smoothies and protein shakes in just a few minutes. I love that I can mix up a smooothie, detatch the cup and enjoy my drink straight away. The jar / cup is made of thick durable plastic, holds up pretty well, and fits 14 fl oz . It fits in the cup holder of my vehicles just fine and is very easy to clean. Use caution if you have big hands when cleaning because the mixing blades at the bottom are part of the cup and you could probably hurt yourself if not careful. I have small hands so it's not really an issue for me. The base of the blender is very small and there's a spot where you can wrap the power cord around the base for easy storage. It does emit an odor typical to when motors are under a heavy load. It hasn't been an issue though. I never blend for more than 20 seconds at a time to let it cool down. I pulse blend until everything is nice and chopped up. Even if this thing fails I will buy another one because it was so cheap. There is another model made by Hamilton Beach that comes in different colors and is slightly thinner. If you want different colors, get the other model. This one only comes in black but they do also have this model that comes with a stainless steal cup which is slightly more expensive. I love my blender though and I'm about to make another shake right now!