Lovely blender. Works great for crushing ice and making smoothies. That's all I needed it for, and that's all I've used it for so far. I have yet to read the owners manual, but it's supposed to be a 12 speed. Far as I can tell, calling a button two speed by giving it two names, i.e. puree and whip, doesn't change the fact that it spins at the same rpm for both functions. It's six speed, with a pulse button for the slowest speed and one for the fastest speed. Both of which act as off buttons. With that aside, at 700 watts it's a great deal. Great build quality for the price, even though made in China, but what isn't nowadays? Sturdy construction, Glass carafe, snug fitting lid. My wife has a bit of trouble removing the lid as it fits quite tight, but I assume it'll loosen up some as it breaks in. I have no prob with the lid. The blade fitting is easily removable from the bottom to easily clean up sticky jobs. We are both quite happy, and would definitely purchase this again if we needed to replace it. I would definitely recommend this for anyone who wants a nice blender on a budget. Priced right, good quality, easy to use.