When I got interested in making green smoothies (along about the time my old teeth began to fall apart), I read an enticing book on making them that turned me off to the whole process because the author said to forget about other blenders because they all break down making green smoothies; to get a Vitamix. Well, I knew I'd never be able to afford a Vitamix! I tried to make a few green smoothies using an old Oster I had, but it became clear to me that it wasn't going to be up to snuff, so I chalked it up to the author being right and just gave up on the idea.
This blender, which I was given the opportunity to review, has gotten me excited about green smoothies again. It has a powerful motor, chews ice to smithereens in no time flat, and has a neat interior baffled design to the container that enhances the blending of the contents. It is plenty large, so you can start with lots of leafy greens that wind up blending down much smaller when chopped.
The only thing I would caution people about is that, for those who have arthritis like me, it may be a little rough on the wrists when lifting it, especially if you have much in it. If I use two hands and don't try to just lift it by the handle, though, I'm able to manage it just fine.