This blender is a great deal. I have made smoothies, milkshakes, and even soups in this thing! Rather than holding down the button, I find that pulsing is much more gentle on the motor. Some people mentioned they had issues with frozen bananas, I haven't. I chop my frozen bananas up prior to blending and pulse the blender until smooth.
The lid is a tad cheap, however, for the amount of wear I've put on mine, I'm pleasantly surprised with how long and how well it's held up.