I have had horrible experiences with blenders, which made me really hesitant to drop over $100 dollars on a new one that would last me. After seeing the Ninja system on TV, I decided to go in store to check it out. It comes with a warranty where I bought it, so I figured I'd try it out. I am so glad I did!!! Nothing I have ever used before has harnessed that much speed and power to do exactly what I want it to do. I use my Ninja Blender for so many things. It makes awesome smoothies, cream sauces, ice cream, mixed and frozen drinks, and with the pulse setting, you can press it for a second and you instantly have chopped veggies, lettuce, or chicken. It really is the best kitchen appliance I have ever bought. Making healthy smoothies is a big part of my breakfast routine on the go, so I would buy a ton of fruit and half of it would go bed because I got so sick of using the old, faulty blender that would leave smoothies lumpy. The Ninja prepares a smoothie for me in less than 10 seconds, plus it has the individual cup blenders, which you can unscrew from the blender, screw on the sipping lid, and take it with you right then and there! All of the cups and pitchers are easy to clean, and the blades come right out, so you don't have to worry about getting in the nooks and cranny's below the blades in the pitcher without cutting yourself. It is seriously a great invention!!! It is a hefty blender, I am prepared to have it last a long time! I had no problems with mine heating up at all. It is a bit noisy when chopping ice, but it is a blender, I think we are all prepared for that.
Ninja Blender with individual serving cup