I have a large, powerful and heavy food processor from Kitchenaid. It is too big and heavy to mess when when preparing small (1-2) person meals. This entire processor and blender stores in a smaller footprint than the Kitchenaid and is much faster to use and clean than the large processor. The added flexibility of the glass blender makes it doubly useful. The controls take a minute to figure out, but are straightforward once you understand what applies to processing and what applies to blending.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Strong but not a metal base
The pitcher is nice and solid,and the base has some weight.But the base is plastic that looks like chrome.