I have been a fan of KitchenAid appliances for years. After receiving my KitchenAid mixer, I was even more interested in the company. The second KitchenAid product I bought was the KitchenAid Ultra Power 5-Speed Blender. As soon as I took the blender out of it's package, I was amazed at the weight. This isn't the cheap blender you've fought with in the past. This mixer has a steel base and a 40 ounce glass jar, making it high quality.
A few of the key features I love about this blender are the flat buttons, the easy assembly, and the power. This blender is a true workhorse. You'll be able to make smoothies with frozen fruit, without a problem. Plus, you'll be able to clean the blender easily because the blender comes apart easily and the buttons just need to be wiped down.
I feel this is a blender that will last for several years to come, just like any other KitchenAid product. Even if you don't think you would use a blender very often, I still highly recommend this product. The KitchenAid Ultra Power 5-Speed Blender comes with a recipe book so you'll have even more ideas on how to use it.