Caphalon XL 9 Speed Blender
I was impressed with the packaging of this product. Directions were on top about how to unpack it and there were very clear other materials, including contact info. Caphalon appears to have good customer service, which I'm counting on for the long life of this blender. My previous blender's glass container could not be replaced. This blender works well, though didn't puree frozen mango as thoroughly as I expected with the programmed "smoothie" function, but well enough. Several of the buttons appear to have identical speed & power, but at least the choices are clear. The one irritation was difficulty in screwing/unscrewing the glass container to its base. My model has sticking points, requiring THREE hands to loosen at first. Positioning it on the base also took many attempts before achieving proper contact. However, both things got better with practice, so I'm willing to overlook it. Design is lovely, just a tad too high to fit under my 15-inch cabinets fully assembled - I have to separate it from its base. Noise level is excellent compared to my older model, which was a high priority for me. The product and the company's reputation for customer service makes the $130 price tag a good value.
I recommend this product.