I have this oster blender after a ton of reasearch and this thing is a machine:
Amazon.com: Oster Beehive Chrome Blender: Home & Garden
and its a MACHINE. I have had 3 blenders before this Krups (the one recommended by consumer reports and it was junk, Cuisinart (again it wasn't that good of a blender), KA (it was ok but i would still have chunky smoothies) and a HB that was junk. THis thing is awesome. It has a VERY powerful motor. I use my blender almost every day. Is there any downfall to this blender? Sure but for the price its a steal. Its very loud, it only has pulse and on (thats all you need anyways), and the lid isn't the greatest. Other than that its perfect.