When I moved into my current roommate's apartment, I pared down on many of belongings, since his place was already fully furnished and there just wasn't storage space. This wasn't too much of a loss, since most of my stuff was purchased second hand to begin with. During the Great Apartment Purge of 2007 (alternately titled Let's Get This Sh*t Out of Here Fest), most of my small kitchen appliances went to Recylce North, including my blender.
So, fast forward a little over a year later, and I'm making split pea soup for dinner. I run my soup through the blender to get the consistancy right. Also because I suck at cutting up vegetables into small even pieces. Anyway, I venture into the Cupboard of Rarely Used Appliances, the place where the panini maker and the rice steamer live. I pull out the blender and my first thought was, Good lord, this thing feels cheap.
Now, you have to understand that my blender was pretty hefty and had a glass container. It worked pretty good and had decent power. Roommate's blender is all plastic. It's very light and it felt thin. I had reservations about how much power the thing was capable of.
And then I turn the sucker on. I have to say, it's an amazingly powerful little blender. Far more powerful then my old hefty guide. I was put off by its small size and light weight, but now that I've experienced it, I am completely won over. It's a bit like comparing a small sports car to a family sedan.