The KitchenAid Power Plus blender is the most powerful home blender on the market. With a 3.5 horsepower motor, it has more than enough power blend down the toughest of ingredients, including fruit and vegetables, nuts, ice, and other frozen ingredients. The KitchenAid Power Plus blender also has a three preset programs to make it easier to prepare smoothies, juices and soups, and even has a self cleaning programme. The controls are simple, with two switches - one for starting and stopping the machine, and another which provides a pulse function. Speed and presets are controlled with a variable dial. Switches and dials are made from metal and have a delightfully sturdy feel. Similarly, the base of the Power Plus blender itself is made from die cast metal so won't move around when blending. The powder coated finish matches with other KitchenAid products and looks stunning.