These have come up in threads so many times over the years, and I was always the lone dissenter, saying I didn't like them and didn't own one. Especially odd for one who was making well over 50 pots of soup a year. Just didn't like the things.
The other day I came across one that I'd bought last fall, no doubt with some errant credit at Sur la Table, and had stuck it in a cabinet, forgotten.
Well, I made a batch of cream of greens soup Sunday night and decided to finally take that sucker of a blender for a -literal- spin. Wow!! LOVE it!!
I don't know if I've had a change of heart or if they've improved since I first used one (kinda thinking it's the latter) but I am now a total convert. It's fast, clean, quiet, and easy to wash.
FWIW, this is the one I bought.