I have long thought the Smoothie Maker must be one of the most useless appliances. Why not just use the blender? However, one of my co-workers brought her daily smoothie to work this week in a travel-type mug that the smoothie was made in! Snap on the lid....out the door. She swears by it. I never make smoothies for breakfast on a work day because I don't keep my blender on the counter, and it is sort of a pain to clean. The smoothie maker is smaller than the blender and would fit on the counter. Hers is a Back to Basics that she got at Costco, but our Costco apparently doesn't carry them anymore. Does anyone have any comments on using a smoothie blender, brand preference, and place to buy?