Bought this at a big box store...you know the one. I have posted a video review elsewhere. This product was purchased based on price (cheap) and power (250 watts). I'm well aware of "you get what you pay for" and I wasn't expecting super value from this product. So far I've been pleasantly surprised.
I did not read any reviews before purchasing, but I notice there are lots of 1 and 2 star reviews. As far as performance, it has worked flawlessly for me for a few months. I have NOT tried to blend very HOT liquids with it, but have used it on items that were around 170° F with no problems. It is great for smoothies, shakes, etc. It also works well for liquefying things like yogurt, cream cheese, etc. as long as there is plenty of liquid with them. I have used it to blend strawberries for shortcake, blueberries for home-made ice cream, and cooked hot peppers for pepper sauce.
This is NOT a replacement for a full size blender! If you are expecting that, you will be disappointed. But it IS a good value for the price. If you want a stick blender for a very hot foods or that will last for years without a hiccup, pay a hundred dollars or more and get an all metal, commercial grade, immersion blender. But if you want one for occasional use at home this one will be good for you.
This one has a six foot cord...good for kitchens with only a few outlets above the counter. Other brands have only a 3 foot or 4 foot cord.
You can find this stick blender on Amazon and it's actually cheaper than the one I bought at that "Big Box store...you know the one". You can buy it here.