You can prep the food, program it and WALK AWAY. It steams and then automatically starts to blend (if you select that option). *see video I posted * I can be prepping the other kids dinner / lunch and the baby's food is cooking simultaneously.
CAPACITY: It can hold up to 3 cups. But - I found that each batch can fill an entire ice-cube tray if that helps give you perspective.
TECHNOLOGY: The features and LED backlit features are nice. Very intuitive and easy to figure out.
CLEANING: The pieces come out and they were easily washed. I washed them by hand because I wanted it put away faster.
I'm docking one star only because the lid stained instantly with just carrots and pears. I hand washed it within seconds of finishing but I can't get it off.
I've used it three more times since reviewing originally and love it even more.
* I wish you could press the blend button and release. (And not have to hold it down.) Not a huge issue but it would be nice in future models.
* As a habit - when you hold down the blender you typically place your other hand on top for stabilization. However, after you've used the steam function the top is HOT. So this is a hard habit to break.
* The lid is rather hard to get off. Like - the first few times it was REALLY hard to get off. It got easier after a few times.
* Lid stains easily.