After researching many different slushie machines we went with this one for its compact size. It freezes fairly quickly, especially if you fill it half way, let it freeze, then fill it the rest of the way. It is pretty easy to clean but doesnt have a night mode so you do have to empty it and run it through the dishwasher every night. The only reason Im giving to 4 stars instead of 5 is because the bar down the street have enough space for a full sized slushie machine and Im jealous every time I see it. But if youre working with limited space, this machine gets the job done!