I was excited to see this product because I loved the original. I love it a lot, but the power Veggetti is a joke. The lid didn't lock into place where you feed the veggies through. And it mashed the veggies before it can slice them. And no, I didn't push hard on the plunger thing. I tried to use this product more than once with a lot of frustration by the end. It is totally a waste of time and money. I would buy the handheld one, but I would not buy the power one.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend