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Buying an immersion(stick) blender for soup- Which brand is best?

Hope May 13, 2006 12:15 PM

Recognize it will be easier to puree with this tool but want to buy a reliable one. Which ones are good and which ones should we avoid? Any good prices at the national stores like Target?

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    John RE: Hope May 13, 2006 12:18 PM

    I have one that I bought several years ago (8?), so I can't comment on brands. I will suggest picking one with a metal "stick/head" as my plastic one (Braun) cracked soon after I bought it, it still works fine though

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    1. re: John
      cheryl RE: John May 13, 2006 12:50 PM

      I was given a Cuisinart immersion blender last Christmas and love it. It's surprisingly big, or at least long, but once I got over that, I found it very easy to use, lots of power and easy to clean.

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        Monty RE: cheryl May 13, 2006 03:43 PM

        I would ditto the Cuisinart. Have had one for a number of years, always dependable, no problems whatsoever with it.

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          Candy RE: Monty May 13, 2006 05:18 PM

          Me too, I have had the Cuisinart for 8-10 years, no problems easy to clean and since i am just using it in sauces, dressings and soups it is powerful enough for my needs. It came with 2 other blades which I have never used and now don't even remember what they are supposed to be for.

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            cindy RE: Candy May 13, 2006 08:58 PM

            Don't waste your time or $$ buying a cheapie model. There's not enough oomph to it, the button's too high to be comfortable, and it makes strange noises like it's gagging when you try to blend something thick.

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              MZG RE: cindy May 14, 2006 02:51 PM

              Which cheapie model are you referring to?

        2. re: cheryl
          jdherbert RE: cheryl May 15, 2006 11:09 AM

          My first immersion blender was a Cuisinart.

          Unfortunately, the shaft cracked while I was travelling- it still works, but nowhere near as effectively and I'm always worried about either food or wash-water getting into the works through the crack.

          I know Cuisinart makes a metal version now, too.

          My current immersion blender is a 500w Kitchenaid. It's more powerful than my stand mixer, and has a long, heavy duty shaft. I bought the bundle with the mini-prep cup, too- I love that little thing! From the website, the whol package is about $120, I spent $75 two years ago.

          Link: http://www.kitchenaid.com/catalog/cat...

        3. re: John
          adamclyde RE: John May 13, 2006 01:13 PM

          if you don't need it for chopping ice, then any of the ones on the lower end of the scale - $20-$30 range, will work equally well. I have a braun that works very well, or you can get any other of a recognized brand and be fine with it. They all puree soups equally. The difference in price in these low-end versions usually depends on the attachments - many of which are useless in my opinion.

          Where you get into the more expensive, higher-end is where you get ones capable of chopping ice or really hard things. They usually run $90-$100+. They are great, but if you aren't planning on doing anything that requires chopping ice or other very hard objects, then I would go with an inexpensive model.

          Good luck.

          - Adam

          1. re: John
            jfood RE: John May 14, 2006 11:30 AM

            My wife bought me a cuisinart snart stick two years ago and i ditto the other posts, works great

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