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Immersion blender: corded or cordless?

saraeanderson Nov 1, 2006 11:23 PM

Is it worth it to spend twice as much on a cordless immersion blender as one with a cord? Is there a noticeable difference in power?

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  1. Scrapironchef RE: saraeanderson Nov 2, 2006 12:11 AM

    Unless it's made by Makita, I wouldn't go cordless. They aren't going to have the power, and you'll probably never be that far from an outlet anyway.

    I'm a big cordless fan, up to and including a B&D cordless blender, but this isn't a good application. You'll have to leave it in the charger to be sure it is ready to use when you want it. Rechargeable batteries self discharge at a slow but significant rate. A good corded unit is ready to go in no time flat and will do a better job.

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      Kelli2006 RE: saraeanderson Nov 2, 2006 02:14 AM

      I have never used a cordless blender that was anywhere worth the money. I have never thought that a cord got in the way. It's just not that big of a nuisance.

      Get a stick blender with just a on-off switch and don't get seduced by fancy attachments.

      1. jbyoga RE: saraeanderson Nov 2, 2006 02:17 AM

        I vote for the corded - no batteries to replace and plenty of power.

        I have a GE one that came with a separate food processor attachment and I love it! It was around $30

        1. saraeanderson RE: saraeanderson Nov 2, 2006 04:14 AM

          I'm at a disadvantage here because my (apartment) kitchen has only one outlet, nowhere near the stove or counters. Still, it's easier to bring a pot of soup over to the outlet than it is to ladel boiling hot soup a few ladels-full at a time into a food processor.

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            King of Northern Blvd RE: saraeanderson Nov 2, 2006 05:30 AM

            I'm in your situation. I Just keep a long extension cord around for the Immersion blender. I mean you only use for a minute or 2 tops when you do use it. I don't mind the cord laying around for a few minutes. It beats ladeling into a processor or blender. Clean up is a snap.

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            kayakado RE: saraeanderson Nov 2, 2006 12:59 PM

            cordless appliance batteries don't last forever but an appliance with a cord last for decades.

            1. TonyO RE: saraeanderson Nov 2, 2006 01:01 PM

              Buy a Kitchen Aid corded model and it will fill the bill as this isn't typically used every day.

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                cheryl_h RE: saraeanderson Nov 2, 2006 01:26 PM

                I have a cordless Cuisinart immersion blender and love it. It takes an hour or two to recharge the battery which is then good for a few hours. As I seldom use it for more than minutes at a time, this works perfectly well. I like the convenience of being able to grab it to puree something quickly at the stove or countertop.

                This appliance is all about convenience. I have a blender and processor which aren't nearly as handy because I have to plug them in, carry the food to be pureed to the appliance and clean up takes far longer. The stick blender is portable, lightweight and ready to use instantly anywhere, anytime.

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                  pikawicca RE: cheryl_h Nov 2, 2006 11:23 PM

                  I could never get mine to hold a charge.

                2. chowser RE: saraeanderson Nov 2, 2006 09:31 PM

                  We had a Cuisnart cordless that lost its power pretty quickly. Next time I'm getting a corded one.

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                    EclecticEater RE: saraeanderson Nov 2, 2006 10:38 PM

                    If the cord is long enough to reach from your outlet to the place where you're going to use your immersion blender, be it stove or countertop, go for it. Cordless is nice, and the others who comment will give you the scoop on it. I have an older Braun and love to make soups pureed and I got stuck in the retro cusine minseur movement some years ago, pureeing everything in sight, celery, mushroons, (great secret here) some pears with green beans, and so on...

                    1. jillp RE: saraeanderson Nov 3, 2006 12:42 AM

                      Always go for a corded one. I've had recipes that required more than 3 minutes of blending and I can't envision a battery-powered appliance that could handle that.

                      If you lack outlets, buy a multiple outlet and plug it in. You won't use it that often but when you do it will be very handy.

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                        Scrapironchef RE: jillp Nov 3, 2006 04:31 PM

                        I screwed an outlet strip onto the bottom of the cabinet next to the stove and tacked the cord up along the back til I reached the outlet. Very handy and practically invisible.

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