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Immersion blender: corded or cordless?

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. 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.

    1. 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. 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. 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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          1. re: saraeanderson

            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.

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