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Stick/Immersion blender recommendations

I'm looking to get a stick blender, but I don't know what to get. I've seen some for as low as 20 buck, kitchenaid ones that run about 40 and the waring pro for 60. If there's a reason to get a more expensive one then I will, but I hate wasting money. Hence, likewise I don't want to spend 20 bucks on a powerless tool. FYI, i will usually use this for pureeing soups and sauces.

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  1. I have a braun one that I bought about probably 15 years ago. It was less than $20 and I think still is about that range. Still works great. I use it for soups. Easy cleanup.
    The newer stick blenders where the "stick" part is stainless and more streamlined looks great, and I'd like to try those, but mine still works just fine, so no real need to buy another.

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    1. re: slacker

      I have an older braun stick blender as well, it still works like a charm. It was not a terribly expensive model either, but I've used it for blending all kinds of things and have never had any problems with it.

      1. re: nicolars

        I was hoping I'd have an excuse to buy some fancy, shiny tool. You're bursting my bubble!

    2. I got a KA after I'd blown out a couple Brauns and who-knows-what-else. It has a very powerful motor, a simple variable speed knob up on the top where it stays clean and ungummed and the blade end pops off for dishwasher cleaning. I've been punishing this one for about 4 years and I highly recommend it.

      1. I love my Kitchenaid. It is like a power tool. It was $49 on Amazon and totally worth it. I'm sure I'll have it forever.

        1. Another vote for the KitchenAid - I was surprised how powerful it is, it's easy to clean, and blends up a batch of soup quickly.

          1. I have a Cuisinart cordless which I use to puree soups, sauces, ice cream bases. It has never seemed to lack power. I appreciate not having the cord to manage when I'm in a hurry to get something smoothed out quickly.