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All the talk about blenders on the board got me thinking about handheld immersion blenders. If you have one, do you use it? Is it worth spending the extra bucks on a better Kitchen Aid model?

Thanks in advance!

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  1. I'm new to the boards, but thought I'd just jump right in...Hand helds best for me,because I use it more often than the KitchenAid I also have..Guess it's an individual thing, according to how much you actually will use it, whether it would be a good investment for you.

    1. You might be interested in this article from the LA Times:

      http://www.gastropoda.com/stories/ble...

      After reading it, I rushed out and bought the KA that was tested. I've been very happy with it, though not as ecstatic as the writer. Nothing beats it for pureeing soup in a pot, but small amounts of pesto, etc, can be difficult.

      KA often has phone-order specials on colors and models that aren't selling well, and they have rebates at least twice a year.

      1. I have a handheld (as well as stand & portable blender, what's my problem?) & think it's a KitchenAid - came with chopper attachment, whisk & cup. I got it b/c my other one broke & I have to say - I LOVE it. Haven't read the article posted from the LATimes but I leave this sucker plugged in (to a power strip) & attach as needed. Very handy & the tall cup it comes with is great for mixing, as it doesn't swoosh all over like it did when i used a wider pyrex cup. Also - for all those other blenders I have, if you puree soup - this makes it a breeze!

        So I think it's worth it, though I used a coupon to one of those BB&B stores to get a 10% discount.

        1. I got Lydie Marshall's soup book and fell in love with several of her recipes; the only awkward part was ladling the soup back and forth from the food processor for blending. Now that I have my immersion blender (Kitchen Aid: got it for Christmas), soup is a breeze to make. Definitely worthwhile.

          1. Darn! Too bad you didn't ask yesterday -- I noticed the Kitchen Aid in the Amazon.com Friday sale.

            Anyway, I have one and I love it. I like pureed soups, and it's so much easier than pouring batches of hot soup into a blender or food processor. And it whips cream in no time flat.

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            1. re: Ruth Lafler

              Just a note that the Kitchen Aid is on sale again on the Amazon Friday sale (8/3/07) for $59.99.