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Your Favorite Hand Blender??

I am ready to buy an imersion hand blender. I would appreciate your recs, as I have never owned one. Thanks!

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  1. I recently purchased the Cuisinart SmartStick Hand Blender and I love it:

    http://www.cuisinart.com/catalog/prod...
    (hope that link works, otherwise just go to the Cuisinart website and go to "hand blenders"

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    I bought it at Linens N' Things, marked less than the MSRP, and with a 20% off coupon, so it was a pretty good deal- I think it was between $35-$40 total if I remember correctly. I like it because I can use it as a hand mixer (whisk attachment), chopper (chopping container attachment), and also small-to-medium-volume blending, especially for hot items (which I think you can't do in a regular blender, or so I've heard). I live in a small apartment with a tiny kitchen, so every little space-saver helps. For me personally, this means I don't need a separate blender and/or mixer taking up counter/storage space. Hope this helps!

    1. Hi, here's the Cook's Illustrated ratings:

      http://www.cooksillustrated.com/testi...

      So I bought the Kitchenaid (from Target) and I'm quite happy with it. It's not suitable for small amounts, and some foods aren't as smooth as from a "real" blender. But it's worth it's price just to be able to puree soups and sauces in the cooking pot.

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      1. re: bakergal

        thanks for that link - i'm looking for an immersion blender as well. do you know which kitchenaid blender they're referring to? or is it just kitchenaid in general?

        1. re: patz

          At that price it would have to be the KHB100 model. From what I have heard, the KBH300 is the exact same hand blender packaged along with the whisk and food processor accessories (which cost $22.99 and $29.99 if purchased separately from KA).

            1. re: LabRat

              I just purchased the KBH300 from Amazon and it was only $89.99 including tax and shipping.

        2. Don't know if it is even still made, but I have a Braun MultiPractic at least a decade old. Works like a charm, came with a mini-chopper, whisk, and blender attachments. The minichopper is okay for a handful of nuts, the whisk is great for small amounts of cream, and the blender will rip thru a pot of broccoli in 10 seconds flat. Also good for salad dressings, marinades, hummus, etc.

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          1. re: Hungry Celeste

            I also have the Braun that I received as a gift. I love it for pureeing soups and sauces.

          2. I have had the Cuisinart SmartStick for over a year & love it. Very easy to use, easy to clean. Came with a whisk & mini processor attachment. I tend not to use the extras much
            I was wavering about purchasing one & several pros said once I had it I'd never know how I lived without it. They were right! I purchased mine at Sams club, seemed to be a seasonal item for holidays. Price was best I had seen at that point.

            1. Thanks for your input. I hope to go shopping this weekend.

              1. I have a WIlliams Sonoma ( which I believe is a Swiss made product) as well as Braun 400 watt which has several attachments including a mini-processor which is very useful. I wanted to purchase another so Googled Braun and wound up at Walmart and paid about $45 for the stainless steel version with multiple useful gadgets. Ordered online and delivered in a few days. The brand label is Walmarts but it is clearly the 400 watt Braun which I love.

                  1. re: scubadoo97

                    Bamix makes not just a very good the best immersion blender it makes the best immersion blender.

                  2. From your comments and my online research, I was leaning toward the Kitchenaide mentioned in the Cooks Illustrated article....no attachments. I'm wondering if I should pay more for a model with attachments. What do you think? Do you use the chopper and whisk?

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                    1. re: southerngal

                      I have the Braun. I have never used any of the attachments. Ever.

                      1. re: slofood

                        Likewise on the Braun attachments. Actually got rid of them, since I have to watch how I use kitchen space.

                      2. re: southerngal

                        The beater blade on the Bamix will turn skim milk into a thick whipped cream consistency. If you have ever wanted to do foams, I know they are so yesterday, this would be the perfect blade to do it with. 90% of the time I use the standard mincing blade but when you want to do something else you can.

                        1. re: southerngal

                          My 11 year old Braun just died. I loved it--including attachments. The whisk made salad dressing a breeze (not to mentioned whipped cream) and the plastic cup was ideal for making smoothies w/ the immersion blender. The chopper bowl was okay for some things, but doesn't do the kind of job a mini-chop would. When I get another it will definitely be w/ attachments (whisk is essential).

                          1. re: southerngal

                            I just bought the Kitchenaid from Amazon for $59, without the attachments. Since I have a FP, a mixer, a blender,etc., I decided I really didn't need to spend any more money. I am quite happy with it.

                            1. I have a Braun Impressions with attachments. I love it. I use the attachments fairly often, for mixing sauces, mincing veggies, etc. I think they are worth the extra money.

                              The Braun model doesn't seem to be available any more, but the KitchenAid seems to be comparable.

                              1. by far the best hand blender available to the home cook is the kitchenaid. i have been using one for years (after having gone through 3 other cheaper models) and it has twice the oomph and durability. no comparison. it's like 70 bucks, but well worth it.

                                1. I bought the KitchenAid model KHB300 after someone in another thread mentioned that Amazon had them on sale (which they still are $59.99). This thing is SO much better than the cheap one I had through school. I made a pot of butternut squash soup last night and was able to puree the whole batch in under a minute! Didn't even have to stir it around like I did with the old one, just put the business end in the pot and it pulled the ingredients in to the blades. I doubt I'll ever use the whisk, but the small food processor bowl is useful for making small batches of pesto and things like that.

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                                  1. re: LabRat

                                    I have a Braun, which has served me well for over a decade. I find that I use it with the small chopping blade and container more than I do the immersion for pureeing -- I chop a whole head or two of garlic at a time, and that which is left over I cover with a bit of oil and save in the fridge.