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southerngal Sep 24, 2007 11:09 PM

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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    gyozagirl Sep 25, 2007 07:05 AM

    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"

    )

    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!

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      bakergal Sep 25, 2007 07:40 AM

      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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        patz Oct 10, 2007 11:34 AM

        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?

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          LabRat Oct 10, 2007 11:50 AM

          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).

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            patz Oct 11, 2007 07:47 AM

            thanks!

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              bethgoldfarb Dec 29, 2007 01:15 PM

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

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          Hungry Celeste Sep 25, 2007 08:00 AM

          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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            Kelli2006 Sep 25, 2007 09:01 AM

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

          2. meatn3 Sep 25, 2007 11:50 PM

            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. southerngal Sep 26, 2007 10:30 PM

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

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                Sinicle Sep 27, 2007 05:50 AM

                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. scubadoo97 Sep 27, 2007 10:00 AM

                  Bamix http://www.bamix-usa.com/ makes a very good immersion blender.

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                    KTinNYC Sep 27, 2007 09:34 PM

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

                  2. southerngal Sep 27, 2007 12:57 PM

                    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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                      slofood Sep 27, 2007 01:22 PM

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

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                        OldDog Sep 27, 2007 09:50 PM

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

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                        scubadoo97 Sep 27, 2007 04:25 PM

                        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.

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                          gourmanda Sep 28, 2007 08:01 AM

                          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).

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                            Mother of four Dec 30, 2007 05:55 PM

                            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.

                          2. Sam Fujisaka Sep 27, 2007 10:29 PM

                            My old one-piece Braun.

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                              bear Sep 28, 2007 07:44 AM

                              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.

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                                ChefMoly Sep 28, 2007 08:01 AM

                                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.

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                                  LabRat Oct 9, 2007 08:19 AM

                                  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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                                    nosh Dec 30, 2007 06:14 PM

                                    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.

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