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!
I recently purchased the Cuisinart SmartStick Hand Blender and I love it:
(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!
Hi, here's the Cook's Illustrated ratings:
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.
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.
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.