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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.