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immersion blender?

i'm looking to buy one - which one would you recommend?

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  1. I have a cheap old one and it works like a dream. I can't see replacing it because it ain't broke. But, while I wouldn't go all spendy for frills, I wish mine was one of those cordless, stainless numbers that can twist apart to be dishwashered.

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    1. re: butter and whiskey

      Well, I used to have a Black and Decker immersion blender that came apart to dishwash, and had a neat recharger/holder that attached to a wall or sat on a countertop. BUT...!!! It wouldn't blend anything thicker or chunkier than water. Gave it away. Haven't replaced it because the idiot who built my house thirty some years ago didn't have enough sense to put an electrical outlet on my island, and I don't want to pull up oak floors and jack-hammer through the slab to install one! <sigh>

      Sooooo... If anyone knows of a really really really powerful cordless blender, please tell the world what brand it is right here on this board!

      Thank you...! '-)

      1. re: butter and whiskey

        My Dad, who loves gadgets of all kinds, gave me an immersion blender this year for Christmas. It a Cuisinart and has the detachable blade. This is a vast improvement on my previous version which did not go into the dishwasher and consequently was hardly ever used. I have used the new one few times. It does have a fair amount of power. I find the cord a little short to reach my stove top, but I assume that is a safety regulation thing. Overall I don't think I would miss it if it went missing.

        1. re: pengcast

          I also have the chrome-finish Cuisinart and find it really practical for the detaching and dishwashable design. The older immersion blender which it replaced (lost in a move but then found only after the new one came home) was somewhat more of a hassle to use because it didnt go in the DW so after using it just sat on the busy counter with the long cord going all over the place and getting in the way.

          Surprisingly I've used the chopping blade/bowl attachment as much as the blender.

          Didn't do a lot of research buying it but I found most handblenders between $50 and $90 and likely the same in power/features/utiliy, so go for your brand preference. Didn't check out the professional/restaurant equipment.

      2. We have a Kitchen Aid that is relatively quiet and works beautifully. The blade is does not detach, but it's easy to keep clean anyway.

        1. I have a Braun that is not cordless but has several attachments such as a balloon whip. I really like it and have had it for years. The working parts detach and go into the dishwasher.

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          1. re: Pampatz

            I also have a Braun, and I like the whip attachment as well as the mini-food processor attachment it came with. My kitchen is small, so I like having a small chopper within that is within easy reach and easy to clean as well.

            I've found the immersion blender itself pretty solid, and surprisingly quick and powerful. Smoothies in a few seconds, smooth soups in a minute or two. Good stuff. I got it at BB&B for $50.

            1. re: corgette

              I agree. When we came up to Denver in December, I brought 2 tools with me. My immersion blender and a chef knife.
              I've look at the more expensive Bamix, but I can't see the cost benefit for my applications.

              1. re: Pampatz

                Our Braun was a wedding gift eight years ago--love it.

                1. re: mamaciita

                  I also love the Braun. I googled Braun last year, came up with the Walmart site and ordered. Actually, it seems Braun makes it for them, but the price was better and the quality seemed the same.

                  1. re: Sinicle

                    I also love the Braun - reliable, powerful, and really great attachments (esp. the mini-chopper). I've had mine for almost 7 years.

                    1. re: chez_isaac

                      Another Braun lover here. I've had it for five or six years - it never fails, works very fast, does everything I need it to do, and is easy to clean and store. Was great for making baby food.

          2. I have a Cuisinart that is going fine. When it needs to be replaced I will get a BaMix. They are the original and very powerful tools. No point in fooling around with less.

            1. Love my Kitchen Aid! Not cordless, but works like a charm, and very easy to clean and store.