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lettuce Apr 4, 2008 03:38 PM

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

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    butter and whiskey Apr 4, 2008 03:55 PM

    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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      Caroline1 Apr 4, 2008 11:23 PM

      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...! '-)

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        pengcast Apr 6, 2008 08:25 AM

        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.

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          neighborguy Apr 13, 2008 07:28 AM

          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.

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        embee Apr 5, 2008 06:59 AM

        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.

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          Pampatz Apr 5, 2008 11:09 AM

          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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            corgette Apr 5, 2008 11:27 AM

            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.

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              Pampatz Apr 5, 2008 11:33 AM

              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.

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                mamaciita Apr 13, 2008 07:11 PM

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

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                  Sinicle Apr 13, 2008 08:13 PM

                  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.

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                    chez_isaac Apr 29, 2008 06:55 AM

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

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                      Cachetes Apr 29, 2008 07:07 AM

                      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. Candy Apr 5, 2008 11:13 AM

            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.

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              Mother of four Apr 6, 2008 08:20 AM

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

              1. im_nomad Apr 6, 2008 11:19 AM

                I love my KitchenAid immersion blender. It's powerful, and breaks apart for easy cleaning, i put mine in the dishwasher. I use it for soups, hummous, cream cheese etc. Totally worth the cost, and puts any cheap version i've ever used to shame.

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                  Frank Terranova Apr 6, 2008 05:10 PM

                  I have professional ones but Brun is the best followed by Cuisnart for the novice user I have had my Brun for 10 years and beat the dam thing up. There is one I am getting next year its so powerful it can grind stones to powder it us the same technology used by the Caterpillar company when they grind roads

                  1. greygarious Apr 18, 2008 11:28 AM

                    My $13 Toastmaster immersion blender, which was on sale for $10 at the drug store several years ago, is just fine. I use it to puree soups and sauces. If that is all you're going to do with it, I see no reason for all sorts of extra features. And as for cleaning - buzz it in a pot/container of soapy water and you're done. Absolutely no need for a dishwasher-safe model. Cook's Illustrated did a feature on immersion blenders, which you could consult if you need more than a simple one.

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                      Miss Priss Apr 27, 2008 03:44 PM

                      I have one of those also, and paid about the same for it. On reading the instructions, I was a little dismayed to discover that it wasn't supposed to be used with hot foods. But I went ahead and did it anyway, and haven't had any problems with it. Seems to work just as well as my more expensive Braun; I'm happy with both.

                    2. Zeldog Apr 26, 2008 07:44 PM

                      Regardless of brand, it's a blade connected to an electric motor. How much better can one be compared to another? Some have different attachments, that's all. So if you want to whip cream, make sure it comes with a whisk. If you don't have a food processor, the mini versions that come with some models might be useful.

                      I have a Braun. No complaints.

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                        Caroline1 Apr 26, 2008 09:27 PM

                        But there is a difference. I got rid of my Black and Decer cordless because it couldn't liquify brread and water. How powerful the motor is is critical.

                      2. Mawrter Jun 3, 2008 10:13 AM

                        Just popping in to figure out the same thing: which immersion blender to get. Planning on either KitchenAid or Braun. Fante's (fantes dot com - they rock) just told me Braun no longer sells kitchen items in the U.S. market, so if I can find one still in stock somewhere it could be an option.

                        KitchenAid did receive the highest rating from Cooks dot com (website of the magazine). My impression is that their reviews are petty good - do others agree? Have an opinion about which Braun version is the better value? KA vs. Braun?

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                          Mawrter Jun 3, 2008 07:13 PM

                          Okay... although I feel mildly idiotic, essentially replying to myself, I have to say: Why did I not buy one of these sooner? I got the KA from Fante's this afternoon and it is *fabulous*. (Fante's espresso, service and free advice? Also fabulous.) Easy to clean! Powerful!

                          I have already made mushroom soup *and* vichyssoise! We may not eat solid food for a month, I love this thing so much.

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