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HAND BLENDER - WHICH ONE?

After 20 years I've decided it's time for a new hand held blender. I think they call them immersion now. The one I have doesn't do much of anything, except maybe whip cream. I make a lot of soups and would love to be able to puree them in the pot. Any recommendations?

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      1. re: KTinNYC

        Third. I managed to break two within two years, so it made sense to bite the bullet and get the really expensive one. I didn't burn the first two out, the plastic piece that held the blade to the motor broke on the $15-20 Oster that I bought to see if I liked an immersion blender, and then the pieces weren't clicked together properly and I stripped the plastic gears off of the second (I can't remember if it was a KitchenAid or a Cuisinart- I know it came from Costco).

        I've barely used my food processor since I got the Bamix. It grinds buckwheat like nothing, will make snow out of ice in less than a minute.

        I agonized over which model I wanted, and decided against the extra-long shafted one (I don't remember why). I've been fine with the shorter shaft.

    1. The most important consideration is that the protective cup over the blade and the stick should be metal, not plastic. Mine's white plastic, and it takes on the color of whatever it was in last. The color fades over time, but it's annoying and makes me **feel** like it isn't fully clean. Ridiculous, I know.

      1. I have no doubt the Bamix is a better immersion blender than my KitchenAid. And there are undoubtedly boat motors out there that can put the Bamix to shame. But the KA has done yeoman's duty in my kitchen for several years without incident. And the easily detachable (and dishwasher safe) blade assembly is a plus for me.

        This may actually be a drawback. Apparently you should make sure it's fully engaged with the motor before cranking up the blender. If this is an issue, get a unit that's harder to trash but harder to clean.

        Then there's the question of durability and raw power. If you're going to be pureeing a side of beef or making a cream soup out of a Volkswagen, then you definitely need something more robust. But for smoothing out a pasta sauce or (my daughters' favorite) making chocolate milk, the KitchenAid does pretty well.

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          1. re: alanbarnes

            Glad I asked. I've never even heard of Barnix. Must do some investigation as to where it is available. Having said that, depending on price comparisons, KA may fit the bill for what I'm looking for.

            p.s. alanbarnes, would you be willing to share the recipe for your cream of volkswagen soup? Sounds wonderful....LOL!

            1. re: millygirl

              Take one rabbit. Make sure it's stock and do not use an old beater.

              1. re: millygirl

                First you put a cd of a German polka band on.

                1. re: millygirl

                  The Bamix is really expensive, but the blades attach under the hood/bell part, rather than in the middle. Because the middle connection point was where both of mine broke, I decided it was worth it.

                  I bought mine at cooks.com, because they lied and said they had it in stock, and Pleasant Hill Grain said it was backordered for a few days. The prices were consistent across the web.

                  1. re: Coconuts

                    We too have burned out two of "those," white, under $100 hand blenders. We are ready to get a commercial grade one. I saw the Viking Professional hand blender yesterday and it was $149 ($119.95 at Pleasant Hill Grain). Looked like it might be comfortable. Not looking for something to replace food processor or KA. Something light (yet powerful), hand held that will last. This thread is very helpful because I've just started to research products and I've never heard of Bamix ($179.99 at
                    Pleasant Hill Grain) either.

                    http://www.pleasanthillgrain.com/best...

                    1. re: financialdistrictresident

                      Has anyone used the Viking immersion hand blender? Your experience?

                      1. re: financialdistrictresident

                        Williams-Sonoma has a "special value"/exclusive on the Bamix for $129.95. Still deciding whether to by the Viking or Bamix . . .

                  2. re: alanbarnes

                    I completely agree about the KitchenAid!

                    I think the KA I presently use is the 3rd immersion blender I've owned. I know I had a Braun -- burned it out. Can't remember what the second one was. The KA is the best of the bunch and a serious bargain at the price.

                    I also like the detachable blade portion. Both for safety and ease of cleaning.

                    1. re: rainey

                      I've had mine for a number of years and it works for the light duty stuff I put it through. Anything heavy I use the food processor or blender. Here are a bunch of reviews from a major store in Canada called Canadian Tire. Apart from the first two they are reasonably positive.

                      http://reviews.canadiantire.ca/9045/0...

                      1. re: Paulustrious

                        Happy to report I received the KA brand. Thanks everyone for your input.

                        1. re: millygirl

                          KA rocks. I got mine about three years ago and use it all the time. Hope you enjoy yours!

                          1. re: millygirl

                            millygirl, which KA do you have? I've never had an immersion blender, & am trying to decide if the 100W will be enough, or if I should shell out the extra $$ for the 300W. Thanks.

                            Input from anyone else on KA100W vs. KA300W is greatly welcome.

                            1. re: rejoyce318

                              Good question rejoyce318. I wish I knew. Maybe someone else can tell us.

                              I've just been looking through the information that came with it and nowhere does it indicate what the wattage is. It justs says that its a powerful motor!! The model number is 4KHB300 - am I too assume the 300 indicates the wattage?

                              Apparently there is a model #200 available as well.

                              From the looks of it, the only difference between models 100, 200 and 300 are the attachments which is why I question if this stands for the w.

                              For the record, I have not tried it out as yet.

                              1. re: millygirl

                                Thanks for your reply. The 100 & 300 refer to the wattage, i.e., the 300 that you have has more power than the $50 model that Cooks Illustrated reviewed.

                                I'm thinking about investing in the 300-watt one like yours. I received $$ to buy a food processor for Christmas, but after talking with family, I may use a new blender plus an immersion blender more. Then I'll have $ left over to replace my B&D toaster oven that incinerated itself about a week ago!

                                1. re: rejoyce318

                                  I think LabRat is correct. When I was shopping for my immersion blender there was one model that just included the blender arm and another that added a whisk and chopper to the exact same blender. It wasn't worth an extra $50 to me. YMMV.

                                  1. re: alanbarnes

                                    This is what I'm thinking also, but it still doesn't tell me what wattage the motor is. You would think they would indicate it somewhere. Honestly!!

                                    As an aside, I didn't really want or need all the bells and whistles that came with it, but it was a gift.

                                    1. re: millygirl

                                      Cooking.com lists the motor as 200 watts.

                              2. re: rejoyce318

                                I believe that the only difference between the 100 and the 300 models is that the 300 is boxed with the whisk and mini-chopper accessories included. The immersion blenders are the same in both models.

                                1. re: LabRat

                                  Thank you LabRat!! This is a much better website than Cayne's, where mine came from. I hope rejoyce is still out there and reading this, and doesn't get fooled by the item number.

                                  1. re: millygirl

                                    Yes, and thanks for everyone's input.

                            2. re: Paulustrious

                              If I want a very fine purée I use a blender too. But I think that's more a function of the deep funnel-shaped design that keeps delivering the food to the blade that's missing when an immersion blender has to work in an open container like a pot.

                              As someone above said, there are bigger motors in more expensive immersion blenders but the KA is a very fine one when you choose the right appliance for the right job.

                        2. I've had a Brothers one for 10 years and it is still functional - actually I bought it in a set :)

                          1. I use my Cuisinart for several tasks from time to time, including pureeing soup in the pot. It works well.

                            If you have unlimited money, then you'd want the Bamix, I think.

                            But for ordinary tasks, done once or twice a week, my Cuisinart works fine. I also chop nuts with it.