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HELP! Braun hand blender died

lvhkitty Mar 15, 2010 07:40 PM

I shorted out my Braun hand blender which I use every other week to make sauce. I also loved the attachments which saved me from using the food processor.

I searched the forums for another immersion blender but I really want the attachments to make little purees (especially now that I have a baby!) - so much easier to clean.

Kitchen Aid? Cuisinart? Viking? The Swiss brand that doesn't have any attachments?

I need to order ASAP! Thanks

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    ghostpeppergirl RE: lvhkitty Mar 15, 2010 08:06 PM

    I've had my Cuisinart for about 10 years and it's never failed me. I'm not sure if they still make the one that is mostly metal - i've seen the newer variety that appears to be made primarily of plastic - can't speak to those but mine came with three attachments and has served me well in sauces, soups, smoothies and vegetable purees.

    1. cosmogrrl RE: lvhkitty Mar 15, 2010 08:44 PM

      I recently bought this one for $29 bucks and I love it. Make soups and smoothies all the time now. Even works quite nicely with squash. And they're in pretty colors.


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        donw9876 RE: lvhkitty Mar 15, 2010 09:18 PM

        I have a Kitchenaid that I have had for five+ years.

        My wife looked at the Braun which I originally wanted, but bought me the less featured Kitchenaid because it seemed more substantial and solid.

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          rainey RE: lvhkitty Mar 15, 2010 10:17 PM

          I got a KA when I burned out a Braun god-only-knows-how-many-years-ago. The KA does a better job and is still going strong without a sign of slowing down.

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            Smachnoho RE: rainey Mar 16, 2010 05:04 AM

            I got my Braun hand stick in 1988 and it died last year. A friend gave me the one she got as a wedding gift. But I noticed the attachments, especially the chopper of my 1988 is of better quality, more metal and stronger plastic. So my advice if you buy a new Braun sitck be sure to keep your old attachments.

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              ospreycove RE: Smachnoho Dec 19, 2010 09:40 AM

              1988 was most likely not made in China; almost all small appliances are now made in the PRC

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                twodales RE: ospreycove Dec 20, 2010 05:48 AM

                Mine was made in Spain.

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            cutipie721 RE: lvhkitty Mar 16, 2010 07:45 AM

            The demo on Williams Sonoma shows that the Bamix comes with attachments.

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              hobbybaker RE: cutipie721 Mar 17, 2010 04:03 PM

              The WS photo makes me wonder if I can use a hand blender in my LC. They have the same picture for 3.5 qt oval wide ovens, too. Do they really mean it? I have never used even my SS whisk in my LCs!

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                lvhkitty RE: hobbybaker Mar 17, 2010 07:20 PM

                Regarding your LC (hopefully you mean LeCreuset), I used the now dead Braun almost weekly to make sauce.

                Occasionally I used it to chop nuts or shred carrots. Actually the blade in the cup did the cutting and the blender just turned the blade.

                I don't need massive power to whip or puree, just enough to do those things. I'm still balking at paying $70 for a few attachments!

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                  rasputina RE: hobbybaker May 30, 2011 12:57 PM

                  I use the Bamix immersion blender and metal whisks in my Le Creuset without issue.

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                    HaikuFish RE: hobbybaker Jul 17, 2011 05:31 PM

                    This is a late reply, but of course you can use your hand blender in your LC! Think about it. There is no way that the hand blender blade will touch the finish of the pan. They are designed that way. But that thought aside. You can use ANYTHING in your LC. If it gets marks, it is the utensil leaving some of itself on the pan - not visa versa. If you do get marks, use "bar Keeper's friend" to clean the marks away. The only thing that can really discolor the Le Creuset is overheating/ burning the pan. You do NOT use to use high temperature with these pans! (I used to work for W-S!)

                    P.S. I just burnt the cord of my 1986 Braun Stick Blender which is used constantly and showed now sign of dying on us. My husband said that Cook's Illustrated still rated Braun as the best, but I think is is maybe half the price of the Barmix.

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                  lvhkitty RE: lvhkitty Mar 17, 2010 02:35 PM

                  What a price difference - $80-100 for the Kitchenaid with attachments vs $30 for just stick blender by Cuisinart! I loved the chopper with the blade in the cup. Is it worth $70?

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                    Indirect Heat RE: lvhkitty Mar 17, 2010 04:16 PM

                    If we're looking at the same models (which we may not be), you're not paying $70 for a couple attachments. The $80-100 Kitchenaid machine that I found was 350 watts. The $30 Cuisinart is 200 watts. One is going to tear through stuff a fair amount faster than the other, and get jammed less.

                  2. Indirect Heat RE: lvhkitty Mar 17, 2010 03:52 PM

                    No one believes me when I tell them how little time it takes me to make whip cream with my Bamix. It liquifies soup in seconds. If Braun is a weed whacker, Bamix is a garden tractor.

                    Plus, I've had mine since 1996, and it's still kicking butt and taking names. My name is Indirect Heat, and I approve this message.

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                      lvhkitty RE: Indirect Heat Mar 17, 2010 07:42 PM

                      I've been looking at the Bamix and it looks amazing. It's a bit more but I think would have more power/longevity than the KA. I would just add the grinder attachment.

                    2. hobbybaker RE: lvhkitty Mar 23, 2010 07:26 AM

                      Hi, I own Braun M880 Multimix Hand Mixer, not the hand blender. I recently read the customer review at Amazon on my Hand Mixer and am wondering if you can repair yours. I do not know the specific problem fixed for the hand mixer is relevant to your hand blender, but maybe worth trying before buying a replacement? Maybe Braun use the same sort of mechanism? If any small repair shop around you, you can check with them.

                      "The problem is lead breakage of the control transistor on the printed circuit board. The leads were preformed for insertion with too sharp a bend causing metal fatigue and eventual breakage with use. Disassembly and soldering across this break restores the product to its excellent normal performance."

                      Mine is still working but some people compalins the motor stopped all of sudden. I love my 4-in-1 mixer. I bought it based on the CI's good review, but let's see how long it last:) Good luck.

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                        lvhkitty RE: hobbybaker Mar 23, 2010 08:55 PM

                        I'm pretty sure mine is dead. It smoked and then I saw a bright spark.....
                        Unfortunately the other hand blenders are so much heavier!

                        Kitchenaid owners - I just checked out the one at Target - it was as heavy as the Bamix!

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                          twodales RE: lvhkitty Dec 19, 2010 09:36 AM

                          Is it possible to buy a new Braun Multi-Mix? I have looked online and can't seem to find one.

                          I will try to get it repaired, especially since other folks have the same problem: it only works on high at the moment. I have all of the accessories and don't want to switch brands if I can help it at this point in time. I love that I have an immersion blender, a mixer for light jobs and a chopping bowl at my fingertips.

                          I do own a Kitchen Aid stand mixer which is great, but for quick tasks I love the portability/versatility (not to mention the lightness) of the Braun. Any ideas?

                          Here is a photo to help you out: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000...

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                        SHARP_SHOOTER RE: lvhkitty May 29, 2011 08:21 PM

                        I just found this the new Braun Cordless Handblenders. Look really nice and looks like it will work with attachments and accessories of previous BRAUN hand blenders.



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                          rasputina RE: lvhkitty May 30, 2011 12:55 PM

                          Check out the Bamix.

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