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Waring vs. Bamix Immersion Blenders

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janitplanet Dec 21, 2010 08:09 AM

I am in the market for a new immersion blender, and I have narrowed down my search to the following:

1) Waring WSB33 – 100 watt, 7” (available for $50+shipping from Webstaurant.com)
2) Waring WSB40 – 350 watt, 10” (available for $124 + shipping from Webstaurant.com)
3) Bamix Delux – 150 watt, ?” (available for $129.95 from Williams-Sonoma)

I like the first option because of the price, but I am worried that 100 watts might not have much power. It seems like the cheap models on Amazon have more power than that. However, it is supposed to be a commercial line used in restaurants. Has anyone used this model?

If I am going to jump to the next price bracket, it is between the Waring WSB40 or the 150 watt Bamix. I like the Waring because of the power, but I have heard so many good things about the Bamix. It is a Swiss line and the company offers a ten-year warranty. In addition, the Bamix comes with three different blades and an optional mini food processor for an extra $25. I am wondering if those extras make up for the lack of power compared to the Waring WSB40. Any thoughts on any of these models and how they compare?

Thank you!

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    rasputina Mar 23, 2011 01:05 PM

    I love my Bamix, I had a cheap one before but I love the power of the bamix and that you can change attachments

    1. irodguy Feb 11, 2011 12:23 PM

      I have a cheap immerison blender for small use and a large one like http://cgi.ebay.com/DYNAMIC-IMMERSION...

      for large batch processing. I find that I mostly use the large scale blender.

      1. CindyJ Feb 10, 2011 06:12 PM

        I can't offer any advice regarding comparisons because I haven't used either. However, before I'd plunk down $129.95 for a stick blender, I'd ask myself how I intended to use it. If your primary use is for pureeing soups or sauces, you really don't need a workhorse like the Bamix. Just about any Braun, Waring or Cuisinart stick blender in the $30 price range will do just fine. I've had a Bamix immersion blender on my wish list for a couple of years now; trouble is, given the way I typically use my present cheapo (Braun) immersion blender, I simply cannot justify the cost of it.

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          dspen787 Dec 21, 2010 09:18 AM

          The Bamix blows the other two out of the water. You can find the Bamix on Amazon and Ebay as well. You can get additional accessories there as well. I have had the Bamix for over 15 years. I have a Bamix Deluxe. It is worth the extra money in my opinion. I went through 3 of the 90 dollar competitor models way back in the day. Finally decided for a Bamix and never looked back.

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          1. re: dspen787
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            janitplanet Dec 21, 2010 11:19 AM

            Thanks so much for the advice. I couldn't find the Bamix Deluxe on Amazon, but I will check out Ebay prices. There is a Williams-Sonoma store by my in-laws who I will be visiting next week, so I would not have to pay shipping if I go with them.

            So did you ever feel a lack of power from the Bamix Deluxe at 150 watts? Did you ever use it to make smoothies with frozen fruit or ice and did it have any problems doing that?

            1. re: janitplanet
              scubadoo97 Dec 21, 2010 11:40 AM

              I have the Bamix Gastro 200 which has 200 watts of power. I've never used the Waring so have no advice on how it compares. I was torn between the Waring and the Bamix but liked the blade designs of the Bamix since I had used a knock off with the same blades before and like them. I would love to hear from dspen787 to find out what he/she didn't like about the Waring. The WSB50 even has more power than the 40.

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                iyc_nyc Dec 21, 2010 06:22 PM

                I'm pretty sure the listed wattage is how much the blender consumes, not how much it spits out. DIfferent machines can consume the same wattage but range wildly on efficiency - that is, how well they use the power they consume. More important is actual efficiency and output.

                1. re: iyc_nyc
                  scubadoo97 Dec 21, 2010 07:36 PM

                  This is very true. It's a shame they don't have a better way to convey to the consumer the actual power or efficiency a tool puts out. Power ratings like horse power is sometimes used in more powerful tools but this is infrequently given in any specs.

                  1. re: scubadoo97
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                    snax Feb 10, 2011 06:12 PM

                    My understanding is that you should go by how many revs per minute the appliance goes by.
                    Anyway I bought the Bamix Swissline 240W model 12,000-19,000 rpm and it has heaps of power.
                    I've yet to take on the smoothie with frozen fruit and ice cubes but I'll give it a go and report back.
                    I also am a bit of a sucker for accessories so mine has the mini food processor, the slice Sy, powder disk and a few other things.
                    Anyway it's been the best purchase, as it's quick, efficient and cleans well and sits neatly in the kitchen.
                    I went through a couple of weeks where I kept whipping up skim milk into a 'foam' and snacking on that late at night, so good!!!
                    So my vote is for Bamix!

                  2. re: iyc_nyc
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                    janitplanet Dec 23, 2010 09:13 PM

                    I had no idea. That is really good to know because I thought wattage was a big factor with how much power the blender has. I think I am leaning toward the Bamix after hearing that information. Does anyone know if the 10 year Bamix warrantly only applies if you buy directly from Bamix?

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                      iyc_nyc Dec 26, 2010 07:24 AM

                      FYI, what appears to be the Bamix US site is just a US distributor - they offer the 10 yr extended warranty that the distributor itself (not Bamix) covers as extra incentive to buy from them. As of earlier this year, Bamix itself didn't provide this (nor does Williams Sonoma, etc., as the distributor made clear to me - which is when I figured out they weren't Bamix).

                      I bought from WS anyway because I felt all in all they'd provide better customer service (and I live near several of their stores).

                      Not sure why Bamix permits the distributor to use a name that makes it seem like the distributor is an extension of Bamix --seems risky to Bamix's brand. And to Bamix's relationships with other distributors - given the one that offered the extended warranty was bad mouthing Williams Sonoma.

                      1. re: iyc_nyc
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                        dspen787 Feb 10, 2011 05:31 PM

                        Actually Williams Sonoma and Ocean Sales are the only registered distributors of the Bamix in North America. The Bamix-usa.com is the US version of Ocean Sales. They are the only ones that will honor the warranty and actually fix your device. Williams Sonoma does not have a service center. Please be warned. Thats why most buy from Amazon, Ebay, etc because its through ocean sales and they offer the warrenty and fix the units.

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                  kdkrone Dec 21, 2010 09:18 PM

                  We have just blown through our seond Cuisinart immersion hand blender with the failure point being the plastic spline connection between the blade shaft and the motor. Is the Bamix fabricated withmmetal or plastic?

                  Tjamks,
                  Ken K

                  1. re: kdkrone
                    Kris in Beijing Dec 30, 2010 09:27 PM

                    Braun has a weak design in terms of attaching the "stem" top the parts; Bamix has a steel post to which you attach blades or choppers.

                     
                     
                    1. re: kdkrone
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                      kdkrone Mar 23, 2011 02:00 PM

                      We purchased a Bamix about the middle of January and my wife has been delighted ever since. She uses it almost daily--not a hitch so far, although I wouldn't expect "issues" so soon anyway.

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