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The Great Gift Return #1: The Immersion Blender

E_M Dec 26, 2010 03:58 AM

So a thoughtful sibling gave me a Cuisinart immersion blender for the holidays. (OK, so they gave it to Mom who said, "What would I do with this?" And since I wanted one, I grabbed it.) But, it is the very basic model. I wanted one with the mincer and whisk attachments. (I don't think they come with any others, do they? I couldn't find out.) Anyhoo, I read the reviews on Amazon and it appears that when it works it is great, but on the other hand, there seems to be a problem with the plastic gears. So then I started thinking whether I should hold out for a Bamix. Because of the enormous price difference, I started to waver. What are your thoughts?


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    E_M Dec 29, 2010 01:56 PM

    Thanks for all your opinions. I just don't know what to do. I don't have--or need--a stand mixer, nor do I have a blender. I have access to a mini food processor. I have a hand mixer. I would also like to be a minimalist, so when I saw that the immersion blender+attachments can blend, mini food process, and whisk, I got very excited.

    The KA immersion blender seems to be well received around here. On the other hand, if the Bamix really is all metal parts, then that seems the way to go. Those crappy plastic parts....ick.

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      Cachetes Dec 29, 2010 10:29 AM

      I say keep this and use this until you are able to get the Bamix, unless you are able to get the Bamix soon. We have a Braun, and have had it for about 7 or so years - we use it all of the time, and have had no problems. Point being: why save up for some distant time in the future for an item that, depending upon how you cook, could immediately make your cooking easier and more pleasant? Dreaming of a Lexus is great, but I wouldn't pass on getting a car just because I can't afford luxury right now.

      1. boogiebaby Dec 29, 2010 10:01 AM

        I have the KitchenAid one and love it. I use it almost everyday. It came with the blender attachement, whisk attachment, and a mini chopper attachment (lid, cup and blade). It also came with a tall measuring cup type thing to blend/whisk in. It wasn't too expensive -- I've had it about 2 years and it's still going strong.

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          onrushpam Dec 29, 2010 10:12 AM

          I have the same KA kit and use it at least a couple of times a week. Love it.

        2. financialdistrictresident Dec 28, 2010 02:20 PM

          After burning out a few immersion blenders finally bought a Bamix. . .very happy with it.

          Bought it online, FREE shipping (I think).

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            Mother of four Dec 28, 2010 02:12 PM

            I have had the Cuisinart for about three or four years and am very pleased with it. No problems at all.

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              kaleokahu Dec 26, 2010 12:31 PM

              E-M: I do not know about the Cuisinart, but I have had a Bamix for 20 years now, and have been very happy with it. It gives every indication of being bulletproof--metal gears, bronze bushings, die-cast bottom skirt.

              Then again, as with most things these days, it might be reasonable to have and use a less expensive model while you save up for the other.

              1. cannibal Dec 26, 2010 09:21 AM

                I am holding out for the bamix. I like to buy something once and be done with it. I use an immersion blender often so the price doesnt seem all that high once i factor in how much use i will get out of it.

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