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May 28, 2012 07:44 PM

Immersion (stick) blenders

Most posts about this topic are a bit old, so I am re-introducing it:

CostCo is offering the Miallegro 9090BMiTutto 550-watt Secure System with anti-sliding finish immersion hand blender for $59.99. I'm in the market for such a blender, and after reading and researching I am inclined to go with this one. Does anyone have any comments, pro or con?

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    1. i'm with you CCCate - i have both, and use both.
      i used to buy from costco but have been disappointed their quality too often: are you sure it's the EXACT same blender as on amazon? i just read how costco does some cost cutting on some of their products (like taking off the reset button on some things) just to cut corners. I'd say buy it from where ever you feel you will get the best customer service if you have to return it.
      PS i was looking at this stick blender myself and it was one of my top choices, but i found another one at the thrift store the other day - a NIB braun! the thing must be 20 years old, but it's pristine, so i got that for cheap instead of a new one.

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      1. re: rmarisco

        Your comment about Costco products is interesting. I would think that any manufacturer who puts their name on a product and sells that product through Costco would not want to risk damaging their brand with a lesser product. I can see them manufacturing a similar product that deletes a few features and selling it under a DIFFERENT name -- but would a major brand really risk damaging their reputation by selling a similar but inferior product to consumers? Especially through a major supplier like CostCo?

        1. re: CCCate

          It's my understanding that this is exactly one of the ways Walmart sells stuff...same brand, different quality. But Costco tends to have much more quality control - I would be surprised if they were that egregious.

      2. Save your money!!!

        The Kalorik Sunny Morning Hand Blender was the highest rated immersion blender according to Cook's Illustrated. I have had this immersion blender for quite some time now and it is the best one I have ever owned. It works fantastically.

        You can find it at Wal-Mart for $29.99:

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        1. re: 1POINT21GW

          That seems like a solid stick blender but it is nowhere near as powerful and doesn't have as many different attachments as the Miallegro 9090BMiTutto. You can do much more with that one. If you can't afford the 60 bucks then that Kalorik one is pretty good.

          1. re: nartnevets

            It's not a matter of if someone can afford it or not, it's a matter of what the best one is.

            More power doesn't mean better.

            If you disagree that the Kalorik is the best immersion blender, take it up with Cook's Illustrated.

        2. All you respondents are fantastic; thanks! Each of you has asked the same questions and gone the same route(s) I have...including the thrift stores! And I wondered which one Cook's Illustrated had picked. The points each respondent raised and the responses are perfect. With all your input, the final criteria will be which feels best in my hand. Thanks, everyone!

          1. Hopefully, I get this in under the wire. All good posts. All I can say is I got the CC 2nd choice...KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Blender, KHB2561. I like all the attachments, storage container, and the plastic caps for the blade bottoms so they don't scratch my non-stick pots and pans. Removable shaft, D/W safe...all I could ask for.

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            1. re: njmarshall55

              Well, this is interesting: bearing in mind that one friend said a stainless steel shaft is imperative, I finally ordered the Miallegro 01-07-4538 9080 Mitutto Professional Hand Blender-Stainless Steel model from Amazon. This one is 450 watts. (Another "pro" cook last year cautioned against anything less than 200 watts.) I do not have to worry about scratching non-stick pots and pans, because my larger soup containers all are stainless steel. My first tests will be mayonnaise (easy!), pesto (easy!) and then Cream of Asparagus and Leek Soup. My concerns were that the higher wattage unit would be too powerful for the smaller tasks (salad dressings and sauces) but the lower wattage unit would be underpowered for soups. With the five speeds on this unit (plus "turbo") I think I am safe. But notice that there are NO user reviews yet on this product, so I may be the first. Wish me luck, everyone. (P.S. With shipping time, tt will be about 7 - 10 days before I can really give it a try, so don't expect a quick update.)