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Immersion Blender: Worth it?

I recently got a small gift certificate to Macy's and was considering purchasing an immersion blender. My one reservation is that I have a teeny, tiny apartment kitchen with practically no available real estate. While I know immersion blenders are small, are they worth it if I already have a regular blender and a food processor? Thoughts?

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  1. Depends on what you cook. If you partially or completely puree soups, then yes, for sure. So much easier than pouring hot soup into the food processor. I also use the IB for smoothies and salad dressing. I could probably lose my blender as I haven't used it in a long time.

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    1. re: tcamp

      Agreed. I hardly ever use my blender. I bought an immersion blender at Walmart years ago - $12 bucks. Worth every penny. lol!

      1. re: tcamp

        I think it's going to be more smoothies and salad dressings. I don't like soup that much, so I rarely cook it. Could you use it for sauces as well?

        1. re: kdlalib

          They're great for salad dressings & vinaigrettes for sure. For smoothies they could be ideal but not if you are crushing ice. They take a bit of getting used to if you're accustomed to food processors & blenders (like me), but I don't think there is any reason *not* to have an immersion blender on-hand. They take up almost no space, are extremely versatile, and they're cheap. Given that you're in a small space, the almost complete lack of clean-up these require is a huge asset. You puree or emulsify something, rinse it off, and you're done. If space is at a premium that's a huge benefit. You could also just grab one off Craigslist for a few bucks - they're all over the place there.

      2. I love mine. For just a tiny bit more real estate, I recommend the Cuisinart model with the chopper attachment. I hate to pull out the food processor for small amounts and this chopper is great for that. http://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-CSB-7...

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        1. re: MrsJonesey

          Great tip. I love multifunctional kitchen tools.,

          1. re: MrsJonesey

            Has it been reliable for you? I'm seriously considering purchasing the Cuisinart CSB-77 hand blender. I like multifunctional tools. However on Amazon it's getting some bad reviews. What do you all think?

            1. re: kdlalib

              So far it has been though I don't use it excessively. I've probably had it 4 years. Why don't you check Macy's return policy just in case you get it and don't like it?

          2. I use mine constantly. You can use it for purees, homemade mayo, I often take mine to soups and tomato sauces...and it has a teensy-tiny footprint!

            1. I love mine, and yes, easy to store. I hardly ever use my regular blender anymore.

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              1. re: wyogal

                That's why I was considering buying one. My blender is super heavy & doesn't fit on my countertop. It's a PITA to use it.

              2. Hi, kdlalib:

                I like my corded IB, too. But I find it is a PITA to store, and I hate spatters. I tend to use my bar blender more, so if I were in your shoes, I'd probably pass.

                But the IBs are inexpensive, so YOU might fall in love with it.

                Aloha,
                Kaleo