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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

                1. No way to know if it's worth it to you; I pack mine when we spend a month at a vacation house knowing there is a blender already there.

                  re: splatters - if the soup or whatever you are blending is deep enough, I've found I can eliminate them. A shallow pan will splatter while a taller one does not. There's a reason it comes with a tall, narrow jar.
                  NB: do not remove the IB while it is still running unless you like to clean.

                  Edit: I should add that the IB does not do everything well. The old standby blender makes velvet purees; the IB produces a coarser product. I use both depending on circumstances. Yesterday's garbanzo bean-red bell pepper soup was an IB candidate while a creamy cauliflower soup needed the blender to achieve the proper consistency.

                  1. I don't love mine for smoothies as it doesn't do a great job grinding up greens like kale. You say you won't do soups, so, hmm. Honestly, I'm not sure you'll get a whole lot of use out of it if you aren't constantly making salad dressings and mayo.

                    Oh, I do love it for making whipped cream! I don't have a hand mixer or stand mixer right now, but the heavy cream whips up very nicely in a tall container (I use repurposed plastic quart soup containers) with no splatters.

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                    1. re: Violatp

                      When I do smoothies, it's going to be fruit only. I juice vegetables. Would it work for frozen berries and such?

                      I'm really hoping to have to use my blender and hand mixer less because theyre a pain. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and I think an immersion blender will be helpful because it's lighter.

                      1. re: kdlalib

                        Ah. Then watch out for the one you buy, if you do. If your hands hurt, gripping the immersion blender may actually be worse. I know on mine, I have to keep the button pressed down continuously and depending on what I"m blending, it does get cumbersome.

                        But it does work for frozen berries, absolutely.

                    2. I am a self-confessed kitchen items junkie and got an IB for Christmas. I love it. It works like a charm to purée things still in the pot and is exceedingly easy to clean. Kaleo is right they are hard to store, but I passed that point in the early 80s. Now I find charm in cookware clutter, as if I were living in Dehillerin.

                      1. Love my IB! I'll never buy bottled dressing again. Easy to clean and easy to store. It's great for sauces and soups as well, though I realize you said you're not much of a soup person.

                        1. I've decided to definitely get an immersion blender. Here are the three options I'm looking at. What are your opinions?

                          Breville BSB510XL Hand Blender, Control Grip
                          http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/br...

                          Cuisinart CSB-77 Hand Blender, SmartStick
                          http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/cu...

                          KitchenAid KHB1231 Hand Blender, 2 Speed
                          http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/ki...

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                          1. re: kdlalib

                            Dang you. I was perfectly happy with my aged Williams Sonoma IB and now I see these with whisk and FP attachments. Want.

                          2. I am pretty worthless without mine... I have the Kitchenaid one with a food processor attachment, and use it almost everday. Soups, smoothies, purees, ice cream, mayonnaise, dressing, the uses are endless!

                            1. I use my IB for soups and jams. As I make heaps of both, it's totally worth it to me.

                              I do also have a Cuisinart and a blender, and use both as well, often. But for what I listed above (soups and jams) the IP is a stand alone, well worth it, purchase.

                              (You can store it, in a drawer, you know. That's where mine lives, once it is clean and dry.)

                              1. an immersion blender doesnt take up too much space and much more verstile than a regular blender. Just always remember to unplug it before putting your hand near the business end of it.