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Hand Blenders
January 18, 2013
6:17 pm
Barbee
Kentucky, U.S.A.
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I would like to have a hand blender mainly for pureeing cooked vegetables in their pan for puree soups.  I looked at some on the Internet, but there are so many different prices and models I have no idea where to start.  I thought perhaps someone in the forum has had experience and could recommend one or two.  I don't want to buy a Cadillac version if I only need a Ford or Dodge.

January 18, 2013
7:25 pm
brookdale
Eastern Maine
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Barbee, I've been thinking about getting one of those too, and also need guidance.

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January 18, 2013
9:40 pm
CD
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I have a Cuisinart one.  I really like it.  It was on sale around Christmas time for about $25.   It is a little heavy, so my hand can get tired if I'm using it for too long.  I mainly use it for soups & haven't ever had a mechanical problem with it. 

January 18, 2013
11:07 pm
Ruthmarie
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Mine is a Cuisinart as well … 25% discount ticket via Linens 'n Things when they still had stores which dropped it to about $20.  I've had mine for some time and LOVE it!  Super easy to puree thick soups right in the pot which is likely its major task in my house.  Perfect for fruit butters.  I have used it to puree mashed yams with eggs and sugar for a baked casserole and it handles heavy starch well like bean soup (shortens the cooking time to yummy-thick if part of the soup is pureed).  My daughter has created smoothies in a large measuring glass complete with ice chips.  I have done a soft whipped cream in a tall glass but its not the same as a mixer.

I like the fact the Stick has a button that'll pop the shaft right off so it can be submerged and washed … although I usually clean it by blending soapy water in a measuring cup.  I know there's some models that come with a small enclosed cup that'll permit blending small things like herbs but I've an inexpensive coffee grinder for that and didn't want the extra thingy to find a place for in the cabinets.  HTH.

January 18, 2013
11:21 pm
Ruthmarie
Northern CA
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Here's a link to the Cuisinart I use … pretty sure you can find one on sale or discounted closer to $20.  I've occasionally seen them pop up on Craigslist from folks who have no clue what to do with them or are not into scratch cooking.

January 18, 2013
11:38 pm
bonita
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This is going to sound like a hub of a fan club. . . but I luv my Cuisinart hand blender. (Same as Ruthmarie's; 2+ y.o.) Primary uses: split pea  and potato soups, beans, and so on. Smoothies in the accompanying small cup. Great help to be able to snap off the blender blade mechanism for cleaning. Only improvement I would want—battery operated--but then it might be too heavy so I'll deal with the cord. BTW Cuisinart was not the winner in a recent America's Test Kitchen testing of these gadgets, but it fared well.

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January 19, 2013
6:25 am
mamajhk
South Central Kansas
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I have a Braun that I bought at Wal Mart for about $20.  It has/had a beater blade in addition to the immersion blade.  It also had a chopper blade but it broke and to replace it costed almost as much as the blender itself.

Bonita, do you remember which one won the America's Test Kitchen test?  

January 19, 2013
7:48 am
justdeborah2002
ottawa ON
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I had a new Cuisinart one, that detaches the end shaft for washing, but ended up throwing it out because 5 of us tried putting it back on and couldn't.  So I went back to the 30 year old one the BF had in the back of his cupboards, that doesn't detach, and it works perfect.

I would suggest looking on Craigslist or at flea markets/garage sales for a really old one, to pick up for a dollar or two.  If they work at all, they will work perfectly.

(BTW, the one we use at work is also a Cuisinart, and it works VERY well.  But it is $700, since it is a four foot long professional model.  But that tells you the quality is there in the brand.)

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January 19, 2013
9:35 am
Joell
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Ruthmarie said
Mine is a Cuisinart as well … 25% discount ticket via Linens 'n Things when they still had stores which dropped it to about $20.  I've had mine for some time and LOVE it!  Super easy to puree thick soups right in the pot which is likely its major task in my house.  Perfect for fruit butters.  I have used it to puree mashed yams with eggs and sugar for a baked casserole and it handles heavy starch well like bean soup (shortens the cooking time to yummy-thick if part of the soup is pureed).  My daughter has created smoothies in a large measuring glass complete with ice chips.  I have done a soft whipped cream in a tall glass but its not the same as a mixer.

I like the fact the Stick has a button that'll pop the shaft right off so it can be submerged and washed … although I usually clean it by blending soapy water in a measuring cup.  I know there's some models that come with a small enclosed cup that'll permit blending small things like herbs but I've an inexpensive coffee grinder for that and didn't want the extra thingy to find a place for in the cabinets.  HTH.

Ruthmaire, I have a Cuisinart as well and have been very happy with it. Bed Bath and Beyond used to carry them and they are having great sales at the moment, any one looking might consider looking there.

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January 19, 2013
10:28 am
tsmith
Arizona
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I LOVE my stick blender!  The first one I had was a cheapie version from Walmart.  Then I came across a deal on the Cuisinart and got that one.  If you are not in a hurry, Amazon will have deals and you can get one for around $25 shipped for free.  You just have to watch and wait.  Otherwise you can find retailers and do a search for online coupon codes.  I have not regretted the purchase of my Cuisinart.  I use it fairly often.  Everything from pureeing soups to whipping up a big batch of chocolate milk in seconds!

January 19, 2013
1:34 pm
bonita
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Mamahjk:

Here's the link to ATK:

http://www.americastestkitchen.com/equipment-reviews/detail.php?docid=23596.

The one they recommended for how it blended failed with consumers…quit working soon after buying. They reevaluated and the original runner up won. I don't subscribe ($) to their results, and do not remember the runner up. But, I luv my Cuisinart!

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January 19, 2013
3:49 pm
mamajhk
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Thanks bonita.   I have watched and enjoyed their show but I, too, don't subscribe to them.

This is what I like about this site is that you can get recommendations from actual consumer/users about what works for them and what not to waste your money on.

 

January 19, 2013
10:51 pm
Barbee
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I really appreciate all this helpful feed back!  Now I'm going on line to see what I can find.

February 28, 2013
4:03 pm
Monica_Me
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bonita said
Mamahjk:

Here's the link to ATK:

http://www.americastestkitchen.com/equipment-reviews/detail.php?docid=23596.

The one they recommended for how it blended failed with consumers…quit working soon after buying. They reevaluated and the original runner up won. I don't subscribe ($) to their results, and do not remember the runner up. But, I luv my Cuisinart!

Thanks for the info. Going to read it now!sun

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