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ASporkwithBravado

Best hand/immersion blender?

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Hi all.

 

I am a heavy user of hand/immersion blenders, have been for the psat 15 years. 

 

I use them 3x daily, for 30 seconds at a time, or 1.5 minutes daily x 365 days =547.5 minutes = little over 9 hrs 7 minutes per year.

 

I find them much more convenient than full sized blenders due to the easy cleanup, and big time savers (when you use them as frequently as I do).  

 

Over the years, I've had immersion blenders by Oster, Cuisineart,  Braun etc. as well as cheaper off brands.

 

Most last about 18 months, (2 years is the all time record by the Cuisineart smart stick)- the weakpoint for ALL of them has been the bearings/seal that hold the blade shaft in place.  When it fails, the blades/ shaft will drop extending out from its housing, and disengage from the motor connection, all the while leaking old grease/plastic bits into whatever I'm blending.   

 

It seems the vast majority of manufacturers do not sell replacement blade-wand attachments, and the ones that do, sell them at a price that is 75-%100 of the cost of a full new unit/set.  So I end up tossing the perfectly working motor unit/accessories and buying a whole new set, trying a different brand in hopes of a more durable unit.

 

Kills me every time. 

 

At this point, I'm ready to concede that physics prevents man from designing a longer lasting unit, but I'm hoping somewhere out there, a chronic hand blender consumer has discovered a supremely long lasting unit, OR a quality unit manufacturer that also sells replacement attachments at a reasonable price?

 

Any thoughts greatly appreciated!

 

Cheers

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2 minutes ago, gfweb said:

I’d say that the brands you use may have cheapened construction to meet a price point from Walmart or whoever. 
 

I’d check a restaurant supply place for a pro model. 

The most I've spent is $60.  

 

I've seen $100 plus units, but I would like to hear some anecdote indicating I could expect it last cost-proportionately longer than the consumer models Ive had. ie; would a $140 dollar unit last 7x longer than a $25 unit?

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I am not a fan of immersion blenders.  In my experience the motor is first thing to go.  If I were really wanting to use one I would buy KitchenAid.  Your mileage may vary.  KitchenAid may or may not last longer than cheaper stuff but the wands are interchangeable.

 

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@ASporkwithBravado your experience is a good enough anecdote for me. The consumer models won’t stand up to your pro level usage. You proved it.

 

I’d look into that linked group of stick mixers. check out the guarantees and reviews. 

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I've never had a motor fail, even on the cheapest models.  It's always been the shaft attachment bearing/seals for me (having used 15-17 blenders)

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4 minutes ago, ASporkwithBravado said:

I've never had a motor fail, even on the cheapest models.  It's always been the shaft attachment bearing/seals for me (having used 15-17 blenders)

 

Go with KitchenAid then.  Problem solved.

 

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What are you blending? Our 2 Brauns are 30+ years old. Not as much used as yours but steady beasts. Maybe lay in some lightly used older ones when they were better made.  Probably cheap. 

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11 hours ago, heidih said:

What are you blending? Our 2 Brauns are 30+ years old. Not as much used as yours but steady beasts. Maybe lay in some lightly used older ones when they were better made.  Probably cheap. 

I can't recall if mine is Braun or Cuisinart, but I've had it at least 30 years with nothing breaking. But, I also do not use it as much as you do.


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11 hours ago, liuzhou said:

You'd have to prise my Bamix out of my cold dead hand!

Mine, too. Although it would have to be out of my cold dead hand, not yours. 

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I have a KitchenAid regular old stick blender.   It's about 10 years old at least.  I use it may be once a week for soups, salad dressings, 2 minute mayo and three times a day to blend my Metamucil 😎

Still going strong.  Maybe the ones made now aren't as well made?

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I picked up an off-brand -- Ambiano, the brand of a lot of small electrics sold at Aldi -- four or five years ago. It has two wands, one a blender and one a whisk. I use it probably once a week. It's held up fine, but obviously the amount of use is not close to yours. But I think I paid maybe $19.95 for it.

 


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lot of cold dead hands here

 

Sooo sorry

 

I used to enjoy some of their posts :

 

Bamix ?

 

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now I might wait for some Cats

 

but ................

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Certainly Bamix is available on Amazon so I’m not sure why you are getting these pages.


Anna Nielsen aka "Anna N"

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1 hour ago, Anna N said:

Certainly Bamix is available on Amazon so I’m not sure why you are getting these pages.

I can search successfully for Bamix on Amazon but I also get the dogs when I click on @liuzhou's link.  But I like the dogs so I’ve clicked multiple times!

Edited to add that Clancy is my favorite so far!


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2 hours ago, rotuts said:

lot of cold dead hands here

 

Sooo sorry

 

I used to enjoy some of their posts :

 

Bamix ?

 

1111.thumb.jpg.1715c228093d3eeeb40d65e0721178bc.jpg

 

 

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now I might wait for some Cats

 

but ................

 

When I type "bamix" into amazon I get loads of relevant results.  No dogs.  And free Prime one day delivery.

 

I don't have a Bamix immersion blender but the motor of my rotor stator homogenizer is made by Bamix.  Good stuff.

 

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58 minutes ago, blue_dolphin said:

I can search successfully for Bamix on Amazon but I also get the dogs when I click on @liuzhou's link.  But I like the dogs so I’ve clicked multiple times!

Edited to add that Clancy is my favorite so far!

 

I clicked multiple times, no Airedales.

Only a few corgi, and various types of poo

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1 hour ago, blue_dolphin said:

I can search successfully for Bamix on Amazon but I also get the dogs when I click on @liuzhou's link.  But I like the dogs so I’ve clicked multiple times!

Edited to add that Clancy is my favorite so far!

 

That explains it. I went directly to Amazon.  I did not realize there was a link!


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looks like a fine machine.

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I am also a happy Bamix user.  My first one lasted me 25 years.  I just got my second one, and can attest that it seems to be of similar (or is it possible, better?) construction.

 

Other immersion blenders that I've used are hot garbage.

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Thanks to everyone for the replies!

 

The units found at https://www.webstaurantstore.com/search/stick-blender.html look very sturdy; however what concerns me is all the smaller units seem very severely underpowered, between  100-150 watts, and the higher powered units are much too large for my needs.

 

So far, the best regular retail consumer unit I've used is the Cuisine art Smartstick 2 speed 200watt motor, which cost me about $50.

 

Heidih: I use mine to blend meal replacement protein shakes.  10oz milk, 25g protein powder, and frozen fruit of various sorts; blueberries, bananas, strawberries, sometimes sweet potatos etc. and add spices/lemon or orange flavoured fish oil.  Also I sometimes blend frozen blueberries with lowfat cottage cheese and erythritol- it makes a nice low fat/calorie high protein  cream cheese substitute spread, tastes exactly like the Einstein bagels full fat spread.

 

Re: those that own kitchen aid units- what Ive found is it's really hard to guage a units durability off time of ownership alone.  Cos if someone uses it infrequently, the total run time may be actually very low.  My mother had a 20 dollar unit that never stopped working over the course of 20 years, but she never used it on a regular basis.

 

The Bamix has caught my interest; for those that own it, how many hours of total run time have your units had?  Longevity is the most important factor for me right now.  Price isn't an object if its lifespan/performance is congruent.

 

 

 

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I used my OG (old guy) for broccoli soup today and noticed the caution "household type" implying a "Braunier" version. The other 2 I found in the garage. Not my personal ones. I like the blend container in the boxed one - does not seem to have been used. 

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