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Immersion Blenders: 2003-2010


Marlene
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I reckon if my mother had still been alive she could have done with one to get the lumps out of her gravy.

The Bamix will allow you to have many hours of pleasure making the kitchen equivalent of "mud pies" - experimeting is good for the soul!

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I got an immersion blender for xmas. It's the basic Oster model. I said I didn't care which one I got because I'm mainly planning to use it for making hot chocolate and the occasional partially pureed soup.

In the instructions, it warns not to run the blender for more than one minute at a time, and then to pause three minutes before starting it again. But when making hot chocolate, I blend for like five minutes straight. I'm planning to completely ignore the instructions and figure even if I'm straining the motor, I won't be using it that often anyway. Does this seem reasonable?

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Mamster, if I had read this thread first instead of listening to the salesperson, I would probably have sprung for a fancier one. Cleaning can be an issue. Mine has never failed me-you decide whether to keep or exchange.

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I have the low-end Braun and have tried the top-end Braun. Honestly, I don't think the high end version is worth the extra money.

I like the Braun and use it a lot. I use it for pureed soups, the kind I like and make the most. I use it for salsas (it's much better than a Cuisinart or blender since you have more control and it's lower powered, but still way easier than a mortar). I also use it for pureed sauces. eg, I like to braise with roughly chopped pieces of all kinds of stuff and then finish the sauce by partially pureeing it. Also, I like my Indian curries finished with a puree. I use it several times a week and find the cleanup and use supremely easy. You can just toss it in the dish washer. Don't bother with the attachments. I do wish I could buy multiple standard sticks, though.

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I have a Moulinex. I use it primarily for pureeing soups or whipping cream. Considering I paid $5 for it (they were blowing them out at Zabars) and I can stick the pieces in the dishwashers, I can't complain.

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I got the little Braun with the cup attachment. It does everything I need and more. I see no need to spend anymore than $30. for this tool. I even got an extra one to mix my glazes for ceramics.

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I'd avoid models that have plastic shafts. They crack and once they do, the stick blender is trash and you have to replace it. If I had room to store the Bamix I probably would have puchased one. Instead I got a Braun (MR 5550 M BC-HC) with a stainless shaft and it came with a bunch of attachments. I think it'll be fine because my previous Braun was great--except that the plastic shaft eventually cracked.

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I'm using a generally satisfactory Braun, except: THE CORD. Is there a good one out there that is battery powered?

(I set up my kitchen pre-immersion blender days and the wall on which I have my longest counter run is against a masonry wall which makes late additions of electric difficult.)

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I had the cordless Cuisinart and sent it back. It just didn't have enough power for my protein drinks. That Bamix thing may be the best thing since pumpkin pie but $200 for a hand blender :wacko::wacko::wacko:

I have a cheapy Braun and it's still going after 5 years of abuse.

Joe

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For those keeping score, I melted the plastic shaft of my blender on its maiden voyage. It's going back for something, anything, with a metal shaft.

How the heck did you manage to do that? What kind was it? A friend of mine has had it with plastic blades getting out of whack and got one that is metal shaft and blade. I think he got it at W-S. This one looks like what he got.

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I had the cordless Cuisinart and sent it back. It just didn't have enough power for my protein drinks. That Bamix thing may be the best thing since pumpkin pie but $200 for a hand blender :wacko::wacko::wacko:

I have a cheapy Braun and it's still going after 5 years of abuse.

Joe

I'm tellin' ya, the Bamix is awesome. I could throw away my blender and my hand mixer now. And it's soooooo easy to clean.

Marlene

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I'm tellin' ya, the Bamix is awesome.  I could throw away my blender and my hand mixer now.  And it's soooooo easy to clean.

I concur. The Bamix is awesome. I got one for Christmas and it has already been used almost every day. So far, no regrets at all.

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I got the Braun with the whisk and the chopper attachment, and found that the chopper just chops things MUCH too fine.

The blender, though, enabled me to make a decent latte without a milk steamer. (I used to just warm the milk in the microwave and just make do with the fact that I had no froth, but this frothed the milk nicely before I added the coffee. Heh.) I've also used the blender to puree bean soups and such. Haven't tried the whisk yet -- next time I do an omlette, maybe.

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I don't know about the KA, but there is a post above that indicates the BAMIX is $200. I looked into this a while ago, and there are several versions of the Bamix, starting at about $120. The one with the very long shaft was about $180, as I recall.

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I don't know about the KA, but there is a post above that indicates the BAMIX is $200. I looked into this a while ago, and there are several versions of the Bamix, starting at about $120. The one with the very long shaft was about $180, as I recall.

Richard, that's probably $200 Cdn which makes is about $120 US :biggrin: Mine was in that range, but I don't regret the cost at all.

Marlene

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Looks like it's been a long time since anyone posted here, but...

I looked at a Bamix at Williams Sonoma and I am concerned that it would really tear up the bottom of a non-stick pot, and I have a few large pots that are non-stick. (I'm also concerned that it would wear/scratch the bottom of my stainless and enameled pots.)

Are there any good ones that have plastic "blade protector" housing? Cooks Illustrated like the Kaloric which is very affordable. Comments?

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People keep on talking about scratching pots. With my Bamix, you can puree a gallon of soup in about 10 seconds, without even touching the bottom of the pot. Freakin' amazing, it is, it just sucks everything in an blitzes it. If you are drawing the blender across the bottom of the pot, you technique is wrong or your blender is wrong. If you use the (right) blender right, you will spend more time plugging and un-plugging.

If you go Bamix, and I am a very happy customer, go to http://www.pleasanthillgrain.com/bamix.aspx rather than WS. The WS version comes with a beaker which you do not need. The Pleasant Hill Deluxe comes with the processor which is useful, and a real stand. Same price and free shipping.

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Don't know why you'd scratch anything. I'm very happy with my Braun set, which came with mini-food processor and ice crusher.

The ordinary blending attachment would only scratch a container if you really tried ... the blade is well protected.

I'm frequently amazed by just how many things we use the Braun for.

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