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OK, but that would have toasted just about anything!

What I mean is, has anyone melted the plastic shaft in normal use, like blending hot soups on the stove?

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10 months after starting this thread, I'm still IB-less. There are limited options here. The only stainless shaft one would be a Bamix which would be a special order from Switzerland and cost US$150+ (can't order from the US, wrong voltage). There are a few retail ones from Braun and Phillips. The Braun looks the best, it's the 600w version and about US$60, so similar to US price. But, only plastic shaft; they don't bring stainless shaft models into Hong Kong.

Has anyone ever melted the plastic shaft on these, or is this nothing to worry about?

Check on e-bay for the bamix at a better price and the right voltage,

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OK, but that would have toasted just about anything!

What I mean is, has anyone melted the plastic shaft in normal use, like blending hot soups on the stove?

I had a Cuisinart plastic shaft one which my daughter broke, but not by melting it. I used it all the time for hot soups and it did fine.

I've read that the Braun ones are really good for their price.

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10 months after starting this thread, I'm still IB-less. There are limited options here. The only stainless shaft one would be a Bamix which would be a special order from Switzerland and cost US$150+ (can't order from the US, wrong voltage). There are a few retail ones from Braun and Phillips. The Braun looks the best, it's the 600w version and about US$60, so similar to US price. But, only plastic shaft; they don't bring stainless shaft models into Hong Kong.

Has anyone ever melted the plastic shaft on these, or is this nothing to worry about?

I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure that the kitchen aid IB that I have has a stainless steel shaft, and is not $150.

It works very well.

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The KA does have a stainless shaft and blade guard but the shaft is much shorter than the one I got and the upper end of the shaft is in a plastic housing with a latch button that can't be immersed. If you look at the photo I posted above, you can see that the upper shaft housing is also stainless and is unbroken - the shaft twists off the motor housing - and the immersible portion is 10 1/2 inches. That is much more than on the KA. The KA 3HB300 is a 200-watt machine. I found it with the same package, bowl, whisk, etc. for $89.00 on Amazon, however the motor is not strong enough for my purposes. I had a KA and returned it to the local store (Target) because it stalled while I was pureeing pumpkin soup.

The Bamix Gastro, that has the longest shaft of that line which is 7 1/2 inches, is only 200 watts. I think it is overpriced.

My big blender is the Waring 55 commercial that has a 14 inch shaft but is much more expensive and it is heavy. I don't use it as much as I did in the past because I no longer do catering.

You can compare several blenders and read customer comments about them here.

I don't know about HongKong but there is a dealer in Taiwan who carries just about every brand found here and ships all over the world.

I can't find the site at the moment and don't recall the name but I will look for it.

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Another happy braun user here. I have the MCA 550 which i guess is 550 watts. It does have a lot of attachments. the little chopp jar, the big mixer smoothie jar, the ice crusher attachment, the whisk and the stick blender part. The motor housing part has a little wall holder that i will find a couple of inches of wall space to mount, maybe today.

This is my second Braun , my first is stlill working... i gave it to my mom.

I have seen people complain about the attachments.

I am a big milkshake drinker and it is more convient to pull the smoothie jar out dump ince cream in it, whiz it up and, when I am trying to impress/scare people i will put a draw in the smoothie jar, take out the blade and drink straight from the smoothie jar. When I am not trying to aggravate my wife in front of her friends I have several huge glasses that I dump it into. Whiz some soapy water in it, rinse and done. Not take it apart, the glass and the base go in the dish washer, the rubber parts get washed by hand and then you re-assemble and put away.

I make home made whipped cream, salad dressing and whip egg whites for various things. Grab the stick blender, I have a tall metal round bottomed mixie cup, drop the ingredients in it, whiz rinse and done.

I have the mini cusinart FP processor, (now regulated to grinding spices/mixing spice blends and chewing up brown sugar (the second coffee grinder locked up)) and I have a K/A FP with the 3 bowls. If I just need a little bit of onion,pepper... chopped it's a lot easier to pop that little chopper bowl together and chop chop, rinse and be done. Instead of the process of dealing with the processor.

Also , if you do it like we do it, there are times when you cook something to eat, while you are cooking a larger meal for guest or whatever or you cook something to eat while you are cleaning up a "tornado" ravaged kitchen like I am doing now, and I am getting hungery. The braun lets me prep some food for a side meal while my wife is cooking the main meal.

Oddly enough, i rarely use the main blender stalk attachment.

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Bumping an old thread... In the end I bought a Braun 600w "Turbo", the made-in-Spain big brother of the one in andiesenji's post here:

https://forums.egullet.org/topic/80222-immersion-hand-blenders/?do=findComment&comment=1089108 

It came with a whisk, a beaker, and a 500ml mini-bowl-chopper thing.

14 years later, I'm still using it.

Braun still make similar models, now in Eastern Europe, so parts are available. The top of the mini-bowl-chopper broke a few years ago, and I found the part at ereplacementparts.com for under US$10. Now the main wand thing is getting shaky, so that's the next part I'll need. The all-plastic shaft version I have doesn't seem to be available any more, but a stainless one now is. And I should probably get a new mini-bowl-chopper blade. It's also available.

Yes, at some point it's cheaper to buy a whole new rig, but I don't like throwing out things that still work, especially when everything newer is invariably junkier.

Observations:
 - I use the "turbo" speed 90% of the time, "regular" speed 10% of the time, and the variable-speed dial never.
 - I don't regret spending more for a more powerful model.
 - The plastic shaft has held up to blending hundreds of hot soups, and doesn't scratch non-stick. I like.
 - I didn't use the beaker for years. Then I found the 2-minute-immersion-blender-mayo trick. Now I use it regularly.
 - The 500ml chopper bowl is incredibly useful. I don't have a food processor any more.
 - Braun sell these with less-useful 350ml choppers in North America, where they assume everyone owns a food processor. In the rest of of the world, we usually don't. I'd want the 500ml.
 - Braun has been through 3 different owners (currently it's owned by DeLonghi, who also own Kenwood) since my unit was made.

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I swear by Bamix immersion blenders.    Whereas recipes say to blend then strain, I find that straining is unnecessary when making a velvety soup or sauce.   

But to make mayo, I simply use a wire coil whisk

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in a French "working jar"

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It emulsifies into mayo in under a minute, cap with its lid.   Rinse whisk and done..  

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Another recent datapoint — I have had a Breville Control Grip for about a year now and have been pretty happy with it. It's much more powerful and effective than the Braun it replaced -- though that one was about 30 years old, so not saying much! I bought it after seeing Pai from Hot Thai Kitchen use hers frequently to make curry paste; I figured if it could get through galangal it would probably be fine.

 

The chopper bowl is about 750ml and I've found I use it quite a lot (which was kind of a surprise). The quality of the bundled accessories is also quite impressive -- the beaker and chopper are nice, heavy polycarbonate, with silicone in strategic places to keep them in place. The lid from the beaker nests onto the base to make a really good anti-slip base, and the chopper nests into the beaker for storage, as well. And excluding the parts with gears in them (the chopper lid and whisk adapter) everything can go in the dishwasher.

 

Serious Eats had claimed in an earlier writeup that the Breville couldn't make mayo, but they seem to have retracted that claim in their latest testing. I am ashamed to admit I haven't tried it...not a big mayo guy.

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Maybe this sounds dumb, but here's a warning. I got a Bamix blender, intending to make salsa (pico de gallo) in small batches. Not a great tool for raw tomatoes. Yes, I know I can hand-slice tomatoes, but I actually like the texture of raw tomatoes pulsed in a food processor (e.g., Cuisinart). I thought that the Bamix would be handy instead of the Cuisinart.

 

Anyway, ended up giving away the Bamix to a family member. The salsa / pico de gallo was my main intended use.

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On 9/11/2020 at 6:41 PM, MokaPot said:

Maybe this sounds dumb, but here's a warning. I got a Bamix blender, intending to make salsa (pico de gallo) in small batches. Not a great tool for raw tomatoes. Yes, I know I can hand-slice tomatoes, but I actually like the texture of raw tomatoes pulsed in a food processor (e.g., Cuisinart). I thought that the Bamix would be handy instead of the Cuisinart.

 

Anyway, ended up giving away the Bamix to a family member. The salsa / pico de gallo was my main intended use.

Do you have the attachment for the Bamix that lets it act a bit like a food processor (talking small batches for sure)?

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@Kerry Beal, yes, my Bamix did come with that attachment (a small bowl & small food processor blade). Maybe I should have played around with that attachment more before I gave away my Bamix. The Bamix, in general, did seem like a nice-quality product.

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3 hours ago, Kerry Beal said:

Do you have the attachment for the Bamix that lets it act a bit like a food processor (talking small batches for sure)?

 

I use mine (the attachment) several days a week on average. It is perfect for most single person cooking needs and/or for sauces etc for more people.

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Any idea why comparative reviews online often give Bamix lousy scores? I find it confusing. Lot's of people I trust swear by them, but then I've seen at least a couple of reviewers say they were outperformed by much cheaper consumer brands. 

 

Just curious. We have a god-awful cheap stick blender that will need replacing in the next few months. I'm not dying to spend Bamix money, but will do so if they merit the hype.

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It's a cheapie, but I have a Bella I picked up for $19.99 at Aldi. It has interchangeable heads, one regular and one whisk, that can go in the dishwasher. Two speeds. Seems to be solid, feels good in the hand. I like it. Amazon carries it, I think.

 

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55 minutes ago, paulraphael said:

Any idea why comparative reviews online often give Bamix lousy scores? I find it confusing. Lot's of people I trust swear by them, but then I've seen at least a couple of reviewers say they were outperformed by much cheaper consumer brands. 

 

Just curious. We have a god-awful cheap stick blender that will need replacing in the next few months. I'm not dying to spend Bamix money, but will do so if they merit the hype.

 

Not sure why the lousy scores. Maybe price unofficially factored into the reviews. The Bamix metal stick part is not detachable from the handle. I think it's been posted above that the other brands do allow you to detach the stick from the handle. IMO, it's a more solid design (Bamix) when it doesn't detach. Bamix IBs are made in Switzerland, which is a positive, IMO.

 

One of my siblings (the one who I gave my Bamix to) said they buy a new IB every few years (due to breakage). I should check back & see how the Bamix is working.

 

I'm guessing the main advantage of the Bamix would be longevity.

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I've owned my Bamix for at least 15 years now.  Granted, it doesn't get a whole lot of use.   I do wish the stick were removable so it could go in the d/w though.

Another thing I like about it is that it came with a mounting plate that allows me to hang it inside a cabinet for easy storage and access.

 

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3 hours ago, heidih said:

I have a Braun my sister got as a wedding present but left me here as voltage different abroad. That was 35 year ago - well used and appreciated. 

 

 

That is very similar to (if not identical to) the one I just replaced. Mine was working fine too, but the blade seemed to be getting kind of dull. 

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26 minutes ago, dtremit said:

 

That is very similar to (if not identical to) the one I just replaced. Mine was working fine too, but the blade seemed to be getting kind of dull. 

 

Ha! for some bizarre reason there are 2 more in the garage  -one still in the box. Identical - so I am good, Strange - I had no idea  - but oh well. I did not buy them. Stepmother clearly had memory issues way way back.  I could gift if you were nearby.  The one with the attachment I will keep - mine did not come wiht that.

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