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Old 10-01-2013, 03:22 PM
Location: the west side of "paradise"
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Ocassionally use my BRAUN for dressings, marinades and gravy if I have help in the kitchen around holidays and have big batches to make and kids (not mine) complain "My arm is tired". I put them to work and they think its play.
I've had it for sooo many years I don't even remember if I bought it or it was a gift.
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Old 10-01-2013, 03:42 PM
Location: SLC, UT
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I have this:
Cuisinart® SmartStick™ Immersion Blender, Parsley | Sur La Table

Mine is in an orange color they were discontinuing, though, so I got it for less. But regardless of price, I really like it. I use it for soup or making pesto, and it does both things very well. I also like that I don't have to transfer hot soup into a blender in batches. It cleans up easily.
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Old 10-01-2013, 03:49 PM
Location: Islip,NY
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Kitchen aid brand. My husband wanted one,I have used it 5 times since we got it in 2005. He's never used it! LOL
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Old 10-01-2013, 07:10 PM
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Talking Excellent posts everyone, thank you ALL!!!:)REPS for ALL:)

Originally Posted by OpenD View Post
I have an ancient Braun immersion blender that has served me well for more than 20 years. They kind of invented the US market for these handy devices. It has interchangeable heads - blender head, whisk head, and a food chopper head that I lost long ago because I never used it. Also has a tall cylindrical container for no-splash blending. The key feature is the fingertip speed control. Unfortunately, despite having superior quality products, Braun was taken off the US market by owner Proctor & Gamble in 2008 because the German brand did not meet P&G's profitability standards in the face of competition from cheap Chinese kitchen appliances.

Key things I use it for... pureeing soup in the pot, where a favorite trick is to make a chunky soup and then puree part of it so it becomes creamy, with chunks. It's also great for smoothing gravy right in the roasting pan.

What I never used it for... pesto. Blenders, immersion or conventional, are optimized for mixing and blending liquids, not for chopping solids. You need the much bigger knife blades of a food processor to do a good job with pesto.

Key things to look for... power and fingertip speed control. Smoothies with ice? No, I use a countertop blender for that.

Thanks for all of your help! I agree with you about BRAUN. In the back of my mind, I was thinking of it. I was hoping for something NOT made in China. Do you remember what you paid for your braun blender? If I manage to get 1 in the US, what would be a good price for it? If I can't get 1 in the US, I was thinking that if I go to Europe, I was hoping to buy it there, and just get an adaptor for use in the US.

I have made pesto sauce in my food processor & a couple of times in my vitamix (which was a pain to scoop it out & clean)

One day, I was talking to the salesperson at Macy's who actually said that in the last decade or so, appliances barely last the 1 year warranty. How sad is that She said something my grandmother said as well, that in the past appliances made in the US or Germany would last for decades. My grandmother has had her kitchenaid stand mixer for decades, now, that is quality!

I hope people keep coming with ideas Thank you.
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Old 10-01-2013, 07:16 PM
Location: On the sunny side of a mountain
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Had a Braun for about 20 years, it was still going strong but I retired it last year for a deLonghi with a mashed potato attachment and a whole lot of power. Just used it today to make Tomatillo and Ancho Salsa.
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Old 10-01-2013, 07:19 PM
Location: League City, Texas
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I have a Kitchen Aid that I use for soups & sauces fairly frequently. I've never used the whisk attachment & haven't used it for chopping, as I prefer a knife for that. It's one of those things that, once I became accustomed to it, wouldn't want to do without.
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Old 10-01-2013, 08:01 PM
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Which hand immersion blender do you have, what is the speed, what do you use it for most of the time? Does it have any attachments? How often do you use it? Is it under warranty, if so, for how long? Are you happy with it?

Thanks in advance
I have the Cusinart. I don't know the speed. I use it for pureeing various things, including salsa. I'm sure it had a warranty originally. No attachments. I use it a couple of times a month, minimum. I love it.
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Old 10-01-2013, 09:38 PM
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Years ago, I had a Braun, which I loved. Til it died.
Then I got a Cuisinart, which didn't last terribly long before it died.
Then I got a KitchenAid, and that was my favorite, but the seals went on it, so out it went a couple of months ago.
Found a nice one (forget the brand) at Boscov's for $12.50, marked down from $59.99. Came with a mini food processor cup, a measuring cup, and a couple of other bits. So far, so good!

Oh, Grundig, that's it. Unfortunately made in China, but I still like it, and it feels like quality.
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Old 10-01-2013, 09:49 PM
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KitchenAid. I bought it because it had what I wanted: variable speed, a powerful motor, and a detachable stainless steel blender head. 8 years and going strong. I use it at least twice a week.

KitchenAid (usually) = quality.
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Old 10-01-2013, 10:34 PM
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I have a Cuisinart that I bought new last spring. I got it because I was having surgery and had to be on soft foods for awhile. It has 2 speeds and worked pretty well. Like I said I bought it to make mush out of food after my surgery, so I have never used it for anything else.
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