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Old 07-07-2007, 09:27 PM   #1
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Immersion Blender question

I am looking for an immersion blender, to puree soups inside the pot, as well as make emulsion sauces (i heard this is well suited for that job)

I know the kitchenaid one is considered the best. Right now, though, I have the top-of-the-line Kitchenaid HAND mixer, which has an optional attachment for immersion blending.

Does anybody know if this is as good as the kitchenaid regular immersion blender?

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Old 07-07-2007, 09:37 PM   #2
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no idea, but would it be as convinient to use?
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Old 07-07-2007, 09:50 PM   #3
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I have no idea. I have a Braun "boat motor" I love. I like that the shaft is nice an long so I can immerse it in a fairly deep pot. I question that you would have that capability with a mixer attachment.
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Old 07-07-2007, 10:13 PM   #4
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Here it is:
KitchenAid®: Hand Mixer Accessories
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Old 07-07-2007, 10:21 PM   #5
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The actual immersion blender turns at a much faster speed than the hand mixer. Besides, that linked item looks more like a mixing tool than a device that will puree solids.

You don't have to spend a lot of money for a good immersion blender. $20 will get you one that will do all the standard stuff from pureeing soups and sauces to making emulsion sauces.

You can spend a lot more than $20 for more power or for attachments but a $20 Braun (for example) with a detachable end that can go into the dishwasher is all you'll need.
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Old 07-08-2007, 06:52 AM   #6
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I checked some online reviews. The los angeles times did a review and said the kitchenaid was superior; and that the braun was noisy and unrefined.

I also heard about Bamix immersion blenders. Does anyone have one of these? Are they worth the extra price?

What about these "Wolfgang Puck" immersion blenders (modelled after Bamix) that are all over ebay? Are they good?

Also, is it quicker to whip cream with these immersion blenders, compared to a kitchenaid hand mixer?
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I checked some online reviews. The los angeles times did a review and said the kitchenaid was superior; and that the braun was noisy and unrefined.

I also heard about Bamix immersion blenders. Does anyone have one of these? Are they worth the extra price?

Also, is it quicker to whip cream with these immersion blenders, compared to a kitchenaid hand mixer?
The Braun works fine for most uses. IMO you're better off getting an immersion blender rather then an attachment. I agree with what Andy said about the attachment and about the power of the hand mixer. Unless you're going to be doing huge batches of soups or sauces, the Braun will work fine. If you feel more comfortable getting a Kitchenaid, then get it. The main thing is that you're happy with your product.

Regarding your last question, you cannot whip cream with an immersion blender unless you get a whisk attachment. The quickest way is to use a stand mixer. I don't know about the other two.
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Old 07-08-2007, 09:08 AM   #8
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My earlier post was not to get you to buy a Braun, that was just an example. Besides, I don't know what unrefined means in this context.

My point is: immersion blenders are everywhere and you don't have to spend a lot of money to get one that does everything you need. If you want the "Best" be prepared to pay for it.
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Old 07-08-2007, 09:35 AM   #9
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I know the kitchenaid one is considered the best.
I am not really sure I would say that. Kitchenaid is the best according to who? These things are personal taste in many cases so what is the best for some people is not the best for others.

I have a Braun and it does an amazing job. It is not noisy, it cleans up easily, it has plenty of power, it is a quality made product that will last years and years, I have never put it to a task and had it fail.
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...you cannot whip cream with an immersion blender unless you get a whisk attachment.
My immersion blender came with a plastic cylinder shaped "bowl" which worked like a charm for whipping cream. It worked so well that you could even use skim milk and it would still turn out perfectly.


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