Thanks Celiac. I've never actually used an immersion blender, but I see them used all the time on Food Network, and they seem like great tools. DO YOU MAINLY JUST USE THE MIXER ATTACHMENT, or do you also use the whisk often?
This woman's a very passionate home cook who's taken a bunch of cooking classes. Basically, I want to give her some really high-end, luxury and beautiful kitchen items. I'm going to give her a few Japanese damascus knives with custom handles, an Ozarkwest.com walnut cutting board, etc. I'm finding that with many kitchen items, if I look at really high-end products I'm getting into commercial-type items. Sometimes they might be wonderful for a home cook (like copper cookware or these knives), but there's a thin line between that and items which might just be too heavy or large. I don't care about the price, I just want to get the best items I can find. My problem is determining what's truly best - balancing beauty and practicality (like the chrome immersion blenders at W.Sonoma) with professional-quality performance and durability (like the Dynamic). Often W.Sonoma has just what I need, but for certain things - like the knives and cutting boards, they just don't have the really high-end, luxury items I want.