Stick Blender suggestion

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  1. keith grima

    keith grima

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    Hi guys, so my stick blender has broken down and need to buy a new one. What I do not know is what to look for when choosing a stick blender.I need it to be as powerful as possible to achieve velvety textures when puréeing food.

    Any pointers guys?
     
  2. phatch

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    Budget will determine a lot of this. As a home cook, my current one is a $40 Kitchenaid. I had a Cuisinart before that for about $30 that lasted about 5 years. Before that it was a $20 Braun that ran more than 10 years.

    Now, there are some other caveats. The Braun was a blade only and fixed to the drive shaft, much less to go wrong. The Cuisinart and KitchenAid have swappable tools. Blade and whisk as well as a mini food processor cup system. This is not just the blender cup, but a bowl, blade and lid. The food processor cup is OK for salsa, not OK for hummus. The blade handles hummus well. And the whisk makes a fine meringue or whipped cream. The current Kitchenaid has three speeds but that's pretty gimmicky. The lower speeds only make sense for starting whipping which I don't find to be a killer feature. The Cuisinart turns out to have had a better lock for the attachments. No idea yet on who has the better gears. I think the Cuisinart failed from plastic gears, but I don't know that for a fact. 

    If you've got the budget to burn. Robot Coupe is the best from what I've read, full of professional grade goodness, 10-20X the cost of what I've been talking about. 
     
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    Hi, thanks for your reply I thought no one had any clue ... before we move to a brand what do you looks for though in a blender to make a very smooth puree is it the watz? I'd rather have a very powerful one than having one that supports many attachments etc.

    I may find Kitchenaid from where I'm from but not cuisineart.
     
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    Holy !"£!%$ I just checked the price of robotcoupe lol I cant afford that !!! it probably costs more than all my equiment lol
     
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    phatch Moderator Staff Member

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    For smooth puree, the blade and power are the keys. I don't think you'll find much to distinguish them in the low end of the market. Both are decent enough brands I wouldn't fret between them. 
     
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    Ok but what specification do I look for to determine power?
     
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    Watts. But it's not often a hyped specification in the consumer market for these so you'll have to look carefully at packaging or search out the info online from the manufacturer.
     
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    The bamix immersion blender is terrific, but it doesn't come cheap.