Today I went to town to see the prices for stick blenders. I was almost going to leave with the cheapest when I noticed the difference in Watts between them all... The cheapest is 200W and the most expensive is 600W. So I wondered if the watts affect the spead and if so if the 200W would do the job properly. Then I wondered if you have any recommendations before I buy one. Is it a good thing to have 2 or 3 speeds? Is it best to have holes in the shield or is it best for it to be in one whole solid piece? I've read that it's good to have the stick detachable. In the store there is: - Store brand "cheap" stick blender (200W), 24 USD - Braun hand blender Multiquick 3 MR300 Soup (450W), 47 USD And these, but they're out of the question price-wise (though they have added accessories compared to the others): - Philips HR1362 Hand Blender (600W), 62 USD - Philips HR1364 Hand Blender (600W), 74 USD The cheapest, even though it's still pricey, doesn't seem like it with withstand a long time, so I was wondering if the Braun is worth it. Any advice?