which hand blender do you recommand?

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Bought a $20 one, went dead after couple months of use. Should I get a pricey one? will they work better and last longer?
 

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I have a plastic "Better Chef" one that I bought at Ollies Discount store for $9.99 .. it works great. Then I bought a model with a SS shaft by the same manufacturer when they were on sale at Aldi's for $14.99. The newer model is so powerful that it seems to whip air bubbles into my batter even when pulsed on the lowest setting.
 

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I got a kitchen aid on sale for about 30$. Works great and has a ss shaft
I also have a Kitchen Aid model with 2 speeds and a SS shaft. I definitely paid more than $30 for it - I think about $45 cdn - but it's been a workhorse and doesn't get overheated like my last one(s) did.
 

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I have a Cuisinart that I picked up from Amazon a couple of years ago. It's a workhorse, and I like the removable head. I think it was around $30 or so. I have an ancient Cuisinart stick blender that I've been cooking for for around 20 years that is entirely stainless steel. It still works fantastically.
 

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More expensive does not necessarily always mean better. I'm still soaping with the same cheapie, 2-speed Hamilton Beach stick blender that I bought 10 or 11 years ago. It was under $20.00 when I bought it. They have a newer model, but I don't like the looks of the bell on the newer model. The bell on the model I have, which is pictured in the link I posted, works great. It does not cause air bubbles in my batter.

I also have 2 other kinds, both with metal shafts, which come in handy when making HP or other hot things. One is a Kitchenaid and the other is a Cuisinart. Of the 2, I like the Cuisinart better. The design of the bell is much better for soaping than my Kitchenaid. I've relegated the Kitchenaid for food-use only.


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I have a light commercial Waring that I love, but the housing came loose. LOL, have used it for 3 yrs with the housing zip tied to hold it together. It is the one Waring that could not be fixed. They are not cheap and I refuse to give it up since it is a much longer shaft than my Osters. It also does not kick up bubbles as badly. I will eventually purchase another one.
 

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My favorite is the ten dollar one I got at Ocean State Job Lot. I've had two others, and my least favorite was the Cuisinart, because it sucked air into the soap batter and resulted in a lot of bubbles.
 

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How are you using it? I ask because hand blenders are not meant to be used continuously. The small motors heat up quickly and they need time to cool down between bursts of blending/mixing.
 

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I have a stainless Cuisinart I got for 20.00 at Costco several years ago. It' got a removable shaft and it's never given me any issues. I also have a Hamilton Beach one I picked up for 3 dollars at Salvation Army for back-up if needed.
 

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For soaping and lotions, I have Irish Lass' Hamilton Beach and that inexpensive Cuisinart that everyone sells. I use them both -- each has its strengths. The Cuisinart isn't as good for small batches, for example. Both are still going strong and I expect them to last for years now that I don't feel the need to fiercely stick blend each and every batch of soap into cowed submission. I have a fancy-pants Bamix that's good only for food only because the bell is some kind of cast metal -- I'm guessing aluminum or zinc, neither of which play well with lye. If I turned my hobby into a serious business, I'd look into getting a light commercial blender like Carolyn's when my production got high enough to justify the cost.
 

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More expensive does not necessarily always mean better. I'm still soaping with the same cheapie, 2-speed Hamilton Beach stick blender that I bought 10 or 11 years ago. It was under $20.00 when I bought it. They have a newer model, but I don't like the looks of the bell on the newer model. The bell on the model I have, which is pictured in the link I posted, works great. It does not cause air bubbles in my batter.


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That's what I have! Or had. I broke one of the plastic slots that holds the bell on. I have a backup one speed that I picked up at a thrift store while I wait for HB to replace it. I paid $4 for a 2 year warranty. I burned through my first 3 in the first 6 months of soaping so when I bought the HB I decided a warranty is cheaper than replacing it all the time. That was almost 15 months ago.
 
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