Hamilton Beach drink mixers have been around ever since 1911, and replica models these days reflect the nostalgic Americana of soda fountains, malt shoppes, and jukeboxes playing doo-wop late into the night. Coming across a classic replica Hamilton Beach Milkshake Maker like this one may seem like the real deal. ...
Immersion Blenders | Hand Held Mixers
The kitchen appliance that looks more than anything like a small outboard motor, the Immersion Blender – also known as a Wand Blender or Hand Mixer- is simply an enclosed, spinning blade at the end of a motorized handle. The concept is genius in its simplicity- bring the blender to the food rather than the food to the blender.
Immersion Blender History
The first immersion blender was invented in Switzerland in the 50′s, and much larger versions have been in use in restaurant kitchens since the 60′s. These appliances have been available for the home cook in a variety of forms for the last twenty years, and have become very popular, as the models to choose from continues to grow.
The Blender is used for stirring, blending, mixing and pureeing foods by simply immersing the blade end in the food you are preparing and pressing the button. You can puree soups in the cookpot while they’re cooking, make smoothies and blended drinks in a cup or pitcher, smooth sauces and de-lump gravy right before serving, all without the messy process of transferring food to a blender or food processor and back.
These appliances are meant to be simple to use and easy to clean up afterwards. On most units, the blade attachment is removable for cleaning, and dishwasher safe. This is an important feature to look for, as cleaning otherwise can be a challenge. You can choose between single and multiple speed models, depending on your needs. Some prefer the single speed for simplicity, while the multiple speeds allow you to better control the process, especially with more delicate mixing operations.
There are corded and cordless models, the latter featuring a rechargeable battery. Of course these tend to be higher priced, as they incorporate internal batteries and charging circuitry. For some the convenience is well worth the price, to not have an electrical cord dangling over the stovetop, or to be able to mix up drinks while entertaining outside on the patio.
With the popularity of these blenders comes greater versatility, as brands attempt to position their products as the most useful in the kitchen. Many now feature food processor attachments in addition to the immersion blade, so you can chop small quantities of dry foods like nuts and herbs, and mince garlic etc.
When comparison shopping, look not only for how powerful the unit is but how quiet it runs. The higher end models, and especially the cordless versions tend to be much easier on the ears. Whenever possible, try the blender out in the store. It should be comfortable to hold and not feel flimsy. Look for a Stainless Steel shaft and blade for durability.
Where to Buy
Retro Blender, Soda Fountain & Malt Mixer
White Mixer MR5550CA
I like this device because it feels like having an extension of my body with the ability to blend. The movement is far more natural than the awkward way I have to hold a regular mixer. I can maneuver it with simple rotations of my wrist, with no strain, ...
The Bamix Mono is a powerful wand mixer offering 7000-17000 RPM. It comes with beater, whisk and mincer blades. The drive shaft features a precision assembly with tight tolerances. The motor was engineered for the company and is produced in their own factory. The result is a lightweight, vibration-free blender ...
Professional Immersion Chopper MR5550CA
I have only just begun to realize the full power and versatility of this hand blender. I use it mostly to puree soups and blend smoothies. But it would be worth the price just for those two purposes alone.
My favorite feature is the no-splash head. It prevents the food splatter issue ...
White 5 Speed Beater HM-50
Do you know someone moving out on their own for the first time? Or perhaps a budding chef that wants some kitchen tools to call her own? If you do, Cuisinart's 5-Speed Hand Mixer is a good place to start.
This is a well-made, albeit basic and bare bones ...
9 Speed KHM9PWH White
There's a place for the KitchenAid stand mixer, and there's a place for KitchenAid's new 9-speed hand mixer. Some folks may think I'm old fashioned because I'm not head over heels in love with the stand mixer. It keeps me a little too distant from the food I'm preparing.
7 Speed Power Advantage HM-70
The Cuisinart HM-70 hand blender features seven speeds which are operated by an easy slide control, read on an adjacent LED display. Power through even thick batters and dough with the 220 watts of this mixer and eliminate splashing using one of three options for low speed settings. The beaters ...
Includes Electric Whisk & Storage Container, White 300
Do the work of several appliances with this one small stick blender and attachment set.
The blending blade can be immersed to a depth of up to eight inches to blend hot or cold foods and won't stain when used with berries or tomatoes. The splash guard of the blending attachment is designed ...
Have you ever enjoyed a thick creamy soup at a restaurant, marveling at the texture and wondering what culinary magic could produce such a treat? Wonder no more. The cook simmered up a pot of ingredients in stock, seasoned it just so and blasted it into a puree with an immersion ...
Hand Mixer Rechargeable Set CSB-78
The Cuisinart CSB-78 Cordless runs for up to twenty minutes on a charge and recharges quickly. The set includes whisk, chopper, and sixteen ounce mixing and measuring beaker in addition to the blending shaft. The stylish matte finish to its brushed stainless steel shaft matches any decor.
A handy storage stand mounts ...
Stainless Steel Hand Mixer Blade Set
Don't be fooled by the slim design. With a five hundred and fifty watt motor and a wide variety of useful accessories including a mincing blade, chopping blade, aerator blade, french whisk, beater and chopper, this mixer is ready for work. The easy grip handle offers a firm hold while you ...
Kitchen Mixer w/ Recharging Base BCS500XL
Take the mixer to your food with the convenience of cordless technology. Experience no more worries about cord length or outlet locations. This style saves hassle and extra dishes because you don't have to transfer your creations to and from a full size blender.
The Breville cordless mixer offers nine and three ...
Kitchen Hand Mixer 500 Watt 88860
The Dualit comes in several styles; this model is in chrome. Its five hundred watt immersion blender offers variable speeds from nine thousand to sixteen thousand rpms and pulses at seventeen thousand rpms.
The stainless steel blades blend, chop, whisk, grind, and puree, then the stick detaches with a simple twist for ease ...
Hand Mixing Set KHB300OB
A Hand Blender or Immersion Blender is a handy, time-saving tool. This KitchenAid Hand Blender can be used in any number of cooking projects from blending smoothies, to pureeing soups, to making your own, fresh baby food. You can use it directly in your soup pot, smoothie glass, ...
The immersion blender may seem like one of those specialty tools that the average cook doesn't have a need for. Trust me, once you use one in the kitchen you will be hooked, and finding more uses for it all the ...
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