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Wish it lived up to ATK recommendation (Dec. 2012 update)
on March 31, 2011
This is a light, good looking immersion blender. I bought it due to the America's Test Kitchen recommendation, but they probably were meaning that it was wonderful for very, very light use. The plastic wand section of the blender started failing within a few days of use. One of the end pieces of this stalk started to pop off. I think with very light use, it would not pop out. I sent it back rather than trying to glue it back together or plastic spot welding the pieces back. That might have worked, but I want a much more durable blender. I am so impressed with the price, if the one I purchased held together, it would have been fantastic. It was impressive while it worked and nice looking. Looks like I'll have to spend much more for the next one.
UPDATE 2012 December: I've read a few of the other reviews in favor of this blender. The instructions do say: "Switch on motor by choosing "Speed 1" or "Speed 2" and blend but remember to use for no longer than 1 minute continuous use. The motor must then be rested for 10 minutes." It is in the instructions. But I do think this is such a performance consideration that it should be front and center. Most, if not all complaints about this product would not be here. So do I blame purchasers who do not read instructions? Do I blame a product that you think should be able to be used to blend soups and prepare ice drinks? If you read every EULA agreement when you sign up or purchase software, I know what you think. If you are like 99% of humanity, I think I know what you think. The information is there on page four of the six pages of the English section of the manual.