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119 of 124 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2010
I bought this product late November of 2009 and initially liked it fine. Here is what I wrote initially:
"Works fine. When you had a Braun previously, as I did, some of the parts don't stick together as easily as you are used to. Works fine though, and has a stronger engine than the Braun did. For pure functionality it deserves 4 stars."
Based on this I gave the Miallegro 3 Stars.
Now we are 10 weeks later and 2 knobs that hold the motor part and the attachments together have come off. Not good, obviously. Am now about to call customer service to get the product replaced and will update on how that goes.
But the fact that this has happened at all, shows this isn't a very well engineered product unfortuntely...
Consider yourself warned.
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
on April 14, 2010
After reading so many good reviews of this blender, and wanting a powerful one, I thought I had found a winner with the Miallegro. Unfortunately, my first attempt to use the blender resulted in the blade and other internal assembly falling off the wand and into my soup. The design is definitely wanting. In theory, having various blades for different tasks to attach to the motorized wand makes sense, but they do not attach securely or easily. The instructions suggest using pliers to squeeze on tightly if necessary. That really shouldn't be necessary in an adequate design. I returned this blender and am awaiting my refund, having lost out on shipping costs. Needless to say, I was very disappointed and am resuming my search.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on July 30, 2010
I ordered this item after much reviewing here on Amazon.
My "must have" list was:

Chrome or Stainless Steel (NO MORE PLASTIC)
Long Neck
Powerful motor
Long cord
Attachment parts

Well, this is all of that and MORE! I am so pleased with this as I have used it now every day to make Protein Smoothies in the morning for me and my fiance'. He just told me this morning how much he is enjoying them on the way to work instead of hot tea. (got him to quit coffee a year ago :)

I put frozen berries in, some honey, Nutribiotic Prozone 30-30-40 Vanilla powder (best protein powder I've ever tried!), chia seeds and So Delicious Coconut Milk.
This chops up the frozen berries in a matter of seconds! NO KIDDING! I am amazed at how powerful this thing is! AND one other little perk that I don't recall anyone else mentioning is that the blades are all stainless steel and the bottom of it is too, so, when you run it under water or use it in water/detergent cup to clean you can see the top part of the blades so you know they are clean too! With units in the past, the top part of the blades weren't visible because there was no reflection due to the bottom being plastic not stainless steel. I think it's a great added feature that most probably don't even realize. (I hope I explained that properly so people understand what I am trying to say) I use it on 5 setting on turbo in case anyone was wondering.

I haven't used any of the other blades, whisk attachment or the chopper attachment yet, so I can't comment on those, but I was very pleasantly surprised at the size of the whisk and the chopper bowl! They are really big! Not some dainty little whisk or a 1 cup or less bowl. These are huge! I was going to get a mandolin or a food processor, but now I really don't think I need to. Also, I probably won't need my blender ever again either!

I can't say enough good things about this product and it's a fantastic price at $59.99 here on Amazon! Well worth it! My fiance' is thinking about purchasing another one for his son who loves to cook and wants to be a chef when he grows up. I have to say, the handle is a bit on the heavy side, but I think it also just goes to show how sturdy this is. This has been a great purchase!

Only negative is the manual. It really doesn't do a very good job of telling you what blades are good for doing what. I just looked at them and decided that the 4 prong blade looked like it would do best at blending the frozen fruit and it does a fantastic job! Also, I couldn't find how to attach the stick blender part to the motor. I just figured it out and hoped I was right. It was a bit tough to put on and I am not quite sure how to take it off at this time since I don't have a reason to change it out yet.

I read one review on here where the person didn't think it had enough power. Only thing I can think of is they didn't realize that it has 5 power settings. It does appear to only have the ON and Turbo buttons, but the very top has a dial 1-5 where you can change the power setting. This thing is VERY powerful, trust me. If you happen to put it all the way down to the bottom of the container you are using while blending, it creates quite a suction! Trust me, this thing has more power than you will ever need to use it for. It's fantastic!

If you are confused about which to buy or are cautious because this brand name isn't well-known or familiar to you........let me clear that up for you BUY IT!!! You won't be disappointed! You'll just wish you hadn't spent all those hours hemming and hawing over which one to buy. This is it folks! You won't be sorry. It even has a wall attachment for storage. (we are moving soon, so, we haven't used this feature yet, but can't wait to when we get settled in)

Plan on using it to make gazpacho soon! Can't wait!

NOTE: If you are planning on purchasing this to blend up some of the veggies or beans to thicken your broth, it DOES say not to use it while over heat source. Take pot off of the stove, put the stick blender in pot and do what you need to do, rinse off and return pot to stove. You can still use it for the purpose intended is what I am saying, just not while it's on the stove burner.

Happy Blending!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on April 24, 2010
After an exhausting search of the reviews for hand blenders, I chose this as the most powerful with the fewest engineering handicaps (i.e. stainless shaft, good seals, good return policy, etc.). While still happy with my purchase, there are some drawbacks I would like to share. Even at 450Watts, this blender is underpowered; I can't imagine a use for a speed lower than max. I had delusions of whipping some chocolate milk into a mousse-like consistency with the flat blade. That didn't happen. The food processor accessory is not designed to make peanut butter--I believe I read that claim somewhere--the lower blade is too high to do more than make fine nut meal. And again, the motor won't handle the load necessary to turn nuts to butter. The "user guide" is woefully inadequate. There is very little description of use and care for the different blades and attachments (in fact, it comes with a fourth blade that has no description at all). For small food processing jobs, this is a better option that pulling out (and cleaning) my cuisinart. Shakes, soups, gravies, batters all are easy work for this blender. It just promises a bit more than it can deliver.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on January 5, 2010
I thought i might take a chance on this one, since the only review was a bit dubious. Although i have only had it a couple of days i can say that i like it. It is clearly made of good quality materials, unlike the cheap plastic popular brands. Not to say that there are not plastic parts though, the base of the attachments is only stainless steel on the outside, inside it is plastic, along with the gears that connect to the wand, a little disappointed with that. It does feel like it attaches firmly though, which i am happy about because that is often where they seem to break and the attachment wont stay on or the gear strips. Very heavy wand likely will get tiring to hold, but thats the price of more power. Also, the blender attachment is much longer then the wisk, unlike the picture shows, it must be at least 4 or 5 inches longer then shown, which is really nice.
Again i just got it so i can say nothing about longevity, i will post a reply if anything happens in the next year or two. We use things pretty hard around here, so if you haven't heard from me take it as an endorsement.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on September 25, 2010
I purchased this item about 6 months ago. At first I loved this device with all the accessories, and thought I would save money by going with this product. We use this device at least once or twice a week. At first the blue tabs fell off to hold the main housing unit, which was fine, because the connection would still hold on any of the accessories. Then finally the white piece on the main housing unit fell off. I can no longer use this item. Now I have to purchase a new emersion blender. I will not go with this brand again.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon March 26, 2012
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I use a handheld blender daily, mostly for smoothies and pureed veggies and soups. My Braun was my favorite and it lasted for years. It was awesome because it was lightweight and had no problem easily blending through chunks of frozen fruit. Braun disappeared from the US market so I tried a Magic Bullet, which was awful and left big chunks of fruit jammed under the blade that never mixed through. That was quickly tossed and I bought the Cuisinart handheld. Its lightweight and good for smoothies but takes alittle more effort than the Braun did; seems a little less powerful. But its a convenient tool to use daily and the length of the handle is proportionate to the included beaker, which I use for making smoothies. I was very excited to try the Miallegro because of its power and attachments and I find the hand blender to be one of the most useful kitchen gadgets of all. Given Miallegro's stainless steel composite, it appears more high quality and designer looking than the Cuisinart. And it is bigger and heavier and the stick attachment is longer. However, the beaker it comes with for blending smoothies is about the same as the Cuisinart one. It feels out of proportion to the beaker in my opinion; too long and too heavy for that beaker, and I haven't really adjusted to using the Miallegro for smoothies. I find the Cuisinart easier (there are no blades to change) and more lightweight and comfortable to use for smoothies, and will likely continue to use it for that purpose until it dies. But there is no comparison for when you are making a big pot of soup that needs to be pureed. I really appreciated the power and size of the Miallegro recently when I made a deep stock pot full of split pea soup and wanted to puree through the peas, onions and other veggies. The Miallegro was perfectly proportioned to my big heavy stock pot and made pureeing a cinch! The motor is more heavy duty and the blade is apparently sharp and well designed because it was effortless and done in seconds. The Cuisinart is just too small for that job; and I would have had to split the soup into smaller batches. So, for me, in the end I like having both! The Cuisinart is my daily hand blender for smoothies, but my Miallegro is superior for big jobs like pureeing a stock pot full of soup. All in all, its an attractive useful product at a very fair price.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on May 28, 2010
I've owned the Wolfgang Puck immersion blender for the last 5 years, and in early 2010 the motor part and the blender part would no longer stay attached during blending. The suction generated by blending would pull the bottom attachment off. I had to use two hands to hold it together, which didn't leave a free hand to hold the cup...so it would spin around. I didn't want to resort to duct tape, so I ordered a different blender off Amazon. (For the record, I never had a problem with the plastic gear stripping, though I can see how it could happen if you're constantly blending large amounts of ice or nuts)

Lo and behold, the Miallegro is EXACTLY the same as the Puck blender. The only difference is that the blender stick on this version is a couple of inches longer, and it doesn't have the small black o-ring above the gear.
The Miallegro seems well made, and a little heavier because it's clad in metal instead of plastic. This is maybe my 4th immersion blender, and I expect it to last at least five years before I replace it. These things never last forever. I'm very happy with the price here on Amazon ... much better than other brands I found in local stores.

My last one was indispensible for making smoothies (with ice and frozen small berries), pesto sauce (in the bowl attachment), whipping cream, frosting, and chopped onions.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2010
This is the 4th hand blender I have had in my kitchen. I was first impressed with the design of the Miallegro hand blender. The neck is long to fit in the deepest of stock pots and the device fits well in the hand. Unlike my previous blender the Miallegro came with two blending attachments, a standard chopping blade, a chopping blade designed for meat, and mini food processor attachment. It is a very powerful hand mixer tearing through work in seconds. It is going to take me a long time to burn this one out.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
After using this product several times - and cleaning it thoroughly each time - my wife was concerned at the tainting of a soup she made. Under careful examination it turned out that the seals on the immersion blender had failed and the interior was foul with a bacteria laced ooze of gunk which could not be cleaned out. This is dangerous - the gunk could consist of anything from butulinus to e-coli.

So do not buy this product
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