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91 of 94 people found the following review helpful
on August 28, 2010
I bought a cuisine art hand blender instead of this one at the store because the cuisine art blender has a bigger blade. Turns out that is not very helpful, it leaves out small pieces of fruit. The cuisine art blender has the blades much higher from the base of the vessel so chunks that fit between the blade and the base don't get blended or you have to blend for few more minutes to make it a fine paste. I like to blend in the bowl I will serve in, that way I won't have more dishes. If I put milk or water with the fruit to make sure I don't have chunks, it gets a little messy.

With the sharper image blender I didn't have any issues with the blend being chunky, it does a great job fast. It is not easy to blend something like apples or carrots but the cuisine art didn't do any better with those either. At least sharper image blender struggles first but after a minute it will blend it into a fine paste, with cuisine art it takes a lot longer to get to that consistency. If you want your puree fine and fast this is the right one for you.

It also comes with lot of extra attachments. Usually Amazon has everything priced competitively but this one Amazon has it priced at 39.99. The store I bought it in has it for 29.99 and with the 20% off coupon I got it for $24. I love it and I am glad I decided to try it.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on June 16, 2011
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After seeing how many positive stars this got, I ordered it. After just six or so uses, it broke. The plastic tab that keep it together broke at the joint for no reason. Since it had been two months, I contacted the Sharper Image about getting it fixed or replaced. I received a form email back from them. It said:

Please contact the store where you made your purchase. We are only able to service orders placed on our website [...]. Sharper Image Online is not the "headquarters" and is not responsible for items sold at retail stores.

That's right. The Sharper Image is not responsible for fixing or replacing their own products. Why? Because Sharper Image is not a company any more. It is just a name that many different manufacturers buy to sell their crappy Chinese-made goods under! If you want to get something fixed you must first find out who manufactured it (where can you find this out? Nowhere apparently.) Then send it back to China. That's if you can arrange it. Basically, you buy it and you are stuck with it. And it's complete garbage to boot.

Amazon was incredible as usual and refunded my money. They told me just to toss the blender in the garbage and they did not want it back. If I were you though, I would not count on Amazon to do this, as they don't have to after 30 days.

In short, buy the Cuisinart. This is crap and The Sharper Image is a scam.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on October 1, 2011
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This seller is using Amazon to sell defective products that are not covered by the promised warranty.

My blender lasted 87 days before the glued-on shaft detached, making it unusable. I talked to both the seller and the "manufacturer." The seller lists the manufacturer as Sharper Image for the 90-day warranty. But the seller is misleading customers. Sharper Image went bankrupt a few years ago. Now there's a shady group that sells the name "Sharper Image" to low-quality manufacturers who slap on the logo and disappear. Then when there is a warranty claim, Sharper Image says, "We don't manufacture anything anymore. You'll need to talk to the real manufacturer, but we don't know who that is because we don't track who's manufacturing products with our logo." Translation: You are screwed.

So the seller won't help you because your purchase is past 30 days. The manufacturer won't help you because they have disappeared. Maybe Amazon will step up and protect the consumer? No. My claim to Amazon was denied.

Bottom line: As a matter of principal and to save others from getting swindled, I had to contact the State Attorney General, BBB, and my credit card company to file a fraud claim. This is fraudulent. (It is also a pattern, since others have bought the same product from this seller and had the same experience.)

This is a black eye for Amazon. And bad business, too. Since I spend thousands of dollars with Amazon and they are losing not only me for a few bucks, but everyone else I can warn.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2011
My dad was so impressed with the ease of blending smoothies, soups, and just about anything with my Cuisinart SmartStick hand blender, that when I was moving out of the house, he started to panic. The thought of living life without the convenience of a hand blender scared him so, until I found this Sharper Image gem looking me in the eye one day.
I opened the box and the first thing that I noticed was that the machine itself was a bit heavier than my Cuisinart (minus points) but the Sharper Image blender does have two settings instead of one (plus points.) I tested it out; the quality of the chopping and blending was really quite comparable. The chopping container on my Cuisinart has tiny non-skid pads on the bottom, this one doesn't (I know, big deal, but a difference nonetheless) though the container on this one seems a bit bigger. The Whisk attachment on this model seems a bit cheaper; not as solidly constructed, but it still works. Lastly, the Cuisinart is attached via snapping the pieces into place then relying on a release button whereas this Sharper Image model has a "twist and click" locking mechanism, which at first I didn't like, but quickly grew accustomed to.
All in all, this hand mixer is a great value and a powerful kitchen tool.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2011
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I purchased this used it twice and the black plastic piece came unglued. However, it is powerful and got the job done prior to breaking. I sent returned and purchased a KitchenAide instead. I was disappointed based on all the positive reviews.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on December 20, 2010
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I received the Sharper Image Stainless Steel Immersion Blender promptly. It was in perfect condition. I am VERY happy with it. It is very easy to clean and seems to be made well. The attachments are useful, and it is not cumbersome like a large food processer. I would recommend this product to anyone looking for an immersion blender. I was confused at first while I was looking, because there were many items with mixed reviews. But, I know I made the right choice!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on June 30, 2011
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This hand blender seems to function adequately, but the immersion head is poorly designed and is impossible to clean completely. I've made only a half dozen smoothies, each time cleaned it thoroughly both by immersion cleaning in soapy water and then hand washing, yet there always seems to be a nasty residue that drips out. Last time I went to use it, the blender end smelled disgustingly like rotten garbage. There are a couple screws you can remove to take part of it off, BUT the residue actually is dripping from an area that cannot be accessed. Just another poorly-engineered piece of garbage - and Amazon won't refund the money since it's been already a couple months. Don't buy this unless your plan is to get sick from the nastiness left behind.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2011
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This is the first immersion blender I've owned. I spent days looking at all the reviews on each product here on amazon. I was drawn to this one because it was made of stainless steel, while the others in my price range looked like cheap plastic. I have been very happy with it so far. There are certain things my regular blender still does better, such as making smoothies. My favorite use for it is pureeing soups right in the pot. I can't imagine how I did this before. I also was able to make some hummus with it the other day. It seems to be a solid, well-made product, and easy to clean as well. The attachments are useful..I particularly like the wall mount, which frees up more drawer and cabinet space. I would definitely recommend to a friend, and will probably purchase one for my dad. Just be sure to follow the instructions, and not leave it on for more than 60 seconds at a time. I let it go too long once, and it smelled like it was overheating (however, it's still working so I guess I did not do any permanent damage!)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2012
When I first got this, I thought it was great, but the more I used it, the more I realized that it smelled like something died inside of it.

The blending attachment is horribly designed, and has a screw plate underneath the blade causing food and other stuff to get trapped in there. The first time I unscrewed it to give it a good cleaning, I almost barfed--it smelled so badly. I have to unscrew and clean underneath the plate every time I use it. It's a pain to clean and just poorly designed. It blends well, but it's just high maintenance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Just as many said on this site, this product is extremely poorly made. Started to fall apart after 6 monhts use, part in middle kept falling off, then plastic molding where snaps together and part goes into to turn blade worn down and even melted some as was not connected securely. called support number on back of booklet, got some strange person in NY who said to return it to this address and they would repair or replace? sent it over a month ago and haven't heard anything. Guess they just gave me a line. Anyway, certainly was not a good investment of my money for only a few months of good use, wish as usual I had read reviews first to keep from even having this experience. Decided to write this review to hopefully help someone else avoid this. So often reviews are written too soon and then the product does not last.
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