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MQ505 - Good, but not great
on May 23, 2017
I've had this blender for a while now and use it regularly for all sorts of things. Need some whipped egg whites? No problem. Homemade whipped cream? No effort whatsoever! Need to blend a sauce really well? Well, it stays plugged in next to my stove if that tells you anything.
There are two things that repeatedly come back to bug me about this hand blender, though. The first is something that seems slight, but really grinds on you after a while : this thing is sticky! It has a coating on the handle that is designed to make it easier to grip. Unfortunately, it attracts residue of all sorts that is difficult to remove. I'm not talking about finger prints, it simply constantly feels tacky/sticky to the touch seemingly just by virtue of existing.
I bought this initially to puree soups as well as make cauliflower mash. To be honest, it has not been fantastic at either of these jobs. I have tried pureeing a variety of soups at this point, but there is always a good deal of grit and unblended particles left. I'm not sure how much difference the extra power makes in the fancier models, but I'm not happy with the strength of the MQ505.
After a lot of use, I can't say I've ever been at a point where I really regretted not having the lock button that allows you to blend without holding the button. Would I use it if it was there? Absolutely. However, most blending tasks are over fairly quickly so it hasn't bothered me too much.
If I could, I would give this 3.5 stars. It's not terrible, but I'd rather have bought the higher powered model. It blends but it doesn't puree to my satisfaction