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Cuisinart HB-155PC Smart Stick Stainless Steel Hand Blender with Whisk, Silver/Black
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- Variable Speed Control
- Polished Stainless Steel Housing
- 200-watt Motor
- Blending and Whisk Attachments - 16 oz. Mixing/Measuring Beaker - BPA Free
- Comfort Grip Handle
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The Cuisinart Smart Stick hand blender is equipped with a powerful 200-watt motor and has a variable speed control. Control speed from low to high simply by turning knob on top. Blends in pots, pitchers, blending cup and bowls. Blend and whisk, with 200-watts (max motor) of power.
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I purchased my first Cuisinart Hand Blender 10 years ago. It was used nearly every day for making smoothies and to puree soups. It was one of the most handy kitchen gagets to have. We did not heavily strain the motor by trying to mix super thick things and only occasionally did we put ice cubes in our smoothies and have the blender chomp through them I actually don't think it's a good idea to expect this hand blender to be able to handle ice cubes very well so we tend to avoid doing so. After 10 years of service, the blade shaft just froze up and was not repairable. I had the option to order just a new replacement shaft for only $15 or to buy the entire package. I opted for the entire package.
I have several first impressions of the HB-155PC. It seems quite similar in size and weight as the previous one I had but I do notice some differences. First of all this model has a variable speed motor on it. The dial for controlling the motor speed is on the top of the handle. My original handle/motor was just a single speed. Another difference I notice is that the shaft assembly seems a bit less substantial than the shaft on the original model I had. I weighted the shafts to compare and sure enough, the older shaft weighed 237 grams while the new shaft weighed only 211 grams. So the newer shaft is using a somewhat thinner stainless steel. The last difference I notice is just the sound this one makes. It's hard to put into words, but this just doesn't sound as "substantial' in some way as the previous model did.
Concerning performance, this one works just as well as the older one did. I actually prefer the single speed motor on the older one since I am a proponent of simpler is better. Of course there are times where having a variable speed could come in handy but for our use of the blender, mostly smoothies, it's not necessary so I continue to use the older handle with the new shaft. I'll keep the "new" handle as a backup in case the older motor finally gives out.
There have been many people who have complained that the nylon gears strip and I do believe that to be true. However I also believe that in many cases the cause of them stripping is because the shaft was not firmly seated in the motor. It has happened to me... I think the shaft is fully inserted but in fact it is not and when you turn the motor on, the blade begins to spin but then stops spinning because the gears are not firmly seated. This could easily lead to them stripping. So it is important that you firmly attach the shaft to the motor handle until you hear that "click" that tells you it is locked in place.
For now, I'm happy with this. I'll update my review should it be necessary to do so.
When it comes to cleaning, the easiest way is to submerge this in some soapy water and turn it on for a few seconds, turn it off, then submerge it in clean water, and turn on again for a few seconds, and you're done. Unless you are working with an oily substance, this is typically all you need to do to clean it. Thinking back to the included plastic mixing cup, that is ideal for this. WARNING: When you're done cleaning it, make sure to unplug it when you dry it. You may seriously injure yourself trying to dry the underside while it's plugged in if the on button is activated.
Pros: It's very efficient. I read dozens of reviews on other models, decided on this one, and don't regret my decision.
Cons: None so far.
3-3-14 Update: I don't know why I didn't think of this before, but I make my own salad dressings, and this is the perfect appliance for making these as well if you're going beyond simple vinegar and oil.
MY BOTTOM LINE IS, don't THINK about getting one of these, just GET one of these. Then you too can ask yourself, "Oh baby, where've you been all my life?"
I use the blades for scrambling eggs and making homemade mayo or salad dressings. I keep it set up on my counter and use it about 4-6 days a week. This is my favorite mixing tool. It has replaced my hand whisk, old fork, and mechanical egg beater. I highly recommend it.
I have only used this new model for a few months. The blade broke off in my smoothie while I was mixing this morning. I will not purchase this model again.