***UPDATE*** 1.5yr later Pictures are from both original purchase 10-2015 & updated ones 4-8-2017 I am quite pleased with the performance of this hand blender. My initial reason for purchasing, though I didn''t buy through Amazon, was to be able to make my own...
***UPDATE*** 1.5yr later
Pictures are from both original purchase 10-2015 & updated ones 4-8-2017
I am quite pleased with the performance of this hand blender. My initial reason for purchasing, though I didn''t buy through Amazon, was to be able to make my own mayonnaise. I found it hard to find a good, reasonably priced, organic one without the use of canola or soybean oils. This blender, or I call it an emulsifier, worked out perfectly! I was able to make the mayonnaise right in the wide mouth, pint sized mason jar I was going to use to store it in. It took less than 10mns total to make.
I bought this back in Oct of 2015, and it''s still working just as good today. I''ve gone over the bad reviews posted here and I''m a bit surprised. Some writing about the bearings falling apart, others about how the attachments don''t lock into place. I''ve had no issues whatsoever.
I now use this to make fruit smoothies right in the cup I''m drinking out of... well, I use the wide mouth pint mason jars to drink out of in this case. It makes for easy storage if I can''t finish the smoothie for some reason. I use frozen fruit with a little water or fruit juice and vanilla bean powder, nothing else. I take my time with it, as in I don''t force the appliance through, maybe nudge it lightly but let off immediately, into the fruit/bottom of the jar. I let the emulsifier do the work. It usually only takes 2 or 3 minutes to blend it all thoroughly. This is about the thickest or hardest mixture I make with it. I don''t make peanut butters or mash potatoes with it, but I have puree''d a mix of turnips with parsnips after cooking. Just to give an idea of what use it for or how hard I am on the emulsifier.
One thing I did do in the beginning, or towards the beginning of my usage, was to inspect and take pictures of everything. The area where the attachments mate, more specifically. I did notice a plastic sleeve on the attachment side, actually on the shaft, inside the cup of only the chopper attachment... I didn''t find this on the whisk attachment. My theory is that this plastic sleeve (see photos) is to protect the handheld drive part because it''s made of plastic. (This plastic sleeve didn''t seem easily removable either.) The shafts are metal. So if using bare metal to plastic, the drive plastic part will be worn much more quickly without the sleeve. The chopper attachment is also directly driven by the handheld portion (causing more vibration & wear) unlike the whisk, whick is gear reduced inside its attachment. Anyone who is mechanically inclined will know what I''m talking about here.
Well I noticed after a few uses, the plastic sleeve would fall/slide down into the cup, no longer providing a cushion to the connection. So I used some clear, strong, flexible adhesive and dabbed a bit on while pulling the sleeve but up into place. I let it cure for 24 hrs. This adhesive stays pliable and easily peeled off in case I used too much or if I was wrong. Well so far all has been well since, the sleeve has stayed put. There has been minimal wear to those mating points. My attachments still lock into place and have never slipped apart. I still have a hard time accepting how some of the reviewers have had issues with that. I hope this helps with making a decision with your purchase.
I usually note who the seller was when buying through Amazon, mainly because I''ve encountered sellers with similar items but passing off knockoffs. I used a bigbox brick & mortar store in this case.