Hamilton Beach 59765 2-Speed Hand Blender Review

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The Hamilton Beach 59765 2-Speed Hand Blender (starting at $22, Amazon) appeals to consumers short on counter space, or allergic to washing yet another dirty container. This handheld stick blender, which goes directly into a pot, deep bowl, or container, easily replaces a countertop blender for many tasks, reviewers say. Gilding the lily, this model comes with a whisk attachment and a small chopping bowl and blade that nearly mimic the roles of an electric hand mixer and a traditional blender, albeit in compact form. Three-quarters of the 800-plus reviews on Amazon award this immersion blender 4 or 5 stars for a combination of power, practicality, value, and ease of use.

Comments posted on the Walmart website are equally enthusiastic. The Hamilton Beach 59765 hand blender is one of the few small kitchen appliances that's actually useful and doesn't hog counter space, one review asserts. Consumers rely on it to blend soups, gravy, shakes, slushies, and applesauce; purée baby food and mashed potatoes; chop onions, almonds, canned tomatoes, and ingredients for pesto; and whip peaks of cream. (When used as an immersion blender, users caution that the blade housing must be fully submerged to avoid splashing all over.)

Some reviewers don't share the love. Gripes such as cracks in the plastic housing, food that clings to the shaft, burning odors, and attachments that don't fully lock into place are sprinkled here and there in reviews. Tests by Good Housekeeping found that this Hamilton Beach hand blender failed when tasked with chopping frozen ingredients, but the experts awarded it 4 stars nonetheless.

This versatile hand blender runs on a two-speed 225-watt motor that powers all three attachments: the stainless steel wand and blade, whisk, and 2-cup plastic chopping bowl and blade. All are dishwasher-safe. The power cord is 5 feet long.

Consumers looking for a small appliance with dedicated attachments will find value in the Hamilton Beach 59765. The price is right, the ergonomic design is user-friendly, and the results meet expectations.

Maralyn Edid

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