Excerpt: I like to drink the powdered breakfast drinks. The problem is that sometimes they are difficult to get blended together with the milk. Recently, I purchased a Cuisinart SmartStick hand blender. I don’t know how I managed to do my instant drinks without it!
Pros: I had one of these for 6 years before it gave up the ghost. Used it on a daily basis from simple mixing up of vitamin drinks and shakes to batters, creaming butter and sugar, soups and the like. So those plastic gears hold up pretty well. It's not a $400 mixer where it matters if the gears are plastic. 6+ years is plenty of time to get out of a $65 appliance (which is what I found it for at BB&B). I bought it again to replace the old one.
Cons: Faster to chop stuff with a knife than with the chopper attachment because you have to do such small batches to get consistent results.
Summary: My wife decided to start drinking shakeology instead of breakfast every morning and immediately complained that our specialty Hamilton-Beach Smoothie-maker cannister-style blender took too long, left bigger ice chunks, and was too difficult to clean. I recommended trying an immersion blender but told her that it would need to be treated with care if she expected it to last very long (like using pre-crushed ice from our fridge dispenser and adding it in small amounts to...
Summary: I have this very set and it is wonderful. But please listen to the advise I am about to post. 1 week ago I foolishly was trying to clean creamed cheese off the blades and must have accidentally hit the on button with my right thumb. I amputated the full top of my left index finger just above the second joint and it could not be reattached.