Summary: I bought this blender as a replacement for my Breville which gave out on me after 4 years ( the o-ring seemed to have disintegrated, if i couldve gotten a replacement for that it wouldve kept on going). The design itself doesnt allow for smooth purees, since there is so much space left between the blade and the bottom of the pot, holder, etc. My Breville on the other hand had much less space there so pureed everything much quicker and left little to no bits and pieces.
Summary: We purchased it based on the brand and the unit's apparent ability to stand up to daily use. Within a dozen uses, the drive shaft has started binding, making a loud grinding noise and not rotating properly. The unit is no longer usable. This was light duty, home use. There is something very wrong with the design of this product. Avoid.
Summary: We purchased this product based on the brand and the unit's apparent ability to stand up to daily use. Within a dozen uses, the drive shaft has started binding, making a loud grinding noise and not rotating properly. The unit is no longer usable. Unlike the other review, this was light duty, home use. There is something very wrong with the design of this product. Avoid.
Summary: My wife got this for me as a gift. After about six months of light but constant use - immersion blenders are after all quite handy in the kitchen - whatever seals are in place to prevent moisture from entering the drive shaft failed. I never allowed the main body to get wet, and always dried the shaft attachment thoroughly after each use.
Summary: I purchased the Viking Hand Blender because I was familiar with other Viking kitchen products and their durable design. This blender looked very durable compared to the plastic competition. The exterior is stainless steel, but the interior connection points are chinese made plastic that twisted off after about 6 months of smoothies once a week. I am glad I did not throw away my $20 Hamilton Beach that I have had for 10 yrs.
Summary: I have used the Viking Immersion Blender for about 6 months now, in a fine dining restaurant kitchen where it saw daily use almost exclusively to re-emulsify and foam sauces. As it was a $120 piece of equipment, it was very well taken care of and not abused or even used roughly. Unfortunately, this very expensive blender was unable to stand up to even the simplest possible of tasks.
Summary: Purchased a recently, packaged well, item damaged in a way that could only have happened at the factory and evidenced poor quality processes. Item would not work safely with this condition. Connecting area was chipped preventing a secure attachment. Other than this important issue the item is a good attachment concept so check it carefully before trashing the packaging.
Summary: I have gone through three of these blenders in one year. On the first the power buttons did not function. For the last two, in everyday normal use, the drive shaft breaks apart from the plastic disk that connects to the motor rendering the unit useless. My local store has been good about replacing the unit - but this last time I insisted on a refund and am seeking another brand.
Summary: I was so excited to get this "professional" blender after 20 some years of using several plastic blenders (Cuisinart)Do I miss these half the price hand blenders! I use it amost exclusively for pureeing soups and this blender leaves loads of stringy fibers, and takes 5 times as long to do a very poor job! I am a pretty seasonned cook and Iam very picky about what I serve.
Summary: We've been using this blender for over a year for soups and smoothies. Very powerful and does not touch vessels it is used in, as blades are surrounded with a stainless steel cage. Viking quality! Highly recommend.