Summary: Do not buy this immersion blender. They use a rubber washer to apply friction attaching the blender motor (outside of the washer) to the rod holding the blade (inside of the washer). This is a bad design.
Summary: After reading the spec's on all the hand blenders, I opted for the Viking Stainless Hand Blender because of the two speeds and I have other Viking products that have withstood the test of time. I was concerned about how my hand would fit it, being of small stature, but found no problem gripping it.
Summary: I bought the Viking to replace the Cuisinart immersion blender that I broked the "stick" on. I've had the Viking for about 3 years, and use it almost daily to make protein shakes. The blade broke in half about 2 weeks ago. Even though it is a detachable item, I can't find a replacement for it.
Summary: Yes I am a new user. Hopefully the honeymoon for this fabulous stick blender will last for many years to come. I was using my Nija blender to make my morning smoothies. So I tried my new Viking stick blender.
Summary: I purchased the SS Hand Blender 15 months ago for 100+$$. While making a smoothie the unit melted. I brought it back to my place of purchase and after waiting a week was told I would need to contact Viking directly.
Summary: First of all this blender is great until it breaks and you must order another stem/blade. And they're not cheap, plus shipping. I have had mine for about 2.5 years. I almost exclusively use it to puree soup and it has been great for that purpose.