Panasonic NN-SE982S Stainless 1250W 2 : EXCELLENT OVEN

Overall this is a good microwave. The sensor reheat option is awesome and cooks things through properly and the 1. 6ft³ size is plenty big enough. However, the electrostatic dial seemed to give the microwave a cool-factor when we purchased it but quickly grew tiresome and is now my biggest peeve. It is basically a metal surface that you rub your finger-pad around in circles on to increase or decrease the time. Your finger-pad can seem to stick to the metal and setting 20 mins just takes too long and feels a little uncomfortable/unnatural. To set 20 minutes i now skip using the dial and just hit the ‘quick min’ button 20 times; a normal number-pad would be so much easier to use. If you’re in the middle of cooking and have greasy or dirty hands a normal number-pad would allow an elbow to be employed. With this, you’ll just have to accept that the microwave will need a clean afterwards and do the spinny thingy with a smudgy finger.

I don’t know why people are complaining about the electrostatic dial. Instead of an actual dial, but i don’t see an issue. It’s solid, pretty precise and no biggie deal. If you want to just do a quick 1 or 3 min run, just press the ‘quick minute’ button and press it to the # of minutes you want. Stainless steel surroundings, but i did notice the top of the microwave bowed. Perhaps the stainless steel is too thin?.

Panasonic NN-SE982S Stainless 1250W 2.2 Cu. Ft. Countertop Microwave Oven with Inverter Technology

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  • Enjoy faster cooking times with 1250 watts high power
  • Microwave Inverter technology delivers a seamless stream of cooking power
  • Advanced Inverter Turbo Defrost speeds up defrosting time
  • Elegant electrostatic touch dial control and 6-digit display
  • Automatic sensor adjusts power and times for different foods
  • Choose countertop or built-in installation, trim kit sold separately
  • Outside HxWxD ( ” ) 14″ x 23 7/8″ x 19 7/16″; Interior HxWxD ( ” ) 10 15/16″ x 18 7/16″ x 18 1/2″

The unit is beautiful, and easy to use. 5 years after i purchased it. You might want to consider the 4-year warranty offered by amazon, which would give you a refund if they cannot fix the unit.

How much do i love this microwave?. Enough to write a review on it. Very classy and sleek design and has a touchscreen scroller for time entries. This microwave heats up food quicker than you can take it out of the fridge. Not only that, my apartment is notorious for having appliances blow the circuit breakers — but this microwave never blew it oncei’m very impressed at the speed of this appliance and effectiveness of it options: sensor reheat, defrost is easy, and predefined cooking options are pretty spot-on. Great microwave – get it for sure.

We replaced a similar model that had buttons for the settings. This model has a dial and it’s a little more difficult and time-consuming to set the exact cooking time.

Panasonic NN-SE982S Stainless 1250W 2.2 Cu. Ft. Countertop Microwave Oven with Inverter Technology : I’ve had this microwave for a few months now, and i like it quite a bit. It has a fairly large capacity, which is great for heating up leftover casseroles and such. The electrostatic dial takes some getting used to (at first i could barely get it to move up to 30 seconds or more), but it’s really cool looking, and is really easy to use once you get the hang of it. I’m not really impressed with the inverter technology or sensor cook function, but as i never intended to use those in the first place, i’m not too bothered. I really love that you can program it to cook at different power levels all at once without having to go back to the microwave and put the time and power level in again (say you wanted to thaw something at low power for a few minutes, then blast it at full power for a minute or two). The main thing i have a problem with on this microwave is that it gets really warm on top. We typically keep our bread on top of the microwave, but since we’ve had this one, we have to store it somewhere else because the heat of the microwave creates condensation in the bread, or makes the bottom of the bread harden. Like many people have said, it’s also pretty noisy. If you’re trying to sneak something at night, and you live with a light sleeper, forget about it. Overall, i’m happy with the microwave, it has it’s cons, but it does what i need it to do.

My opinion only and only mine:- the finger dial thing in the middle that some people complain about hard to control: no merit – get use to it like anything new, period: it took me a whopping 40 seconds to play with it and ‘master’ it. – pro: super techo-sexy look which is the primary reason i usually buy stuff. Not very wise but it suits me; does have lots of bells of whistles and you are into that sort of stuff. See the con- con: with all the gadgets, i find it i can do almost everything by treating like a microwave: punch the number and hit start – done. Which begs the question why all the gadgets. My conclusion is so they can charge you more. – also, some folks talked about the door issue (see their comments, not repeating here). I find it questionable: one needs to use common sense in using electronic appliances – take it easy. Of course i only had it for a week. You might see my update bring it to 0 start 12 months from now for a broken door like others complained about. But that’s future and i dont have a crystal ball and wont worry about things i have no control and might or might not happen. – conclusion: for $300 is a nice looking, full function microwave. But if you want a basic basic basic configuration.

A lot bigger then i expected which is a plus.

After a month of use i’m pleased with this microwave. My wife is a little annoyed by the circular touchpad but i’ve grown to like it. She uses the quick minute button and is happy. We both like the sensor reheat feature, it works most of the time quite well. We are careful closing and opening the door after reading other reviews that it can’t take abuse. We use a gentile touch and i think it’s going to be fine. I’m not saying this was the case for all door issues but some people no doubt slammed the door too hard causing their own problems.

Very easy to use and is the most powerful microwave oven i have ever owned or cooked with. The stainless steel exterior is also easy to keep clean. I have had very good luck with other electronic panasonic device as well.

The microwave replaced a 20+ year old top-of-the-line litton that was built-in. With the same space i gained about 30% more inside space to cook. It cooks fresh and frozen vegetables perfectly with the sensor settings. I have thawed all kinds of meats with the sensor; just remember to take it out of the packaging; warmed up leftovers and even softened butter without getting the center to become liquified because of the way this oven works on low settings. It does not pulse on high as all the other models but actually sends a lower microwave to the food. The only problem i had was that the touchpad would not respond after a power blink. But unplugging and replugging solved that. So far very happy and works as promised.

The best feature is how the inverter works,when one dials in , say 80% , the inverter lowers the magnetron to 80% output. (older microwaves simply ran the magnetron at 100%, 80% of the time )this is an important difference . Delicate foods cook much, much better. Beside, my local bowling alley café uses one like this one, what more needi say .

This microwave works as described. It heats food quickly and evenly and is very large inside. We use the minute button all the time and it is handy. Using the circle knob to program time is not the greatest idea for you often have damp fingers when cooking and preparing food and it doesn’t work unless your fingers are dry – they must slide ‘around’ it to program time. Other than this feature we love this unit and it is as expected.

Our son went to college and took our old panasonic microwave so we bought this one. As long as they maintain quality we will buy panasonic microwaves. Love it for defrosting frozen meats. This is one cool looking techno geek microwave. The bad:not really bad but we are not sure if we like the touch dial programming. The program cooks are a pain. But there is a cheater guide inside the door panel. Overall yes i would recommend this microwave.

4 starspros: microwave is awesome. Cooks quickly and evenly, and the special features are great. Cons: terrible user interface. It has this touch dial thing instead of a keypad to enter the time. Also most microwaves have a quick ‘add 30 seconds’ button that starts the microwave and adds 30 seconds. This microwave has ‘quick minute’ which adds in 1 minute increments but doesnt even start the microwave. 🙁 overall, this is a great product. But panasonic needs to hire a new a ui team.

Large enough to cook casserole dishes, but doesn’t take up too much room on the counter. I personally love the styling and design of the microwave, but more importantly the features that it has. It does heat food more evenly and the sensor reheat works really well. I’ve read some reviews about the dial not working great and when i figured out how to use it i’m not sure if others were using it correctly or not because i don’t have any problems with it. The thing is to place your finger or thumb on the metal sensor inside of the dial, not the actual dial itself. Then you keep your finger or thumb ( thumb works better for me ) on the metal sensor while rotating. It will quickly add seconds and then increase to minutes automatically. Only time will tell if this microwave holds up, but in the meantime i will enjoy it’s many benefits.

This microwave oven is faster than the 1250-watt i replaced. It cooks much faster than a 1100 watt microwave, so if you are used to an 1100-watt unit be sure to use less time. And the genius part is the way it selects the heat range. It isn’t turning oven (50% power – it stops the heat for 50% of the time) it actually reduces the power as per setting and cooks it faster and more evenly. Anyone who is not happy with their unit had better check the manual to see what you’re doing wrong,.

Edit on 9/12/2013 i have now had the micro for almost 3 months and it’s still performing excellently. I see a lot of people complaining about the interior light not being on when you open the door or when you’re cooking. My light comes on both times. I have only had the oven for three weeks and it may be a bit premature to rate it now. It replaced a panasonic microwave which i had for 21 years. So far this oven is excellent except for one thing, and that’s the reason i gave it only 4 stars. I really don’t like the eloctrostatic dial. I would much prefer a knob or keypad instead. You have to make sure your finger is completely dry and you still can’t be that exact. I was also wondering why the price changes on amazon so much. I paid $214 for it and as i check now they want $270.

The microwave works great, but it overcooks or over defrosts food when i use the automatic settings. So i have to use it by seconds or minutes. Also, this microwave is very flimsy. You barely touch the top and it dents in and out. It will not sit straight on my counter. I have to have a piece of wood under one of the legs. I called panasonic and they said i had to take it clear to a service center that is hundreds of miles away. Otherwise i would have to pay to ship it. Then i would be without a microwave for weeks. So much for good customer service.

The only dislike is the dial time selection interface. It is modeled after an ipod dial but it is cumbersome to select a specific time. If you need 40-50 seconds, it is fine. If you need 45 seconds exactly, it is much more difficult.

So far, it works well, but i’m not so in love with the circular motion finger sliding required to set the cooking time. The knob unit was more, so i went with this one. I do like that the power settings are the real deal ex: ‘medium’ setting means full-time half power instead of 100% on half the time.

So far (6 weeks) we love it. The dial is easy to get used to, just takes a few tries. It matters how you place your finger on the dial. Just lay it across flat and it works very smootyly. Not super noisy which i like when the food is done. Love the ‘enjoy your meal’ at the end. Wish it had a 30 second add button, that’s about it for what i’d do to improve it. The 1:00 is usually a little too long. Just have to add the 1 minute and stop it after 30.

KitchenAid KPRA Pasta Roller and cutter, Works well, but use different pasta recipe

Maybe i didn’t read enough before purchasing, but my wife was surprised when she opened this up and used it that it doesn’t even really use the mixer like most attachments do. Works okay, but i would not have paid what i did if i would have realized it was hand powered.

I bought the kitchenaid pasta roller and cutter set early in our gluten free adventure. Like most kids, mine loved pasta and the premade pastas at the time, not only tasted bad, but were expensive. So i thought i would try to make my own. Over the years, i have made gluten free pasta using this set and i absolutely love it. Both rolling and cutting my dough is so easy. I love that the roller and cutters attach right to my kitchenaid mixer because i don’t have to worry about turning a handle as i try to process my pasta dough. These tools are heavy duty and designed to last and last. Even though i live in a very humid and corrosive environment (close to the sea) i have never found any rust or corrosion on my equipment. Even after the mixing portion of my kitchenaid mixer fell apart, i kept the mixer unit so i could continue to use my pasta rollers. I love this set and am so glad i own it.

First, let me say that i have been making home made ravioli every new years of my adult life. First with my grandmother, then i personally took over the tradition about 20 years ago. I normally have eager (hungry) family and friends around waiting to jump in and help me prepare the new years eve meal. Well, with my grandmother in her 90’s, my parents not medically capable of standing on their feet for hours at a time now, i was facing new years eve meal preparation alone.The thought of doing all of that alone, struck fear in my heart. I did some research and found this attachment was available for the kitchenaid. So, a professional 600 series kitchenaid was ordered along with this attachment. Thank you amazon for your same day delivery service. Let me start out by saying that this review could have gone either way. Like many other reviewers, i was ready to throw this attachment in the garbage about halfway through my first attempted use.

Key specs for Kitchenaid KPRA Pasta Roller and cutter for Spaghetti and Fettuccine:

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  • Compatible with any KitchenAid Stand Mixer
  • Attaches to multipurpose power hub
  • All-metal housing
  • Makes spaghetti and fettuccine noodles
  • Includes cleaning brush
  • 1 year warranty
  • Stainless-steel set includes pasta roller, fettuccine cutter, and linguine fine cutter
  • Fit all KitchenAid stand mixers
  • Clean with included wooden cleaning brush and toothpicks
  • Attachments measure approximately 9 by 3 inches
  • 1-year warranty; made in Italy

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“Like many other reviewers
, Works well, but use different pasta recipe
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I was skeptical about how these would work after a disappointing ice cream freezer attachment, but they are worth every penny. I used to roll pasta either by hand or hand crank machine and couldn’t imagine these would be much different. They work so well i bought all the kitchenaid pasta attachments. The dough comes out leathery smooth and elastic with perfectly consistent results every time. This has taken my home chef pasta making to a whole other level. I even bought semolina flour because i felt my regular bread flour just wasn’t on par with the professional quality of this equipment. As i am not the most coordinated person, it also takes about 1/4 the time required to use the hand crank version. Fresh homemade pasta is now a weeknight dinner instead of an all day art project in my house. You have just got to try these to appreciate the efficiency and quality.

I have had the kitchen aid pasta attachment set for almost 2 years. It is fast and efficient – i can start cooking and serve homemade pasta within 40 minutes. I do not use the ravioli attachment – it is more time consuming and requires more precision in rolling noodles the right size maximize pasta and minimize mess – i may consider trying the ravioli attachment again in the future – but would recommend the 3-piece past set over the 5 or 6 piece set. There is not much difference between the two thinner noodle attachments or the two wider noodle attachments – so the 3 piece set is probably sufficient. I also have the pasta-extruder which is my preferred tool for spaghetti (further making the 5-6 piece pasta set overkill). The pasta extruder is great because you can do other things while the pasta is churning (2 hands not required). I find the extruder slower overall (but usually make 2 sets of noodles at a time). A pasta drying rack definitely helps. I use slightly different pasta recipes for the press and extruder. Unless your dead set on a ravioli maker, you can do just about everything with the 3 piece set and extruder (and save money).

So this is sort of a work in progress. Like many others here i lost about a half a batch of dough to metal flakes and oil rubbing off. As soon as i got through that the roller started making a huge screeching sound. Maybe it is not lubricated now – but this is loud enough that everyone in the house came by at least once to ask ‘should it be making that noise?’. It seems like there is also some ‘etching’ on the rollers, so maybe that is where the metal flakes came from. Anyway, contacting the company. Other than that however, watch some videos on youtube on what the dough should look like and stuff, that solved most of my problems. Also something on how to properly measure flour :)second night, doing the dough right worked like a charm with the roller and the cutter – aside from the squeeking it went really really well. If i can get an exchange i think i would end up being pretty happy.

Just see the picture result. Im so glad i got all d attachment of kitchenaid. Totally happy with everything.

I did not believe this could work, but it does. You have to be careful not to overload the hopper with filling, and it’s best to have a dough that isn’t too wet (sticky). But after a couple of failures for obvious reasons, i was amazed at how well it worked. I brushed a little water in the inside surface if the pasta, and i didn’t have a sloppy filling. Genuinely happily surprised.

Have been working with this and found that the following dough works great:(this is different from the standard kitchenaid recipe)10 oz all purpose flour2 large eggs (wt ~ 2 oz/egg)4 large egg yolks1 tsp kosher salt0-1 tblspn water (depends on humidity of kitchen -cold here in maine)mix in mixer the usual way (30 sec mix, 2-3 min with dough attachment)then knead for 2-3 minutesrest for 30 minutes-1 hourroll the dough on following settings:roll out on #1 with 3-4 folds (kneading)roll out on #2 with 3-4 folds (kneading)roll out on # 3roll out on #4run through ravioli makersprinkle with flour as neededfold in half and crease the fold. Remove hopper, insert folded end and give it a quarter turnlay the two ends open to each sidereplace hopperthen, slowly, turn the crank. Just be patient and be sure to knead the dough and let it rest before using this attachment.

Cuisinart CSB-77 Smart Stick Hand Blender – A great little hand-blender!

I need to add more fiber and potassium to my diet. I used to make smoothies and have a vitamix which is the bomb. But it’s a pig to lug out when i just want one smoothie for myself. I think that’s why i stopped making smoothies. So i started looking into personal/mini blenders and saw this. The amount of positive reviews is impressive and here’s another one. This does exactly what i want. It allows me to quickly and easily puree some fruits and spinach with a little milk and some protein powder. It handles everything perfectly, but does trip over the spinach slightly. There are usually a few bits of spinach lives left in the holes in the housing around the blades.

I make smoothies with it, and it handles ice, frozen berries, etc. I’ve used the chopper attachment to make hummus, and it handles well. Haven’t run into any issues yet, but we’ll see over time. I’m curious to see how long the plastic gear that everyone has issues with will hold up.

Like anything else fragile, handle this one with care or else the gears will get stripped. This little hand-held blender is wonderful in both a hot pot of soup to be pureed and in a high tumbler to make smoothies with frozen fruit. We also bought the stainless steel cup which works well with the hand-held blender. Cuisinart was very helpful when our blade failed to turn, and sent out a new motor housing (with the original warranty continuing in effect). I would recommend this with the above caveat.

I really love this for making soups or anything that really needs to be smooth. It is a matter of seconds and the smoothness is complete. I also love the chopper for just doing little things, like chopping up an onion. It works great and does it quickly. What is really nice is that it is just a matter of running water over it and it is clean; no scrubbing.

So handy and stores and cleans so easily. Nice to have a very healthy smoothie in the morning that would cost well over 5 bucks if you bought it. I use whey powder, bee pollen, flax oil/ground seed, green algae powder, frozen fruit and almond milk and its a great way to start the day. The attachments are great and haven’t taken out my big clumsy food processor since i purchased.

It is well made and very sturdy. I’ve used it for all sorts of different foods (sauces, creams, refried beans, etc. The chopper cup is great for small amounts. I use this when i don’t want to dig out my large food processor.

  • The swiss army knife of kitchen utensils
  • 10 second butternut squash soup!
  • So far so good

Okay, so i bought this while it was on sale. It’s been a year and a half and i still use it at least 3 times a weekthis is crucial for adding veggies to foods my daughter would normally eat and helps with keeping the counter not so cluttered with blenders and such. I recommend for small families or small kitchens. Perfect size for me and mine.

I absolutely love this item. I have had it for a few years now, and it is still going. I probably need a new immersion part, as i have used it so much it is starting to make noises, and the blades are probably dull. And was using it for making breakfast smoothies nearly everyday for a year.

I have only used this several times, so i have yet to see how it holds up over the years. I used it for a soup recipe that i used to use a blender for. Although it is much more convenient than the blender, it didn’t seem to blend as evenly. I felt that i was over blending some of the vegetable whiles some were left in large chunks. This doesn’t seem to draw in the liquid like a blender does, so you really need to move it around the entire pot, and you are somewhat limited to what you can reach based on the distance between the tips of the blades and where the edge of the outer element hits the edge of the pot. In other words, you can’t blend all the way to the edge of the container. I received this as a gift and read the reviews that state that the chopper breaks the teeth easily, so i have decided to forgo using the extra attachments at all. It’s a shame they won’t be used, but it’s worth it to me to maintain the integrity of the blender. I feel the tool deserves a four because it does work well and i’m sure i will become more accustomed to using it and become better at evenly blending my soups. If you are considering buying it, perhaps shop around and look at other blenders’ reviews, but if you settle on this one, you’ll be happy with its ease of use and aesthetic appeal.

This doesn’t go near as fast as my old one so it doesn’t blend as well.

I never knew how much i needed this immersion blender until i owned it. Hot soups, cold smoothies, puree’s. This is one of my favorite kitchen gadgets. My kids use it several times a week and it’s still going strong. Love the dish-washer-ability of the blade attachment. I would definitely buy this again. My daughter took it when she moved, so i got another.

Features of Cuisinart CSB-77 Smart Stick Hand Blender with Whisk and Chopper Attachments

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  • 200-watt immersion hand blender housed in brushed stainless steel
  • Powerful chopper and whisk attachments provide added versatility
  • Lightweight design; easy-to-grip ergonomic handle; simple push-button control
  • 16-ounce mixing/measuring beaker and 2-cup mixing container included
  • Measures 2-1/8 by 2-3/5 by 14 inches; 3-year limited warranty

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I would recommend this product for any serious home cook or even an amateur. It’s very easy to assemble and clean (dishwasher safe for the top rack), affordable, and the attachments do come in handy when preparing meals and such things as baby food or purees ins mall batches (try garlic cloves and cream cheese for a great dip). Simple instructions, very good value for a durable, no-nonsense and easy-to-use product without a lot of ‘bells and whistles.

This is the best kitchen gadget i’ve ever purchased. I used to be stuck with a ‘rustic’ consistency on any and all creamy soups. The first day i used it, i made about a gallon of amazing butternut squash soup. I pureed it hot and had no splatter; even with my caution about a new appliance, it was done in under a minute. I’ve done it since then in 10 seconds. It elevated my soup to a high-end restaurant quality and all my friends were impressed. One of the reasons i purchased the item was because i wanted to eat healthier and eliminate grains/gluten without feeling deprived. With this item, i don’t need to add any flour, cornstarch, or other thickeners to gravies. I can simply puree a portion of the food. For example, i can puree a potato into my turkey gravy or use some of the potatoes and carrots straight out of the pot roast to thicken the saucethe cup it comes with is also fantastic for making homemade salad dressing emulsions and aioli.

My husband and i got this for a wedding gift years ago. I don’t cook a lot so except for the chopper attachment, this pretty much stayed in the cabinet. I recently found it while trying to figure out how to mix oil into my special needs son’s formula. This works so much better than the countertop blender i was using. I have to make a new batch every day so being able to blend in the pitcher and only having one part to clean saves me a ton of time doing dishes. I don’t know why it sat in my cabinet for so long. I use it for everything now. The chopper attachment is really handy for when you only need to chop a small amount and don’t want to pull out the food processor. I found out that i like it so much, i bought another one to give to a friend last christmas.

Only had this appliance a short time but for thanksgiving, it did the trick with chopping celery and onions for dressing plus was wonderful for making bread crumbs had some problem getting the base opened after chopping deal but hope i’ll get the hang of that soon. It blends beautifully and can’t wait to make up some tomato basil creamy soup with it.

I’ve had this hand blender for several years now and it has just given out. I have to say that i have abused it making 3 smoothies a day, using frozen fruits and ice. It had always been a powerful unit and done the job i’ve asked it to do. Love that the handle is detachable for safety and cleaning. I’ve used the food processor with no issues, either in function or cleaning. I originally paid about $80 for the blender and attachments at a local retailer and am pleased to find the price today about $36 with free shipping for an entirely new package.

I am very pleased with this product. I use it for making soups (hand blender) and also as a baby food processor (chopper). After steaming veggies and meats for my baby i put everything in the chopper and it is as efficient as any baby blender. I had another one before that i had to sell as i moved to a different country with different electricity standards and i am happy with this new one as this is more powerful than the one i had before. I have never used the whisk and don’t think i will as i prefer to have one that is more sturdy already and that i love. However if i need to travel i could bring the full set with me as it would take less space than bringing all my other tools with me.

200-watt immersion hand blender housed in brushed stainless steel

I am very pleased with this purchase. The blender is outstanding and saves alot of time when processing cream soups. Before buying this product, i wouldprocess small amounts in a blender and return them to the pan i was using. This utensil does it all in one pan making cleaning a snap since all you cleanis the blender. The chopper works extremely well too giving you just the size you want in avery short time which is so important in our busy lives. My friend told me about this item and i’m delighted with it.

This is replacing a braun of equivalent specification, which lasted about two years (i had another identical braun before that which lasted about 1. I hope this one will last more than 2 years. I use it for light work, since i am very well equipped for heavy work, with food processor, blender and stand mixer. I have been using this cuisinart for less than a month, but i like it better than the braun model i have been using. I like how the parts separate, so you can place them in the dish washer. All the components work well and are easy to clean manually (so i typically don’t put them in the dishwasher). I will update this post when the thing dies, which hopefully will not happen before 2014.

I use this all of the time in my kitchen. I own a large cuisinart, but for small jobs, this comes in handy. My only complaint is, i wish that the lid was designed better. It is nearly impossible to take the lid off if my hands are wet and they usually are when i am cooking etc. I usually have to grab a towel to twist off the lid which is a hassle.

I have had this for almost two years. If you are reviewing other brands look close at the blending head. This one kind of holds a lot of food on the inner part (blade part) of the immersion head, but it is not a big deal. The chopper is small but works fantastic. Clean this immediately after using it. You should buy the stainless steel, 30 ounce cup to use with the immersion blender. If you do not buy the steel cup use a large, plastic drinking cup. Using a cup keeps the food from flying all over the room.

I have been using the hand blender every morning to make smoothies. It just takes me seconds to blend various fruits. Be careful with the push button though, you may press it without realizing it. I directly unplug the cord whenever i stop the blender. So far i only use the chopper once to chop onion, garlic and chilli and it worked well.

I got the stick blender because i make a lot of soup and i wanted to blend it in the pot, rather than transfer to my blender and then back to the pot. I got a cuisinart, because i trust the brand. I honestly put away the whisk attachment thinking i’d never use it, then decided to get it out when i was whipping egg whites for waffles. I had fluffy, firm egg whites within about a minute or so and cleanup was easy. We’ve made smoothies with the stick blender that took less time than in my regular blender. I’m very happy with my purchase.

Powerful chopper and whisk attachments provide added versatility

We received this immersion blender set as a wedding gift and i absolutely love it. We’ve had it for over 5 years and use it fairly frequently with no mechanical issues. In the past few months i started making baby food for our infant daughter, the immersion blender is a champ, with a very powerful motor, it completely purees everything from veggies, to chicken and beef. I’ve used the whisk attachment to make whipped cream or beat egg whites in about 1 minute. The chopper is great too, but gets a little bit less use. The immersion blender works great for our potato leak and butternut squash soups.

I bought this for my mom for christmas, so i’m using her as my guinea pig. We used it for making smoothies, whip cream and blending pumpkin pie filling. It worked great for these applications. I didn’t get to use the chopper attachment. I’m curious how well it holds up, the connection of the tools to the motor seems flimsy to me. Although my mom has a 20 year old cuisinart food processor that is still going strong. If they could improve two things i would make the connection between the tools and the motor more sturdy, and i would make the motor a variable speed drive, like an electric drill. It has one speed and that speed is throw whip cream all over the kitchen if you tilt the whisk to the side too far.

I use the stick blender all the time for soups, and it is great for smoothies for the kids or blended ice drinks in the summer for grown ups. (we have a crushed ice option on the fridge that we use. Always use some liquid with the ice. ) the mini chopper is not perfect, but useful instead of dragging out the large food processor. I have to scrape the sides down for making things like herb butter, and it doesn’t work well for spices. The whisk can be messy if my bowl is not deep enough, but i love the versatility and end up using this thing at least 4 times a week. Do not put the processor lid in the dishwasher as water gets in and it takes forever to get it out. I cook everyday for my family, and i’ve owned mine for about 2 years now. I’ve given several as housewarming gifts as i really like it.

Very quiet for what it does. I’m persnickety about noises of voluminous nature, and this stick blender did not offend my hearing. The chopper attachment is another story, and is loud. But if you’re buying this stick blender for blending, and not for its secondary function of chopping, this should not be of concern. Choppers seem to be generally loud anyway. The blender rinses clean in seconds. It’s brushed steel looks professional. The motor does not strain under load, and seems to not mind extended use (as opposed to pulsed use). The slits in the blade guard allow it to chop well.

This little machine is a great purchase for such little money. I use it for mixing my health drinks and food processing. Being single this machine is so much easier to deal with and cheaper than a full sized blender or food processor. It also has a whisk attachment as a bonus. It is sleek, light, powerful, and quiet for a stick blender.

I needed a mini-food processor. I saw this, and decided to give it a whirl. I use it to do almost everything i used to use my old mini-chopper for: quick minced veggies, garlic, fresh herbs, salsa and bean dip (i admit, it’s not great with nuts–for that you may want to look elsewhere). But i also use it to whisk eggs and hot cocoa, to mash potatoes, puree pasta sauces and make instant sorbet from frozen fruit and splenda. I use this baby almost every day, which makes it the second most indispensable gadget in my kitchen (as a caffeine addict, the 1st mig should be obvious). Cons: as other reviewers have noted, the whisk attachment is a bit spindly–it won’t replace your hand-mixer for cake or pancake batter. And it’s not idiot- or child-proof: being the former, i seriously sliced up a finger trying to dig gunk out of the blender blade. The (probably obvious) lesson/s: always remove said attachment from the electric base before mucking with it, do not let adolescents use this w/out supervision, & do not let young kids use this at all.

This thing chops carrots etc. So quickly you have trouble imagining how you lived without it. And the blender is perfect for blending gravies. I use it to mix bottled salad dressing – i put it in a tall container (if it’s too much for th eone that comes with it) and mix it – it’s emulsified, so there’s no oil separation and it stays that way for a couple of months~ perfect – my husband loves how his salad dressing is now all blended instead of getting mostly oil all the time. I’m getting one for my daughter. And i suspect the longer i have it the more things i’ll be using it for.

Lightweight design; easy-to-grip ergonomic handle; simple push-button control

I first used one of these tools at a job involving food preparation. I was so useful that i had to have one of my own. Since recieving it i have used it many times. Easy to assemble, use and clean. The chopping container is especially great. It takes the place of a food processor for small things, garlic, herb or nut chopping without the mess of the giant cuisinart. The mix function is quick and high powered. I love this little appliance.

I had this gadget, cuisinart csb-77 smart stick hand blender with whisk and chopper attachment for about a month and it meets my needs. It is perfect for chopping small quantity of vegetables in the just right prep bowl and ‘beats’ my thawed whole egg to a well beaten egg consistency using the mixing beaker and blender; i didn’t get this result from another brand gadget. Blender makes good conistency sauces. It is easy to use for anything less than 2 cups. I would recommend this product.

I loved mine but it stopped working after about 9 years. I used it for everything in the kitchen, and if you have small kids, amazing. Made all my baby food using this one.

When a friend suggested that i get an immersion blender (stick hand blender), i did some research and found that the cuisinart csb-77 was well rated and had an additional attachment for chopping. Now i make some terrific foods which i couldn’t have hoped to make before. Not too heavy and not so light that you feel it will fall apart or not work. The construction is sturdy as is the motor. I look forward to many years of enjoyable food blended up just perfect with this appliance.

One of the best purchases i have made in years. I have owned my cuisinart now for a couple of years and i still use it every week for something. I hardly ever bring out the regular blender except to make thicker things like cookie dough. From pancake mix and brownies to soups and sauces, this is the most efficient and fastest way to blend ingredients. I have loved it so much that i have given this exact model to my family members for birthdays and holidays.

I’ve had this since april 2013. It gets used 2-3+ times a week to make smoothies, mayo, and blend soups. I haven’t had any problems, but i also don’t really ever use the extra attachments very often. The cup it comes with is absolutely perfect for making mayonnaise in. It has never, ever failed to work.

16-ounce mixing/measuring beaker and 2-cup mixing container included

I bought my first cuisinart smart stick hand blender with the wisk and chopper attachments back in late 2005 or early 2006. I love love love this product. As with any device you purchase you should always read the manual to get the best results and use of your product. I’ve seen people write negative reviews about how their hand blender didn’t do what they wanted it to do. Well, i’m yelling at my computer screen saying ‘read the manual’ and know what you are buying before you purchase something that you think acts like a regular blender. That is why i bought another one. The wand for the smoothie part was stripped (my kid used it to make smoothies and got careless) and i bet it would have lasted longer had it been taken care of better. But considering it’s 2012, i figured instead of just getting a new blending attachment that i would get the whole shabang. I use my cuisinart smart stick for just about anything and everything.

I love this little thing for making soup. No more pouring hot stuff into the blender, just bring the blender to the pot. The chopper and whisk do a good job, too. This is a great all-in-one tool that doesn’t take up a lot of space. The only downside is also size. If you’re blending or chopping large quantities, you’ll have to do it in batches.

This is a wonderful little immersion blender. Very well-built, and reasonably powerful. I routinely use it for blending soups (think: bisques, etc. ) and it has held up very well. The food processor attachment seems almost like an afterthought, but is surprisingly good, and is just gravy added on top of an already great product.

I bought this during a huge cyber monday sale and am, thus far, quite happy with it. The only complaint i have so far is that the canister for the food processor is made out of fairly cheap plastic, since it already got scratched (full disclosure, i blended dried eggshell in it, for my garden, which i suppose most people won’t do). I haven’t had any problems with the blender, but i can see that one of the most important parts, the piece that connects the motor to the attachments, is made of plastic. This is unfortunate, and i have been extra careful when connecting and disconnecting attachments, since i read on other reviews that this part is the first to break. All in all, it works really well, even better than i expected, and i’m happy with it. Update:2 years into owning this thing, the chopper attachment (which i use all the time) broke. I was pretty upset about it, but i put my husband to work figuring out how to get a replacement. He actually found out that this part is the most common thing to wear of from use. However, we also discovered that this blender stick blender comes with a 3 year warranty.And since we were within the bounds of the warranty, i was able to get just the top potion of the chopper sent to me.

I bought this for my wife so she would not have to clean up her large cuisinart machine when doing small jobs. It works excellent as expected but i used it one day to mix up some frozen orange juice and wow it did it in about 2 seconds flat. It stirs so well it will suck itself against the bottom of the container with enough suction to almost pick up the container full of orange juice. If you are worried about whether this will have enough power for whatever you need it for, quit worrying and buy one.

This is one of the more versatile gadgets i have purchased that has become the indispensable kitchen workhorse. It plunges, mixes, blends, chops, purees, and when needed pulverizes. Purchased august 2007, it still works like a charm with no motor issues, no broke or dull blades (i did manage to nick a blade) and the finish looks as good as the day amazon delivered it over 10 years ago (knock on wood). My only gripe is i didn’t receive the whisk attachment so i don’t know how well that works. I have the csb-77 model which is a rather basic unit with the chopper attachment. It does not come with multiple speeds and whatever improvements the manufacturer decided to throw in later. It’s a simple unit, well constructed, comfortable weight, easy grip, great power and easy to use. Just plug it in and press the on off button to use. What i have found it works great at:protein shakes, yogurt, fruit smoothies – this is where i believe the stick excels. The shaft works well in the cup that came with and in deep bowls.

Gave this as a gift, and it’s been well received. We use it often to make milkshakes mostly, sometimes to whick eggs or blend smoothies and drinks. The motor is strong enough to mix thoroughly and we like all the attachments that it comes with. Easy to clean, nice stainless/brushed metal appearance, and easy to put away. Definitely a great product for our purposes and a good buy for the price on amazon.

T-fal VC1338 Balanced Living Compact 2-Tier Electric Food Steamer : Great product!

Bough as a gift for someone who would let me know if there was a problem.

Pros:compact, easy to operate. Cons:difficult to wash, even after a dishwasher, there was residue left in the little crevices. Too small for my needs, would be perfect for 1 to 2 people, not a family, which may be obvious to some, but for some reason i didn’t pay attention to that minor detail when i bought it. If i could, i would return it.

T-fal VC1338 Balanced Living Compact 2-Tier Electric Food Steamer, 4-Quart, Black

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  • 4-quart capacity (2 tiers of 2 quarts each)
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  • Digital controls with 60-minute timer
  • Compact for easy storage
  • 1-year limited warranty

Works very well as a steamer and not as large as it looks in the photo. Still, like most steamers, it takes up a lot of space, but the clear tiers store inside each other. Just be sure you get the right one on the bottom for steaming. Much better than our old steamer.

I’m really pleased with this steamer. The unit is small and holds enough fish or chicken and veg for one or two people. The two tiers could hold a main entree for four people. It is a 4 quart capacity with two tiers, and that sounds large, but it actually isn’t because you leave some headspace for the steam. Each tier holds 8 cups, but in actuality, you are cooking on the bottom and that isn’t so large. There is a handy digital control and a countdown timer. The water reservoir is transparent, and the entire unit collapses for compact storage, so it’s suitable for small space cooking (dorm room, rv, studio apartment. )you can steam well enough on a stove, but this is a way to do it without checking your water by lifting the top constantly. The plastic is also easier to handle; it doesn’t get as hot as a metal pot. The plastic, according to the manufacturer, is bpa-free so suitable for food preparation.

I use this steamer to prep my meals for the week. I love it, but you do have to be very prompt when removing the food after the time is up or you will over cook it.

T-fal VC1338 Balanced Living Compact 2-Tier Electric Food Steamer, 4-Quart, Black : Does not add a disgusting plastic taste to the food that makes your stomach churn when the smell coats your throat and tongue causing bile to surge up into your sinuses making them burn as your eyes water up from the pain and nausea, blurring vision so that you miss the wet spot on the kitchen floor that causes you to slip onto the opened dishwasher where you narrowly miss the upturned knives, instead getting a concussion and mild brain trauma as your daughter runs in and starts screaming screaming screaming for mommy to come help why is there so much blood. 4/5 – did not receive head trauma.

The only way to cook veggies and keep the vitamins.

Personally love this; 2 dishes in one move:) the 2 layer idea is great.

I’ve read many reviews that steamer is too small. Actually it’s just right for family of 2. It’s true that you have adjust time of cooking (time chart on the steamer isn’t quite accurate). But you always can taste your food in the process of cooking. 2 tiers make this steam cooker perfect by size and by storage space.

This is by far the best steamer i have ever owned,so easy to use and love how it is compact to store when not using. Recommend to anyone who loves to steam.

This is the best steamer that i have used ever. The two tier portion lets you steam things more on the lower level with more control for the top section. It’s great for corn on the bottom and broccoli on top. I love it and i am a sixty-five year old man that takes changes poorly.

This is a great little steamer but i must say it feels more like a plastic toy. It is super lightweight and as a vegetarian all we use it for are. It heats up quickly and is easy to use. My teen daughter and i use it daily with no problems, the price is right, but the quality not great. I do believe it is totally worth the price – 4 stars because it is not the top tier in quality.

I am really surprised at how easy and great this steamer is. You literally just put whatever you are cooking in the two tiers then come back in an hour and its done.

She loved it, i dont know if she uses it but she said she loves it. Maybe she regifted it and never even used it, either way she loved it.

Instead of a baby food maker, i have ordered this because i want to use this for a long time. This is very compact and handy. I have used it at least four times a week not only for baby food but also my own breakfast. It is very convenient to just steam food and come back to it later, versus watching the stove.

I bought this particular brand because it seemed to be the only one with no bpa. I’ve only used it a couple of times, but have had no problems and it works great.

Really nice steamer, love using it whenever i can. Glad i went with this one over the others on amazon within the same class.

Very pleased with this purchase.

Wonderful for healthy veggies. Hubby doesn’t mind chopping vegetables and throwing them in the steamer. Thirty minutes and dinner is ready. We like to mix a lot of different vegetables at one time. Add a little greek yogurt with chopped green onions as a topping, salt and pepper and maybe some texas pete, and it is a quick healthy meal. Some local groceries are now selling tubs of organic mixed vegetables. This makes the prep a dump, set and forget and eat in thirty.

I would give it five stars if it came with a manufactures manual and i didn’t have to search you tube for how-to’s, for this item. But now that i have figured it out i’m glad that i purchased it.

This guys plastic is a little bit light weight i think, but it would be good for old folks with intense arthritis. Not so good for a college dorm. Fruits and veggies gain ‘sweetness’ when they remain on the vine the full time. When you steam those fruits and veggies, the steam has the effect of enhancing the picked-early fruits and veggies. They sweeten up in the steamer. Most steamers have 600 watt heaters on them, but this has 550 watts, and the effect is to allow the steam to work on the veggies just a little bit longer, and sweeten yet more. Things like fresh frozen green beans done for 30 minutes or more, turn out to be a taste delight. Add a touch of olive oil, and a bit of colavita balsamic vinegar and life is good.

Since i’ve gotten this steamer, i’ve only used my oven for boiling water and sautéing onions garlic and mushrooms. Clean up after has been dramatically reduced to just a few minutes with no greasy residue to contend with. Just rinse and soap is the extent of my dish washing after using this steamer. My oven asked me the other day why i don’t use it more often’. I didn’t wish to tell it that it’ll make a great planter.