Sunbeam Hand Blender
Pros: Easy to use, lightweight, a breeze to clean up
Cons: None – really!
Early in my review-writing career I made several ( in fact, many) derogatory remarks about my own cooking acumen – or lack thereof to be more precise. Over time, and after several ( risky) food and cooking-related reviews, I have come to the conclusion that there’s nothing inept about my cooking prowess – I just don’t want to – and certainly not on a regular basis.
However, all that said – when I do get in the mood to cook, I want utensils and cookware that make the ‘job’ fun and easy. My Sunbeam Hand Blender, also known as a stick blender, is a perfect example of a kitchen tool that doesn’t take up an entire counter, doesn’t need a manual to operate, doesn’t sound like artillery coming over yonder hill, and doesn’t fling dough, batter or mayo all over the place if I accidentally raise the blade too high.
Sunbeam products have been around a very long time, but company originally specialized in the horse trimming and sheep-shearing business. In 1921, the first Sunbeam kitchen utensil was introduced – the Princess Electric Iron. Can you imagine how thrilled the American homemaker to no longer have to heat irons on a stove? Then, in 1928, Ivar Jepson, a Swedish employee, invented the MixMaster, and it became Sunbeams’ flagship product for the next forty years. Now, store shelves are filled with Sunbeam products, toasters, electric shavers, coffee makers, and mixers and blenders, to mention a few.
I can think of so many uses for this hand blender – mashing potatoes, avocados for guacamole, mixing sauces, dips and dressings – like potato salad dressing, de-lumping gravy ( okay, so I’m not the best gravy maker) tuna salad, and also, chopping pickles, peppers, whipping cream (when I want the real thing), and did I mention, light, fluffy perfectly blended scrambled eggs? And all of this without having to haul out a regular blender and then, look for the beaters.
As useful and handy as this great little gizmo is – remember – this Sunbeam Hand Blender does not have the power nor capabilities of a ‘regular’ hand-held, beater blender, and it’s certainly not in the same league as a stand blender, but for all the applications mentioned above – it’s perfect and perfectly compact.
- Approximately 14″ tall
- 100 watts of power
- 2-Speed – High and Low
- Splash guard
- Sterling silver blade
- 1.8 pounds – (very lightweight)
- 5′ foot power cord
- UL Listed 989A E 29253
- Before turning on, immerse the blade into the food you want to blend.
- Press the large High/Low button located near the top of the blender.
- Begin on Low until you see how much power you will need for that particular food.
- You can also move the bladed-end around in the food using the pulse option until you have it as blended as you like.
- Clean-up is a breeze and so much easier than ejecting messy beaters. Just run a little warm water in the sink, immerse, and hit the High/Low button a few times. Using the rationale that if it can be plugged in and the bladed end immersed in eggs and milk, the bladed end can also be immersed in dish water. Not the motor end – just the blade.
- USE CAUTION – the blade is small, but very sharp and when spinning, could be very injurious if not handled carefully.
Sunbeam Products, Inc.
Boca Raton, FL