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Immersion blender safety?

Does anyone have a recommendation for an immersion blender with built-in safety features? Reading this makes me wary of having one in the home, since when I'm most likely to want it will also be when I'm most fatigued: http://www.nytimes.com...

asked by catherinej about 1 year ago
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Nancy

Nancy is a trusted home cook.

added about 1 year ago

Never heard of one with a safety feature.
If you're that wary,
*permit yourself to get more sleep (always nice) :),
*have cold ready-to-eat food around for when you're too tired to focus,
*do as people in the article did - buy a sturdier machine that does what you need and has some safety features.

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Susan W

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added about 1 year ago

Hmm..I can sort of see how this could happen, but my instincts of life preservation (or at least finger preservation) have me unplugging before I do any prying even when I pray with my skinny silicone spatula. I have a Breville and love it, but there is no safety feature on it.

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Susan W

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added about 1 year ago

Supposed to say "pry with my skinny silicone spatula". I rarely pray with it.

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added about 1 year ago

I have one that I love and safety isn't really an issue. As a serious soup maker it is so much easier than using my old blender. It only runs while your finger is pressing it and if you are holding the container that the liquid is in with your other hand there isn't any problem. When done just unplug.

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added about 1 year ago

Thank you for this testimonial/words from personal experience.

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amysarah

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added about 1 year ago

I've also never seen one with a safety shut-off, and agree it's probably not realistic (as with many potentially dangerous tools when not properly handled.)
I do not, however, see how accusations of "stupidity" help convey that information.

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cv
added about 1 year ago

oldunc's comment is very communicative about the inability of device manufacturers to make up for the common sense deficiencies of users.

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added about 1 year ago

Thank you for your comment. I very much appreciate it. My question was not about anyone's opinion (trolls or otherwise) but about whether anyone knew of a blender that *did* have built-in features.

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cv
added about 1 year ago

Try a viola.

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Lindsay-Jean Hard

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added about 1 year ago

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added about 1 year ago

There is a difference between calling an action stupid and calling a person stupid. If you feel that it is anything less than an act of idiocy to stick your hand intro a plugged in blender you're welcome to your opinion, but please don't spread it to my children.

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ChefJune

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added about 1 year ago

Unplug the device before sticking your fingers in the blade area. Caveat: I don't recommend inserting fingers in that area, even with the power off. You can still get a nasty cut. Use the stick end of a wooden spoon or a spreader or knife to dislodge any extraneous material that sticks therein.

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Ali Slagle

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added about 1 year ago

I know a number of people who've gotten hurt from their immersion blender—including while off, when cleaning the blade—so I also wonder if there are ones that are safer than others. Thank you for raising this question!