I always look for a quicker way to prepare meals. This hand blender lets me do that and save me a lot of time. I've had it for a little over a month now. It has a simple one-speed button along with a simple, yet sturdy 2-piece design which releases by an additional button. Clean up is a BREEZE - just rinse it in warm water and dry. The power is unparalleled - I make a lot of shakes and throw a lot of solid food into it and in a about 1/2 a minute or less its ready to drink. The motor is so powerful it suctions my shaker to it so I when I lift the blender while its blending, it lifts the shaker too! And the noise decibel is maybe half that of a normal blender which helps a lot, especially for people with sensitive hearing. I think this is an amazing product, considering its price as compared to a KitchenAid one. I think it equals or beats it. I think you should definitely consider this one!
I bought this after my cheap stick blender died, hoping the Cuisinart name means it'll last a while longer. I was pleasantly surprised by how much more powerful it is, but I wish there were low/medium/high settings to work with instead of just high, and I'm going to miss the little whip attachment from the cheap blender.
The versatile stick design of the Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender lets users blend ingredients right in pots, pitchers, bowls, or the clear plastic beaker that's included. A powerful 200-watt motor operates with an easy one-touch control. Blends drinks, purees soup, mixes pancake and crepe batters in seconds. Both stainless steel blending shaft and beaker are dishwasher-safe.