I used to use a stick blender - a Bamix for about 30 years however the last one stopped working, and for the money I will not buy it again as they used to last for 20 years!
My blender also blew up (smoked), so i bought myself a fancy food processor (Kenwood) which does everything and it is so easy compared to a blender.
I agree totally!! So disappointing on various levels. I know when I needed to finally get a new fridge after Cyclone Yasi tore through this region, I was in for a major exercise in researching the ones which I might be happy with And as for my air conditioner which I finally replaced after 16 years?!!! The new ones have computerised panels for the remote control function, and mine was faulty! They ended up replacing the darn part THREE times before we got one which was in perfect working order!!! What a joke!! I tend to take very good care of items I purchase, as most of us with common sense do, and I have my stainless steel Sunbeam frypan and skillet which I would NEVER part with, or replace with non-stick ones!!! They are just the most wonderful pieces to cook with!! I have found that these older style stainless steel ones are getting very hard to find anymore, which is rather sad. They always look just like new when they have been washed, and the cook as though they are brand new too!!!!
I do and my Braun of thirty plus years just died recently and I was really sad. (how silly is that!) Anyway, I was in our really big Lifeline Superstore and I got a Sunbeam one, brand new in the box, for $8. Bargain!!!
We have one that came with our food processor. They are wonderful things, and I wouldn't be without it. It saves having to get the entire food processor out, and all the washing up and mess involved in cleaning that. We use it to blend up my home made soups and smoothies.
No I don't use a stick blender in the kitchen. I just use a few different size whisks. I do have 1 on a shelve in the laundry next to the kitchen, but I don't think it works, as it may have a missing part to it. (I'll have to check it out again.)
I made all my own baby food for my two children and I always used the stick blender for it. It was great because you could do small or large quantities and it was so easy to clean up.
One of my babies was very sensitive to noise and would scream with the normal blender but had no issues with me using the stick blender.
I rarely use it now though
Yes I have one and use it mainly for soups, but used it recently to blend some raw rolled oats for a cosmetic face mask. I love how easy it is to access and clean. It can stand in the front of one of my deep drawers so it is at the ready.