I'm looking to purchase an immersion blender so I'm looking for recommendations. I would like to buy one that will last a long time, has sufficient power for thick soups, mayonnaise, etc., but also does the basic things well, such as whipping cream, pureeing sauce, etc.
Kitchenaid makes one that's generally well regarded. However, I'm open to purchasing a commercial immersion blender. I would really like to hear from the chefs out there.
P.S. - If you could also tell me what you make with your immersion blender, I'd greatly appreciate it.