This is the kitchen gadget that I use at least once on any given day. Probably my most used tool in the kitchen. I've had a Braun Immersion stick since they first came out.
I honestly can't give this kitchen tool enough praise. And this Braun was built to last and then some. Terrific for processing and pureeing soups right in the pot or use it to whip up a batch of homemade mayonnaise. Don't feel like using the food processor use an immersion stick and the chopper attachment instead. Ready for one of my dairy-free ice cream recipes, whip up the ingredients with the immersion stick before adding to the ice cream maker.
Cuisinart also makes a very good immersion stick blender, the Smart Stick. It's very inexpensive and received great reviews on Amazon.