I have been after a new blender/food processor/whisk for some time now as gradually the individual ones I had seem to give up the ghost after a year or so. My food processor was too bulky and was taking up too much work space in my kitchen also, so when a vital plastic part sheered off, it was finally time to shop about.
Completely by accident I came across the Bamix on a shopping channel. It claimed in the infomercial that it can do almost everything a large food processor can do - and it does it in any receptacle, even in a pot on the stove. It mixes, purées, emulsifies, aerates, chops, grinds etc.. It works extremely small but also large quantities. With more than 11 million units sold in all 5 continents, they claim it is certainly the most successful kitchen machine of its kind.
At a cost of £120 it is by no means cheap, but the item comes with a 10 year warranty, so I thought I would give it a whirl. Gordon Ramsay is not the kind of chef to put his name to a product if he is not serious about it, and since purchasing the item I have found out from a chef who has been in his kitchens that he has them at every work station in his restaurant now, so not just empty words. I have also seen the Bamix used on Saturday Kitchen and in the Professional kitchens in the final episodes of Masterchef.
My verdict: I love it!!! It is extremely handy, amazingly light-weight, requires a minimum of space... and it is cleaned in seconds! It looks like a hand held blender with various attachments that clip on and off to perform the various functions. It will turn skimmed milk and a few berries into a wonderful thick shake and I love the whisk for making meringues.
I opted for the Gordon Ramsay version (other models also available) as it came with a small mill for grinding and chopping too.
It is still early days for me and my Bamix but that aside, I hope I continue to love it just as much for the next 10 years!! Most independent reviews praise it highly too.