Best stick mixer for making emulsions?

Hello everyone, whilst I save up for the homogeniser of my dreams, I need to purchase a new stick mixer. Does anybody have any recommendations?  I know the Bosch one was recommended, but it is not available anymore.

Also, does anybody have any tips for creating a beautiful cream with a stick mixer?  Many thanks.

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  • PharmaPharma Member, Pharmacist
    Blendia by Kai is said to be great, looks like a hybrid between an Ultraturrax and a stick mixer... alas, once I found out, its production has been stopped a months before ;( .
    Another recommended one are certain models of ESGE Zauberstab and Bamix. These are high-speed (>10'000 RPM) stick mixers with relatively low wattage in case of ESGE whilst Bamix has for example a 360 W model with 22'000 RPM. Both are super robust and look very old school. They are in fact so old school that you can still use granny's replacement blades on the new models and they are so robust, you can use a new replacement blade on granny's still working mixer :) .
    I'm actually searching for a suitable model myself and am considering Steba MX 21 and Gastroback 40976 Design Advanced Pro E. They have reasonable prices and each its advantages and disadvantages. The former has exchangeable blades (I could probably make something high-shear of my own?) and unfortunately starts already at 4'000 RPM and goes up to 13'000 RPM with a power button for 16'000 RPM. The latter has two exchangeable sticks, one normal sized and one with a nice small sized head for emulsions and small home made batches and starts at a low 800 RPM and goes stepless up to 15'000 RPM. Has anyone ever tried one of these?

  • SpongeSponge Member
    Thanks @Pharma !
  • GabyDGabyD Member
    Hi Pharma, thanks for your reply. I managed to find a Bamix supplier here in Australia, so I will go with one of those. Thanks again!
  • MasoniaMasonia Member
    Hi Gabby - just wondered how you went with the Bambix mixer? I too am scaling up and looking at stick mixers/homogeniser to do 10l batches of cream. As I am in Australia also we seem limited in options.
    Look forward to your reply,
    Sonia

  • GabyDGabyD Member
    Hi Sonia, I didn't get it in the end. I am thinking of investing in a large homogeniser as I went to see one and it was amazing!

    Whereabouts in Australia are you, if you don't mind me asking?
  • I am dreaming about silverson, but they are outrageously expensive. There is a chinese one now being sold on Amazon UK. It's much more affordable than silverson but I am in a doubt. If someone has experience with cheaper homogenisers please share! I checked ultraturrax too but they won't be able to deal with high viscosity, so not an option. 
    I know many would say you get what you pay for, but I have cheap chinese overhead stirrer that I consider the best investment I have ever made. It doesn't have a monitor, but who needs it..
  • SibechSibech Member, Professional Chemist
    If you are going to invest in a new blender such as a Bamix for emulsions, there is also another possibility.

    Dynamic Mixers have a variable version with 3000-13000 RPM and a
    blender/homogenizer attachment they usually cost around 200€ for the "home"-version with both (DYNAMIX® DMX 160 blender / homogenizer)
    Dabbling Formulator — Qualified Cosmetic Safety Assessor — experienced in claim substantiation & EU regulatory affairs.
  • PharmaPharma Member, Pharmacist
    ...It doesn't have a monitor, but who needs it..
    You mean like THIS????
  • PharmaPharma Member, Pharmacist
    Sibech said:
    ...DYNAMIX® DMX 160 blender / homogenizer
    I LOVE YOU!!! THAT'S WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR!!! <3 <3
  • SibechSibech Member, Professional Chemist
    @pharma You're welcome!
    Dabbling Formulator — Qualified Cosmetic Safety Assessor — experienced in claim substantiation & EU regulatory affairs.
  • @Pharma, I have never seen that but now I need it 😂
  • Guys I read a review in the Advanced Cosmetic Formulators group on Facebook and it sounds like that dynamix isn’t particularly good with high viscosities. Sounds like it’s just an overpriced stick blender 
  • PharmaPharma Member, Pharmacist
    @ngarayeva001 Could you elaborate on that "high viscosity" or do you have the link. IIRC I'm part of that group but I'm scarcely on FB and although I can take my laptop apart, reinstall hard- and software and probably do more than the ordinary user I'm astonishingly clumsy when it comes to properly using FB.
  • SibechSibech Member, Professional Chemist
    Guys I read a review in the Advanced Cosmetic Formulators group on Facebook and it sounds like that dynamix isn’t particularly good with high viscosities. Sounds like it’s just an overpriced stick blender
    I mean, you’re not wrong, but if you already consider buying a bamix you’ve set the pricepoint fairly high (for a stickblender) already.
    Dabbling Formulator — Qualified Cosmetic Safety Assessor — experienced in claim substantiation & EU regulatory affairs.
  • MasoniaMasonia Member
    Hi Gaby - interestingly I have been looking at the Dynamic range for the mixer/homogeniser. There are a few in the range - just depends on what size batch you want to make. Though seeing the above comment regarding high viscosity I wish I could try before I buy as I don't want to spend $1500 and find it doesn't do the job! I am looking at the master series. Will let you know if I find more info out.

  • GabyDGabyD Member
    @Masonia I look forward to reading your research. In the meantime, wouldn’t it be good if you could hire a homogeniser? I have looked but there does not seem to be a company that does this. Shame.
  • MasoniaMasonia Member
    Silverschef in Brisbane do, if you want to hire it for 3 years LOL
    Yes, certainally wish I could try one out.
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