It’s an important question – because a lot of the appliances I have tested in my travels have had one or two components test positive for high levels of available lead (on the surface)—and these leaded components sometimes have VERY HIGH high levels of lead (as with a Costco purchased blender I tested recently), because they are in fact “bearing surfaces” (touching moving or sliding elements) components made of LEADED BRASS [selected by some well-meaning industrial engineers for it’s “corrision resitance” and/or “self-lubricating” properties in wet or friction/bearing applications].
In many cases these highly-leaded components actually come in contact with the food on a regular basis — and in at least one case, a leaded appliance component (a leaded-brass nut on the inside of a pressure cooker in daily use) was identified as the likely cause of a child’s long-term chronic low-level lead exposure.
It is for this reason it is VERY IMPORTANT to choose high quality appliances with no exposed leaded components that could potentially add lead to your food. This is especially important for appliances you use on a regular (or daily) basis.
Click here to see some examples of appliances that I have tested and found to have leaded components that come in contact with the food they are cooking or processing.
To start with (in terms my personal recommendations in the appliance categories / what I use in my home) I will share with you my favorite #LeadSafe hand-held blender. This is a tool I use pretty much every day or two.
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The Bamix is my favorite blender! I’ve also tested (tested with an XRF) the components that touch the food and found them to be #LeadSafe or #LeadFree – the blades are made of high quality stainless steel (and the motor unit is fully sealed) – and there is no “leaded brass nut” in the center holding it together as there are with some other appliances. The shaft is also coated in a chromated coating that has not worn at all in nearly 13 years of regular usage.
In addition to the model I have, there are also a few different models which are likely equally as good – so there are options to choose from (when a Swiss company makes products as nice as this one, they tend to apply those high standards across the board.)
I use mine for:
- Blending hot chocolate ingredients (on the stove or off)
- Mixing eggs (for scrambled eggs, french toast or other recipes)
- Making pancakes
- Making milk frothy for lattes
- Mixing Lemonade and other juices (pretty much all cold and hot beverages – including when blending juices and fruits to make homemade popsicles in the summer)
- … and so much more! 🙂
The different Bamix models are at different price points (depending on your budget):
- $139 – Bamix Pro-1 M150 Professional Series
- $179 – Bamix Pro-2 GL200 Professional Series
- $199 – Bamix Pro-3 GL200 Professional Series
- I also recently tested a Waring handheld blender and the model I tested was #LeadFree!
We’ve had ours for nearly 13 years (mine is a 2004 model), so not only is it #LeadSafe but it is a good choice for a durable long-term addition to your kitchen (vs. so many of the cheap disposable appliances for sale today.)
While I would prefer that the shaft be made of stainless steel (and I will be following up with the company to inquire about that) I think in large part – appliance by such a reputable European company (especially with the “Handmade in Switzerland” pedigree) are generally good choices all around.
Happy shopping, and as always, please let me know if you have any questions.
Unexpected Lead Expert
Mother of Four Boys