Ask Tamara: My Favorite (#LeadSafe) Blender!

bamix1I’ve been asked a million times (it seems) which blenders and appliances I use.

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):

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.


Tamara Rubin
Environmental Activist
Unexpected Lead Expert
Mother of Four Boys

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13 Responses to Ask Tamara: My Favorite (#LeadSafe) Blender!

  1. Katherine January 30, 2017 at 12:34 pm #

    I’m confused the body is chromated brass. Brass has lead in it I thought? We order Waring MBB518 Food & Beverage Blender, Stainless Steel recently and were thinking to return it and get this instead, but am confused if the above is leaded or not? Thanks!

    • Tamara February 2, 2017 at 9:42 am #

      Hi Katherine! I tested a Waring hand held recently and while it was larger and perhaps a bit heavier than the Baxmix it was completely lead-free. Although I don’t know the year of manufacture for the particular one I tested I would recommend the Waring over the Bamix, which I am classifying as “Lead Safe” and not “Lead Free”. It is my understanding that the chromated coating on the shaft of the Baxmix is impermeable and covers any potential lead. I have had my Bamix for I think more than 10 years and the coating has not worn even a smudge! Although – I completely understand and acknowledge that some folks may have an issue with the chromated coating as well.

  2. Rachel G. May 1, 2017 at 8:42 pm #

    What do you use to hold your ingredients? Glass? Stainless? I’m not familiar with immersion blenders 🙂

    • Tamara May 3, 2017 at 3:09 pm #

      Clear glass – or stainless.

  3. Suzanne May 20, 2017 at 11:32 am #

    THe nut you were talking about in the pressure cooker that was used everyday…what brand was the pressure cooker?

    • Tara August 6, 2017 at 12:22 am #

      You might like to check out these articles by a lady who discovered an issue with the plastic pieces inside most immersion blenders (under the “hood” part that comes in contact with the food while blending) and something called chlorinated paraffins getting into the food. After reading her initial article about it (link below), I ended up buying a Bamix (which happens to be what I now see that Tamara is recommending here); I ended up being dissatisfied with it after a while, because – unlike Tamara’s experience – the non-stainless metal began to appear damaged (like parts were flaking off or getting “pitted”); this is what clued me in to the fact that it’s NOT stainless. I had purchased it with the idea that it was stainless, but it turns out it isn’t. So I now have this one which I’ve been pleased with; I don’t have an XRF to test it, of course, but it does have stainless rather than plastic, and I’m hoping all is well. [It cost MUCH less than this when I bought it; perhaps it could be found elsewhere on line for less now. I don’t use the extra stuff that came with it, just the motor and blade attachment.]

      Here are the articles about chlorinated paraffins.

  4. Maggie March 21, 2018 at 6:57 am #

    Do you have any recommendations for free standing blenders? I have a Hamilton Beach standing blender with a glass reservoir and stainless blades.

  5. mary November 25, 2018 at 11:37 pm #

    What about the Vitamix? Lead free or not.

  6. marla December 28, 2018 at 11:29 am #

    Tamara, What happened to you amazon link page for all of the products that you recommend ?

    OOPS all of my pyrex measuring cups are what you posted. I can see that the markings have slightly rubbed off from wear all these years… I stack them to store and I use them daily to drip my coffee into . I started to use them because I can clean them easily. My cone is hand made at a studio with lead free glaze.

    I really need a 16oz cup to balance my cone on. There are no alternatives without painted markings.

    While growing up in the 50s and 60s, my father reused to drink out of a glass that had a painted design. Clear glass was the only thing he would drink from. On the other hand we ate off of patterned Corningwear in the 70s.

    My plain white Corningwear dish set is from 1983. I can see the corning stamp on the bottoms are in various states of wear.

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