I kind of have a thing for kitchen tools. (I know, you’re shocked.) For me, a stick blender is never going to be a “must-have” item for the average kitchen, but it’s definitely a “nice-to-have” item. I have both a regular blender and a food processor and I still use my stick blender quite a lot.
All of that said, a good stick blender can be really expensive, so a deal like this may be the right one for you if you’re on the fence: Right now Amazon has the Cuisinart CSB-76 SmartStick 200-Watt Immersion Hand Blender for just $20 if you’re willing to forgo that rainbow of color options and just get the white. This is not the latest version; the newer model has two speeds and costs $35. (My stick blender only has one speed. I have no idea why you’d want two speeds. Isn’t the point to pulverize whatever you put it into?)
And because I know it’s inevitable that someone will ask what a stick blender is good for: Black bean soup. Not having to pour hot soup into a blender and risk splattering it everywhere to blend it down is very, very nice. Also it’s good for a quick late-night milkshake. I mean, allegedly.