I'm in the market for an immersion blender to give as a gift so I did a search on the board to see which make is the most popular. Braun seems to be the blender of choice, but I'm having trouble finding anything but a KA or a Cuisinart Smart Stick in my area. The KA is very pricey, about $170 with tax. I'm wondering what it is about the Cuisinart that people don't seem to like. A few have noted that they "hate" it. Would appreciate any feedback on the Cuisinart, either positive or negative. Thanks.