My fiance and I are looking at acquiring a blender, but have been bombarded by many of the negative reviews. I have read lots of horror stories about the plastic Kitchenaid leaking and the Cuisinart blender not working very efficiently. Does anyone have any positive experience with either of these blenders? At this point I am thinking that buying a immersion blender might be the better option, because in theory it should be able to do the same things as a stand blender if I just place the ingredients in a pitcher. Am I missing some vital aspect of the differences between the two types?