As some of you may remember, I queried the group about getting an immersion blender. In the end, I bought a MiTutto 9080 (or 9090). I really wanted to use it for small batches of pesto and making mayonnaise: a food processor and/or my blender (Cuisinart, ca 1971) was just too big for small tasks. Well, I experienced the same drawback as others reported: the blades are too high to chop & puree 1 cup of basil leaves. When I went to beat the egg yolks for the mayo (which I normally do for two minutes before beginning to add the spices and then the oil) we read, in bold type: REMEMBER; THE HAND BLENDER SHOULD NOT BE OPERATED FOR MORE THAN ONE MINUTE WITHOUT STOPPING. I am pretty sure I could pulse the yolks effectively following this guideline, but to be on the safe side I went back to my old hand-held mixer, which did the entire job perfectly, as always. For the pesto, I went back to my old Cuisinart and used the small blender container, which also comes with a screw-on lid for storage. Don't know why I never thought of this before, but it worked perfectly! I am confident that the immersion blender will come in handy for other uses in the future, but it is not the solution for making small batches of pesto!