This is one of those kitchen tools that once you have for awhile you will wonder how you ever lived without it. Number one reason it is amazing... you do not have to use your blender for soups. This is amazing for 3 reasons. I hate cleaning a blender, you have to wait till the soup cools in order to blend it and you can blend to just the consistency that you want... for me, that is usually slightly chunky.
The best part, you can find a good one for under $30. You just need the hand blender. Don't bother buying one with all the fancy attachments... I have yet to use anything but the actual blending attachment.
What better time to buy than right now when you can put it to good use on a few hearty soups.