Immersion blenders – also called hand or stick blenders – are the closest thing to a magic wand in the kitchen. Whether you’re whipping up a smoothie or pureeing fresh vegetables for your baby, an immersion blender simplifies the task. It’s the most affordable, user-friendly solution to preparing quick, healthy meals for kids and adults.
When you’re purchasing an immersion blender, consider how many speeds you need, how long the barrel should be and whether you want to go cordless to, say, walk over to the pot and puree stovetop. Other things to consider are additional attachments: do you really need that chopping add on – or is the food processor in the cabinet doing onion duty?
And these appliances make for fun kitchen projects, under supervision of course. Kids can help parents blend, mix, and puree foods, and get their first taste of culinary achievement. These are the best immersion blenders you can buy.
Sturdy, powerful, easy to clean – and the KitchenAid 5-speed might just expand your kitchen repertoire. It has three interchangeable blades that let you crush ice, puree soup, froth milk, blend fruit, and so, so much more. Homemade ceviche anyone?
Pros: This pro-friendly tool boasts multiple blade attachments and variable speeds that allow for everything from baby-food making to whisking egg whites to chopping ice. The powerful blender comes with a one liter pitcher so that making smoothies for two is a snap, as well as a whisk attachment and a 2.5 cup BPA-free chopper receptacle with a locking lid.
Cons: Some buyers lament that the attachments, particularly the chopper, aren’t as sturdy as daily use requires and won’t replace your food processor.
One of our go-to, most trusted kitchen brands has created the Ferrari of stick blenders, that stands on a unique bell-shaped base. It won't scratch your pots, meaning you can blend directly in them while cooking. And it has 15 variable speeds.
Pros: If a kitchen tool could look positively sexy, this is the one. Easy to use and easy to clean, Breville’s powerful high-end stick blender combines simplicity and power with an ergonomic handle that won’t go flying and flinging mashed potatoes around your tidy kitchen. And, once you’ve made that fabulous curried butternut squash soup, the elements nest together for easy storage.
Cons: The seal on the attachable head isn’t as perfect as the stylish design – and, after many uses, blended food can gunk up the works.
A sleek multi-tasker that will mash potatoes and whip cream – and might just put your bigger appliances into dry dock. It has two speeds and a 200 watt motor, which is enough for an amateur chef.
Pros: BPA-free with a 200 watt motor and just two speeds (low and high), this is a simple workhorse of a blender. So simple to operate: just press and go! The shaft and beaker are dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning.
Cons: It lacks the bells and whistles of the fancier models – and, without a chopping tool, won’t replace your food processor. And some complain that the newer model requires two hands to operate.
This is the flexible intelligent stick blender suitable for dads for whom a 10-speed bicycle will never be enough – gotta push it to the max.The powerful BPA-free system has 12 speeds for those chefs who like to have the most control over their blending – from dog paddle to speed racer.
Pros: The slip-and-splash-proof model also comes with a 600ml beaker, a 500ml food processor and a whisk attachment that offer tons of flexibility. Buyers love the ease of use and how effortless it is to clean.
Cons: The manual recommends not using it with hot liquids….a drawback for intrepid soup and sauce makers who want to move ahead on the fly.
The large blending head on this immersion blender reduces spatter, and the powerful motor and variable speed settings give you total control of what you're making.
Pros: Power, simplicity and sharp blades: for the serious chef who wants high-end basics, this well-made 600-watt model for you. The head is designed to minimize splatter while the long shaft will easily dive into deep soup-filled pots. And cleaning up afterwards? It’s a cinch!
Cons: Add-ons like a mini-chopper, whisk or beakers that come standard on many competing models are additional.
For an immersion blender that’s as simple to use as an electric toothbrush, look no further than this well-known brand.
Pros: One-handed use with 21 possible speeds and a boost function make the applications of this stainless steel model limitless. The German-engineered 400-watt motor is a long lasting smooth operator. One click allows for easy-on, easy-off accessories.
Cons: The no-slip rubber grip handle can be too big for little hands – and there are lighter appliances if you really want to welcome the kids into the kitchen for food-play.
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