The 12 Best Hand Blenders of 2022

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Getting soups and sauces as smooth as possible can be a kitchen nightmare. Most of the time, you end up pouring small amounts of hot liquid into the jug of a blender to mix it up – and you always end up finding lumps. This is where an immersion blender comes in handy.

Also known as a hand blender, this little kitchen tool is like having the power of a traditional blender without the carafe. Almost anything you can do with a countertop blender can be done with an immersion blender, including pureeing soups, mixing sauces, and even making baby food.

According to Lisa McManus, editor of America’s Test Kitchen Reviews, there are many reasons why an immersion blender should be in your kitchen gadget drawer. She helped us break down everything you need to know about the tool.

How do immersion blenders work?

Immersion blenders are hand-held wand-shaped machines that have a motor on one end and a blade on the other, McManus explained. “The very sharp blade usually rotates inside a small metal dome with openings for food to go in and be cut by the blades and then exit the dome. You basically insert the end of the blade into the food and press a button on the handle to start the motor, and it chops, purees and blends the food,” she said.

What do immersion blenders do that a regular blender can’t?

The main reason many people buy an immersion blender is to puree hot soups right in the pot. This limits the mess margin of transferring liquid from your cookware to a blender or food processor.

“It takes no more than a minute or two to puree the whole pot to the exact consistency you want, whether it’s pureeing just part of the food to make a creamy base for the soup, while leaving the rest chunky or making it all silky-smooth This is the totally awesome application for an immersion blender and once you’ve used one this way you will NOT go back to a another way,” McManus said.

Immersion blenders are also great for making homemade mayonnaise, Hollandaise sauce, salad dressing, pesto, or even whipped cream. However, one thing that wasn’t recommended for immersion blenders was smoothies because fruits and vegetables don’t break down far enough with this tool.

How to clean an immersion blender?

Immersion blenders are incredibly easy to clean. Most have a button to press to release the blade. McManus said the best way to clean the blade is with a soapy sponge, then rinse and dry. The tool can be stored as one piece or with the blade and arbor separate.

What to look for in an immersion blender

When it’s time to purchase an immersion blender for your kitchen, there are a few things to consider before committing to a purchase:

  • Price: Immersion blenders can cost anywhere from $15 to over $200. While price isn’t always the best indicator of quality, McManus suggests going with a mid-range option to give you the best quality for a reasonable budget.
  • Style: There isn’t much difference between immersion blenders except how fast they can go and if there are buttons or dials for speed control. McManus prefers buttons to dials. There’s also no need to get mixers with an excessive amount of speed options – high and low are fine.
  • Cut: McManus said to look for a light and thin hand blender. Also try to find one that can be controlled by just one of your hands. If it doesn’t fit comfortably in your hand, it will be difficult to use and control when blending.
  • Cleaning: “We really prefer the ease of cleaning the removable blade, so you don’t risk dropping an entire electrical device in the water,” McManus said.

The Best Immersion Blenders, According to Shoppers

Mueller Austria Ultra-Stick 500W 9 Speed ​​Immersion Versatile Hand Blender

Amazon’s best-selling hand blender with over 26,000 five-star ratings does more than its name suggests. You can whip up a delicious breakfast complete with fluffy eggs and cafe-worthy coffee, thanks to the whisk and frother attachments. Plus, each accessory is dishwasher safe, so cleanup will be a breeze.

Cuisinart EvolutionX Cordless Rechargeable Hand Blender

Most traditional immersion blenders are corded, so you’re confined to one area while you work. With this cordless, rechargeable option, you can move freely around the kitchen while you whisk and blend to your heart’s content. The set also comes with a 30 ounce beaker so you can get the perfect measure every time.

Nutribullet Hand Blender

Two accessories are enough to bring any recipe to life. Whether you’re whipping up eggs for breakfast or making a quick dip for a last-minute meeting, this easy-to-use immersion blender will have you feeling like a pro in no time.

GE hand blender with accessories

Along with the typical attachments you’ll typically find in an immersion blender, this set also comes with a chopping bowl, making food prep easier than ever. A click of a button is all it takes to switch smoothly from low to high speed.

The Crux Artisan Series Cordless Immersion Blender

This exclusive Bed Bath & Beyond has everything you need, including a mixing cup and a charging base that doubles as a storage unit. On a full charge, this cordless immersion blender can run for up to 15 minutes. It even has a battery life indicator that will let you know when to recharge it.

Vitamix Hand Blender

This Vitamix immersion blender is definitely a favorite among retailers. It has features like a scratch resistant blade guard to protect your pots and pans from unsightly scratches and five speed settings. A verified five-star reviewer on Amazon love so much, they continued to invest in the brand’s full-size blender.

Braun Multiquick 5 Hand Blender

It’s America’s Test Kitchen’s number one pick (and it seems to be a favorite among over 3,600 verified Amazon buyers who gave Braun’s immersion blender five perfect stars!). It got high marks for its affordability, grippy body, and ease of moving from task to task.

Hamilton Beach Hand Blender with Attachments and Bowl

Usually extra gadget attachments like immersion blenders are never used, but the whisk and chopping bowl with this one would get a lot of love. The whisk is great for making batches of homemade whipped cream, and the bowl can chop just about anything in seconds. All of this can be easily stored in a cabinet between uses.

Chefman Hand Blender

This affordable option is available in a variety of colors to match your kitchen decor and has hundreds of rave-worthy five-star reviews on Amazon. One reviewer even said they had no idea how they had lived without it for so many years!

KitchenAid Variable Speed ​​Hand Blender

Weighing just over two pounds, this lightweight mixer from KitchenAid is a must-have. It comes with a small bowl and lid to easily store your creation and is available in a range of colors to match your kitchen or mood.

Cuisinart Smart Stick Variable Speed ​​Hand Blender

This Cuisinart immersion blender is the only one on our list with a dial. And while it’s not ideal for some, the added accessories like a whisk and a mini chopper are worth it. The mini chop is great for making veggies for soup, and the whisk is nice for making gravy or whipped cream.

All-Clad Cordless Rechargeable Stainless Steel Immersion Blender

By far the most expensive immersion blender on the list, this splurge has the option of cordless operation – which might justify the price for the avid cook who hates untangling wires. The blender charges on a docking basis and has a runtime of nine minutes per charge, which should be more than enough to blend and puree dishes.

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