The best hand blenders are a fantastic alternative to full-size jug blenders and have sharp blades that are capable of blitzing soups and shakes into smooth tasty treats. Not only are they smaller and easier to store than many of the best blenders, but they can be used in any container, from huge pans of soup to small jugs of batter or baby food.
While you can buy a hand blender without any accessories, it’s common for them to come with attachments like whisks and mini choppers which makes them really versatile little kitchen gadgets. Mini chopper attachments are useful for chopping herbs and vegetables or making salsas and dips. But be sure to check what accessories you really need as well as what you already have, there’s no point doubling up, it’s a waste of money and the attachments will just gather dust in your valuable kitchen storage space.
We like the stick blenders that have added safety features built-in, there’s a reduced risk of switching the blender on accidentally, which is a great feature if you’ve got children in the house. Most come with a tall blending jug that’s the perfect size and shape for optimal results, but as we said, you can use them in almost any container.
Cuisinart may be the most well-known name in food processors, so we’re confident in the company’s understanding of spinning blades of all sizes. This immersion blender contains a button for continuous or pulse blending, as well as variable speed control, so you can choose the exact pace you want—no need to rely on preset high and low speeds that may or may not be ideal.
It has a jar for blending smoothies or creating mayonnaise, as well as a chopper attachment for producing salsas and a whisk attachment for whipping milk or beating eggs.
For most recipes, our tester favoured the maximum speed setting, but observed that the changeable speed is handy for blending softer items like avocados or splatter-prone dishes.
Power Rating: 300 watts | Speed(s): Variable | Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 x 13 inches | Warranty: 3 years
This simple two-speed blender is from a well-known brand of kitchen equipment and gadgets and features a retractable blending arm for easy cleaning. The blender doesn’t come with a lot of extras or frills, so it’s reasonably priced despite its high quality.
It includes a handy blending container with a lid that can be used to store items before or after they’ve been mixed. The soft-grip handle is comfortable to grasp during mixing, regardless of how much you need to blend.
This, like many KitchenAid products, comes in a variety of colours, allowing you to match it to your stand mixer or kitchen décor, or add a splash of bright colour.
Power Rating: 220 watts | Speed(s): 2 | Dimensions: 2.3 x 2.3 x 15.8 inches | Warranty: 1 year
If our top recommendations don’t quite fall within your budget for an immersion blender, the Mueller Austria stick blender is a terrific alternative. However, you don’t give up any power in exchange for a lower price.
This handheld blender is powerful enough to handle preparing baby food purees, smoothies, smooth soups and sauces, and even homemade peanut or almond butter, thanks to its full copper motor and 500 watts of power. Everything about this blender, according to reviewers, seems solid, resilient, and well-made, and is similar to blenders that cost twice as much.
It comes with a milk frother for making the best homemade lattes, as well as a whisk attachment for whipping cream, beating eggs, and making homemade mayo for sandwiches. The blender and accessories can be cleaned by running them under warm water or by putting them in the dishwasher for a more thorough clean.
Power Rating: 500 watts | Speed(s): 9 | Dimensions: 2.68 x 4.92 x 15.59 | Warranty: 1 year
This immersion blender makes short work of fruits and vegetables to make wonderfully smooth milkshakes and smoothies, as well as easy salad dressings, mayonnaise, and sauces, with 12 speeds and a turbo option. The KOIOS Oxasmart comes with a chopper attachment for chopping onions and herbs, a whisk attachment for whipping egg whites or heavy cream, and a blender jar for blending and emulsifying when you don’t have your own container.
For added robustness, the blade is strengthened with titanium, and the bell-shaped housing over the blade keeps the blade off the bottom surface of your containers, preventing splashing. The top of the handle has a loop that makes it easy to place on a rack to keep it handy.
Power Rating: 800 watts | Speed(s): 12 | Dimensions: 9.9 x 5.5 x 9.9 inches | Warranty: 2 years
This immersion blender can blend three gallons of soup and is designed for commercial use but priced similarly to home-use immersion blenders. While this blender is referred to as a light-duty blender, it was created for light duty in a professional kitchen environment and can suffice in your home kitchen.
It’s easier to grasp and operate because it’s less heavy than more sturdy commercial devices. It has two speeds and is handled by a single button, allowing you to adjust the texture of your food. This model doesn’t come with any frills, but it’s a great option for cooks who love commercial-style appliances.
Power Rating: 100 watts | Speed(s): 2 | Dimensions: 4.5 x 4.5 x 16 inches | Warranty: 1 year
While most immersion blenders are designed to replicate the operations of a blender, this one also serves as a food processor, thanks to a 6-cup processing bowl driven by the blender body. That bowl is capable of more than simply chopping; it also has an adjustable slicing blade with 18 thickness settings, allowing you to slice potatoes for chips or vegetables for soup. A reversible shredding disc allows you to choose between two shredding options, and the processor bowl’s S-blade allows you to chop, blend, or puree like a larger food processor.
The Variable Mashing Leg is a unique device that allows you to choose fine, medium, or coarse mashing with a twist of the head, allowing you to use your immersion blender to mash potatoes without turning them into the glue.
The form of the blade housing lessens suction, so it won’t get stuck to the bottom of your containers while you blend, and it has 15 speeds, allowing you more control over the outcome when you use the immersion blender in its typical mode. This device comes with ice-crushing blades and a whisk attachment, making it highly versatile.
Power Rating: 240 watts | Speed(s): 15 | Dimensions: 9 x 11.5 x 11 inches | Warranty: 1 year
While any immersion blender can purée cooked carrots and bananas, this set was designed specifically for newborns. Purees are smoother and faster with this since it includes an extra blade and a greater cutting area.
The bell-shaped cover over the blades reduces splashing, resulting in less mess and less cleanup when the meal is finished. This has two speeds, so you can tailor the texture of the food to your baby’s preferences.
You can chop as well as puree using the included 1 1/2-cup chopper, so you may add texture to the baby’s puree or make salsa for yourself at the end of the day.
There’s also a 20-ounce blending beaker included, which is the perfect size for the blender, so you won’t have to look for a jar or glass. The beaker can also be used to make smoothies or cocktails. You can create and freeze up to nine parts in advance using a flexible silicone freezer tray, then simply pop them out and thaw or heat them when you need them.
Power Rating: 350 watts | Speed(s): 2 | Dimensions: 2.2 x 2.2 x 15 inches | Warranty: 2 years