Often referred to as the ‘magic wand’ of mixers, immersion hand blenders do seem to be almost magical in their ability to blend ingredients quickly and easily. First invented in Switzerland in 1950 by Roger Perrinjaquet, it took about 20 years before this mighty little gadget made its way to North America. Since then, it has become a must-have and favourite accessory in the kitchen of many home cooks.
The beauty of an immersion blender is that it has sharp rotating cutting blades that quickly blend food. There’s no need to bring out the heavy artillery like a stand mixer, food processor, or regular blender when a lightweight immersion blender will chop, grind, blend, puree, or emulsify ingredients with less effort.
This kitchen tool is lightweight, simple to use, and gets the work done in a few pulses with the flip of a switch. You can use it directly in almost any tall pot or container to mix ingredients, including in a piping hot pot on the stove.
Because immersion blenders are available with different speeds, motor strengths, blades, attachments and of course, price points, it can be challenging to know which one is best for you. Below, we'll examine a number of different models, how they work, and the different features they offer to help you make an informed choice.
|Material:||Tritan High Grade Plastic, Stainless Steel|
|Number of Speeds:||2 speeds|
|Item Weight:||680 g|
If you are familiar with immersion blenders, you know how important it is to operate it with one hand. That means it should have an intuitive placement of the controls, plus a lightweight design that doesn’t cause hand fatigue. This hand blender from Ovente check all the boxes. Weighing in at only 680 grams, it's our top pick for immersion blenders.
The ergonomically shaped non-slip handle fits nicely into the palm of your hand, giving you easy access to either low or high blending speeds with a pulsing action. The overall slim design is easy to manoeuvre in any container or pot and with 300 watts of power, this immersion blender will whip up everything from baby food and pesto to soups and your favourite smoothies.
The body that houses the motor is made from plastic and the blending shaft and blades are made from food grade stainless steel for durability. For easy cleaning, the shaft detaches and you can wipe it with a damp cloth or put it into the dishwasher. The 4.5' cable gives you some freedom to move around the kitchen from countertop to stovetop without having to plug it into another socket.
It’s important to note that this immersion blender will overheat if it runs too long. It is recommended that you only use it in one-minute intervals or less.
|Number of Speeds:||2 speeds|
|Item Weight:||875 g|
This is a well-designed immersion blender from Braum. It allows you to control the speed by squeezing the handle and it's a step up from its other models. With its unique features, you can eliminate the need to click between switches to change speeds. As you grip the handle, you can hit the on-switch; to control the speed, you only need to squeeze harder to increase it and reduce the pressure to slow it down. That’s pretty amazing and a world away from fumbling with switches to regulate speed.
We also like this model because of how the PowerBell system and SplashControl technology work together to blend your ingredients faster while reducing suction to almost eliminate liquid from riding up the sides of the container or splashing out.
You also get three really handy accessories with this immersion blender that really ups its appeal. It includes a 20oz beaker as well, which is super convenient for smoothies. And, when you want to make quick work of chopping onions, garlic, peppers, or other foods, attach the 350mL chopper and blade and you’re good to go.
All of the accessories, as well as the blending stick, detach easily with a simple click, and can be washed with soap and water.
|Number of Speeds:||9 Speeds|
|Item Weight:||1.7 kg|
If you’re looking for a powerful immersion hand blender that can cut through a variety of blending and chopping tasks, you may want to consider this 1,000-watt model from Yissvic.
With nine-speed controls — including a turbo setting — and a number of impressive accessories and attachments, there’s not much you can’t do with this handy little kitchen helper.
Along with a nice-sized 500 mL food processor cup and a chopping blade to grind meat, nuts and seeds, it comes with a large 700mL beaker into which you can directly blend juice, smoothies and baby food. It also comes with a whisk attachment that's great for whipping cream, beating eggs and making meringue.
Like all immersion blenders, you can use it in any container or pot, or even to blend a soup on the stove. What's great about this model is that it has a splashguard that prevents liquids from splattering out onto your counter or stovetop. On top of that, the motor housing is made from brushed stainless steel, offering up a relatively low-noise operation.
|Material:||Plastic Body & Stainless Steel Shaft|
|Power/Wattage:||7.8 Volts Total|
|Number of Speeds:||5 speeds|
|Item Weight:||1.79 kg|
|Warranty:||Limited 3 Years|
If you are familiar with hand immersion blenders, you are probably aware of the little dance you have to do to keep the electrical cord away from the heating element. This cordless model from Cuisinart makes that worry a thing of the past. It allows you to use this powerful stick blender anywhere you go, whether there is an electrical outlet or not.
The slim stainless steel shaft is 8 3/4" long with a large three-inch commercial-style blade guard for safe, clean results. There are five speeds to choose from and the 20 minutes of run time on each charge gives you lots of time to easily whip up your favourite recipes.
The blender comes with a whisk and 1,000mL measuring cup and has a power lock and unlock feature so there is no worry of it accidentally staying on and draining the batteries. This immersion blender gets its power from two 3.9-volt lithium-ion batteries.
|Material:||Stainless Steel Weight|
|Number of Speeds:||2 Speeds|
|Item Weight:||1.3 kg|
|Warranty:||Limited 2 Years|
For anyone looking for an immersion hand blender that is straightforward, easy to use and performs basic blending tasks, this budget-minded model from Bella fits the bill. It may not have extra speeds, numerous attachments or bells and whistles, but with two-speeds, a whisk attachment and 250 watts of power, it will get the blending, whipping and pureeing jobs done quickly.
The 7" blending shaft fits directly into tall pots, pans and containers, and the 6" cord gives you the freedom you need to blend soups on the stovetop or make a smoothie at the kitchen table.
The grip on the handle and the soft touch buttons have been designed for comfort and ease of use, and the blade system and the whisk attachment can be removed and placed in the dishwasher to be cleaned when necessary.
Before you search for an immersion blender, consider what you will use it for. If you want to do some serious chopping, like cutting through ice, you may be better off with a blender that is specifically designed for this task. If you will be using your hand immersion blender to mix ingredients for a creamy soup or smoothie, a simple inexpensive two-speed model will do the trick.
However, if you know you will be using it every day to blend, chop, and mix sauces, soups, marinades, meats, nuts, baby food, smoothies and more, you’ll want to purchase a more powerful model that can endure a lot of use and perform those tasks well. Anything with more than 400 watts and at least three blades will perform most kitchen prep tasks — some of the more powerful models have even up to 1,000 watts of power and four blades.
Some people don’t really think about this, but if you’re tired of long cords cluttering up your counter and hitting your hot burners, consider a cordless model. These tend to be harder to find and can be more expensive but it's worth it if you're going to use it often and you want to avoid a hazard. Look for one that uses rechargeable batteries or one that holds its charge for at least 20 minutes. This will save you money and the environment, too.
Some immersion blenders come apart from the motor casing and can be cleaned in the dishwasher or washed by hand while others can’t. Being able to separate the parts immersed in food to clean them is a good feature to consider. Some models are also equipped with a splashguard near the blades, which reduces splatter and mess. Determine what’s important to you when it comes to cleaning up before choosing a model.