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The Best Hand Blenders for 2024

Hand blenders (or immersion blenders) may not be essential in every good kitchen arsenal. But they can open up quicker, easier ways to make soups, smoothies, sauces, and more. They’re also smaller than their countertop counterparts, often making them a better choice for RVs, boats, or homes where space is at a premium. Since cleaning is usually as simple as submerging it in a bowl of hot, soapy water, it also requires less effort. To help you figure out which hand blender is right for you, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite models for different needs and use cases.

Before you even think about purchasing a new kitchen appliance, it’s important to figure out how you’re going to use it and where it fits in with the appliances you already have. In an ideal world, everyone would have their own food processor, stand mixer, and food processor. But the reality is that many people don’t have the space or the budget.

Although there is a lot of overlap between hand mixers and traditional full-size mixers, there are strengths and weaknesses to both. For example, if you want to make smoothies every day, a blender might be a better choice. The larger pitchers make it easier to mix drinks for multiple people at the same time, while larger motors make short work of ice and frozen fruit. In addition, more expensive models such as those from Vitamix, All-Clad, Ninja or Robocoupe can even cook soup during the blending process by using the heat generated by the blender’s motor, which is not possible with a submersible model. I would even say that a regular blender is probably the best option for most people if you have the space for it and don’t already own one.

However, hand blenders are often cheaper and thanks to some manufacturers’ wide range of accessories, they can be great multitaskers. A whisk attachment allows you to quickly make whipped cream or meringue without the need for an electric hand mixer, otherwise you risk developing elbow tendonitis while making it manually. Some hand blenders also come with food processing bowls, so you can easily make small batches of hummus, salad dressings, or homemade pesto in minutes. And because hand blenders are smaller and less bulky than traditional models, they are a good choice for apartment dwellers or anyone with limited storage or counter space. That said, if you’re simply looking to expand your culinary repertoire without breaking the bank, a hand blender can be a great way to try something new without committing too much.

Similar to deciding whether or not to get a blender, deciding between a wired or wireless model depends heavily on the other devices you already own. Corded versions tend to have more powerful motors, making them ideal for people who don’t have a stand mixer or food processor. However, if you own either one, wireless is the way to go. Not only do you have the advantage of not having to worry about cables, but the ease of use means you can quickly and easily get out your hand blender to add a little more consistency to a sauce or puree a large pot of soup without having to You need to do it in batches.

The most important hand blender safety tip is to always keep the blade pointed down and away from you.

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No one should be ashamed of being nervous when coming into contact with a device that is essentially a motorized blender with a rotating blade on the end. But with proper care and use, a hand blender doesn’t have to be much more dangerous than a chef’s knife. The most important safety tip is to ensure that the sharp blades are always pointed downwards and away from you or anyone else nearby. This includes your hands as well as any utensils (like a spoon) that may be in or around your mixing bowl.

Luckily, all home hand blenders are designed so that their blade does not directly hit the vessel that contains your food (be it a mixing bowl or a pot). To be extra safe, however, you should avoid blending things in glass containers or nonstick cookware, as glass can chip or shatter, while the metal blades and cover of a hand blender can damage Teflon and ceramic.

Hand blenders are extremely useful kitchen tools, especially when it comes to making creamy soups like this roasted cauliflower soup. Hand blenders are extremely useful kitchen tools, especially when it comes to making creamy soups like this roasted cauliflower soup.

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You should also ensure that no water comes out of the plug or socket of corded hand blenders. And if you want to remove the blade or remove any food that might be caught, first make sure the blender is turned off, unplugged from the power source (battery or outlet), and in safety mode with a lock button or similar feature.

On the bright side, cleaning a plunge pool is quite easy and straightforward. All you have to do is fill a bowl or cup with soapy water, submerge the immersion blender, and then let it run for 10 to 20 seconds. That’s it. If it is still not clean, you can repeat this process until it is clean. And if hand washing is too much of a hassle, the blender on many models (including all on this list) is also dishwasher safe.

Breville

Starting at $130, Breville’s Control Grip not only features one of the most powerful motors (280 watts) available in a corded hand blender in this price range, but also a wealth of practical accessories. In addition to the 8-inch main shaft/diving knife, the kit includes a 25-ounce chopping bowl for slicing and chopping and a 42-ounce blending bowl for making soups and smoothies. There’s also a whisk attachment, meaning that in addition to all of its accessories, the Control Grip can replace three different common kitchen appliances: a food processor, a traditional mixer, and a hand mixer.

I also appreciate the two-button fastening system, a safety feature that ensures the accessory is properly locked into place before use. Breville even includes a removable blade guard to prevent the stainless steel blender from scratching your other stored appliances. And with the support of 15 different high-speed settings, it is very versatile and suitable for all types of dishes. Alternatively, if you’re looking for an all-purpose hand blender with even more attachments for making drinks and pureeing soups, consider the KitchenAid 5-Speed ​​Hand Blender, which comes with two additional bell blades for crushing ice and whisking egg whites and more.

$130 on Amazon

Kitchen Help

If you’re just looking for a hand blender that’s simple and easy to use, the KitchenAid Cordless Variable Speed ​​Blender is for you. Included is a dishwasher-safe blender container and an optional pan protector to ensure you don’t damage your cookware. The real benefit, however, is that instead of discrete speed settings, you can adjust the blender’s 180-watt motor simply by pressing the trigger. This makes it incredibly intuitive to use and thanks to the built-in safety switch, it’s much harder to accidentally press the power button and spin up the blade.

KitchenAid also claims that the battery can blend up to 25 bowls of soup on a single charge. And even though my kitchen is too small to test this properly, I’ve never had any problems. However, be sure to charge the battery beforehand as the charging port is located next to where you attach the mix arm, meaning you can’t plug it in while it’s running.

$100 at Kohl’s

Hamilton Beach

For those looking for something versatile and good value for money, the Hamilton Beach Two Speed ​​Hand Blender is the top choice. Although it’s not cordless, in addition to the main mixer arm, you also get a whisk attachment and chopping bowl – all for just $35. Additionally, the 225-watt motor is quite powerful for its price, although you don’t have as many speed settings as premium competitors. Because this blender has been on the market for more than 15 years, it has long been the top choice among budget-conscious chefs.

$35 at Wayfair

Vitamix

Vitamix is ​​practically synonymous with blenders, so it’s probably not surprising that their version of an immersion model is quite nice. Still, there are some features that set it apart from its competitors. The first is a 625-watt motor, which is more powerful than pretty much anything else on the market (aside from super-expensive professional blenders). This makes it ideal for people who want to make drinks that require crushed ice but may not have a large blender in their pantry. The bell guard also features a unique shape that reduces suction and better pulls ingredients to the blade, while the rubber tips help prevent scratching your mixing vessel (bowls, pots, etc.). And even though it’s very powerful, the blender’s head is still small enough to fit into a 1-quart wide-mouth mason jar, which is great for quickly blending a sauce or salad dressing without a ton of extra dishes pollute.

$145 on Amazon

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