Which Hand Blender is the Best?
Immersion hand blender, or just hand blender, or immersion blender, or stick blender they are all the same. We never understood why the different names. If you have ever asked yourself what should I do with a hand blender then Best Blenders will give you the low down.
What we have noticed is that they are very popular in Europe, especially with new parents.
Overall they are really easy to use, fast, and there is no hassle cleanup. It is very easy to prepare shakes and puree small/single portions, often directly in the pot/glass, e.g., mash potatoes, vegetable soup, or even a banana milkshake. There is no scratching as the sharp blades are sunken in for protection. Understandable why parents like them so much. They are also much cheaper then blenders, and take up less space.
Good hand blenders start at about about $40 and can go up to over $100. Some are made of plastic and others are more stylish in brushed steal or chrome. If you want more color some brands offer over a dozen colors, e.g., Cuisinart CSB-76.
Many hand blenders come with practical accessories, e.g., whisk, food processor, mixing/measuring beaker, and interchangeable blades.
The higher priced hand blenders usually come with a more powerful motor and can process certain foods better, e.g., nuts, dark greens. Power wise, they range from 200-watts to over 600-watts*. *NOTE: some of the more powerful hand blenders are set for 220-240 volts, so will not work in the USA and Canada. Immersion blenders can have up to five and more speed settings, most have two to three, which in most cases is enough. If you want more control of your blender blades then there are now a few brands that offer variable speed electronic control, e.g., Krups KZ700142.
Another nice feature that some hand blenders have over counter-top blenders is that they are wireless, i.e., no power cords in your way, more mobile.
What is the big difference between a hand blender and a counter-top blender, besides size? Mainly its ability to handle ice and larger chunks of hard foods, especially frozen food, e.g., frozen strawberries. And of course they are no match to any high speed blenders, also see article on Why to buy a high speed blender.
Here are five hand blenders we would recommend:
- Cuisinart CSB-76 SmartStick - 200-watts, messuring cup, lots of colors
- Miallegro 9090 Mitutto - 550-watts, 5 speeds, turbo button, lots of accessories
- KitchenAid KHB2351CU - 3 speeds, lots of accessories
- KitchenAid KHB2561 - Commercially-engineered DC motor, 5 speeds, accessories
- Breville BSB510XL - 280-watts, ice crushing blades, variable speed control, accessories