5 Best Immersion Blenders, Tested by Food Network Kitchen
We whipped up batches of broccoli soup, mayonnaise and whipped cream to find the best hand blenders on the market.
Our Top Immersion Blender Picks
Tested by Jill Novatt for Food Network Kitchen
Immersion blenders are a great tool for smaller blending jobs or a fast way to blend pots of hot liquids with less mess. If you love a fast smoothie in the morning or making your own salad dressings, an immersion blender can be a handy tool that doesn’t take up a lot of space and helps you get the job done. Some immersion blenders come with accessories like mini chop food processors, blending carafes and whisk attachments. Immersion blenders are easier to clean and can be stashed away in a drawer or cabinet when not in use. Because they are so small and versatile, an immersion blender may become one of your most used tools in the kitchen.
What To Know About Immersion Blenders
Immersion blenders can come with a lot of accessories or just the basic stick blender. Figure out what will suit your storage and usage purposes. If you already have a great mixer and food processor, you may not need an immersion blender with all of the bells and whistles. If you are used to making large batches of soups, smoothies and more, you might be better off with a stand-alone immersion blender — the accessories that come with hand blenders are designed for small batches.
Speaking of accessories, the most common ones are a whisk attachment and a mini chop food processor. The whisk attachment can be handy for quick jobs like whipped cream, but it is not designed to take the place of a hand mixer so keep that in mind. Same goes for the mini chop attachments: You can easily whip up a small batch of pesto, but if you need to make a big batch of hummus or nut butter, a regular food processor will serve you better.
Immersion blenders come with or without a cord. If you have a lot of counter space and can keep it on the counter charging, then you may want the cord-free ease of a cordless. If space is tight, consider a model with a cord so you don’t have to worry about charging before use.
Immersion blenders are best used for pureeing hot liquids like soups and sauces without the danger and mess of transferring to a blender and for small jobs like individual smoothies and salad dressings. Immersion blenders will not take the place of your blender for things like frozen drinks or big smoothie batches.
These blenders are made to blend in 1 minute or less increments. Blending for longer than that can burn out the motor so keep that in mind when blending and thinking about what tasks you are looking to do with an immersion blender. If it is something especially tough or you want something to be extremely smooth, you might consider using a traditional blender.
This blender felt nice in the hand and was super easy to use. This unit clocked in with highest watts at 625, but was surprisingly quiet. When you first turn this blender on, at any power level, it starts slow and then gets to speed, which is really great for blending hot liquids and for control for more delicate preparations, like the mayonnaise. This model was the only one that had 4 blades, which made it slightly more challenging to clean, but it was worth the effort for the blending power. The housing for the blades was fairly shallow which helped facilitate the cleaning and prevented the suction issue that several other models had when blending. We found it very easy to change speeds while blending and this model easily operates with one hand, so you can be sure to be securing the vessels of whatever you are blending with the other hand. This unit has 5 speeds which gave it a nice level of control. This model was one of the heavier units but its rubberized top and contouring for the hand did not make it feel heavy when blending. This model came with no attachments but did come with an instruction booklet with some recipe ideas and smoothie ideas. The broccoli soup was very, very smooth after 1 minute 32 seconds and there was no splattering and no chunks remaining. The mayonnaise came together in a little more than 30 seconds.
This immersion blender had the lowest watts of those that listed watts at 220, but performed well at all tasks. It came with a manual with 12 pages of instructions and was very easy to operate. There are 2 speeds and you need both hands to adjust the speed while in use, but otherwise was easy to use with one hand. It has a rubberized and contoured handle so it was comfortable to hold and use. Its two thin blades are housed in a deep housing that made it slightly more difficult to clean by hand than other models, but all pieces other than the motor/handle are dishwasher safe. This model only came with a blending cup. It blended the soup in 1 minute and 45 seconds and didn’t take a lot of moving around to blend smoothly. There was no splatter or suction which made this feel very easy to use. Mayonnaise took about 45 seconds in the provided cup and was very easy to make. The blending shaft is a little difficult to use as it is a twist off, but once you get the hang of it, it comes off pretty easily.
This immersion blender was by far the prettiest of the bunch. Because it is cordless, it has a charger to sit on, but this would not be an eyesore on the counter if you have room for it. It held a charge well and blended the soup. This model has a lock function, so it needs both hands to start operating and the speed adjustment is also on top so you need both hands to change speed while using. The tradeoff for its sleek look is that it is not rubberized or contoured so feels slightly more awkward in the hands while blending. This made smooth soup with no lumps and no splatter in 1 minute and 43 seconds and whipped mayo in a minute and a half. This was very easy to clean but the two blades are sharper than most models so some care is needed. There was no watt information but its 12,000 rpms blended well and was one of the quietest models of those tested.
This only has one speed which makes it easier to use than other immersion blenders. It is cordless and the sharp blades make it feel like it does the same blending job as others with less power. Broccoli soup was blended and smooth in 1 minute 7 seconds with no splatter and no lumps. It took a little longer to make the mayo at just over 2 minutes, but was overall pretty easy. This has a lock button which is a great safety feature, but not one we found super intuitive. This particular lock button, however, is easy to use on this model and you can do it with one hand. The charging station had suction on the bottom to hold it in place, but we found that to be cumbersome in a small kitchen. This immersion blender came with a blending cup and a whisk attachment. The whisk made whipped cream easily and with less splatter than most others tested. The blending shaft is top rack dishwasher safe . There was no information on whether the cup or whisk was dishwasher safe. There was no rpm or watt information but it blended well and quietly. Because it only has one speed, mayonnaise was a little trickier, but not too hard.
This 15 speed immersion blender came with all of the bells and whistles: a blending cup, a mini chop and a whisk attachment. Its relatively low 280 watts didn’t hold this immersion blender back from completing all of the tasks well. The broccoli soup was smooth at 1 minute 7 seconds, although there was some minor splattering. It operates quietly and feels comfortable in the hand. For having so many parts, it is pretty intuitive to use right out of the box. It claims to have an ergonomic design and it did feel comfortable in the hand, although it does require two hands to adjust the speed. The whisk function also performed well and made whipped cream in 1 minute 17 seconds with minimal splatter even at the highest speed. In addition to a manual, it came with a food preparation guide which is handy to have. If storage is not an issue or you are looking for one device to do many simple tasks, then this is a great machine. With the most number of speeds it also felt like it had the most ability to control for a variety of tasks. All parts but the main motor shaft are dishwasher safe and the blending stick blade housing is shallow so it even felt easy to hand wash.
How We Tested
We tested 10 best-selling immersion blenders across a variety of price points, accessories and power levels.
Part 1: Evaluation
We evaluated each model on appearance, weight, how it felt in the hand, ease of use, power, instructions including use and care, and noise level. We took into account how long each blender was assembled and how long the blending stick was and how many blades each unit has. Each unit was evaluated on whether watts and/or rpm’s were noted and what those were (lowest watts was 220 and highest was 625, several models did not provide). We noted any special claims and attachments provided.
Part 2: Food
For each unit we made a batch of broccoli soup and noted how long it took to blend, how much splatter there was, and if there were any lumps or chunks remaining. We also noted the ease of blending and if there was a lot of suction to the bottom of the pot or it blended smoothly.
We then made a batch of homemade mayonnaise and evaluated how long it took to emulsify and how easily the emulsification was.
Lastly, if the immersion blender came with a whisk, we whipped 2 cups of cream and noted how long it took and how much splatter resulted.
Part 3: Cleaning
Here we noted how easy it was to clean the blender stick and if there were parts that were dishwasher safe. Most of the parts were hand wash with mostly accessories being partially dishwasher safe. Since most were hand wash, we noted how easy it was to clean the blades and how safe it felt.