Our team of culinary experts researched more than 50 of the best immersion hand blenders on the market before purchasing 9 of the top models to test side-by-side. We assessed each immersion blender based on its ability to blend vegetables into soups and fruits into smoothies, and for its capacity to grind seeds. We also examined the effectiveness of the accessories that came with each model — an immersion blender is a utilitarian tool and these kits often can be used as as a mixer, chopper, and even a milk frother. We compared ease of use and which ones minimize your clean-up time. Our comprehensive review offers expert advice on which blenders are the best bargains, which are the best for specific applications, and which ones are our subjective favorites.Our team spends a lot of time in the kitchen testing the best kitchen gear on the market. Like bullet blenders, immersion blenders are a fantastic option for petite kitchens and small-duty tasks. If you need more power to get the job done, we've also tested the best full-size blenders, as well as other heavy-duty kitchen appliances like food processors and juicers.
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|Pros||Comfortable to use, convenient to switch between attachments, powerful||Attachments are simple to install, impressive blending, great price||Nicely shaped handle, good power, wide range of speeds||Affordable, easy to take apart, convenient to switch speeds||Well made, convenient buttons, easy to use attachments, plenty of power|
|Cons||Limited attachments||Tricky to adjust speed while using, attachments are tough to remove||Speed dial could be easier to use||Lacks attachments, bulky, excessive suction||Power adjustment dial out of reach during use, poor ingredient circulation|
|Bottom Line||The performance and ergonomics of this powerful model make it a great choice for nearly all users||This version offers great blending performance at a hard to beat price tag||We found that this model fits all shapes and sizes of hands||One of our favorite models, it's easy to use, gets the job done, and boasts an excellent price||It would be hard to beat the durability and powerful performance offered by this product|
|Rating Categories||Braun Multiquick||Amazon Basics Multi...||Bella Multi-Use 10-...||Ovente 300W Immersi...||Mueller Ultra-Stick...|
|Ease of Use (40%)|
|Specs||Braun Multiquick||Amazon Basics Multi...||Bella Multi-Use 10-...||Ovente 300W Immersi...||Mueller Ultra-Stick...|
|Number of Speeds||2||Variable||10||2||8|
|Accessories||Whisk, cup||Whisk, cup, chopper cup||Whisk, cup, chopper cup||None||Whisk, milk frother|
|Dimmensions||15" x 2.2" x 2.2"||17.4" x 9.6" x 5.5"||13.4" x 5.4" x 5.4"||14.7" x 2.5" x 2.5"||15" x 5" x 3"|
Best Overall Immersion Hand Blender
When it comes to hand blenders, it'd be hard to top the Braun Multiquick. This nifty little kitchen appliance is one of the most comfortable models we've reviewed, and the buttons are easy to use. When it comes time to grind, whip, and blend, the Braun offers the utmost performance, further enhanced when you engage the turbo boost. During our smoothie-making party, this device did a great job, didn't create much suction, and pulverized everything very quickly. We also found that the attachments for this model were especially easy to change.
However, speaking of attachments, the Braun only includes two. If you're looking for a model with a chopping cup attachment or a milk frother, this is not the one. The only other flaw we found is that the textured handle is so grippy that it tends to hold onto little towel fuzzies and dust. Despite these minor drawbacks, we still think this appliance is the best choice for those looking for a simple ergonomic blender, does a tremendous job, and is easy to use.
Best Bang for the Buck
Amazon Basics Multi-Speed Immersion
If you're ready to immerse yourself into the hand blender world but don't want to break the bank to purchase one, we recommend the Amazon Basics Multi-Speed Immersion. This model offers one of the best blending performances, which becomes even more impressive considering its affordability. The accessories are effortless to attach, making it a cinch to get prepped for blending up your delicious sauces, dips, and concoctions in the kitchen.
Although the attachments are super easy to snap into place, we found them to be a bit difficult to remove. If you'll be switching up accessories in the middle of your project, be ready to put a little extra elbow grease into exchanging them. Another minor flaw we found is that the speed setting is a bit of a pain to change while the appliance is in use. Still, this isn't much of a problem as long as you don't mind halting your blend for a quick second to dial it up or down. If you're looking for an affordable hand blender with similar performance to the high-end models, go with the Amazon Basics Multi-Speed.
Excellent Performance for the Price
Ovente 300W Immersion Blender
The Ovente 300W Immersion Blender is one of our favorite models, especially considering the price. It's very easy to toggle speed while in use — you don't have to stop blending to change speeds, unlike several models in our review. Removing the shaft when it's time to clean is as easy as can be, and attaching it is a cinch.
While using the Ovente to create smoothies, our testers noticed that it creates a bit of extra suction. Although the handle is comfortable, it is relatively large. This may be preferable for some people, but others may prefer a device with a more slender construction. Lastly, The Ovente only includes the standard shaft and chopper, but that may be all you need. Overall, we think this device is an excellent choice for those shopping on a budget who aren't looking for extra bells and whistles.
Best Heavy Duty Hand Blender
Mueller Ultra-Stick 500W 9-Speed
If you are looking for a model to use in a professional setting, or you know you're hard on your kitchen appliances, check out the Mueller Ultra-Stick 500W 9-Speed. This device has a solid feel due to its metal construction, and the blending arm locks directly into the motor. Our team found this model particularly powerful during our blending assessment, thanks to its 500-watt motor. The power buttons are a cinch to use, adding to kitchen efficiency.
However, the speed dial is rather challenging to use during operation. You can work around this by placing your speed on the right setting before blending. Regardless, we discovered that this product doesn't circulate ingredients and some of the other options. Flaws aside, the Meller Ultra-Stick 500Watt is a terrific choice if you're in the market for a heavy-duty hand blender.
Why You Should Trust Us
To complete this review, we paired our Senior Research Analyst Michelle Powell up with our In-House Review Editor, Ross Patton. Michelle Powell already had more than ten years of experience working in the food and beverage industry before joining our team. Since joining GearLab, she has conducted in-depth, side-by-side product analysis on over a dozen different types of kitchen appliances ranging from espresso machines to air fryers to ice cream makers. With a formal education in environmental science and more than a decade of product review experience under his belt, Ross Patton is no stranger to studying the intricacies and tiny details of products that set them apart from one another. With this team, you can rest assured that they have created a darned good set of review parameters.Our testing of hand blenders is divided across 3 testing metrics:
- Blending (55% of overall score weighting)
- Ease of Use (40% weighting)
- Accessories (5% weighting)
We tested nine popular hand blenders by inspecting each package for included accessories and assessing how easy they are to attach and remove. We subjectively judged their ergonomic feel and ease of operation for our ease of use metric. But where the real meat of the story comes in is our blending tests. We made smoothies with the same recipe for each model to assess their overall performance. Finally, we gauged how much mess each model made while in use and how difficult each blender was to clean.
Analysis and Test Results
We took our findings from our head-to-head assessment and grouped them into three individual rating metrics — Blending, ease of use, and accessories. These metrics are designed to help you make the right purchase for you based on your specific wants and needs.
We appreciate when solid performance is paired with a high-value price tag. Our fleet includes a range of immersion blender prices, with our top scorer, the Braun Multiquick offering the best performance at an acceptable price point. We also included two other exceptional award-winning products, the Amazon Basics Multi-Speed and Mueller Ultra-Stick 500W 9-Speed, which both ring at around the same price. Last but not least, the Ovente 300W is one of our favorite models; it's easy to use, and what's not to like about the price?
The first subcategory of our assessment is blending. Our recipe included bananas, frozen blueberries, frozen strawberries, spinach, orange juice, and hemp seeds.
We paid close attention to each blender's feel and power while in use, as well as how long each one took to get the concoction to the same general consistency. Once the smoothies were done, we used a blind panel of testers to let us know what they thought about the blend and noted any excess chunks of fruit or seeds left in each batch.
The clear champion of this assessment was the Braun Multiquick. This model did a phenomenal job, and it did it quickly. Our testers found that the finished product was perfectly smooth and devoid of chunks of fruit or spinach leaves, and the hemp seeds were pulverized.
Next up was the Amazon Basics Multi-Speed and Ovente Electric Easy Grip 300. Although the Amazon Basics took a bit longer than the Braun Multiquick, it eventually got the mixture to an appropriate consistency. The Ovente Electric Easy Grip 300 did a great job too, but it missed a few of the blueberries and created a moderate degree of suction.
The handle on the Bella Multi-Use 10-Speed is relatively large in diameter. Still, we found it comfortable to hold for all shapes and sizes of hand thanks to its tapered handle that rounds back off to the full diameter of the body at the top. This device has ten speeds to dial the RPMs to the optimal rate for your desired consistency. Although the Bella 10-Speed is not the most powerful model we've tested, we still found it reasonably strong, especially considering its 350-watt motor.
The Utalent 5-in-1 Immersion was also able to get the smoothie to the ideal blend for our panel of testers, but it took longer than the models mentioned above to do so. However, we love the ergonomic handle and the fact that it has eight speeds to chop, blend, or froth at the perfect rate for optimal consistency. Finally, the Mueller Ultra-Stick 500W 9-Speed produced the same result, but it took the longest to get there.
Ease of Use
To subjectively judge the ease of use of each model, we began by considering each's overall ergonomic feel. We paid close attention to how each model fit into our hands and how well they balanced during operation.
We carefully inspected and tested the buttons and controls to see if anything made the blender easier or more challenging to operate.
We paid close attention to any extra spattering or spraying during our smoothie-making extravaganza while each device was in operation. We switched and used the various dials and buttons while mixing and assessed how easy or difficult the accessories included with each device are to attach or remove. Finally, we considered the effort required to clean up each model and anything that made cleaning especially easy or difficult.
The Mueller Ultra-Stick 500W 9-Speed is our favorite to operate. We found this model to be particularly easy to hold and maneuver. The on, off, and turbo buttons are comfortable and don't require much effort to push, and the accessories are a breeze to attach and release. The Braun Multiquick operates similar to the Mueller Ultra-Stick 500W 9-Speed, but the rubber texture on the grip tends to hold onto things such as dust and paper towels.
The Amazon Basics Multi-Speed feels ergonomic in hand, and the buttons require minimal effort to press. The attachment is a tad difficult to remove, although it's a breeze to put on. The power and turbo buttons are top-notch, but the speed dial is hard to access in use.
The Ovente Electric Easy Grip 300 Watt 7's speed toggle is a cinch to use while blending. We also noticed the unusually thick handle, which may be a dealbreaker for some users. The Utalent 5-in-1 Immersion is more challenging to operate than its competitors because the buttons are more difficult to push, and the attachments are a very tight fit. However, this model is still one of the better hand blenders we tested.
Depending on how you use your hand blender, accessories may play a key role in your purchasing decision.
If all you're looking for is something to help you froth milk, then you probably don't require a whisk or a chopper cup. But if you want an all-around kitchen blending machine, it'd be wise to purchase a model with as many attachments as possible. We carefully cataloged and tested all of the included accessories for each device.
If you're looking for the model with the most bells and whistles, look no further than the Utalent 5-in-1 Immersion. In addition to the standard shaft and chopper, this model includes a whisk, a milk frother, a cup, and a chopper cup.
The Amazon Basics Multi-Speed comes with everything the Utalent 5-in-1 Immersion does besides the milk frother, same with the Braun Multiquick minus the chopping cup. The Mueller Austria Ultra-Stick 500 Watt has the standard chopper, a whisk, and the often coveted milk frother but does not come with a chopping cup or blending cup.
If all you're looking for is the most basic model without the frills, the Ovente Electric Easy Grip 300 Watt does not come with any attachments or accessories.
If you know you'll be taking your appliance on the go, then you may want to go with the KitchenAid Pro Line 2-Speed. This model comes with a handy pouch that fits the device and its attachments. We found the KitchenAid handle reasonably comfortable, and this version has some appealing aesthetics. If portability is important, you might consider a portable blender.
Finding a device as seemingly basic and easy to use as a hand blender can end up being a pain with so many to choose from. We purchased all of the products for a proper hands-on analysis here at GearLab so that we can take the headache and stress out of shopping to ensure that you get the perfect product for your given situation. We hope you have as much fun using these devices and creating delicious treats as we did while testing them.
— Ross Patton and Michelle Powell
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