Top 10 Hand Blenders
Do you ever feel like the black-and-white segment of an infomercial where the moron is trying to move hot soup or pasta sauce from the stove to a countertop blender only to spill it all over themselves causing third-degree burns? Sure, we all have a good laugh while the dolt is rushed to the hospital in critical condition. But, I’m here to talk about something that isn’t funny: hand blenders.
Also referred to as immersion, stick, wand, vibrators, handheld, and smoothie blenders (by weirdos), the best hand blenders remove the scary step of trying not to permanently deform yourself to blend your homemade concoctions. I got my first handheld smoothie blender about half a decade ago because my mother was concerned about my beautiful, smooth skin as I started to make butternut squash soup more and more. I can say with confidence that it has been a paradigm shift in my home culinary experience. Let me now immerse you in the world of the best hand blenders.
If You’re Going to Talk to Yourself, You Might as Well Ask These Questions
There are a few questions you should ask yourself before you buy the best blender for your needs. For instance,
What is my stance on cords? Are you pro-cord or anti-cord? Are you sick of the corded oppression that keeps you tethered to a wall or power strip? You should know that corded smoothie blenders work the best these days. The cordless varieties rely on rechargeable batteries that die quickly.
What’s my plan here? What am I going to blending? Even the best blenders are generally used for soft foods like refried beans, smoothies with fresh fruit, milkshakes (not the kind that brings the boys to the yard), and plain water. If you need to crush ice, chop up frozen fruit, or get through bone, a simple smoothie blender may not be your best choice. Also, get a stick blender that is long enough for the pots you’ll be using.
Am I going to use this thing every day? I mostly only use my hand blender in the winter when I’m making soups, sauces, and mashed vegetables. A cheapo blender works great for my purposes, but if you plan on going on rampages, I recommend investing in something a little pricier.
What to Look for in the Hand Blender of Your Dreams
At their most basic, all immersion blenders are the same. However, there are features that separate the players from the pretenders. Here are a few of those features:
Ergonomic Grip – Tired of losing control of your hand blender and ending up like The Three Stooges? Look for an ergonomically-curved, well-designed handle that feels good to hold. For added comfort, rubber stops are the way to go.
Easy to Clean – Nothing is worse than having to reach in and hand clean around the blade while your fingers fall off. Instead, look for a detachable shaft (that’s what she said) that is dishwasher safe.
Warranty – Stick blenders do not seem to hold up well. My personal use blender lasted for about three years of minimal-to-moderate use before parts started falling off. Look for warranties of at least one year.
Simple Controls – Nobody wants their best blender to go rogue and start slicing up everything in the kitchen. Therefore, it should have safety features that require you to keep the button pressed to use it. Also, the button should be big and easy to use for extended periods of time.
Lightweight – Listen, if you wanted to build up your biceps, you’d go to CrossFit. Blending up your gazpacho is not the time to get your workout in. Therefore, choose a device that won’t break your arm.
Design – Shallow, wide blade guards with flat bases and ample side vents tend to work better than the wand blenders with big, bell-shaped blade guards.
This should get you started in your search for a nice unit. Here are my top 10 best hand blenders reviews:
- Bad mother- shaft that is dishwasher-safe
- Powerful 200-watt motor
- Three-year limited warranty
Cuisinart stick blenders are what I use in my kitchen. I have not had any problems with them, except for the dial falling off after a few years, but it still functioned fine. I’m not sure why the CSB-76BC is called a “SmartStick.” Usually, “smart” means it somehow hooks up to your phone for often unnecessary functionality. That does not appear to be the case with this model. What sets the CSB (Cool Story, Bro?) apart is the amount of power it has, although there are reports of the gears breaking early on. Fortunately, there is a nice long warranty.
- Ten colors to choose from, including turmeric orange, pasta sauce red, and food coloring green
- Soft grip handle
- Removable eight-inch blending arm with fixed blade
For its price, the KitchenAid blender KHB1231HT cannot be beaten. The user hand blender reviews have reported that it is quite durable lasting for up to a decade of weekly use. It comes with two speeds, which is great, but you need to be careful. If you have a delicious split pea soup that you want to thicken in a short pot or pan, you are likely to splatter all over yourself and your kitchen if you have this model on too high. Avoid making your kitchen look like Oscar the Grouch was murdered with a chainsaw: use deep pots or you can utilize the three-cup BPA-free blending jar that comes with this KitchenAid blender.
- Prevent scratching pots with non-scratch base
- Ergonomic control grip makes it feel like you are shooting your smoothie
- 280-watt motor
Most hand blenders have shafts that are made of stainless steel and nothing else. This sucks because it is bad for nonstick pots. My dad once shamed me for an entire weekend for using metal in a nonstick pot. The Breville BSB510XL will help you avoid being shamed by your dad with its non-scratch base. What users appreciate about the BSB510XL is the extras. The blending cups are impeccably designed, and it comes with a whisk attachment that will keep your arm from getting tired.
- Chopper attachment that Arnold Schwarzenegger would envy
- Whisk attachment for creating stiff peaks of egg whites and frothy milk
- Soft, comfortable, non-slip grip handle
Of all of the viruses your house could contract, KitchenAids is the best. Notwithstanding terrible jokes, the manufacturer really does an excellent job of making just about any kitchen appliance. The KHB2351CU KitchenAid blender is no different. It is made of solid steel and comes with a one-year warranty. The downside to its sturdy metal construction is that this KitchenAid blender will scratch the heck out of your pots and ruin your weekend if you have an uptight dad.
- Push-button control for pulse or continuous action
- Comes with two-cup mixing container
- 3-year limited warranty
Cuisinart has the most entries on our list, including the best blender. This is because they know what they’re doing. The CSB-77 is their top-of-the-line model. The CSB-77 is celebrated for its durability and metal design. Again, this does not come with an app, and you cannot control it from your phone while you’re out on the town, but why would you want to? The biggest complaint from users in the hand blender reviews is that the attachments are essentially useless.
- 225-watt motor
- Comes with a whisk, chopping bowl, and blending wand and everything is dishwasher safe
- The 59765 purees, blends, chops, mixes, whips, and nae naes.
If you want kitchen appliances but don’t want the best money can buy, then travel to Hamilton Beach. To be fair, the 59765 is of good quality like many of Hamilton Beach’s products. It is just inexpensive and not as powerful as the other options. Users report that it tends to heat up and produce an odor after extended use. If you have a couple extra dollars, go with the KitchenAid KHB1231HT.
- Comes with power cord so you don’t have to manufacture your own
- Weighs 3.7 pounds, which I can totally bench and curl
- Comes with recipe booklet and instruction manual
The CSB-79 comes with a variety of attachments. That variety includes chopper and whisk attachments. Many users have reported that the attachments work so well that the wand blender has essentially replaced their food processor. You’re on notice, food processor.
- Total length of 15.8 inches
- Comes in nine colors, including pink and white pearl
- One-touch control lets you blend with one hand tied behind your back
Users report the CSB-75BC is quieter than most hand blenders and gets the job done. The biggest complaints are from a few years ago when Cuisinart was using crappy blades for these blenders and making consumers pay to replace them. They have since fixed this defect and policy.
- Comes with four interchangeable stainless steel blades
- All of the parts are dishwasher safe
- Only comes in pink
The key to using a handheld blender is to move it up and down while making eye contact with whoever is in the room. The Vremi Hand Blender Stick works great for this with its pink design. It is unique because you can change out the blades. And, a little light lets you know when it’s plugged in.
- Whisk attachment and 20-ounce beaker included
- Patented “PowerBell” system blends food finer and faster
- The motor is engineered by Germans
Users are obsessed with Braun. Some of their hand blenders have lasted for decades. Users report that the design removes any possibility of splatter. The MQ505 can also make quick work of ice, and it’s quiet enough that you can use it in bed while your partner sleeps.
These are my best hand blenders reviews. If you like them, won’t you share them with immersion blender junkies close to you?