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Good

Comfortable rubberized grip. Comprehensive blade/attachment set. Sturdy stainless steel. Custom storage case.

15 variable speed settings. Six-foot power cord. Can crush ice.

Powerful motor (200 watts). Easy clean up. Available in assorted colors.

Five-foot cord. Can chop hard vegetables and nuts.

Inexpensive. Unit can also be used to make soap.

Bad

More expensive than many competitors.

Includes no additional blades.

Does not aerate or chop food. Not recommended for crushing ice. Shorter power cord (32 inches).

Overheating can be a problem after one minute of use. Whisk is not suited for mashing potatoes and creaming root vegetables.

Some durability concerns concerning plastic gears. Food splattering can be an issue.

Bottom Line

A versatile hand blender of top-notch quality. For discerning cooks, this is the best product available.

A versatile, powerful hand blender from a reputable international company.

Simple and affordable, this basic blender from one of the industry's most reputable companies is the best bargain available.

An affordable blender that is best suited for lighter kitchen tasks.

A low-priced, basic blender with a limited menu of functions and a high level of quality.

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Best Hand Blenders

Counter top kitchen blenders have their place in the kitchen, but hand blenders – also known as immersion blenders – bring their power directly to the food. Using an immersible hand blender, a cook can process a single cup of whipped cream or a large vat of soup with ease and consistency. Many hand blenders also perform other tasks such as chopping, crushing, and whisking. We examined dozens of hand blenders on today's market. Each blender on our top five list will get the job done right.

Products we Considered

KitchenAid
5-Speed
Breville
Control Grip
Conair
Cuisinart 200-Watt, 2-Speed
Hamilton Beach
2-Speed
Proctor-Silex
Hand Blender

Considerations

Construction/Design

In this section, we evaluate each product in terms of overall construction and design. Some models use stainless steel; others use forged aluminum. Some offer multiple speed options; others offer only one or two. The best blenders are balanced, comfortable, and sturdy during use.

Versatility

The first commercial hand blenders were hampered by a limited number of blade designs and accessories. Modern immersion blenders arrive with several different blending or whipping blades, plus attachments for chopping, grating, blending, and other tasks. The best hand blenders can convert from one function to another with just a few simple adjustments. In this part of our review, we take a close look at each contender's capabilities and limitations.

Additional Features

While inexpensive hand blenders with only one or two blade attachments are available, we believe in the power of accessories when it comes to customer satisfaction. In this section of our ratings, we take a close look at each contender's original packaging and note any additional features that are included. These features may include attachments for chopping nuts or other challenging foods, blending cups for individual shakes and smoothies, and additional blades for other food processing needs. We also note additional items that may be available such as recipe books, cleaning aids, and storage containers.

Price

Hand/immersion blenders vary in price based on the the number of accessories included and the quality of materials used in their construction. A bargain basement blender might be perfectly capable of performing basic blending tasks, but it may lack the variable motor speed settings of its more expensive counterparts. A top-end model may feature stainless steel construction and a number of accessories, but many home cooks do not need all of those extra attachments. The goal is to find the blender with the right price and the right number of accessories for you. In this section, we look at each contender's retail price point and perceived customer value.

Considerations

Construction/Design

KitchenAid KHB2561OB 5-Speed Hand Blender

The KitchenAid KHB2561OB 5-Speed Hand Blender features a soft, rubberized grip and a sturdy blending arm of stainless steel. Owners like the arm's eight-inch length because it allows them to reach the bottom of deep stock pots with ease. A special guard prevents any accidental "bottoming out" during use, which is a great feature for beginners. Unlike many other models, the bell-shaped guards surrounding the blades are interchangeable. We only wish the KitchenAid's motor were a little more powerful and that the five-step speed control were easier to grip during use.

Breville BSB510XL Control Grip Immersion Blender

The Breville BSB510XL Control Grip Immersion Blender is one of the most innovative hand blenders on our shortlist. Consisting of a stainless steel arm/blade duo and a hard plastic rim, it's also quite sturdy. Ribbing technology prevents the blade arm from creating unwanted suction in the cooking vessel. The pistol-like grip and trigger are easy to grasp and operate. The Breville's 280-watt motor, with its 15 variable speed settings, is capable of crushing ice for smoothies and other beverages.

Conair Cuisinart Smart Stick CSB-75BC 200 Watt 2 Speed Hand Blender

The Cuisinart Smart Stick CSB-75BC Hand Blender's motor housing and grip are primarily made from sturdy BPA-free plastic, but the blender arm is protected by what the manufacturer describes as a "stainless coating." We are somewhat disappointed with the Cuisinart's limited two-speed blending option, but that disappointment is offset by the power of the unit's 200-watt electric motor. The S-shaped blade will definitely power through most blending tasks, but crushing ice and other hard materials is not recommended.

Hamilton Beach 59765 2 Speed Hand Blender

Considering its bargain basement price, the Hamilton Beach 59765 2-Speed Hand Blender features some remarkably strong design elements. The housing is made of sturdy, food-grade plastic, and the blender arm assembly is made of stainless steel. What impresses us most, however, is the Hamilton Beach's 225-watt motor. Indeed, some of the more expensive hand blenders on today's market don't have a motor this powerful! Although this is an immersion blender, owners should avoid using it over direct heat. Because of the appliance's relatively shallow blade guard, we also have concerns about the blade "bottoming out.” Potential buyers should note that this appliance's durability has been questioned by some owners who say the plastic gears may not be strong enough to handle larger jobs. Overall, however, the product receives very good customer reviews.

Proctor-Silex 59738A Hand Blender

Unlike most of our other top contenders, the Proctor-Silex 59738A Hand Blender does not feature a visible stainless steel arm attached to a small plastic motor housing. Instead, a plastic shaft extends all the way down to the stainless steel chopping blade. This does not necessarily limit the model's immersive ability, but some owners do find that food splattering (especially in high-speed mode) can be an issue. The Proctor-Silex 59738A features an ergonomic grip with two fingertip switches for low and high speed settings. A five-foot power cord allows users to bring the hand/immersion blender to the stove top, but we recommend removing the cooking vessel from direct heat before doing any food processing with the Proctor-Silex. We also have some concerns about the durability of the unit's plastic gears, but most users can avoid long-term problems by refraining from heavy duty applications like crushing ice and chopping meat.

The KitchenAid KHB2561OB 5-Speed Band Blender features a comfortable rubber grip and an eight-inch blending arm of stainless steel.
Considerations

Versatility

In terms of overall versatility, the KitchenAid KHB2561OB 5-Speed Hand Blender is practically unbeatable. The model includes three different blades: An S-shaped blade for general blending, a multi-purpose blade for crushing ice and other hard tasks, and a frother/beater blade for frothing and aeration. Each blade has its own protective bell guard, so users do not have to contact the blades directly. A separate whisk attachment works well with eggs and whipping cream, and a blender cup allows users to make individual smoothies and other blended beverages. Tasks such as chopping (nuts, hard cheeses, vegetables) can be accomplished in a special cup with a chopper blade.

The Breville BSB510XL immersion blender can be compared favorably with the KitchenAid in terms of versatility and ease of maintenance. This tool has the power to crush ice, grind baby food, and chop meat, but it can also handle delicate sauces and soups. A separate whisk attachment can be used to add volume to eggs or aerate batter mixes just as well as a traditional mixer. There is also a chopping box for processing nuts, hard cheeses, and other challenging food items. The blending jug does a great job with individual smoothies and other beverages containing crushed ice. While the Breville might not arrive with additional blades for chopping or aeration, it can also froth milk and whip cream.

Because the original Cuisinart Smart Stick hand blender was designed for basic use, it does not offer as much versatility as some contenders with multiple blades and accessories do. For example, the model's S-shaped blade is not designed to aerate or chop food. However, the Cuisinart Smart Stick does have the power to blend ingredients for soups, bases, and smoothies without the need for a separate blender base. Its 200-watt motor is surprisingly powerful for the unit's size, and the high/low power switch is easy to reach during operation. We do have some concerns about the relative shortness of the Smart Stick's 32-inch power cord, though. It may be too short to reach food safely on a stove top, and users must often bring the food to the hand mixer for counter top processing.

The Hamilton Beach 59765 Hand Blender takes on the usual food processing chores – blending, mixing, whipping, pureeing, and chopping – with ease. We are not as confident about its ability to crush ice and grind meat. A whisk attachment is included with the original packaging, and it can successfully whip heavy cream and aerate egg whites for meringue. Owners need to remember that even at its lowest setting, the Hamilton Beach's motor spins at an incredibly fast rate. This is good for blending soups or creating smooth sauces, but it's not ideal for mixing cake batter from scratch. A special chopping bowl allows the user to quickly cut vegetables down to size, but the results may not be as satisfying as those achieved with a full-size food processor.

Proctor-Silex 59738A Hand Blender

Because the Proctor-Silex 59738A hand blender is an economy-priced model, it may not be able to match the performance of many high-end contenders. Nevertheless, it can still blend soup bases, create sauces, chop vegetables, and puree baby food. We were unable to find the motor's precise wattage in our research, but most owners are very satisfied with the model's total processing power. The Proctor-Silex hand blender can handle frozen fruits and vegetables with ease, but we have some reservations about its ability to crush ice. One unexpected – but apparently popular – use for the Proctor-Silex 59738A is the making of homemade soap. The raw ingredients of homemade soap need to be blended together over heat, but few soap-making enthusiasts would be willing to sacrifice an expensive blender for that purpose. A bargain-priced immersion blender like the Proctor-Silex is powerful enough to get the job done but inexpensive enough to be "sacrificial" to the cause.

Considering its size, the Conair Cuisinart Smart Stick's 200-watt motor is surprisingly powerful.
Susan T.
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Susan T.
Chef, Food Entrepeneur

Susan Sano Tuveson has been cooking for people for five decades. Educated in music, law, and languages, she left her legal practice to establish Cacao Chocolates in Kittery, Maine. A three-time Best of Seacoast New England winner, the shop was popular for its high-quality artisanal truffles flavored with unusual local ingredients.

Considerations

Additional Features

KitchenAid KHB2561OB 5-Speed Hand Blender

In addition to a special chopping box, blender cup, and whisk attachment, the KitchenAid KHB2561OB Hand Blender arrives with an owner's manual that identifies every blade/attachment and suggests uses for each one. The manufacturer also provides a custom storage case that keeps all of the attachments and blades organized between uses. Because of its stainless steel and food-grade plastic construction, all of the KitchenAid's parts – save the motor housing – are safe for the dishwasher.

Breville BSB510XL Control Grip Immersion Blender

The Breville BSB510XL Control Grip hand/immersion blender arrives with a chopping bowl, blending jug, and a whisk attachment. However, it does not include additional blades. One advantage the Breville hand mixer wields over basic models like the Cuisinart Smart Stick is its generous six-foot power cord. Cord length is an important consideration for cooks who prefer to bring their hand blender directly to the stove top. We did not see an instruction manual or recipe book listed as part of the original package, but those items can be obtained separately.

Conair Cuisinart Smart Stick CSB-75BC 200 Watt 2 Speed Hand Blender

Because of its status as an entry-level hand blender, the Cuisinart Smart Stick CSB-75BC does not arrive with many accessories. Additional blades, chopping bowls, and whisks would need to be purchased separately. However, the product does include an instructional booklet and a two-cup blending container. Unlike many blenders on today's market, the Cuisinart is available in an appealing selection of colors – mostly metallic hues and pastels. For those who want to coordinate their kitchen's overall design scheme, this could be an appealing feature.

Hamilton Beach 59765 2 Speed Hand Blender

The Hamilton Beach 59765 2-Speed Hand Blender is quite a basic model, and users shouldn't expect much in the way of accessories. The unit does arrive with a whisk attachment that's great for lighter assignments such as whipping cream and mixing batter. (Potential buyer note: mashing potatoes and creaming root vegetables is not recommended with this whisk attachment, as the stress could burn out the motor or strip the plastic gears.) A three-cup chopping box includes a blade that's designed for hard vegetables and nuts, but hard cheeses and bones may be too much for this appliance. The Hamilton Beach's five-foot cord is a definite plus. We did not find a recipe book included in the original package, but that information could certainly be found elsewhere.

Proctor-Silex 59738A Hand Blender

The Proctor-Silex 59738A hand/immersion blender's entry-level price point may make it an attractive alternative to high-end models, but consumers should not expect much more than the blending unit itself. No additional blades or attachments are included in the original package. In fact, the Proctor-Silex's one-piece design cannot accommodate attachments. This hand blender is designed to perform a few tasks very well, but it will not replace a full-size blender. Interestingly, the Proctor-Silex 59738A is also suitable for making soap. .

The KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Blender arrives with a custom storage case that keeps all of the attachments and blades organized between uses.
Considerations

Price

KitchenAid KHB2561OB 5-Speed Hand Blender

At a cost of $99, the KitchenAid KHB2561OB 5-Speed Hand Blender is definitely a high-end contender. Customers with a passion for cooking often prefer to shop for the highest quality kitchen appliances available. Instead of purchasing a basic blender and then having to invest in add-on after add-on, it makes economic sense to invest in a complete set of hand blender attachments and blades at once. The KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Blender contains all of the additional features most home cooks could want, along with a convenient storage container and thorough user instructions.

Breville BSB510XL Control Grip Immersion Blender

The Breville BSB510XL Control Grip Immersion Blender's retail price of $93 places it in some rarefied air, but the model does include many useful accessories that would cost a lot more if purchased separately. The Breville's 280-watt motor is able to crush ice, which is something many other immersion blenders cannot do safely. Instead of a simple high/low motor speed setting or a handful of preset speeds, the Breville has an impressive 15 variable speeds. Satisfied owners say they purchased the Breville Immersion Blender because of its stellar reputation in the food appliance industry.

Conair Cuisinart Smart Stick CSB-75BC 200 Watt 2 Speed Hand Blender

At a price of just $32, the Cuisinart Smart Stick CSB-75BC Hand Blender would be an affordable addition to any kitchen, break room, or wet bar. While it may not have the additional blades and accessories that some high-end contenders do, it does have the power to perform most basic hand blender tasks well. Smoothies can be blended in the user's own container, and clean-up is much easier with a hand/immersion blender than with a full-sized juicer or blender.

Hamilton Beach 59765 2 Speed Hand Blender

The Hamilton Beach 59765 Hand Blender's retail price of just $27 is quite enticing. Equipped with a 225-watt, two-speed motor, this appliance delivers nearly the same results as our high-end contenders. Whisking is a very common kitchen task, and the Hamilton Beach includes a decent whisk attachment. It also includes a chopping box – a useful attachment not often found in other hand/immersion blenders at this price range. The Hamilton Beach 59765 would make a great housewarming gift; many owners like to keep it on hand for quick smoothie and/or blended beverage production. Potential buyer note: owners must limit the unit's operating time to one minute or less to avoid overheating.

Proctor-Silex 59738A Hand Blender

At an incredibly low retail price of $20, the Proctor-Silex 59738A hand/immersion blender is ideal for consumers who want a portable, hand-held food processor without having to invest in superfluous add-ons and alternative blades. This basic model has the power and chopping ability of high-end contenders, but it comes with its own set of limitations and durability issues. (We don't believe these issues will affect every user. Those who need a blender for occasional light use are less likely to encounter problems.) The Proctor-Silex 59738A is also an affordable soap-making tool.

The Conair Cuisinart Smart Stick would be an affordable addition to any kitchen, break room, or wet bar.

Best of the Best

All of the hand/immersion blenders on our shortlist are excellent products, but one contender stands out from the rest for its overall versatility and innovative engineering. That product is the KitchenAid KHB2561OB 5-Speed Hand Blender. It's the Best of the Best on our shortlist.

With its interchangeable blade assemblies, five-speed motor, and eight-inch deep blender arm, this product packs a powerful punch. Of course, the KitchenAid's $99 price tag represents a more significant investment than some other top contenders. However, the product comes with virtually every attachment and blade a home cook could want.

The KitchenAid's blender arm and other attachments are made of dishwasher-safe stainless steel. As such, clean-up and sanitation between jobs is a quick and simple process. The eight-inch blending arm allows cooks to reach and process all ingredients in a deep stock pot or Dutch oven with ease. At the same time, special blade guards prevent the blades from damaging the bottom of the cooking vessel. Best of all, every attachment and blade assembly included in this package is protected by a custom storage case.

Owners rave about this professional-grade blender and the quality results it yields. Yes, it's a bit of an investment upfront, but if you're serious about the quality of your kitchen appliances, you simply cannot go wrong with the KitchenAid KHB2561OB 5-Speed Hand Blender.
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With its interchangeable blade assemblies, five-speed motor, and eight-inch blender arm, the KitchenAid KHB2561OB Hand Blender packs a powerful punch.

Best Bang for your Buck

When it comes to basic hand blending tasks, some consumers don't require any frills. Yes, it's nice to have the accessories – chopper cups, whisk attachments, aerator blades – but they're not strictly necessary when it comes to these most basic kitchen tasks.

At an affordable cost of just $32, the Conair Cuisinart Smart Stick is the Best Bang for Your Buck. With its 200-watt motor and two speed selections, it will blend vegetables and stock into creamy soup. It will turn crushed ice, juice, and fruit into a healthy smoothie. If you're in the mood for a cold adult beverage, simply pour all of the ingredients into the Cuisinart Smart Sticks' blending cup and enjoy the results.

Available in several attractive metallic and pastel shades, the Cuisinart Smart Stick is a smart and portable choice for any kitchen or wet bar. The cord is a little shorter than some competitors, and the appliance doesn't come with a lot of extras. But then again, the Cuisinart isn't like a lot of the other hand blenders on the market. It's great for preparing smoothies, soups, and other blended liquids. It's not designed for chopping or aerating food. If your needs are simple and limited to the realm of blended liquid beverages, the affordable Conair Cuisinart Smart Stick could be the right choice for you.
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The lightweight Conair Cuisinart Smart Stick is ideal for preparing quick smoothies, soups, and cold adult beverages.
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