Comfortable rubberized grip. Comprehensive blade/attachment set. Sturdy stainless steel. Custom storage case.
More expensive than many competitors.
15 variable speed settings. Six-foot power cord. Can crush ice.
Includes no additional blades.
Powerful motor (200 watts). Easy clean up. Available in assorted colors.
Does not aerate or chop food. Not recommended for crushing ice. Shorter power cord (32 inches).
Five-foot cord. Can chop hard vegetables and nuts.
Overheating can be a problem after one minute of use. Whisk is not suited for mashing potatoes and creaming root vegetables.
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For kitchens that have space limitations or for cooks who enjoy convenience, a hand blender is a remarkably flexible tool that can be used in a wide variety of situations. Whether it's whirling up a single cup of cream or making the perfect smoothie, a hand blender is up to the task.
The two primary considerations are dependent on your intended usage: power and speed. You will need more power and speed options for tasks such as grinding and chopping. The best models will have a longer arm to facilitate deeper immersion and a wide array of attachments. Having a cordless hand blender costs a little more, but you will appreciate the freedom that it offers.
During our evaluations, we discovered a number of exceptional models. If you are ready to buy, you won't find a better selection. If you'd like more information, however, continue reading for a deeper understanding of all this remarkable appliance can do.
The first commercial hand blenders were hampered by a limited number of blade designs and accessories.
Modern hand blenders arrive with several different blending or whipping blades, plus attachments for chopping, grating, blending, and other tasks.
Here’s what else to look for.
Hand blenders start as low as 100 watts, while higher-end models reach 800 watts or more.
If you will be doing a lot of chopping, look for a hand blender with a lot of power.
Tasks that need less energy, like making a simple smoothie, don’t require a turbo-charged engine.
Hand blenders range from two-speed models (high and low) to models with 15 variable speeds.
If you will be using your hand blender to whisk, look for one with more than two basic speeds. That way, you can start at a high speed and gradually lower the speed to avoid overbeating.
The KitchenAid 5-Speed’s 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 can be stowed away in the custom storage case.
A hand blender’s arm can range from six inches to well over 20 inches in length.
This is an important factor as you need to immerse a hand blender into food to blend, whip, or stir. A longer arm gives more control.
Hand blenders come either with a cord or cordless.
Cordless blenders are more portable and are rechargeable via a base that plugs into the wall.
Cordless units are also more expensive than their corded counterparts.
Available in several attractive metallic and pastel shades, the Conair Cuisinart Smart Stick is a smart and portable choice for any kitchen or wet bar. The cord is a little shorter than that of some competitors, and the appliance doesn’t come with a lot of extras. But then again, the Cuisinart isn’t like a lot of 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.
Nearly all hand blenders come with a work bowl.
Inexpensive hand blenders come with beaker-style bowls in which you can immerse your blender to mix ingredients. More expensive hand blenders come with work bowls that resemble food processors. The hand blender fits into the top of the bowl to chop, cut, mix, or blend the bowl’s ingredients.
Manufacturers usually sell bowls separately, too, if you need a replacement.
Hand blenders usually come with a wand, a whisk, and a work bowl.
But higher-end blenders often include additional blades, a chopper, slicer, and a grinder.
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The Hamilton Beach 2-Speed 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. Its 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.
The most important thing in caring for your hand blender is keeping it clean. All you need is some standard dish soap, a sponge or cloth, a bowl filled with hot water, cotton swabs, and vinegar.
Start by unplugging your appliance and removing any attachments.
Wipe down your attachments using the cloth or sponge with soap and hot water. Some of the blade attachments can be cleaned in the dishwasher.
To remove stuck-on food from an attachment, fill a bowl with hot water, dish soap, and/or vinegar. Run the blender in the bowl for no more than 30 seconds to break loose any food.
To clean the handle, carefully wipe it down with a damp sponge and soap or vinegar. Do not let water get inside the housing of the unit.
If food is stuck around the controller buttons, use a cotton swab to remove it.
Don’t use your hand blender to make small quantities of food. Ideally, the appliance should be fully submerged in the mixing bowl.
For salsa and pesto, use a hand blender; it is better than a food processor because the ingredients do not stick to the side of the bowl.
Don't be swayed by extra accessories to chop, whisk, etc. If you only plan to use your hand blender to puree hot ingredients into soup, a basic model is all you need.
Versatile Speed Control
The Breville Control Grip arrives with a chopping bowl, blending jug, whisk attachment, and 15 variable speeds. However, it does not include additional blades. One advantage the Breville hand blender wields over more basic models 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.
There are plenty of units at this low-end price point.
Hand blenders in this bargain range mostly have two speeds and a limited number of attachments.
Moving up in price, you’ll find hand blenders with multiple attachments and more power, including some with as much as 850 watts of power.
You’ll also find blenders with variable speeds.
At the highest end, you will find models that can crush ice, have variable speed controls, and include extra features like rubber grips to avoid losing control of the blender.
Q. Can a hand blender replace my stand mixer?
A. No. Each appliance has its strengths, with a hand blender excelling at quick tasks such as whisking eggs for an omelette or making a smoothie. A hand blender also does not have the variety of attachments that a stand mixer does.
Q. What is the difference between a hand blender and a hand mixer?
A. A hand mixer is a portable mixer that has two beaters and is used for combining ingredients. A hand blender has a blade, which chops, liquefies, and blends ingredients.
Q. Do hand blenders come in different materials? How about multiple colors?
A. Higher-end hand blenders are made of stainless steel or forged aluminium. More inexpensive hand blenders are made of BPA-free plastic. You can easily find a hand blender in a color that matches your kitchen’s decor.
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