A high-end immersion blender with a 400W motor—our cooking expert's top pick.
Comes with a variety of convenient attachments including a whisk and chopper container. Smart-Speed technology allows for speed to be controlled via pressure on the device's power button. Blender has a grippy ergonomic handle and a safety lock. Blends foods well.
Containers included are made of plastic that some users found flimsy.
A more affordable blender option powered by a 350W motor; earns our expert's approval.
Less expensive immersion blender. Has 2 speeds. Features the same high-quality design and construction. The blender comes with various attachments that are easy to assemble and remove with a simple click. Splatter protection design keeps messes at bay.
Some users felt the buttons were a bit hard to press comfortably.
This affordable pick has several attachments that earn it our expert's praise.
Powerful 350W motor. Features a super ergonomic design with a textured handle. One-click attachments are easy to swap out. Everything is compact and easy to store. Clean up is a breeze. Users also love that the blender is lightweight.
Some users found the whisk attachment a bit flimsy.
A countertop option for those that prefer to blend in an easy-pour jar.
2 speeds and a pulse setting to blend or whip up a delicious smoothie. Preset mode for crushing ice, a convenient setting for making drinks for guests. Comes with a travel smoothie cup. Built-in cord storage. Sturdy enough for daily use.
Buttons are sensitive, and plastic casing is not as high-end as other blender models.
Comes with a variety of accessories, earning it our expert's approval.
Comes with every attachment you need, from a mini chopper to a whisk, and more. The blade is tough enough to crush through ice, too. A great multi-tasking tool for the kitchen that features a splash guard design and pressure controlled speed. ACTIVEBlade technology ensures food blends incredibly smoothly.
Storage is a little tricky since the accessories don't fit into one another.
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The blender is a basic yet vitally important kitchen accessory, essential for creating dips, sauces, batter, creams, and a variety of desserts and beverages. Every functioning kitchen can use both a hand blender and countertop blender. Braun, a German consumer products company founded in 1921, has grown to become a trusted name in engineering and design. While the company may be most noted for its line of shaving and grooming products, it offers an impressive line of blenders, as well.
Braun has sought to set its blenders apart from the competition by implementing patented technology and efficient engineering. The blenders from Braun are somewhat pricier than those from many other companies, but the high cost is made up in Braun’s design and innovation. If you’re considering a Braun blender for your kitchen or as a gift for someone, our guide details how these blenders work and what they offer.
Braun makes both hand blenders and countertop blenders.
Hand blender: Also known as an immersion blender, this simple handheld device is ideal when you need to blend, puree, mix, mash, or whisk. Braun hand blenders support between 350 and 700 watts; some come with a variety of attachments that easily connect and disconnect from the handle. Immersion blenders are easy to store and wash.
Countertop: As the name suggests, these items take up some space on a countertop. They feature large bases and have a more powerful motor than hand blenders. Braun’s countertop blenders reach up to 1,000 watts. They are ideal for making smoothies and other beverages.
Some blenders come with convenient accessories to make your cooking and kitchen experiments run more smoothly, such as beaker to store your mix, a spatula to clean the bowl, or a travel mug to take your beverage on the road. More elaborate and expensive sets may include a small food processor. While these are useful items, they may already exist in your kitchen, and you will need to determine whether extras are worthy or redundant.
Every Braun immersion blender comes with a primary attachment: the blade itself, surrounded by a protective bell to suck in food and prevent splashing. Many Braun hand blenders also come with a whisk that can be attached in its place. A whisk is a particularly useful tool to have on hand, especially for making desserts. A masher is useful for potatoes. Comprehensive Braun collections may include chopper cups, which are essentially small food processors powered by the immersion blender motor. All of these attachments can also be purchased separately, should the need arise.
Don’t place a stick blender blade side down between blends. The blade can pick up bacteria, pet hair, and old food, and you don’t want that in your final product.
Hand blenders with Braun’s ActiveBlade technology produce improved, smooth results with less effort. The shaft moves up and down slightly, which covers more area than traditional, static shafts.
Another intuitive piece of patented Braun technology is known as Smart Speed, which allows users to apply more or less pressure to the hand blender in order to increase or decrease the speed. This is an added layer of convenience; most blenders feature buttons that indicate various speeds, if they have options at all. Instead of taking time to press the buttons, simply squeeze your hand.
As the name suggests, this patented technology by Braun is intended to prevent the splashback and mess that can sometimes occur when you’re blending. Braun limits splashback with the contoured and arched design of the bell around the blade. Braun refers to this as a “floral” design, and that, paired with the careful and angled position of the blades, greatly decreases splash potential. This technology also reduces suction and is supplemented by better handling and an ergonomic grip, all of which help decrease splash.
An extra blade on a Braun immersion blender gives user more slices per rotation and thus smoother and faster results. Blending is made fast, effective, and easy.
Stainless steel mixing bowls: Monka Mixing Bowls
Immersion blenders need to proper container to be used effectively. This stainless steel set of mixing bowls from Monka is durable, stylish, and perfect for hand blenders.
Spatula: di Oro Living Silicone Spatula Set
Spatulas are essential kitchen utensils, as they prevent you from wasting food unnecessarily. They are especially handy when scraping the sides of blenders or mixing bowls. We love this set of three non-stick spatulas with a high heat tolerance.
Travel mug: Thermos Stainless Travel Mug
For juices and other blended beverages, it’s best to have a mug on hand to take with you. Even if your new blender comes with one, it’s worth getting more, including this travel mug by Thermos.
Kitchen apron: Aunt Martha’s White Cotton Apron
Whenever you’re cooking or baking, there is always a chance for a bit of a mess, even when being careful blending. Grab this comfy and practical apron to keep your clothes clean.
For under $50, you’ll find a Braun immersion blender with perhaps lower power, lower wattage, only one or two attachments, and few, if any, accessories.
Spending between $50 and $100 will earn you either an immersion blender from Braun with a variety of attachments and accessories or a high-powered countertop blender.
Braun offers immersion blender sets at over $100. These will include higher-power blenders and several attachments and accessories, including a small food processor. Some countertop blenders may also be available with extra travel mugs included.
A. Several parts of the blenders are dishwasher safe. In a hand blender, the end with the cord and motor is not safe for the dishwasher and should be gently washed by hand while unplugged and without getting too wet. The jug of a countertop blender can go into the dishwasher; the blade can as well, but it may lose its sharpness over time.
A. For most effective and efficient results, always keep the immersion blenders moving. However, avoid moving it so fast that you create splashes and don’t properly blend your food. Make sure you’re using a bowl or beaker that has high walls. Rotate the hand blender while moving it up and down as well.
A. Braun blenders all come with a smoothie function, which will effectively blend beverages. Some also include an ice-crushing option that will turn ice cubes into shards. Another option is the chop function, which is useful for food prep.