Keeping you up to date with everything you need to know about hand blenders (U.K. and U.S.)
(last updated 2 January 2019)
It can beat, mix, purée, chop, whisk, mash, and more !
Known as the swiss knife of the kitchen, it can do almost anything. There are so many reasons to have one of these. Most people use it to make soups, purées, sauces, salsas, dips, healthy baby food, and smoothies.
The more powerful stick blenders can crush ice and purée fibrous fruit and vegetables, or fish an meat. Some can even julienne vegetables, cut french fries or knead dough! The thicker or harder the mix, the more power that you need.
A stick blender is so convenient, and portable. With a stick blender, you can move around the kitchen and stick it into pots, jars and jugs … there are even cordless versions to take out of the kitchen altogether !
Compare that to the larger counter-top blender which you have to put the food into a stationary, fixed capacity container instead. The hand blender takes up less space, is much easier to clean, and you’ll find once you have one, you tend to use it more than any other kitchen gadget !
Click the picture below to see one in use, or discover everything it can possibly do for you on our how to use a hand blender post .
Which hand blender you should buy to meet your needs ?
~ Braun, Bamix, Breville, KitchenAid, Kenwood, Hamilton Beach, Cuisinart, Smeg, Dualit, Dasha ~
You’ll see some of the same names come up again and again in the world’s most awarded blenders over the last few years. Some are provided globally, others are country, or region specific.
Do you need your hand blender for a specific purpose!
Do you need it for crushing ice, mashing potatoes, blending baby food, or just for soup ? Maybe it’s simply something beautiful or vintage you are looking for ! Or does it have to be quiet, and not scratch your pans… or easy to hold and operate for arthritic hands ? We have just the one for you !
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Our 3 favourite hand blender choices
These 3 have been chosen to generally cover from the basic or starter model, to the mid range home cook model, up to the wanna-be chef model. ( Our top 10 most awarded hand blenders also gives the best alternatives available in the U.S. )
Naturally, they also come with three very different price tags. You can spend from under £20 for a basic stick blender to well over £200 for a real prosumer multi-purpose set. Check out how much you should spend, and other frequently asked questions here?
Our images show all white machines and actually the Russell Hobbs 22241 and the Kenwood HDP406Wh only come in white. Bamix however offer all the most popular kitchen accent colours such as red, lime green, silver and many many more !
basic hand blender
A fabulous first kitchen gadget to buy for someone that wants to start cooking (especially for simple soups, dips or smoothie making).
It’s chunky, and comes in a simple glossy white finish. It has a plastic body and shaft, with a stainless steel blade. It’s powered by a 200watt motor, and has two speeds. A cheap & cheerful, simple hand blender.
The best back-to-basics blender that just does what it says… hand blends… food (not your hand !)
In USA... equivalent product is by Hamilton Beach...
In Australia... the most basic blender available on Amazon AU is...
home hand blender
Masha 2+, a.k.a. Masha 3 in 1
The Masha by Dasha is a real winner when it comes to smoothness & speed for potato mashing and baby food blending.
A masher, mini food processor, egg beater and whisker. The parts are also BPA free and dishwasher friendly. Extremely highly rated by users. The only thing it doesn't seem to di is grind hard stuff !
It's lightweight too, making it perfect for seniors or arthritic hands.
It's a New York brand... so check it out below in the U.S. too
In Australia it´s called the Masha Rotor Cone Vegetable Masher
pro hand blender
Gordon Ramsey & Jamie Oliver are both big fans of this commercial hand blender. Chefs talk about its reliability a lot (they call it an immersion blender) !
It's small, power packed, fairly priced, and would likely outlive most other hand blenders.
The Bamix gastro 350 is the top of the range in one purist respect, but we love all models (preferably 160Watts upward). The SwissLine makes the most fabulous hand blender gift set. That's a big shout out!
In USA... look at the Bamix Gastro 200
In Australia... it´s called the Bamix SwissLine Cassette 200W White
What do you get when you buy a hand blender ?
When you buy a basic hand blender, you might also get a jug to measure and blend in. Next upgrade tends to be to a 3 in 1 set where they add a whisk ( now you have a hand mixer for whipping and whisking eggs, and maybe batter preparation for baking tasks) or chopper / grinder bowl ( now you have a device for nuts, herbs, spices grinding! )
After that, you can add more accessories to mash (like the Kenwood, Morphy Richards, and Braun Multiquick 5 series) ,or crush ice as with the Braun MQ 7 series (see it in our most awarded blenders post). It is more unusual to have a hand blender start with a speciality but it does exist. The Dasha Masha above really specialises in Baby food puréing and perfect potato mashing, and the Kenwood Triblade with ice crushing function exists in the U.S to do blending and powerful ice crushing only.
After that, the hand blenders mostly tend to get better in style, durability, power and speed. For example, the Kenwood HPD406 is already at the top of its own range, so to upgrade it we would go to the Triblade HDX754CR model from the more recently introduced kMix range, which is higher grade and more stylish. You can see a picture of the cream version here on our “we like” blog. We think it’s rather like a KitchenAid in style, with its beautifully presented pieces all one one stand. We also think it’s great value right now on Amazon. You can check the price comparison on the quick search window when you get to the bottom of this page.
Then there is one last stage to turn your hand blender into the ultimate all in one hand held food processing station… read on!
Want to UPGRADE to the best 3 hand held food processors ?
A few stick blenders go even further, by adding more accessories that take them into the food processing world. The attachments are usually another container ( larger than the chopper bowl, and more like a food processing bowl), and an abundance of chopping blades and disks. So, if you don’t have a food processor already, and don’t want to do slicing, grating and perhaps heavier batter mixing by hand, you will need one of these mini food processors too !
Your little blender has now basically become the all encompassing, all-in-one, hand-held kitchen appliance!
Heston Blumenthal is behind the making of this wonderful foodie focussed all-in-one set. It´s not just about the upgrade in functions here, Sage likes to take each tool a little further. So a lot of thought has gone into how the tools will help you produce not just great food, but interesting, chef-quality food.
In USA... The Breville BSB530XL the All In One Processing Station is the same (Breville owns Sage!)
In Australia... it´s called The All in One Stick Mixer
Our choice for the home cook goes deservedly to Braun. Their MultiQuick series provides everything from the basic stick blender in series 1, to the full bells and whistles one with the MultiQuick 9.
We added an extra (£) because we would like to add one more accessory to the standard MQ9087X set to make it the ultimate package.
In USA... The complete set is available as the Braun MQ9097
In Australia...the Braun MultiQuick 7, Hand Blender & Food Processor, MQ 777 is the choice - it does not look like it has an ice crusher addition however.
The Bamix SwissLine would upgrade to Bamix Superbox which is essentially the SwissLine plusaccessories (a food processor and a few extras) to give you the complete Bamix set. The ultimate hand held food processor. Lightweight, compact, powerful, and lasts a lifetime!
In USA... a brilliant set with everything except the SliceSy.
In Australia...the Bamix Superbox is not available. But you can buy the SliceSy separately, and add that to the Swissline.
Buying a hand blender
How we did our hand blender tests and reviews.
We have been using a basic stick blender since university days, and then a mid range multi-tasking 3 in 1 set in our every day married lives for years, and now we have invested in the semi pro version.We find it helps us eat healthy food more easily, reduce wastage as we use up leftovers to knock up a soup, dip or smoothie in a jiffy.
We’re testing it out all the time, and keep this blog updated as we go. You’ll find it gets the creative juices flowing because it’s so easy to try new recipes out in small quantities. Follow us on Instagram to see what we do on the fly or check out some of our recipe posts.
On top of our own experience at home, on training courses, and in our restaurant and bar, we have researched every detail online and check them out in every shop we see ( is that sad or bad!).
Over several months, we studied in great detail all the hand blender tests and blender reviews (UK and world-wide), and the customer comments on user forums, and the top award winning hand blenders of 2017 and 2016 as well as new ones introduced in 2018. We have detailed the top 10 most awarded hand blender brands and models here. We continue to keep updated with any news and try to fix errors we see on buying sites and even manufacturer’s own sites!
All the research inspired us to use our own stick blenders even more, and we have to admit we are now so smitten with this magic wand that we’ve passed our basic one to a teenager, and have bought the top commercial grade model to go with our new simplified lifestyle.
Customer feedback is also one of the things we valued most with the hotel and restaurant. Being no. 1 tripadvisor for 8 years we know how to read well between the lines! So we have trawled through 1000’s of online reviews and chats about people’s personal experiences with these submersible blenders. From this we also realised the most frequently asked questions, and put our answers here… Just to be thorough, for you.
It’s Aoibheann’s favourite kitchen toy, and she’s become a hand blender geek! We continue to talk to cooks and chefs about what they are using, so please get in touch on [email protected] and let us know your experiences too!
What are the most popular hand blender brands ?
The most well known brands have been developing lots of models over the decades so there are a lot around. More recently the various styles, features and packaging of attachments & accessories has made it a really daunting task to find the best value hand held blender that suits your own specific needs.
The U.S. has several popular brands like Hamilton Beach, Cuisinart, All Clad, Epica etc. Outside the U.S. you will find our best known Kitchen specialists such as Kenwood, Russell Hobbs, KitchenAid, Dualit, Smeg, and Breville. Breville by the way is most popular in Australia, but is represented by the brand Sage by Heston Blumenthal, in the UK.
General electrical specialists who also produce great ranges of hand blenders are the European names we know well… Braun, Bosch, Morphy Richards, and Philipps.
There are of course many many other lesser known names that come and go. We found some interesting U.K. brands new to us… like vonShef, and we will be checking these guys out more! Some brands take a break from this product line every now and then, and some re-badge for a while with chefs & celebrities, or even shop names.
We found our highest quality blender ‘Bamix’ was a niche immersion blender specialist which straddles both the cook and chef world! This company, the original inventor of the ‘immersion’ blender deservedly has a separate guide for you on the Bamix product range explained !
Which hand blender is the best one for you ?
Most importantly it must feel good to hold , not too heavy or awkward to use.
Know what you want to do with it because you may not need to pay for all the multi-tasking it does!
Some things will push price up. Usually power, durability, the material ( e.g.metal hand blenders), ergonomics, design, colours, and extra attachments that allow you to whisk, beat, chop, mash, mince, slice, grate. The expensive ones, and all their accessories, should last longer, and work better ( no plastic bits cracking, not horrendously noisy, doesn’t splash food everywhere, and the motor shouldn’t overheat easily!).
Don’t be fooled by power wattage. Some hand blender reviews state that you need over 500W to be great. The top pro hand blender models can be more powerful than those at just only 160Watts. It all comes down to design and efficiency of the motor. Also it’s the revolutions per minute that count and you really only need two speeds, a fast one for tougher tasks, and a slow one for lighter foods.
That should get you started. For more complete detail, have a look at our 7 point checklist in our in depth guide here.
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Winning hand blender brands & models ( from 2016, 2017, and 2018 UK and world-wide hand blender tests, reviews, and to meet specific needs ).
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A glass of green foodie goodness in a breakfast smoothie. Bulk it up and make it a breakfast bowl.
An easy, healthy and filling soup recipe. More importantly you get all your goodness in a bowl, or take it to go in a flask. Lunch… sorted!
Simple and fresh. Use a hand blender to whizz this up.
A healthy light lunch, side salad or snack based on corn and feta, nuts, fruits and a kick of chilli.
Roasted pumpkin, hand blended with chickpeas & chorizo to make a delicious Autumn bowl.
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As a gift, a hand blender is perfect for university students, ( don’t worry, it’s a cinch to clean !) a wedding gift, for having a new baby or new home, or even new kitchen. Why not just give a gift to the keen cooks that love to feed you !
This handy little gadget is such fun to use, like an extension of your hand, and who knew it could be so good for a healthy lifestyle too. Check out some of our soups, smoothies and dips recipes, and follow us on our social media accounts to see what else we do with it!
Paul and Aoibheann