Best hand blenders to buy – 2019 update !

Last updated Feb 8, 2019 at 5:11PM | Published on Nov 13, 2018

The most awarded hand blender brands and models

 

It would be more fair to say that the research also really led us to our top 10 hand blender brands. KitchenAid, Cuisinart, Braun, Breville, Bamix, Waring, Kenwood, Russell Hobbs, Dualit, and Morphy Richards. In the U.S. specifically… add Hamilton Beach, Oxa, and Oster and Chefman

Our newest favourite U.S. brand is N.Y. based Dash ! In the UK specifically…add in VonShef, Sage because it’s Breville + Heston,  and our newest U.K based brand we like is Andrew James.

We really got a feeling for these amazing little kitchen appliances, and the thought that the manufacturer has put into developing each one. How they fit in their own product lines. Some brands are only dedicated to hand blenders, some only to kitchen appliances, and some have a varied household appliance set of product lines.

We keep updating information for you as we live and breathe this subject every day. We also assessed how the information was communicated on the internet, so our own opinions on this are embedded into this list too!

This is definitely a global top 10 list. If a winning hand blender was not as easily available in the UK ( e.g. Breville from Australia, Cuisinart from the U.S.) we have also investigated and provided a best ( or better!) alternative for you so you also have a top 10 hand blenders in 2019 within this set.

How did we reach our top 10 list?

 

First of all we reviewed the reviewers ! We researched every article we could find online from the last three years, over and over and over. We have looked in depth at those with the most accolades, mentions, or awards in 2018 in particular.

We wrote our own detailed buying guide and made sure we checked all the award winner against these criteria too.

We talked to everyone we could about hand blenders and used our own hands on experience with several models… experiences from users from cook to chef, shops that sell hand blenders, and brands own support desks online and sales desks by phone, etc..

We looked at all the customer forums, reviews and post-sale customer comments we could find. We interacted with users online, and talked directly with manufacturers to get down to the nitty gritty details. We read the press articles on the most loved models and brands.

It took months to digest and decipher the facts, then the story started to form… and it continues as we update all the time.

So, in no particular order…

1. KitchenAid Artisan cordless hand blender

kitchenaid 5 speed hand blender set

The KitchenAid Artisan cordless ( 12v battery operated) hand blender

KitchenAid blenders got 5 awards online in 2017 … three for this cordless model. This cordless blender is the first one we want to tell you about because it’s both pro- grade, and also a very desirable kitchen (or even travel) accessory! Cuisinart is probably the closest competitor to this,  but it’s not a brand that you see a lot in the UK.

It is part of their Professional grade series (Pro Line) and usually comes in a neat plastic case to put everything away together.  It has a 12V rechargeable lithium-Ion battery and charger, five speeds DC motor with an LED indicator, two shafts / arms (20 and 33cm) and five accessories. Three interchangeable bell ends (with guards) to chop, puree, and froth. A removable pan guard, a 1L jug, and a Chopper bowl with non-slip base.It has the same functions as the electric 5 series – both have a maximum speed of 11,000rpm .

PROS :

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The luxury of having a second ‘extra long’ shaft

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The LED light to show your speeds

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A cool little hook at the back of the body handle to hang it up

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…most of all … No annoying lead !

CONS :

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Heavier due to the battery, and maybe also heavy in the pricing!

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You get pretty much all the same functions in the equivalent 5 speed electric model but its going up toward twice the price to have the sleek stick and no cord.

2. Breville BSB 10XL

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Breville BSB 10XL

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Breville is the parent company of ‘Sage by Heston Blumenthal’ brand in the UK

The Control Grip All in one Hand Blender by Sage, is essentially the same as the BSB 10XL, and, coincidentally is one of our top 3 picks as the best foodie hand blender set 2018.  We lovingly prefer to call it a ‘hand held food processor’.  (see the in depth review here.)

Awarded four times online probably because its built with high quality material leading to great durability. Both the blending shaft and the ice-crushing blades are made of stainless steel. The motor is a powerful 280watt motor (yes thats correct, its not a UK model – the UK model by SAGE is 700Watts), and it has no less than 15 speeds! It has a nice pistol-type hand grip quite like those on commercial grade blenders, and a trigger variable speed control that makes it very comfortable and easy to use.

The shaft is a standard 8 inch ( just over 20cm) length with stainless steel blender foot, a wire whisk attachment, a 42oz / 1.25litre mixing jug, and chopper attachment (0.75L) with lid. and. It also promotes its own unique anti-suction technology and bell shaped chopper end, resulting in less liquid spilling out of your bowl.

PROS :

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The extra long 6 ft power cord ( i.e. about 180cm)

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The brilliant price for all this high quality and functionality

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The Control Grip All in One Hand Blender by ‘SAGE by Heston Blumenthal ‘ is our better alternative… made for the UK market.

CONS :

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not a lot to be honest! Except it looks like its’ hard to find it to buy in the UK!  If you are a fan of Breville you can get a nice 3 in 1 Breville branded Hand blender set  more easily in the UK. It’s quite inexpensive and a nice unusual all black design. A 3 in 1 is a good starter set with stick blender, jug ( 500ml here) and chopper bowl. It has stainless steel blades, power is 500 watts and it has two speed settings.

UPDATE: Turns out that the Breville company actually owns the company called Sage by Heston Blumenthal. So that means that in the UK, the Sage Control Grip All in One Processor is actually the same as the Breville BSB530XL All In One Processing Station in the U.S. ! Yay , so you can buy it in the UK – click below into Amazon UK to see.

In Australia, the equivalent model that you need to get is called the “BSB530BSS All in one Stick Mixer”. Click on the Australian Amazon link before to check it out and see that it’s the same machine!

3. Dualit Professional, DHB2 hand blender

dualit handblender

Dualit Professional 88910 (DHB2)

The Dualit Professional, DHB2 is a unique looking blender that won a record 5 times in 2017 Internet awards.  A great value immersion blender with lots of accessories…  a chopping bowl pot (0.6L) with feeding tube lid, measuring jug (1Litre) with non-drip spout, whisk accessory and the stem blender itself is designed with a nice control grip. It has a 700W motor (in the UK version) with two speed settings of 7000-16000rpm, and turbo up to 18000rpm. By the way Dualit started in Germany in 1945 and they call the shaft / leg / arm thingy a ‘wand’.

It is quite unusual in design and has a 6 prong blade and patented anti suction vortex technology to avoid any pan scratching, and very distinctive polished silver / chrome look. Its parts are repairable and replaceable and are BPA free and dishwasher safe. It comes with extra motors for the whisk and chopper attachments, and these motors can’t go in the dishwasher of course. The chopper bowl has a nice feature of a feed tube also. All in all they have tried to think of every great feature you would wish for in this all in one set.

PROS :

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the ergonomic design that allows it to sit nicely on the puffy part of your hand between thumb and first finger… like an extension of your hand while blending.

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Nice if you are left or right handed !

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The non-slip feet on the chopping bowl.

CONS :

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The chrome finish is actually a high-end plastic that mimics the look of chrome, and it can mark and tarnish a bit too easily.

4. Kitchenaid KHB2351 3 speed stick blender

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kitchenaid KHB2351 3 speed

KitchenAid make an electric 2 speed, 3 speed and 5 speed, a few professional /commercial models, plus the cordless 5 speed blender.

In the U.S.

The 3 speed seems to get awards in the U.S. but can be really tricky to find one to buy in the UK. The 3 speed is the one to get in the U.S. since its 2 speed model only has one fixed blade to do everything. The 3 speed also comes in many (16) colours. Its relatively light, with a soft grip handle and is aimed at providing a quality product for a relative bargain compared to the higher echelon models.

PROS :

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Built-in splash guard

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It doesn’t overheat

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Lovely and slim to hold, (and Paul’s favourite based on looks alone!)

CONS :

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Can be tricky to remove food

In the U.K.

The classic 2 speed in white, the 5 speed in red or black, and the cordless model seem to be the most popular on the UK side of the pond. The most basic UK model is the classic 2 speed model but it’s not always easy to find. It feels even better value than the U.S. 3 speed model. It’s a good, solid option, better than the US 2 speed version too,  as it comes with interchangeable blades. The more popular KitchenAid in UK and Europe seem to be the 5 speed version.

kitchenaid 5 speed hand blender

We also still feel the KitchenAid 5 speed hand blender is the best option for the pretty serious cook. It´s made of more heavy-duty metal than some if its competitors. The body comes in silver, black, red, or white, and attaches to a stainless steel a removable twist and lock blending arm. It usually comes with 3 blades and 2 arm lengths (20cm and 33cm). So, you can crush ice, chop meat, blend soups and use the long arm for big pots and deep jugs.

In the U.K., the 2571 model, just like its cordless equivalent, comes in a storage case with pan guard, blade protectors, whisk, chopper, and 1 L jug. These attachments are dishwasher safe for quick clean up. Just incase you get confused ( we’ve been there!) you will see that this is similar looking but more expensive than the 2531 model (which has no case, no chopper bowl). We always loved having the KitchenAid red accent colour in our own kitchen in the U.K., you can see the classic Empire red model here.)

5. Cuisinart CSB-75 Stick blender

a set of coloured hand blenders

Cuisinart CSB-75

The most popular model from the Cuisinart Smart Stick range. It won 5 times in 2017 Internet awards but here’s the thing…you will find many conflicting reports of this Smart Stick Immersion blender… saying it’s no longer made, its successor then being the model 76 with 17 colours! The letters after the model number relate to the colour of blender by the way. Personally, we think the many colour-ways are why this model seemed to be more popular than the upgraded sister product CSB-79, which, by the way is only available in brushed stainless steel.

We have now re-written this review so many times because there is sooo much inaccurate information on the internet!  So, we see our main job here is to simplify what’s available for you to buy!

It looks like the hand blenders model numbers used to be the CSB- 33BC, 44N, 55N, 75, 76, 77, 78, 80 although you will see remaining stock for sale. The new ones are 11 products in the U.S. the following model numbers (from lowest to highest price and spec.) CSB-33;  75 (75BC / 75R / 175 / 175R);   79 (179);  750H;  100;  300. Thanks Cuisinart… much simpler! They are all slightly different shapes and finish, and the CSB-75 has a lovely slender profile that reaches deep. The latest model of the CSB-75 is still the only one that comes with colour choices, but this time it’s just white, red, metallic red, brushed chrome, and my favourite … the pink blender. Beautiful. If you see a different colour then lucky you…we’ve seen a gorgeous metallic charcoal, raspberry red, and silver – perhaps these are still left from old stock! Finally, look out for a new 3 in 1 cordless model introduced in the UK – see our article on cordless hand blenders for the details.

Powered by a 200watt motor with two speed settings… low and high. Being an American brand, like KitchenAid, everything is described in cups and pounds (LBs). So here’s the low-down for everyone. It has a 2.5cup (0.6L) chopper with lid, a 3 cup (0.7L) beaker with lid, a handy washable storage bag, and a 5 ft power cord and weighs 2.2lb (1kg), and comes with a 16oz (0.5L) mixing / measuring jug.  We would advise checking carefully what you are getting when you buy one, since there have been so many variations and old models online. Whatever you get, I’m sure you will love it. It seems to have been Nigella’s favourite brand for a long time!

PROS :

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The colours

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Very light

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The 3 year warranty. (most other hand blenders come with 1 year).

CONS :

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The muddle of model names all over the internet… make sure you get the newest version.

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It has a lock/unlock feature which some people don’t like having to use.

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The longevity and overheating might be an issue but there are so many comments based on the old models so let´s give the latest model a chance!

6. Morphy Richards 402052 Total Control Hand Blender Pro Set

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Morphy Richards 402052 Total Control Hand Blender Pro Set

This is a really well priced all in one set. It comes with a Stainless steel blending leg, 2 gearboxes, whisk, chopping bowl, potato masher, and 750ml jug. Weighs in at 1.7Kg and has a 650Watt motor, with eight speeds. By all reports, it is just powerful enough, but at the price it makes a great job of being all things to all people. A trigger button allows the speed to build up gradually (thanks to its Smart Response Technology, and also makes the speed slow down slowly as you take your finger off the control button (..not sure if  we would prefer it to just stop straight away!) The attachments can be clicked on easily with a button at the back.

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It has some nice features like the nice heel rest at the back, and a soft-grip silicon handle.

CONS :

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It could be more powerful but for the price it’s great.

Check out the 300Watt CSB-76 model here in Australia !

7. Waring Quick Stix

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Waring Commercial Medium Duty Quick Stik Plus Blender

Online it looks like the Waring Immmersion blender got more awards than any other commercial grade hand blender. This is the big competitor to Bamix. Waring Commmercial is a US manufacturer with 75 years of experience. It’s a brand well known for introducing the first big blender in America. The Waring Big Stix range has several compatible shafts… the winner of most awards is the heavy duty model with the extra long 300mm shaft!

Being commercial, the heavy version can be a bit … heavy!  However, it can work on up to 40 Litre capacity and also has a continuous feature allowing you it to operate hands-free and non-stop! If you don’t need that much, they have another range (the Quik Stix), the best is the medium version with a 650W motor that also produces up to 18,000 rpms.

They both boast an all purpose stainless steel blade and shaft that does any task from light whipping to pureeing and emulsifying. The medium is 10” (254mm) with 650Watts power and a two speed control. The heavy duty is the 12” (300mm) shaft, 750W, and has a variable speed control up to 18,000rpm. It can handle up to 10 gallons so a pretty serious piece of kit! The shaft is easily removable and dishwasher safe. They have a rubberized ergonomic comfort handle and a and a second handle for safe and controlled operation. The completely sealed, easily removable handle is also dishwasher safe. For busy cooks or chefs it has a ‘continuous on’ feature so you can even do hands free blending, whilst you get on other kitchen tasks! They come with a 1 year warranty.

PROS :

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The additional handle and leave on feature to let it do the work for you.

CONS :

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The weight of the heavy duty model comes in at a hefty 21.3 lbs..about 9.5 kg!

8. Braun Multiquick 7 series hand blender MQ745

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Braun MultiQuick 7 Hand blender MQ 745 Aperitif

A very versatile brand…getting five different awards, but for different models… interesting. Does that mean they are all pretty good, and which one is the current star! This started a research project of its own, and on one online buying site alone, we found no less than 47 different Braun hand blender options!!!  So perhaps getting 5 awards spread across these was an even bigger achievement.  Well deserved Braun!  It now looks like they have tried to simplify the branding.  Every current model is now branded as multi-quick… and with a number for the series 9, 7,5,3, or 1 or a market driven name (e.g. the MultiQuick 5 Baby). Just remember, the higher the number on the model, the better the blender and more complicated and expensive the product.

For us, we couldn’t decide for a while between the Braun MultiQuick 9 hand blender MQ9087X and the Braun MultiQuick 7 hand blender MQ745. We decided on the 7 series because it is giving an extra special tool, with its 2 in 1 chopper blender jug, namely the ice crushing blade! The series 9 we love because it is almost a food processor, but we think this should be in a hybrid category between hand blenders and food processors, so we have separately reviewed this MQ9087X model in depth too! Here, we love that Braun have thought of ice crushing as its something we love to do for our Expresso Martini aperitif! So we love too that they call this model the MQ745 Aperitive.! It boasts a 750W motor and a smart speed technology that allows you to just squeeze the button for more power. It has 5 extra attachments: a 1.25L chopper / blender / ice crusher, a smaller 350ml chopper for herbs, onions etc. whisk accessory, and a 600ml beaker.

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Safety button, powerful fast chopper and whisk.

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Aoibheann has been using a Braun almost every day for the last few years winter months (our landlord kindly left one for us!)  and she loves the easy click detach system for the accessories.

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You get the advantage of having both a large chopper and a small one, so you do get to be able to chop large and small amounts really well. Something other models can’t boast.

CONS :

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Ok its looking at our 3rd Pro from another angle, because we still feel a little uneasy that you have to have a separate vessel to do the ice crushing. It starts to make the hand blender set quite big.

9. Kenwood HDP406 Triblade System Pro hand blender

Kenwood HDP406 hand blender set. Voted one of our best hand blenders to buy in 2018

Kenwood HDP406WH Triblade System Pro hand blender

This one gets our vote for the best all round home kitchen hand blender set. Its designed to be a simple and comfortable experience with five attachments. The price point is great and you get an awful lot for your money so you best get cooking! It’s made in the UK, and comes simply in white with some soft grip grey areas on the body part. It gets its power from an 800w motor and 8 speeds. The stainless steel blade is a patented tri-blade (all in one foot if you like!) that has 3 angled blades and six blending ribs. The idea is that all this complication disrupts the flow of the food, so you get a high performing hand blender with the one tri-blade. As well as a balloon whisk you might expect, it comes with some extra specialist shafts,  an XL soup blender and even a potato / vegetable masher attachment. It also comes with a 0.75L jug and a 0.5L chopper bowl. Both have measurement markings on the side. By all accounts this set seems to be very versatile, powerful, easy to clean and great value!

We have done an in depth review of the Kenwood HDP406 here. note it can be called the HDP406 or HDP406WH which we assume stands for ‘white’ version. It doesn’t exist in any other colours though! For a gorgeous cream or red metallic upgrade, in the UK have a look at the Triblade sister model, the KMix. (in Australia look here). Same functions but looks fabulous!

PROS :

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The cable is 125cm

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All the attachments pop off by squeezing two buttons at the bottom of the body.

CONS :

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We’re being picky here but the 750ml beaker has a lovely grippy base and lid but annoyingly no spout.

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It would be nice to have a loop at the top for hanging it up.

10. Russell Hobbs Food Collection Hand Blender 22241

The Russell Hobbs 22241white (WH22241) hand blender. One of our best hand blender buys for 2018

Russell Hobbs Food Collection Hand Blender 22241

Our final choice…. And our best back to basics blender. This is cheap & cheerful, but pretty stylish. It comes in a simple glossy white finish. It has a plastic leg / arm / shaft  and  a stainless steel blade. Powered with a 200watt motor, and two speeds. Weighs 1.7lb / 0.78Kg, and the power quality is reflected in the price. We think you’d pay the same for one great drink in a high end cocktail bar, but just think how many cocktails you could make yourself with this nifty little tool.   It does only one thing, and you can’t add more attachments, but what should we expect at that simple introductory price! We have done an in depth review of the Russell Hobbs 22241 here.

PROS :

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The price

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VERY popular on Amazon

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Up to 3 yr guarantee.

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Great for everyone to have in the kitchen drawer as a back-up, or the present drawer as a gift!

CONS :

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Not very powerful

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Some people don’t like that you have to keep your finger on the button to keep it on.

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Looking at all the reviews, the sales blurb can also say it comes with a 0.5L jug included… but the jug doesn’t always seem to be arrive !

11. Bamix – the Gastro and the SwissLine ranges equally.

Bamix gastro white hand blender featuring wall holder and all four Bamix blades

Gastro 350, Gastro 200

Maybe we’re biased but whilst we didn’t see any awards up to 2018, we couldn’t ignore the many comments all over the internet between chefs and semi-pros on the reliability factor, saying it is fairly priced, and would likely outlive most other hand blenders. Now, since we have listed and loved this brand, it seems to be getting more press on other review sites too.

Gordon Ramsey has used Bamix for over 15 years and says he wouldn’t change!  Jamie Oliver has just joined the fan list too. Did you know also that this is the company that actually invented the immersion blender back in the 1950s. They seem to be in a league of their own, and Paul got the message loud and clear, and Aoibheann got her wish and got the Swissline for her birthday HIP HIP HURRAH!)

The Bamix hand blenders are totally Swiss made, and have a simple professional steely look. In fact we wrote about the whole Bamix product range recently, to explain why we love it so much!

We have voted this as our Best Commercial Blender on our hand blenders main page.  We can’t help choosing the Bamix gastro range as the purist’s choice and have written a great in-depth review of the Bamix gastro 350 separately. However for a more complete set for the serious cook or chef at home, for around the same price, we also chose the Bamix SwissLine 200Watts (M200) model.  We love it so much we bought one ourselves, and have devoted a separate blog to it, just click on the previous red Bamix Swissline text. We choose 200W minimum for the Bamix, but this 200W is not comparable with other brands. Its not about the watts when it comes to a Bamix. The quality of the powerful 200W precision balanced motor keeps a constant, precise speed under heavy loads. It also reduces vibration to ensure quiet operation and optimum power at all times, so this also make its extremely energy efficient!

It appears to be very light at 2.4lbs, and simply comes with 2 speeds and 3 stainless steel blades that are easy to change: the chopper, aerator, and blender all do their work efficiently in seconds!The body housing made of PA6 safety rated nylon is odor resistant, grease repellent and and fully sealed. The 11.4inch shaft is made of chromated brass which makes it strong, durable and heat resistant. The shaft does not detach from the body but it’s easy to clean under running water. It has every accessory or attachment you need to turn it into the world’s smallest most powerful hand held food processor. See our separate blog article with details on all the attachments.

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The extra long shaft on the gastro range. All Bamix body housings are fully sealed so are high heat resistant and can be totally immersed even in boiling liquids. This makes the submersible length a whopping 15.4 inches!

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The small size and light weight in general, and the sheer power in your hands.

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Love the curly cable.

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The user manual doesn’t say a lot ( in many languages!) . To be fair there isn’t a lot to say, its so neat, simple and intuitive to use.

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It’s so powerful that you need to start with a good habit of unplugging BEFORE you take the blades on and off !

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