Top 15 of best hand blenders to buy now (2020)
which also showcase 10 most awarded hand blender brands !
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NEWS June 2020
We’re always on the look out for bargains, and this is the best one yet ! If you are one of our first readers to click through the button below and see this today and grab it, please do let us know how it goes ! Good luck.
5 categories, 3 winners in each
- Breville / Sage All in One
- Bamix Superbox sets (incl. Bamix Baking, BBQ, Jamie Oliver sets)
- Braun MQ 9097 , ( or 9087x outside N.America )
- KitchenAid Cordless
- Waring Quik Stix
- Bamix 200 watt and above ( incl. Bamix Gastro, Swissline, Colorline)
Our own conclusion: which one(s) we bought ?
Best entry level : Russell Hobbs Food Collection Hand Blender 22241
Russell Hobbs Food Collection Hand Blender 22241
Our final choice…. And our best back to basics blender winner in 2018. This is cheap & cheerful, but pretty stylish. It comes in a simple glossy white finish. The Russell Hobbs 22241 (on Amazon) has a plastic leg / arm / shaft and a stainless steel blade. Powered with a 200 watt motor, and two speeds. Weighs 1.7 lb / 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.
VERY popular on Amazon
Up to 3 yr guarantee.
Great for everyone to have in the kitchen drawer as a back-up, or the present drawer as a gift !
One stick easy to use and store for students, young mums making baby food, and seniors.
Not very powerful
Some people don’t like that you have to keep your finger on the button to keep it on.
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 !
Checkout the Russell Hobbs 22241 Customer Reviews in your country.
Best entry level : Kitchenaid KHB2351 3 speed stick blender
kitchenaid KHB2351 3 speed
KitchenAid make an electric 2 speed, 3 speed and 5 speed, the cordless 5 speed blender, and a high end range of professional commercial models.
NEWS JUNE 2020
As we say below, the 3 speed version is not easily available in the UK. However we’ve just made a discovery here in the UK – there is a 5 speed cream KitchenAid blender going at a ridiculously good price – please someone buy it and tell us ! If the 3 speed isn’t available – still click the links below and we will take you to this bargain . Good luck, and may the first person reading this get there and grab it !
This 3 speed one, on Amazon, seems to get its awards in the U.S. , and isn’t always as easy to get in the UK or Australia, so click through below and if it’s available – grab one! It comes in contour silver, onyx black, or white. 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. If isn’t available, then click through to the equally popular 2 speed version without the chopping bowl.
Built-in splash guard
It doesn’t overheat
Lovely and slim to hold, (and Paul’s favourite based on looks alone!)
Some users have said it can be tricky to remove food.
See Kitchenaid 3 Speed Customer Reviews on Amazon in your country.
The entry level KitchenAid models are not as easy to find in the U.K. and usually only in white or black, but it’s lovely to see this pale pink one here. (In the U.S. it comes in 18 colours!) Click on the picture above to check it out on Amazon.
The classic 2 speed model is a good, solid option with an 8″ blending arm with fixed blade, which just twists off for quick and easy cleanup. Size is 2.5 x 2.5 x 16″, so just a tad fatter and longer than the 3 speed one. It’s not the lightest choice at 1.78 kg and not a budget model. However you are paying for the quality and design, and possibly also for it being unusual to have outside the U.S. in other colours. Comes with a 700ml BPA free graduated blending jar (jug) and lid. Grab it in pretty pale pink while you can !
Best entry level : Cuisinart CSB-75 Stick blender
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 (on Amazon) 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!
The 3 year warranty. (most other hand blenders come with 1 year).
The muddle of model names all over the internet… make sure you get the newest version.
It has a lock/unlock feature which some people don’t like having to use.
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!
Not always easy to find, or even available. This is usually the case if they want to offer something better! For example, check out the 300Watt CSB-76 model in Australia !
See Cuisinart CSB 75 Customer Reviews on Amazon in your country.
Specialist hand blender winners
Specialist hand blender: Dash Masha 2x by Dash
Dash Masha 3 piece electric potato masher set
also known as
Masha rotor cone vegetable masher
See our in depth review here
It has two specialist blades, a masher and an aerator. The Masha Dash on Amazon, and covers the whole range of simple every day foods for the whole family – from purées, soups, sauces, baby food, cakes and desserts.
If you don’t find it available at the moment in the US , and potato ricing is what you really need it for, then this would be our best alternative recommendation, because the way it works means it doesn’t require the usual manual effort required for potato ricing.
all plastic parts which make it great for everyone from kids to seniors
all plastic parts which make it great for everyone from kids to seniors
fast – most people say it just takes seconds to make perfect mashed potatoes. The manufacturer says 10 seconds.
Some people say the food can get stuck in the holes, so be sure to wash it promptly
probably better for small quantities, hence best for baby food or food for a couple perhaps
It’s fast ! so be careful not to overwork the potatoes or they will become pasty
See Dash Masha Customer Reviews on Amazon in your country.
Specialist hand blender: Braun Multiquick 5 series MQ523
Braun MultiQuick 5 Hand blender MQ 523 Baby
ULTRA light (680g)
Easy click off blender leg ( with one hand !)
Great starter set for new parents. Easy ‘ready to go’ set with all the extras you need
Be aware that quite a few German buyers seem to get one with a UK plug, which, understandably, isn’t what a German user would prefer. This artificially lowers the overall review score in our opinion, so if it wasn’t for these reviews, then the actual machine once plugged in ok, would be a lot higher !
Specialist hand blender : Braun Multiquick 5 series MQ5064 FIT
Braun Multiquick 5 MQ5064 FIT, in black. The white version is called the MQ5060
In May 2019, Braun introduced a new model in the MQ 5 range. The MQ 5064 ( black), sometimes called SHAPE, and MQ 5060 (white) which is somtimes callled TWIST. There are different availabilities in each country so click through to see.
The idea is very 2019, to help us keep healthy, fit, in good shape ! I’ve been looking for a spirilizer attachment for ages, and there are a few out there ( Phillips do a hand blender spirilizer now too, I’m surprised Cuisinart haven’t as they put so many specialised models out) . But, I’ve been wanting one of my favourite top brands to make it and Braun have stepped up to the plate. What does it do? Makes noodles, spagetti, and thin ribbons out of vegetables like carrots, courgettes, cucumbers etc.
It also features the 1.25L ice crushing jug you see on the MQ 7 series blenders, AND and a new motor attachment with Spirilizing blades that work with this jug. So that gives you another option if you want this tall 1.25 Litre jug with the strong ice chopping blade for healthy smoothies too.
You can also get it in the U.S. and Canada, and might be a better alternative option than the MQ 757 if you’re on a budget !
The rarity and kudos ! Get ahead of everyone else with this one.
One of the few hand blenders available for easy healthy cooking and eating
This is quite a new product so you may not find it easily, so the stock can be held under another country’s name or another colour. So if the supplier that we link to here on Amazon runs out of stock, then whilst in Amazon, use the search bar to look for the white version MQ 5060. and also include the word for hand blender in other countries like Spain (BATIDORA) or Germany (Stabmixer) and hopefully you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find it in available in your own country Amazon store too ! It was just lurking behind the main search.
Which brand makes the best hand blenders ?
From the top 10 hand blenders in the UK in early 2018, this has now become a global top 15 hand blenders in 2019. It includes hand held food processors and not every winner is available in every country. So, if a winning hand blender was not as easily available in your area ( e.g. Breville is more common in Australia, Cuisinart in the U.S.) then we also investigated and provided a best (or even better) alternative for you so you also have your very own top hand held blender list to choose from too.
It would be remiss to not refer to the household names behind these magical little machines. All this research also really led us to our top 10 globally awarded hand blender brands. KitchenAid, Cuisinart, Braun, Breville, Bamix, Waring, Kenwood, Russell Hobbs, Dualit, and Morphy Richards.
Country specific brands.
There are many more of course, in the U.S. especially… so to our look out list for future awards, add Hamilton Beach, Oxa, and Oster and Chefman. In 2019, our newest favourite U.S. brand is N.Y. based Dash ! In the UK specifically…add in VonShef, Sage (because it’s Breville + Heston Blumenthal… what a combo !), and our newest U.K based brand we like is Andrew James.
Best mid-range : Kenwood HDP406 Triblade System Pro hand blender
Kenwood HDP406WH Triblade System Pro hand blender
Note it can be called the HDP406 or HDP406WH. The WH just stands for ‘white’ version. It doesn’t exist in any other colours though !
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! The HDP406 (on Amazon) is 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!
The cable is 125cm
All the attachments pop off by squeezing two buttons at the bottom of the body.
We’re being picky here but the 750ml beaker has a lovely grippy base and lid but annoyingly no spout.
It would be nice to have a loop at the top for hanging it up.
See Kenwood HDP406 Customer Reviews on Amazon in your country.
Best mid-range : Braun Multiquick 7 series hand blender MQ745
Braun MultiQuick 7 Hand blender MQ 745 Aperitif
It now looks like they have tried to simplify the branding with the MultiQuick ranges. Every current model is now branded as multi-quick… and with a number for the MQ series 9, 7, 5, 3, or 1 or a market driven name (e.g. the MultiQuick 5 Baby, MultiQuick 100 Curry). Just remember, in general, the higher the number on the model, the better the blender and more complicated and expensive the product.
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 Aperitif of Cocktail ! It boasts a 750W motor ( UK power, usually 400W in the USA) and a smart speed technology that allows you to just squeeze the button for more power. It has 5 extra attachments: a 1.25 Litre chopper / blender / ice crusher, a smaller 350ml chopper for herbs, onions etc. whisk accessory, and the 600ml beaker. All plastic attachments are BPA free.
We debated for a while which Braun was the one to win a place in this category – multiquick 5 or multiquick 7 series. The MQ5 is seriously popular particularly for its MQ 523 baby model, but this MQ 745 , on Amazon, model got our vote because of the extra special 2 in 1 chopper blender jug, with its ice crushing blade ! Braun still tend to confuse us though with their ranges and model numbers in different parts of the world.
If you want this ice crushing tool accessory, it’s called the MQ40, and some have said to us that it’s available also in the MQ9 series, but on further persistent questioning to senior customer support in the UK, they confirm it’s only compatible with the MultiQuick 3, MultiQuick5, MultiQuick 7 series” in the UK (thanks Tululah). In the U.S. online however, the online support just announced to us ( we took a screenshot this time just to convince ourselves – thanks Rafael) that it is now available as an accessory on the MQ 9 series in the U.S. That makes sense, as the U.S. region also offering it as part of a set – the MQ9097, a set which is not available in the U.K.
This has all led us to a very detailed research on the Braun MultiQuick range and we have just posted a new in depth review on the whole range, the best and the most popular models , and the latest hand blenders launched. Worth a read here !
So, to conclude, the MQ745 (on Amazon) is the model number in the UK and Ireland for this set, and you might get it in the US and Canada but it will be the European model.
If you want to find another set with the ice crusher in the U.S. and Canada, you can get it with the MQ757, so that is where we have taken you there on the Amazon button link below. The MQ 40 Ice crushing jug accessory also comes with the MQ 9045x or the MQ 545. If you want it in Australia, you can get it with the MQ3045.
Safety button, powerful fast chopper and whisk.
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.
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.
A nice weight at about 0.85kg
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.
Checkout the Braun Multiquick 7 Customer Reviews on Amazon in your country.
2019 Runners up (and 2018 winners)
Morphy Richards 402052 Total Control Hand Blender Pro Set
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. The Morphy Richards 203052 (click on the link to see it on Amazon) 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.
It has some nice features like the nice heel rest at the back, and a soft-grip silicon handle.
It could be more powerful but for the price it’s great.
A little old fashioned style -wise ( in our view only ).
Checkout the Morphy Richards 402052 Customer Reviews on Amazon in your country.
Best mid-range : Dualit Professional, DHB2 hand blender
Dualit Professional 88910 (DHB2)
The Dualit Professional DHB2 (see more info on Amazon) 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.
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.
Nice if you are left or right handed !
The non-slip feet on the chopping bowl
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.
See Dualit DHB2 Customer Reviews on Amazon in your country.
Hand blender sets that are essentially hand-held food processors !
All-in-one food processor : The Control Grip All in one Hand Blender, by Sage
same as the Breville BSB530XL All In One Processing Station
NOTE: Breville is the parent company of ‘Sage by Heston Blumenthal’ brand in the UK, so you will see this model by Sage in the UK and Europe, and by Breville in the U.S. and Canada.
The Control Grip All in one Hand Blender by Sage, is essentially the same as the BSB 530XL is the U.S. and the BSB530BSS in the Australia. It was one of our top 3 picks as the best foodie hand blender set 2018.
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 700Watts, and it has no less than 15 speeds! The Sage Control Grip (on Amazon) 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 extra long 6 ft power cord ( i.e. about 180cm)
The brilliant price for all this high quality and functionality
The variable thickness on the slicer
Apparently it chops ice , always something we look for !
The Control Grip All in One Hand Blender by ‘SAGE by Heston Blumenthal ‘ is made for the UK market. So don’t go looking for it in Australia and U.S. – at least not by that name.
It’s a little confusing that Sage call it this full name, because essentially its the All in One from Breville. Reason being that Breville have two hand blending sets – one called the Control Grip, and one called the All in One. Sage seem to have named theirs as a combination of these two model names
See Sage Control Grip Customer Reviews on Amazon in your country.
More about Breville hand blender sets
Breville is easily available in the U.S. and Australia, but they seem to making their way across Europe under the SAGE banner ( Italy and Spain coming soon they say).
So the Breville BSB530XL All In One Processing Station in the U.S. is the equivalent machine! 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!
Breville have been awarded four times online in the last few years for their hand blender set, probably because its built with high quality material leading to great durability. They only offer two sets, the Control Grip , and the All In One. The Control Grip is also known as the BSB 510 model. It has stainless steel blades, power is 280 watts (in the U.S.) and it has 15 adjustable speed settings too. Check it out on Amazon U.S. here.
On the BSB 510 model, 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 that stores inside the jug! It also promotes its own unique anti-suction technology and bell shaped chopper end, resulting in less liquid spilling out of your bowl.
In fact, we’d say the Control Grip model is like the Braun MQ745 (see on Amazon) above, and the All in One is like the Braun MQ9087x (see on Amazon) below. One difference though, the All in One can blending leg can crush ice !
Best all-in-one food processor : Bamix Superbox
Bamix Superbox, the smallest hand held food processor in the world.
As well as inventing the first hand blender in the word, this Bamix set is the world’s smallest hand held food processor. The Bamix Superbox is essentially the 200Watt SwissLine or Colorline model, PLUS all the extras. The shaft is the Bamix standard shaft length (5.375 inch which just over 13.65cm).
Bamix themselves call it “the indispensable help” in the kitchen. The Superbox set (available on Amazon) includes all four blades ( meat mincer, multi-purpose, whisk, beater ), the main 1Litre beaker, the wet and dry mill grinder and fine powder disk, the SwissLine stand, and the food processor with all its slicing and grating disks. This compact, lightweight complete set of goodies is the ultimate gift ( if you can afford it !). More details in our Swissline in depth review here.)
p.s. yes it can crush ice with the multipurpose blade !
The neatest and most compact of our top three hand held food processors
It’s the same set the world over, unlike Breville that is also Sage, or Braun that has different model names and offerings depending on which country you are in !
It’s basically all of the components that make up the Bamix range, so if you get them all at once here, you save money !
The blades are so tiny and yet so powerful !
You can directly blend into hot soup on the hob, or into a crystal glass !
It’s quite light , at only 0.94Kg the Bamix immersion blender is really light and easy to use compared to most others.
It’s expensive… but worth it. After all, it lasts a lifetime ( people quote 40 years!) and has a 10 year warranty
See Bamix Superbox Customer Reviews on Amazon in your country.
All-in-one food processor : Braun Multiquick 9 series hand blender MQ9097 in US & Canada, MQ9087x elsewhere.
Braun MultiQuick 9 Hand blender MQ 9097 shown above, is only available in Canada and the U.S. Elsewhere, the MQ9087x shown below is the very next best thing (without the ice crushing jug). In fact, it’s even more popular as not everyone wants another jug and ice crushing feature.
It’s taken a while to get to grips with this latest MQ9 series and particularly the 9087x model (on Amazon). We were led to believe initially that the MQ 40 ice crushing jug could be added to the MQ9087x series to give the equivalent complete set as the U.S. 9097 version … but no! The latest conversations with Braun in the UK have confirmed that this is not possible. So well done U.S. Braun! You have our vote for the ultimate Braun set that not only makes the tougher jobs ( e.g. meat mincing and fibrous fruit and veg.) easier, but also gives us a counter top ice blender jug too.
The model that is more commonly available worldwide is the Braun MQ 9087 (See it on Amazon). See our in depth review here.
Safety button, cool black design and very powerful 1000Watts. We’ve even seen this model sold in chef / professional kitchen supply shops.
New to this series is the unique ACTIVEblade technology where the blade moves up and down to make lighter work of the toughest jobs.
What more could you ask for . The processor even comes with a french fry cutter!
Great having a large 1.25L jug, but you have to remember not to fill it up because you can’t blend large quantities of hard ingredients in it. For example, no more than 7 large ice cubes.
It’s a rather huge setup now isn’t it for what started out as a nifty hand blender. So it will take up some counter top or cupboard space. You had better be sure you either need all these accessories, or have the space for them.
See Braun Multiquick 9 Customer Reviews on Amazon in your country.
Professional or commercial grade hand blenders
Our top winner is Bamix, we bought one as a result of all our research. They introduced the first hand (immersion) blender over 50 years ago and it’s still the best simple and most powerful prosumer model in our opinion… and the design has hardly changed !
Next we would buy the KitchenAid. Why? Bcause we love the idea of cordless matched with the professional quality, reliability and design that KitchenAid brings. Sounds perfect so why not our no. 1. Well we figured always have electricity when we want to use our blender. We weighed up having the nice curly cord with the 200W Bamix models against the extra weight of the battery pack. There you have it !
Waring is fabulous, and we don’t like giving 3rd place to anyone but our reason is that it is a more direct competitor to Bamix than the KitchenAid. It’s solid, sturdy, professional grade but we liked the extras that you can get with the Bamix better – the chopper and magical pulvering disc for one !
Which one suits you best right now ?
Best professional grade : KitchenAid Artisan ( Pro Line 5-speed ) cordless hand blender
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 CSB-300 ( with electric knife attachment! ) is probably the closest competitor to this, but it’s not a brand that you see a lot in the UK. Click over to our post on cordless hand blenders for more detail on the KitchenAid and it’s competitors – we are updating all the time.
The KitchenAid Cordless model is on Amazon, and is part of their Professional grade series (Pro Line) and usually comes in a neat plastic case to put everything away together. The cordless comes in the UK in an Empire red accent colour – we’ve loved having that for years in our own kitchen in the U.K. In the U.S. it comes in three colours ( onyx black , sugar pearl and candy red) . 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 corded electric 5 series (on Amazon) – both have a maximum speed of 11,000rpm .
The luxury of having a second ‘extra long’ shaft
The LED light to show your speeds
A cool little hook at the back of the body handle to hang it up
Most of all… no annoying lead !
Heavier due to the battery, and maybe also heavy in the pricing!
You get pretty much all the same functions in the equivalent 5 speed electric model (see it on Amazon) but its going up toward twice the price to have the sleek stick and no cord.
See Kitchenaid Cordless Customer Reviews on Amazon in your country.
KitchenAid 5 speed hand blender with cord
The most popular KitchenAid in UK and Europe seems to be the 5 speed version, in red or black, with or without the cord. We feel the KitchenAid 5 speed hand blender is the best option for the pretty serious ( and stylish ) 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.
The KitchenAid 2571 5-speed model (on Amazon), just like its cordless equivalent, comes in a storage case with pan guard, blade protectors, whisk, chopper, and 1 L jug. ( Note: this is the same as the 2561 model in the U.S. ) 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 gorgeous 2570 limited edition Queen of Hearts bright red model (which has no case, no chopper bowl etc).
Professional grade : Waring Quick Stik
Waring Commercial Medium Duty Quik 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 Stik 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 Quick Stik – on Amazon), 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 650 Watts power and a two speed control. The heavy duty is the 12” (300mm) shaft, 750 W, 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 rubberised ergonomic comfort handle 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.
The light version is priced similarly to those in the mid range hand blender section above.
The leave on feature to let it sit in the pan on its own and do the work for you !
The additional handle.
You do need that extra handle when it comes to the heavy duty model… which comes in at a hefty 21.3 lbs..about 9.5 kg !
See Waring Quik Stik Customer Reviews on Amazon in your country.
Best professional grade : Bamix – the Gastro (and the SwissLine as equal winner )
The Bamix SwissLine comes in a standard length shaft and other colours too, and you get the stand, jug, 3 blades and processor with it. The Bamix gastro range comes in all shaft sizes but you will find the gastro 200 and 350 most. The gastro comes with a wall bracket, and three blades.
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 Bamix Swissline (on Amazon) 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. It´s 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 2.4 lbs, 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 odour 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. Bamix 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.
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 ! The swissline has the standard length shaft which is absolutely fine for most people.
The small size and light weight in general, and the sheer power in your hands.
Love the curly cable on both these models.
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, and Bamix Switzerland have great demo videos on their facebook page.
Some people find it a little tricky taking the blades on and off. I can see that, but you just have to line up the pieces. What totally makes up for this is the cute size of the blades – no big whisk to attach here ! The blades are TINY and yet so powerful.
Just be aware that as you go from the Swissline to the gastro 200 to the gastro 350, (check them out on Amazon), the stick gets a little heavier each time. ( from about 0.95kg to 1.25kg ) . Still, it’s nowhere near the weight of the equivalent KitchenAid though !
See Bamix Swissline Customer Reviews on Amazon in your country.
How did we reach our top 15 ?
We started our first hand blender reviews in 2018, and mainly with hand blender reviews in the UK and USA. We have been researching and updating them every day – and here we are in 2020 still using them every day, still talking to users and suppliers almost every day too. It’s always at the front of our minds.
First of all we reviewed all the reviewers, and the sellers, some of the manufacturers, and the users reviews online. We researched every single 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 from 2016 right up to today. It has become our daily living, and a passion to get to the bottom of every aspect of this subject !
As a result also wrote our own detailed buying guide and then went back and made sure we checked all the award winner against these criteria too.
What the users say.
We talked to everyone we could about hand blenders and used our own hands on experience with several models… (we found that we had many connections with people using the winning brands so we got direct user information in particular… on Breville / Sage, Bamix, many Braun hand blenders, KitchenAid, Kenwood, Russell Hobbs and more). All these experiences were from users all the way from start-up cook to chef, from shops that sell hand blenders, manufacturer’s own technical or sales support teams and sales desks by phone or personal visit to chat face to face.
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 now. We keep updating information for you as we live and breathe this subject every day. You could say it’s become an obsession, but I (Aoibheann) rather think of it as a way of life now 🙂
Researching the hand blender brands
Some brands are only dedicated to hand blenders, some only to kitchen appliances, and some have a varied household appliance set of product lines.
Having researched these for over a year now, we really get a feeling for these amazing little kitchen appliances, and the thought that the manufacturer has put into developing each one. We can see how they have been developed over time and how they fit in their own product lines. We also assessed how the information was communicated on the internet, so our own opinions on this are embedded into this list too.
We really got to know the brands well. We like the products best that are easy to use, easy to understand, have great longevity, top quality, and customer support. So here’s how we would personally sum up the brands covered on this page.
We hope you too will comment and discuss with us too, so that we make sure we’re doing just what you need us to !
Which one(s) did we buy ?
As a result of all the research, we would love to almost every one of our top 15, but that would be silly ! Like you we had to have our top reasons for choosing our hand- blender.
So we bought at either end of the scale – both entry level and professional grade. They satisfy different needs and differ hugely in price, longevity, quality, and functionality.
1. The Russell Hobbs 22241 has been a neat affordable gift to give to someone that just needs it for simple soups and sauces. So it’s been easy to send it via Amazon to a few students and seniors.
2. The Bamix Swissline is our latest purchase and we’re now smitten by Bamix. The small size, great stand, and fast power is what attracted us. It means we save costs ( and have fun) making recipe ingredients like ground spice mixes, butters or powders etc. in a jiffy rather than having to buy separately .
We were tempted by so many of our top 15 and are still thinking of needs or excuses to buy another !
Of course, what suits our needs right now, may not be your choice, for good reason. We do hope you find the right hand blender for you in the list below.
You can read more about how to choose the best one for your own needs in our detailed buying guide.
So pick your category and choose one of the top 3 to show you our sum-up for each and links to related in depth reviews if you still aren’t sure. Use the Amazon buttons to check out what the users say, and to see what bargains there might be right now in your own country.
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Happy shopping !
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