Choosing a cordless hand blender
Is the KitchenAid Artisan the only cordless choice ?
It is true to say that there aren’t too many on the market… and going cordless is not the top priority for everyone. So, up until recently, we found just three main contenders: the Kitchenaid Artisan Cordless, the Braun MQ940cc, and the Cuisinart CB-300.
The KitchenAid didn’t actually make it into our top 3 hand blenders in 2018. Honestly, we love the brand and it’s a brilliant brand in every way, but it isn’t cheap to buy and we think it falls between the winners of the best pro grade and best home cook hand blender set. The cordless model is a quiet and efficient multitasking master of a machine, and an award winner anyway even against electric models. It was the first choice blender out of all hand-blenders for John Whaite, Telegraph food writer and former Great British Bake Off champion.
Cuisinart, the main competitor
Until October 2018, the KitchenAid looked like Hobson’s choice if you are in the UK or Europe anyway, since the others seemed to be only be available in the U.S. In the U.S. the Cuisinart CSB-300 (with electric knife attachment!) seems to be the hobson’s choice in that region.
However, we have discovered that Cuisinart, the big old competitor to KitchenAid in the U.S. , have just launched this really good looking 3 in 1 cordless set available in the UK! It has less attachments, and is offered at a much lower price point than the KitchenAid, so is tackling a different market altogether. This is in line with the conclusions we reached in our Cuisinart vs Kitchenaid post. So watch this space to see how the new Cuisinart model performs.
The KitchenAid Artisan cordless ( 12v battery operated) hand blender
3 reasons to go cordless
(also known as a portable, or, a battery operated hand blender)
1. So you’re a messy cook!
Who likes having to wipe the soup off the cord? Or have it mess up your apron or worse still your pale trousers as you move it around! Worse still, you could burn it over the hob. (If you continually find soup splatter on your ceiling, or a lightly browned hand blender cord it might be worth looking at our post on how to use a hand blender).
2. You are so addicted to using your immersion hand blender…
that it will cross your mind to take it on holiday with you, and why not! It´s so handy. Even better if you are travelling by car, as it won’t be an extra burden in packing the hand luggage.
3. You just have a need to be self contained.
Maybe you have a small kitchen like us. If cooking at the same time, we can constantly bump into each other. We do a kind of dance around food and equipment we need. Just think, if we had a cordless blender, it would be so much easier… but for the same reasons we can’t just have every piece of equipment we love (it’s time to simplify!)
Product information for the KitchenAid cordless immersion blender
Dimensions: H36 x W18.2 x D14.2cm
battery (the rechargeable Li-ion) , and battery charger
removable pan guard to snap on your blades when in use, so no sauce-pan damage 3 bell guards to protect your blades when they aren’t being used
2 easy twist and lock in stainless steel blending arms (20cm and 33cm)
a graduated 1L BPA free pitcher jug
chopper bowl with a non slip base, a good size at 600ml / 2.5cup for herbs, nuts, veg.
whisk for aerating & emulsifying (e.g. egg whites, mayonnaise, vinaigrettes and mousses).
3 interchangeable stainless steel bell blades
s-blade: the main blade to blend, crush, puree: use it for smoothies, milkshakes, soups, sauces, baby food, cake icing, and crushed ice.
star blade: to shred or mince cooked meats: use it for making meatballs and burgers
frothing/beating blade: for all the light things like frothing milk for your cappuccino, making batter for cakes, pancakes, crepes or muffin.
a lovely storage case to hold everything
It´s high end, professional grade spec.
Battery-powered blender..so obviously… no annoying cord!
Easy to clean with a number of dishwasher safe parts
Cool design, and two gorgeous colours of red or silver.
5 speed settings that light up so you know where you are… love that feature.
An amazing multi-tasker with all the accessories included, that seem to tackle any task you could think of from frothing milk to ice crushing.
A handy hook at the back to hang it up when not in use ( we like this kind of detail).
Maybe just the price..but worth it we feel for all those accessories, the plus points above, and the freedom it gives you to move around.
If we are being picky the colours are described a little differently on some sites and its hard to know if the colours have changed or the silver and metallic red is just displayed a little differently. On the official site they are called candy apple red and metallion silver.. sugar pearl silver, a lighter colour appears sometimes online but we love this too!