At least 10 beautiful reasons why we bought a hand blender
( this happy list keeps growing as we find more amazing excuses to own a stick blender ! )
We could go on endlessly (and probably are anyway), but here is why we feel you should own a hand blender. We hope you feel the same way as us about it by the end, and then can check out the results of our research on the best hand blenders to buy this year (2019).
What convinced us to buy a hand blender... and is re-confirmed every day !
A one size fits all kind of tool! One small machine, with many attachments to do pretty much everything, rather than a big machine just sitting taking up your valuable kitchen workspace. So easy to put together, use, clean, take apart, and store away. It’s easily stored away in a drawer or hung on a wall.
The blender goes into the food (as long as the end can fit into your jug or container), rather than the other way round.
No transferring of hot foods from one pot to another container..and you don’t have to have to empty out the blender to sort each part of a meal.
4. Less washing up
Fewer containers = less mess. Also it’s much easier to clean an immersion blender, than a food processor or liquidiser!
5. Less wastage
No more trying to dig the last bit out of the food processor blender. Also you will find this little machine an incentive to get the creative juices going and blend your leftovers into something new. You get to save food and money – win, win !
…than getting a big all in one machine, but you can get professional or semi-pro blenders, and also really high powered commercial grade immersion blenders. You can spend more if you like!
7. Saves time
This magical hand-stick-wand-immersion-blender thingy saves so much hassle, effort, time, money, wastage, & work. Use it to do the harder, more time consuming jobs in the kitchen. Use it batch prepare foods for the week. Makes you wonder what you did before you got them.
You move to where the food is ..on the stove or wherever, instead of having to transfer the food to a stationary processor. You also don’t have to pull it out of a cupboard and take ages to put together, and it doesn’t take up much space anyway!
9. A great starter kitchen gadget
Probably most people’s first kitchen gadget, and a great present to buy a student or new home owner. With some models you can just keep adding accessories as you build up your portfolio of techniques!
10. Design gadget
It has become very desirable to have one, especially the pro models, the cordless blenders, and the stainless steel or retro styles.
11. The ultimate multi-tasker
It can do so many things you may never need any other kitchen machine! Starting with blending, puréeing and chopping, from soft to hard things like nuts (or even ice for some machines). Attachments usually allow you to aerate, whisk, slice and even mash ! 3 in 1 sets seem to almost ‘de rigeur’ as a new baby shower present.
12. UK chef Gordon Ramsay says he has one at every station in his restaurant kitchens !
Why? First, because it’s a Bamix and these immersion blenders are in a world of their own !
Second, he uses them as the perfect finishing tool at every station – foaming or giving bubbles to sauces.
13. It even got l’il old me cooking more
We used to have a simple budget Russell Hobbs hand blender years ago, then a Kenwood processor, and a KitchenAid liquidiser and baking bowl… and so it went on. I (Aoibheann) wasn’t big on soups at that time so didn’t use the blender as much as Paul. After all it was his when we met ( you guessed it… a student present for going to University).
Since we simplified our life, we found we were using it more and more. Since we bought Bamix we haven’t looked back. It’s does so much more than those simple hand blenders.
14. It gets the creative juices flowing
There came a time when my blending and puréeing excitement didn’t cut it any more with Paul…
When asked what he wanted for lunch he started saying… something solid please ;). Made me realise why these stick blenders are so brilliant for baby food. It’s almost addictive blending flavours ! So it was time to move on to solids. I started using the mini processor too. Of course with solids you need nice ground up spices, sauces perhaps, interesting drinks, beautiful mashes. I’m still loving my knives and chopping boards, have bought Paul a fabulous micro grater. The Bamix SliceSy is still beckoning, so it’s time for me to get Paul’s old mandolin out and see which I prefer ( a bit scared to start using it to be honest so watch this space ! )
15. Did we mention healthy !
There’s no excuse not to be healthy when you have a hand blender. It’s so easy to whisk up or beat or blend a healthy juice, smoothie, sauce. What we love most is that you can try out things in small quantities first.
Still got questions…
We have created a separate post about hand blender FAQ´s that may answer some of your other queries. We have about 25 articles on hand blenders from general information to in depth reviews.
Still need reasons to be converted and join our happy days life !
So, if you are intrigued, head over the main hand blender page for an overall summary on what the stick blender can do for you. It also gives a brief guide on how to choose buying one, and shows the top 4 we chose for 2019 ( plus anther 3 that would be more than just a stick blender but more like the top global hand-held food processor.)
For the top 15 from entry level to professional grade, head over to our top 15 for 2019 post.
Good luck !
Paul and Aoibheann