Immersion blenders, also known as hand blenders, are a handy kitchen tool for blending softer ingredients into smooth soups, sauces, and purees. They have a long, stick-like design with blender blades at the end of their shaft, so you can blend directly in pots, pans, and other cooking containers. Some immersion blenders even come with additional attachments like whisks, which offer even greater versatility in your kitchen.
We've tested more than 15 immersion blenders, and below are our recommendations for the best immersion blenders. You can also check out our recommendations for the best blenders, the best blenders for crushing ice, and the best blenders under $100.
The NutriBullet Immersion Blender is the best immersion blender that we've tested. This affordable model can be used to blend hot ingredients for soups, sauces, and purees. It has a long detachable blending shaft that should easily reach the bottom of most pots and pans and a variable speed dial on the handle you can use to fine-tune the blending speed.
It can incorporate fibrous greens into a good smoothie, makes crunchy almond butter, and can produce crushed ice with an okay texture. There's also a whisk attachment included advertised for making foods like whipped cream, although we don't currently test it. While the blending shaft isn't dishwasher-safe, it's easy to clean by hand, even when you're working with sticky ingredients.
Unfortunately, there's no jar included for blending and storing what you make. Also, while it's decently well-built, it's mostly made of plastic, which may make it less durable over time than blenders with more metal components. That said, it delivers a versatile performance at a relatively low price point, and it's worth considering if you're looking for a blender to process hot ingredients.
If you want a better-built immersion blender, you may prefer the Bamix Mono M133. This model isn't as good for making smoothies as the NutriBullet Immersion Blender, and it's more expensive, but it has a much better build quality, including a metal blade guard that feels extremely solid. It also comes with a 20-ounce jar you can use for blending. It can hot blend and makes crushed ice with a better texture, which is nice if you like to make frozen drinks or add it to cocktails. There are also whisk and beater blades included for making foods like whipped cream and batter, although we don't test them currently. Unfortunately, it makes disappointing almond butter. Also, the blades aren't dishwasher-safe, and you can't detach the blending shaft from the handle.
If you want the immersion blender that makes better smoothies, go for the NutriBullet, but if build quality is important, consider the Bamix instead.
The Cuisinart EvolutionX RHB-100 is the best cordless immersion blender that we've tested. You can use this hand blender to blend hot ingredients directly in a pot or pan, and since it's battery-powered, you don't need to worry about finding a nearby outlet. It's advertised to provide about 20 minutes of continuous use on a single charge, but we don't test that currently.
There's a 30-ounce beaker included that you can use for blending. This blender does a good job of processing raw leafy greens like kale and makes a great, although slightly grainy, smoothie. While no part of it is dishwasher-safe, it's very easy to rinse clean, even if you've been working with sticky ingredients. There's a micro-USB to USB-A charging cable included as well as an AC power adapter.
Unfortunately, it doesn't have the most versatile performance since it makes disappointing, chunky almond butter and can't crush ice. Its build quality also feels a bit flimsy and plasticky. However, if you're looking for an immersion blender that can blend up impressive smoothies and process hot ingredients for soups and sauces, this is a solid option.
The All-Clad KZ750DGT is the best immersion blender we've tested for making crushed ice. While many immersion blenders that we've tested struggle to make crushed ice, this model can produce bar-quality crushed ice quickly, which is nice if you like to add it to your smoothies or make frozen drinks like slushies.
You can also use it to blend hot ingredients for soups, sauces, and purees. It makes alright almond butter, although it doesn't fully process the nuts. The blades aren't dishwasher-safe, but it's a very easy blender to clean since running the blender in a container with hot water and a bit of soap takes care of most messes.
Unfortunately, it has a disappointing, plasticky build quality and doesn't come with a jar or beaker included. It also makes a sub-par smoothie. That said, if you're looking for an immersion blender that can make crushed ice, it's a good choice.
Jul 09, 2021: Checked that picks still represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock. Added the KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Blender to Notable Mentions.
Jun 01, 2021: Checked picks to ensure that the best products are being recommended and that they're in stock. Added the Bamix The Original to Notable Mentions.
Apr 30, 2021: Replaced the Bamix Mono M133 with the NutriBullet Immersion Blender as the pick for 'Best Immersion Blender' and made the Bamix the 'Alternative With Better Build Quality.' Removed the 'Best Cheap Immersion Blender' category and moved the KitchenAid Variable Speed Corded Hand Blender to Notable Mentions. Added the All-Clad KZ750DGT as the 'Best For Ice Crushing' pick.
Mar 31, 2021: Added the All-Clad KZ750DGT as 'Easier-to-Clean Alternative' now that it's back in stock. Replaced the Cuisinart Smart Stick Two-Speed Hand Blender with the KitchenAid Variable Speed Corded Hand Blender as the KitchenAid is better-built and has a more versatile overall performance. Added the Cuisinart as a Notable Mention.
Mar 01, 2021: Made the Bamix Mono M133 the 'Best Immersion Blender' pick because it's back in stock, and moved the Braun MultiQuick 9 to Notable Mentions. Replaced the GE Appliances Immersion 2-Speed with the KitchenAid Variable Speed Corded Hand Blender as the 'Better for Soups' alternate. Added the Cuisinart EvolutionX RHB-100 as the 'Best Cordless Immersion Blender'.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best immersion blenders for most people. We factor in the price, feedback from our visitors, and availability.
If you'd like to do the work of choosing yourself, here's the list of all our immersion blender reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no blender is perfect for every use, most are good enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.