Immersion blenders, also known as hand blenders, are handy kitchen tools that can save you the trouble of transferring your recipe into a blender jar. You can stick their blending arms directly into a pot or pan, making them helpful for turning hot ingredients into soups and sauces. They can also work as multi-purpose blenders, especially if you want to save space with something that can fit in a kitchen drawer. Many immersion blenders come with jars that you can use for blending, and some include attachments like whisks or extra blades, so they can help with a wide variety of cooking tasks, like making smoothies, frozen drinks, batters, and dips.
However, some models come with a warning not to run the blender continuously for more than a few minutes. Also, most aren't as well-suited as a full-size or personal blender if you want to make smoothies for the whole family or process tougher ingredients like nuts and ice cubes.
We've tested 19 immersion blenders, and below are our recommendations. You can check out our picks for the best blenders, the best blenders for crushing ice, the best personal blenders, and the best blenders under $100.
The best immersion blender we've tested is the Ninja Foodi Power Mixer System. This solid, sturdy blender performs very well for usual immersion blender tasks like making pureed soup. You can use it to blend directly in a pot or pan, and it makes a very smooth blend with fibrous ingredients like kale. It's even powerful enough to smoothly blend tough ingredients like nuts. The blending arm is detachable, so you can easily rinse it in the sink or put it in your dishwasher. When you're not blending in a pot or pan, you can use the included beaker, which is a good size for recipes like single-serve smoothies.
It's a great option if you're looking for a blender that can help with pureeing soups and sauces, but it also stands out because of its accessories and attachments. Using the included beaters, you can convert it into a hand mixer and use it to make cookie dough or cake batter in a mixing bowl. There's also a whisk attachment for emulsions like salad dressing or homemade mayonnaise. The attachments are easy to attach and detach and are all dishwasher-safe. There are a few downsides. If you're going to blend in a really deep pot, you may be looking for something with a longer blending arm. The lowest speed setting is already pretty fast, which might annoy people who want to gradually incorporate ingredients or slowly ramp up the speed.
If you're looking for a straightforward, easy-to-use blender, you might prefer the Βraun MultiQuick 5. This blender can't replace your hand mixer and doesn't come with extra blades for food processing, but if you want to make a well-blended vegetable soup or smooth sauce, it's a solid option. It's compact and better built than most hand blenders we've tested in its price range. It's quieter than our top pick and light compared to a lot of immersion blenders, making it more pleasant to use, especially when you're blending a big pot of soup. The blending arm is detachable and dishwasher-safe.
It comes with a beaker you can use for blending and for making whipped cream or vinaigrette with the included whisk attachment. The beaker is also a good size for making single-serve smoothies, but if your recipe includes stubborn ingredients like kale, you may find there are leafy bits or grains left in the final mix. If you want to use your immersion blender for smoothies, the KitchenAid Variable Speed Corded hand blender is around the same price and makes a smoother blend with fibrous elements like greens and fruit skin. However, the difference won't be as significant if you're working with softer, cooked ingredients, and it has a much worse build quality.
The NutriΒullet Immersion Blender is the best hand blender in the budget range that we've tested and offers comparable performance to the Braun MultiQuick 5 at a much cheaper price. You need to use it with your own container since it doesn't come with a beaker, but you might not mind if you mainly want to use it for hot blending in a pot or pan. Like the Braun, it doesn't make perfectly silky smoothies with ingredients like kale but still does an adequate job of processing fibrous ingredients, meaning it won't have an issue pureeing cooked veggies. It does a better job when you're working with smaller amounts of ingredients, like for a small batch of sauce or dip. It can produce smoothly blended nut butter or hummus, but like most immersion blenders, it takes time and effort.
It doesn't feel like a premium blender and is not as sturdy as the Braun, but it still feels decently well-built. The only accessory it comes with is a whisk attachment that you can use for emulsions like homemade mayonnaise. Unlike the more expensive blenders on this list, the blending arm and whisk are not dishwasher-safe, but the blending arm is detachable, and it's an easy blender to clean by hand.
Some immersion blenders come with food processing accessories that can help with food prep, like slicing and shredding vegetables. If you're not much of a baker but make lots of soups, sauces, and purees, you may prefer the Breville Control Grip to the Ninja Foodi Power Mixer System. Of course, you can also use it to blend directly in your own container or the included blending jug. It's well-built and includes a lid for the jug that you can use as an anti-slip pad to stop the jug from moving around on your counter when you're blending.
There are some trade-offs, like the fact that it's not as good at processing fibrous ingredients as the Ninja, so it can't produce an equally silky smoothie with ingredients like kale. It can make a fairly uniform blend if you're making pureed soup, though, and it's more suitable for processing the occasional thicker mixture like nut butter. The whisk attachment is helpful for emulsions like homemade mayonnaise or recipes like whipped cream. It also has a wide variety of speed settings, which is especially nice when you want to start at a low speed and slowly ramp up.
Immersion blenders give you the freedom to move around the kitchen with your blender, so you can avoid pouring hot ingredients from the pot into a blender pitcher. However, if you don't have a handy outlet or your kitchen is short on space, managing the power cord can be a pain, and you might prefer a battery-powered model. The best hand blender with a cordless design we've tested is the Cuisinart Smart Stick Cordless Ηand Βlender. This decently well-built blender comes with a detachable blending arm for hot blending, a 32-ounce beaker, and a whisk attachment. You need to press two buttons at once to start blending, which is a nice safety feature that helps prevent it from turning on accidentally.
It's worse at processing fibrous ingredients than the NutriBullet Immersion Blender, so if you use it to make a fruit smoothie, the result will be grainy. That said, it does better with smaller batches, and it can make a smoother blend with softer ingredients like roasted carrots. A fully charged battery lasts about 15-20 minutes of continuous use, and the manufacturer says it takes about 2.5 hours to charge fully. Unfortunately, none of its parts are dishwasher-safe, but it's easy to clean by hand, like most immersion blenders.
Nov 18, 2022: Updated text to add more detail about the products' performances.
Oct 19, 2022: Reorganized picks to help users find what they're looking for. Added the Breville Control Grip as the 'Best Immersion Blender/Food Processor Combo'.
Sep 19, 2022: Restructured article and added the Ninja Foodi Power Mixer System, the Braun MultiQuick 5, the KitchenAid Variable Speed Corded Hand Blender, and the Cuisinart Smart Stick Cordless Hand Blender.
Jun 30, 2022: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock.
May 27, 2022: Made minor updates to the text. There were no changes to recommendations.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best options 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.