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 10 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 best immersion blender we've tested is the NutriBullet Immersion Blender. You can use this budget-friendly model to blend hot ingredients like roasted vegetables into soups, sauces, and purees. It can incorporate fibrous greens like kale into a good smoothie and performs better for this purpose than most immersion blenders we've tested.
It's decently well-built and has a variable speed dial you can use to fine-tune the blending speed. It makes passable but crunchy almond butter and can produce crushed ice with an okay texture. It also comes with a whisk attachment advertised for making foods like mayonnaise and whipped cream, but we don't test it currently.
Unfortunately, the blending shaft isn't dishwasher-safe, although it's usually very easy to clean. Also, unlike some immersion blenders, it doesn't come with a jar or beaker. That said, if you're looking for something you can use to blend hot ingredients directly in the pot, it's definitely worth considering.
If you want an immersion blender with better build quality, you may prefer the Bamix Mono M133 instead. This immersion blender is more expensive than the NutriBullet Immersion Blender, but it feels extremely solid and well-built and comes with a 20-ounce jar you can use for blending. You can use it to make bar-quality crushed ice, which is nice if you like to make frozen drinks. It also comes with whisk and beater attachments, which are advertised for making foods like whipped cream and mayonnaise, although we don't test them currently. Unfortunately, this blender is a sub-par choice for making almond butter and produces a disappointing, leafy smoothie.
Go for the NutriBullet if you prefer the option that makes the best smoothie, but if you want a blender that feels really solid and well-built, consider the Bamix.
The best cordless immersion blender that we've tested is the Cuisinart EvolutionX RHB-100. This battery-powered model comes with a Micro-USB to USB-A charging cable and an AC power adaptor. The manufacturer says its battery lasts for 20 minutes of continuous use if it's fully charged, although we don't test it currently.
It can be used to blend hot ingredients directly in a pot or dutch oven and also comes with a 30-ounce beaker with a pouring spout and measuring marks. You can also use it to make a great, somewhat grainy smoothie, as it does a good job of fully blending fibrous ingredients like kale. Even though it's not dishwasher-safe, it's very easy to clean by hand, even if you've been working with sticky ingredients.
Unfortunately, it can't crush ice and makes disappointing chunky almond butter. It also has a poor build quality since it's mostly made of plastic, and some parts feel wiggly and not very sturdy. That said, its impressive smoothie performance makes it the best cordless immersion blender we've tested.
The All-Clad KZ750DGT is the best immersion blender we've tested for making crushed ice. Unlike many immersion blenders that we've tested, this model can make bar-quality crushed ice in very little time, which is nice if you like to add it to your smoothies or make frozen drinks.
You can use it to blend hot ingredients for soups, sauces, and purees. It's an okay choice for making almond butter, although it struggles to completely process all the nuts. While its blades aren't dishwasher-safe, it's incredibly easy to clean since you can take care of most messes by running the blender in a container with soap and hot water.
Unfortunately, it has a sub-par build quality and doesn't come with a jar or beaker. It also produces a disappointing, grainy smoothie. That said, if you're looking for a hand blender that's good at crushing ice, this is a solid choice.
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'.
Feb 02, 2021: Replaced the Bamix Mono M133 with the Braun MultiQuick 9 as the 'Best Immersion Blender' and moved the Bamix to Notable Mentions. Made the GE Appliances Immersion 2-Speed the 'Better Soup Alternative'. Removed the All-Clad KZ750DGT because it's not easy to find in-stock online and may have been discontinued.
Jan 12, 2021: Verified that products are still the best picks and that they're in stock.
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.