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The 5 Best Immersion Blenders - Spring 2023 Reviews

Best Immersion Blenders

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. Cordless immersion blenders can offer a comparable performance to conventional plug-in models and give you the freedom to move around the kitchen.

However, some immersion blenders 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.

  1. Best Immersion Blender

    The best immersion blender we've tested is the Ninja Foodi Power Mixer System. If you're looking for a blender that can help with pureed soups and sauces, it's a great option. The blending arm is meant for processing hot ingredients directly in a pot or pan, and it can make a smooth blend with fibrous ingredients, which is important for smooth soups with vegetables like broccoli and kale. The arm is detachable for easier cleaning and storage. It also stands out from other hand mixers because it converts into a hand mixer. With the beater attachments, you can use it to mix cookie dough or cake batter. There's a beaker included for blending, as well as a whisk attachment for whipping cream or stirring salad dressing.

    Immersion blenders aren't ideal for crushing hard ingredients like ice cubes or processing mixes like nut butter, partly because the design means you have to hold the blender for the whole process. While it's a long process, it can produce smooth, spreadable dips and spreads like nut butter if you work in small batches. The blending arm and all the accessories are dishwasher-safe. There are downsides: it's loud for an immersion blender, and if you need to blend in a deep pot, remember the blending arm is on the shorter side.

    See our review

  2. Best Mid-Range Immersion Blender

    The KitchenAid Variable Speed Corded Hand Blender is a cheaper, more straightforward option. This blender isn't as well-built as the Ninja Foodi Power Mixer System, and it doesn't come with as many extra attachments, but it's a good choice if you're looking for a more basic blender. It comes with a beaker you can use for blending, a matching storage lid, and a plastic pan guard to protect non-stick pans from getting scratched by the blade bell. There's a pressure-sensitive button on the motor body to adjust the blending speed, and it's very quiet for a blender.

    However, it doesn't blend fibrous ingredients as well as the Ninja Foodi Power Mixer System, so if you use it to blend a big pot of broccoli soup, there will be some unprocessed bits left over. It does a better job of processing smaller batches, so it's well-suited for something like a cup of soup or a single-serve smoothie. It takes longer to process ingredients than the Ninja, but it's a little lighter, which is nice if you need to blend for several minutes. Unfortunately, some parts of the blender feel cheap or plasticky, and the blending arm isn't dishwasher-safe.

    See our review

  3. Best Budget Immersion Blender

    The best hand blender in the budget range we've tested is the NutriBullet Immersion Blender. This cheaper model doesn't feel as well-built as the previous pick, but if you're looking for a compact blender for soups or smoothies, its blending performance is comparable to the Braun MultiQuick 5's. Like the Braun, it doesn't make a perfectly smooth puree with fibrous ingredients, but it can still do an adequate job with recipes like broccoli soup or a kale smoothie. It makes a smoother blend when working with smaller amounts of ingredients, like for a small batch of sauce or dip.

    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 previous picks, it does come with a whisk attachment that you can use for emulsions like homemade mayonnaise or salad dressing. Unlike the more expensive blenders, the blending arm and whisk are not dishwasher-safe. The blending arm is detachable, and it's an easy blender to clean by hand.

    See our review

  4. Best Food Processor/Immersion Blender Combo

    Our top pick is an immersion blender that converts into a mixer, but it's more common to find blenders with food processing attachments for chopping and slicing. If you're not much of a baker but could use a food processor for prepping ingredients for recipes like soup and sauce, you might prefer the Breville Control Grip. In addition to a beaker you can use for blending, it comes with a separate food processing bowl with its own lid and blades. There's also a whisk attachment for whipping cream or making emulsions like hollandaise sauce.

    However, it's not as good for processing fibrous ingredients as the Ninja Foodi Power Mixer System, making a grainier blend with tough ingredients like leafy greens. It still makes an adequately smooth blend, even with bigger batches, and if you're working with softer vegetables like potatoes or carrots, it'll be less of an issue. It's also suitable for processing the occasional thicker mixture like nut butter. It's well-built and easy to clean by hand. The detachable blending arm and beaker are dishwasher-safe.

    See our review

  5. Best Cordless Immersion Blender

    If there aren't any outlets near your stove or you want more freedom to move around the kitchen with your blender, you might prefer the KitchenAid KHBBV53. This model has a very similar design to the KitchenAid Variable Speed Corded Hand Blender, except it's battery-powered. Like that blender, it has a beaker for blending and a pan guard to protect non-stick pots and pans. It makes a decently smooth blend with big batches of fibrous ingredients, so it can help with making recipes like kale or broccoli soup.

    Like the corded version, it has a pressure-sensitive switch that gives you control over the blending speed. There's also a 'palm switch' on one side of the motor body that needs to be pressed at the same time for the blender to run, which is a safety feature that ensures the blender is in your hand when the motor starts. Unfortunately, it doesn't have any attachments like a whisk or beaters. Its design also doesn't feel very sturdy. If you want a better-built option, the Crux Artisan Series Cordless Immersion Blender feels more durable and comes with a whisk for making salad dressing or sauces. However, it makes a less smooth blend with fibrous fruits and vegetables.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • All-Clad KZ750DGT: The All-Clad KZ750DGT does a good job of processing fibrous ingredients into a smooth blend. It has a longer blending arm than the Ninja Foodi Power Mixer System but has a much less sturdy design. See our review
  • KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Blender: The KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Blender has a bowl and blades for food processing, like the Breville Control Grip. It's not as well-built and doesn't blend fibrous ingredients as well, but it comes with various extra blades, including an 's-blade' that works fairly well for ice crushing. There's also a frother/beater attachment for mixing batter or foaming milk. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Mar 10, 2023: Replaced the Braun MultiQuick 5 with the KitchenAid Variable Speed Corded Hand Blender because its price has gone up. Replaced the Cuisinart Smart Stick Cordless Hand Blender with the KitchenAid KHBBV53.

  2. Feb 09, 2023: Added the KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Blender to Notable Mentions.

  3. Jan 13, 2023: Removed the Bamix Mono M133 from Notable Mentions because it's difficult to find it available for sale.

  4. Dec 16, 2022: Added the All-Clad KZ750DGT, Bamix Mono M133, and the KitchenAid Variable Speed Corded Hand Blender to Notable Mentions.

  5. Nov 18, 2022: Updated text to add more detail about the products' performances.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best hand 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.