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Braun MultiQuick 5 Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Sep 08, 2020 at 08:37 am
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5.5
Multi-Purpose
5.3
Smoothies/Protein Shakes
3.1
Ice Crushing
7.7
Soups
5.5
Professional Use
Blender Type
Immersion Blender
Power
400 W

The Braun MultiQuick 5 is an immersion blender that's well-suited for making soups but isn't the most versatile. It feels well-built and is very easy to clean as the shaft can be run under hot water and is dishwasher safe as well. The MQ505 variant comes with a whisk attachment as well as a heat-proof container, and there are other variations with different included attachments as well. While it's not good for making things like almond butter, smoothies, or for crushing ice, its ability to be placed directly into a pot makes it a very good choice for blending hot liquids, like soups or coffee.

Our Verdict

5.5 Multi-Purpose

The Braun MQ505 is a disappointing multi-purpose blender. It's bad at making almond butter, sub-par at making smoothies, and terrible at crushing ice. On the bright side, thanks to the fact that it's an immersion blender, it can be used to blend hot soups.

Pros
  • Very easy to clean.
  • Can blend hot food.
Cons
  • Terrible at crushing ice.
  • Struggles to completely process tougher food like almonds or kale.
  • Produces foamy-textured smoothies.
5.3 Smoothies/Protein Shakes

The Braun MQ505 MultiQuick hand blender is a poor choice for making smoothies and protein shakes. It has a hard time fully breaking down fibrous vegetables like kale, and you're left with a foamy and leafy texture. On the bright side, it feels well-built and is extremely easy to clean.

Pros
  • Very easy to clean.
Cons
  • Struggles to completely process tougher food like almonds or kale.
  • Produces foamy-textured smoothies.
3.1 Ice Crushing

The Braun MQ505 MultiQuick hand blender is very bad at crushing ice. In our tests, we were unable to fully crush ice and had to stop with several full ice cubes still left.

Pros
  • Very easy to clean.
Cons
  • Terrible at crushing ice.
7.7 Soups

The Braun MQ505 MultiQuick hand blender is good at making soups thanks to the fact that it's an immersion blender that can be used with hot liquids and placed directly into pots. While it doesn't do the best job at fully breaking down raw vegetables, if you've let your ingredients simmer, you should have no problem blending them into a soup.

Pros
  • Very easy to clean.
  • Can blend hot food.
Cons
  • Struggles to completely process tougher food like almonds or kale.
5.5 Professional Use

The Braun MQ505 MultiQuick hand blender is sub-par for professional use. It's bad at blending things like almond butter and it's unable to properly crush ice. It even has a hard time with smoothies and can't properly break down leafy vegetables, like kale. On the bright side, it feels well-built, is very easy to clean, and its immersion design means it can be placed into pots for making soups.

Pros
  • Very easy to clean.
  • Can blend hot food.
Cons
  • Terrible at crushing ice.
  • Struggles to completely process tougher food like almonds or kale.
  • Produces foamy-textured smoothies.
  • 5.5 Multi-Purpose
  • 5.3 Smoothies/Protein Shakes
  • 3.1 Ice Crushing
  • 7.7 Soups
  • 5.5 Professional Use

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
14.8" (37.7 cm)
Width 2.5" (6.2 cm)
Depth 2.8" (7.2 cm)
Weight
1.5 lbs (0.7 kg)
Shaft Length (Immersion Blenders)
6.7" (17.0 cm)

This is a small immersion blender, making it easy to store in most drawers or cabinets. It's a bit smaller than the higher-end Braun MultiQuick 7.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

This blender feels well-built. Its build quality is very similar to the Braun MultiQuick 7, and it's made of good quality plastic and rubber. That said, the handle feels a bit cheap, and our unit overheated and burnt out the engine while making almond butter.

Design
Main Jar/Beaker
Material
BPA-Free Plastic
Jar Capacity
N/A
Beaker Capacity
20 oz (591 ml)
Weight
0.2 lbs (0.1 kg)
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

This blender comes with a 20 oz beaker. It's rather small, making it best-suited for single-serve use, or blending smaller portions. Unfortunately, no lid is included.

Design
Additional Jar
Material
No Additional Jar
Capacity
N/A
Weight
N/A
Dishwasher Safe
No

There are no additional jars.

Design
Blades
Blade Type
Sharp
Blade Count
2
Removable
No
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

There are two fixed blades on the end of the shaft. While the blades aren't removable, the blades/shaft are dishwasher-safe.

Design
Lid
2 Part Lid
No Lid Included
Lid Closing Type
No Lid Included

This blender doesn't come with a lid for its beaker.

Design
Power Cord
Stow Away Compartment
No
Cord Length
4.9 ft (1.5 m)

The power cord is fairly long, so you should be able to reach most outlets near your counter. It also has a velcro tie to keep the cable from getting damaged when in storage.

Design
In The Box

  • Manual
  • Motor
  • Blade shaft
  • 20 oz beaker
  • Whisk attachment

Performance
Performance
Speed And Controls
Min Speed
11500 RPM
Max Speed
12500 RPM
Speed Dial
No
Pulse/Turbo Mode
Yes
Noise @ Max Speed
77.0 dB
On/Off Toggle
No

There are two speeds, though the manual suggests using the higher mode for most tasks. Despite the max speed being lower than the Braun MultiQuick 7 and the Bamix Mono M133, this blender is louder than both of those models.

Note: We recorded the volume of the blender after the engine burnt out making almond butter. Therefore, the 77dB we measured includes a slight grinding sound that our blender now makes.

4.0
Performance
Almond Butter
Preparation Time
< 10 min
Texture
Dry
Spreadability
Not Spreadable
Unprocessed Almonds/Chunks
Yes

This blender is bad at making almond butter. After ten minutes of trying to process the almonds, the motor of our test unit overheated and burnt out. The resulting blend had large leftover chunks of almonds, it wasn't spreadable, and tasted dry and bland.

5.5
Performance
Smoothie (Best Jar)
Jar Used
Main Jar
Preparation Time
< 2 min
Texture
Foamy and Leafy

This blender is poor at making smoothies. After two minutes, all the ingredients are blended, but the resulting smoothie is chunky and sludgy, with lots of foamy bubbles. It performs similarly to other immersion blenders like the Bamix Mono M133 and the Braun MultiQuick 7.

0
Performance
Smoothie (Other Jar)
Jar Used
No Other Jar
Preparation Time
N/A
Texture
No Optional Jar

There are no additional jars.

0
Performance
Crushed Ice
Preparation Time
0 min
Ice Quality
Failed To Crush

This blender is terrible at crushing ice. The ice cubes get trapped under the blades and don't blend.

Ease Of Use
Ease Of Use
Programs / Modes
Crushed Ice
No
Self-Clean Program
No
Single Serve
No
Timer
No

This blender doesn't have any programs or modes.

9.0
Ease Of Use
Cleaning
Smoothie Cleaning
Simple
Almond Butter Cleaning
Simple

This hand blender is remarkably easy to clean. Running the blades under hot water and giving them a wipe with a sponge or cloth removes all residue. You can also put the shaft and blades into a dishwasher, which is very convenient.

Ease Of Use
Extra Features
Hot Blending
Yes
Additional Jugs
No
Juicer Attachment
No
Food Processing Attachment
No
Heating Element
No
Noise Dome
No
Tamper
No
Vacuum Pump
No
Speed Adjustment Based On Jar Size
No

This blender can blend hot food, as its included container is heat-proof. Unfortunately, it doesn't have any other extra features.

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

This blender is available in several variations that come with a different assortment of attachments and accessories. We expect the other variations to perform similarly when used with the same attachments. Listed below are all variations of the 2-speed MultiQuick 5, including the MQ505, which is the model we tested.

 

  Braun MultiQuick 5 MQ505 Braun MultiQuick 5 Baby Food Maker MQ523 Braun MultiQuick 5 MQ537
Immersion Blender

1x Motor body

1x Blending shaft

1x Motor body
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1x Blending shaft

1x Motor body
​
1x Blending shaft

Personal Jar 1 x 20 oz Beaker 1 x 20 oz Beaker + lid 1 x 20 oz Beaker + lid
Attachments

 1x Whisk attachment

 1x 1.5-Cup chopper attachment

1x Whisk attachment
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1x Masher attachment

1x 2-cup chopper attachment

 Additional Accessories  N/A

1x Spatula

1x Silicone Baby Food Freezer Tray

N/A

Note that Braun also makes the MultiQuick 5 Vario, which has 21 speeds instead of two. This model is available in two variations: the MultiQuick 5 Vario MQ5000 and the MultiQuick Spiralizer & Hand Blender MQ5064. These weren't included in the table above as we'd expect they may perform differently thanks to the extra blending speeds.

Compared to other blenders

The Braun MQ505 MultiQuick hand blender is disappointing for most uses. It performs almost identically to the Braun MultiQuick 7 but doesn't have as many speeds. The Bamix Mono M133 is a better-performing immersion blender for all uses, though it isn't quite as easy to clean.

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The Braun MultiQuick 5 and the Braun MultiQuick 7 are very similarly-performing immersion blenders. They both have similarly good build qualities and are exceptionally easy to clean. However, the MultiQuick 7 can produce spreadable almond butter in less time, it has a touch-sensitive speed control trigger, and it comes with way more tools and attachments. However, the MultiQuick 5 has a pulse/turbo mode and it produces a smoothie with a better texture.

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