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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are two fixed blades on the end of the shaft. While the blades aren't removable, the blades/shaft are dishwasher-safe.
This blender doesn't come with a lid for its beaker.
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.
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. If you want an immersion blender that makes a better smoothie, check out the Vitamix Immersion Blender.
There are no additional jars.
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. If you want a hand blender that's better for making nut butter, check out the All-Clad KZ750DGT.
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.
This blender doesn't have any programs or modes.
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. Unlike the KitchenAid KHBBV53, the shaft and blades are dishwasher-safe for an easier clean-up.
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|
1x Motor body
1x Motor body
1x Motor body
|Personal Jar||1 x 20 oz Beaker||1 x 20 oz Beaker + lid||1 x 20 oz Beaker + lid|
1x Whisk attachment
|1x 1.5-Cup chopper attachment||
1x Whisk attachment
1x 2-cup chopper attachment
1x Silicone Baby Food Freezer Tray
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.
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.
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.
The Braun MultiQuick 5 and the Vitamix Immersion Blender have similar overall performance, so depending on your usage, you may prefer one. The Braun is better-built, and it comes with a beaker, unlike the Vitamix. It's also easier to clean. However, the Vitamix makes a better smoothie.
The Cuisinart Smart Stick Two-Speed Hand Blender is a more versatile immersion blender than the Braun MultiQuick 5. Unlike the Braun, the Cuisinart can crush ice, and it also makes a more spreadable almond butter. That said, the Braun is much better-built, which some users may prefer.
The Bamix Mono M133 is a better immersion blender than the Braun MultiQuick 5. The Bamix can crush ice well, which the Braun fails to accomplish. The Bamix also feels better build and has more blades. On the other hand, the Braun is slightly easier to clean, and while it falls short in performance compared to the Mono M133, it's significantly cheaper.
The All-Clad KZ750DGT is a better, more versatile immersion blender than the Braun MultiQuick 5. While the Braun is better-built, it can't crush ice, unlike the All-Clad. The All-Clad also makes a more spreadable almond butter. That said, the Braun comes with a small personal jar, which some users may prefer.
The Vitamix 5200 is a much better blender for all uses than the Braun MultiQuick 5, but the two have very different designs. While the Vitamix is a full-sized blender well-suited for a range of uses, the Braun is an immersion blender that's best suited for blending things like soups directly in the pot. However, for making smoothies, crushing ice, or making almond butter, the Vitamix is a much better choice.
The Braun MultiQuick 5 has a similar performance to the Breville Control Grip. Like many immersion blenders, they can't crush ice and struggle to make almond butter. However, the Breville makes a better smoothie, and it comes with more attachments, including a whisk and a food processor.
The Braun MultiQuick 5 is better than the Cuisinart Smart Stick Cordless Hand Blender. The Braun has a significantly better build quality and makes better-blended smoothies. It's also much easier to clean by hand. Some may prefer the Cuisinart's cordless design, but it has worse overall performance.
The Braun MultiQuick 9 is a better immersion blender than the Braun MultiQuick 5. The MultiQuick 9 has a unique design to help bring the blades closer to the ingredients you're blending, and it's better-built overall. Unlike the MultiQuick 5, it can crush ice and makes better almond butter.
The Braun MultiQuick 5 is a better immersion blender than the KitchenAid KHBBV53. The Braun is better-built, and it comes with a whisk attachment, unlike the KitchenAid. It's also easier to clean by hand, and its components are dishwasher-safe, unlike the KitchenAid. However, the KitchenAid makes better almond butter.