Let’s talk hand blenders!
Also referred to as immersion blenders, most folks use these blenders for smoothies, coffee drinks or soups. You can emulsify a small amount of soft foods quickly and effectively.
Let’s also talk about what hand blenders DO NOT do well—despite many brands that include a whisk, these blenders aren’t designed to blend a large amount of whipped cream or meringue. For those uses, we recommend a stand mixer.
Ditto for frothing milk or chopping nuts. In our testing, we thought hand blenders just weren’t suited well for these tasks.
We tried out 11 brands of hand blenders, from fancy models made in Europe to budget options imported from Asia. As always, we looked for the best performance . . . at the best price! After preparing a variety of foods (baby food, smoothies), we found several models that were quick, quiet and easy to clean. Here are the ones that made the cut:
For the best budget-friendly hand mixer, the award goes to Mueller Austria’s Ultra-Stick hand blender. Yes, this blender has nine speeds and performed well—at a price that is easy on the wallet.
What We Liked
• Impressive power. This blender has 500 watts of power—most other blenders we tested had 300 to 350 watts.
• Grip felt good in our hands. We liked the ergonomic design, which is no-slip.
• Easy to clean.
• Nine-speeds! We liked having the fine level of control. The Braun blender we recommend below has just two speeds.
• Attachments include: milk frother and whisk. That’s nice, but as we discussed above, we don’t think hand blenders like this work well for these uses. Yes, we liked this blender and thought it worked well for smoothies and soup—but not to froth milk or whip cream.
What Needs Work
• Can get hot.
• Made in China, not Austria. Yes, Austria is in the brand name, but this blender is not made in Europe. That said, most of the made in China blenders we tried worked fine. But if you prefer something made in Europe, check out the Braun mixer recommended below.