The Best Immersion Blenders, According to Our Test Kitchen
An immersion blender, also known as a hand blender, might seem like an extra appliance to buy (especially if you already have a blender). But once you use one—for recipes from silky soups like Carrot Soup to creamy smoothies like Strawberry-Pineapple Smoothie—you'll quickly see why it's a kitchen must-have. An immersion blender is a sleek, functional tool that allows you to blend directly in cooking vessels like soup pots. So if you're wondering, "What is the best immersion blender?" we've pulled together this list of the best immersion blenders to make shopping easy. (Or, if you're looking for a more traditional option, check out our guide for the best blenders.)
Types of Immersion Blenders
There are two main types of immersion blenders: cordless blenders and blenders with a cord. While a cordless blender allows for more mobility around the kitchen, both types of blenders operate in the same fashion. An immersion blender consists of the motor, either battery-operated or plug-in, and a removable blending arm (the blending arm may also be referred to as the shaft or wand). To use, simply insert the blending arm into the container or cooking vessel and blend away.
Some immersion blenders may also come with additional pieces like a cup and lid for easy blending and storing. An immersion blender might also come with different attachments like a whisk or chopping bowl, which get fastened to the motor in place of the blending arm. Depending on your needs, an immersion blender can range from a basic tool to a multipurpose appliance.
Best Immersion Blenders
This is our list for the best handheld immersion blenders. Each blender was tested twice: first, with tomatoes to make gazpacho and second, with cooked potatoes and hot water to make soup. In both cases, we were looking for a blender that produced a smooth, lump-free mixture, without overheating or making a lot of noise. We also noted how easy and comfortable each blender was to use, among other criteria.
Read on for what makes these hand blenders the best, as well as the ones that deserve an honorable mention.