By Elizabeth Laseter

An immersion blender is a trusted appliance in any cook's kitchen. From pureeing soup to blending smoothies, this hand-held tool makes countless tasks easier, faster, and more efficient. But with more than enough brands and models out there, how do you know which one to buy?

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To help you buy the best immersion blender, we called on Allrecipes product tester Rachel Johnson. Use this guide to choose the perfect immersion blender for your kitchen, then put it to good use with our favorite recipes.

What is an Immersion Blender, Exactly?

First, some immersion blender basics. This hand-held kitchen appliance goes by several names: hand blender, stick blender, and wand blender. An immersion blender is useful for blending soups and sauces into smooth purees. It's also handy for blending fruit for smoothies, herbs and nuts for pesto, and fresh or canned tomatoes into sauce or salsa. Some immersion blenders also come with a whisk attachment, which is great for making whipped cream.

An immersion blender isn't quite as powerful as a regular blender, but it's smaller, generally less expensive, and more convenient. Cleanup is a breeze, since you aren't dealing with multiple parts, and you can easily store it in your cabinet without taking up much space. Don't confuse an immersion blender with a hand mixer, which is best for beating eggs, creaming butter, or combining ingredients into batter for cake.

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How We Tested Each Immersion Blender

First, we rounded up top-rated immersion blenders from popular brands Cuisinart, Breville, KitchenAid, Mueller, Philips, and Bamix.

Next, Rachel prepared this Carrot Cream Soup with Ginger recipe with every immersion blender she tested. For the blenders that came with whisk attachment, she also tried making whipped cream. For each test, Rachel considered these metrics:

  • Overall feel (How heavy is the immersion blender? Is it easy to hold? How powerful is it? Are there any safety features?)
  • Durability (Is it well-constructed?)
  • Cleanup (Is it easy to clean?)
  • Storage (Does it fit inside a cabinet?)
  • Overall value (Does it come with accessories? Most importantly, is it worth the price point?)

Below, find our top five picks for the best immersion blenders of 2019. See one that you like? Simply click the link below each description to snag one for your own kitchen.

Best Immersion Blenders at a Glance

  • Best Immersion Blender: KitchenAid 2-Speed Hand Blender, $40; Amazon.com
  • Runner Up: Breville the Control Grip Immersion Blender, $85; Amazon.com
  • Best Cordless Immersion Blender: Cuisinart SmartStick Cordless Hand Blender, $100; Amazon.com
  • Best Budget Immersion Blender: Mueller Ultra-Stick 500 Watt 9-Speed Powerful Immersion Multi-Purpose Hand Blender, $30; Amazon.com
  • Best Safety Features: Philips ProMix Hand Blender, $70; Amazon.com

Best Immersion Blender: KitchenAid 2-Speed Hand Blender

The KitchenAid 2-Speed Hand Blender aced every category in Rachel's tests, and then some With 17 vibrant colors featuring fun names like "cranberry," "green apple," "hot sauce," you can match this blender to virtually any kitchen color scheme. In addition to its stylish design, this immersion blender is exceptionally efficient and powerful. Despite only having two blending speeds, it produced a smooth, silky carrot soup in seconds. The rubberized handle is easy to grip and won't slip from your hands during use. The stainless steel shaft is detachable for cleanup, but Rachel actually recommends running the blender for a few seconds in a container of soapy water to remove any food from the blades.

The one accessory—a handy 700ml mixing cup and storage lid—is great for blending and storing small batches of food in the same container. Whether you want to blend, puree, or crush, the KitchenAid immersion blender does it all. Did we mention that it's also an incredibly reasonable price point?

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Buy It: KitchenAid 2-Speed Hand Blender, $40; Amazon.com

Runner Up: Breville The Control Grip Immersion Blender

The Control Grip immersion blender lives up to Breville's reputation for quality kitchen appliances. It whipped up a velvety soup with little effort, but this isn't its most impressive feature. The included accessories—a whisk attachment, a blending cup with a silicon-lined storage lid, and a chopping bowl featuring a mini blade—are impressive and functional. In fact, this immersion blender could potentially replace larger appliances that take up lots of kitchen real estate.

For making soup, the Control Grip is especially well-equipped. The blending cup accessory holds up to 42 ounces of liquid, includes a handle to protect your hands from hot liquids, and an anti-slip mat to hold it in place during blending. For serious home cooks looking to add a powerful, efficient, and versatile immersion blender to their kitchen, the Control Grip would be a worthwhile purchase.

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Buy It: Breville the Control Grip Immersion Blender, $85; Amazon.com

Best Cordless Immersion Blender: Cuisinart SmartStick Cordless Hand Blender

Featuring five different speeds, Cuisinart's SmartStick Cordless Hand Blender is powerful, quiet, and durable. Also included is a whisk attachment and a mixing cup featuring a study handle. During Rachel tests, the whisk attachment produced fluffy whipped cream in seconds.

Fully-charged, this immersion blender yields about 20 minutes of continuous use. And while it does charge quickly, actually remembering to keep it charged can require a bit of advance planning. Storage space may also be an issue if you have limited cabinet space—at 18 inches, two pounds, it's rather bulky and large. The other thing to note is the operation. Intended to be a safety feature, starting the blades requires you to hold down both the unlock and power button. However, this cordless blender offers great value overall and would be a worthy addition to a kitchen that lacks wall outlets.

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Buy It: Cuisinart SmartStick Cordless Hand Blender, $100; Amazon.com

Best Budget Immersion Blender: Mueller Ultra-Stick 500 Watt 9-Speed Powerful Immersion Multi-Purpose Hand Blender

The Mueller Ultra-Stick Hand Blender is low on frills but big on value. The exceptionally sharp blade boasts eight varying speeds, plus an instant "turbo" option. It also packs plenty of power and produced a smooth soup during testing, despite having some difficulty breaking down larger chunks of food. While it does not include a blending cup accessory, you do get an attachable whisk, which is a nice perk given the price point. For basic purees, smoothies, or whipped cream, this blender is the perfect entry-level option.

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Buy It: Mueller Ultra-Stick 500 Watt 9-Speed Powerful Immersion Multi-Purpose Hand Blender, $30; Amazon.com

Best Safety Features: Philips ProMix Hand Blender

You probably know Philips for TV screens, speakers, and electric razors—but they also make a powerful immersion blender. Hands down, the most impressive quality about the ProMix blender is its "SpeedTouch" technology. The start button is actually sensitive to touch, and the more pressure you apply to it, the faster the blender performs. This is also an important safety feature, as it gives you full control when blending hot liquids that could potentially splatter. The blades are also completely covered for further protection during use.

The one accessory, a 700ml blending cup, is not recommended for hot foods but would work nicely for individual-sized smoothies. Clean up is quick and easy—simply detach the blade shaft and rinse. For its stylish design, thoughtful safety features, and unmatched price point, the Philip ProMix is a solid buy.

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Buy It: Philips ProMix Hand Blender, $70; Amazon.com

Immersion Blender Recipes

From creamy soups to sweet and savory sauces, there are so many things you can make with an immersion blender. Try these easy recipes to start:


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