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Best Handheld Immersion Blenders

Updated on October 6, 2010

Hand-held immersion blenders are one of the kitchen tools seen the least in home kitchens, yet the most handy tool you could have on hand. When you find the perfect model for your type of cooking, I assure you that your food processor and traditional blender will be stored away in the back of your cabinet with the other least used appliances.

With a hand-held immersion blender, you can easily mix up shakes and smoothies, make homemade baby food and soups, whip up some smooth gravy or mashed potatoes -- the possibilities are endless. And the cleanup is easy as the blender fits right into the pot, bowl or cup your food is in. No more transferring food back and forth between your pot and the blender.

Following are reviews of some of the top handheld immersion blenders designed for home kitchens today.

Cuisinart CSB-76 Smart Stick Hand Blender

Cuisinart has done it again with their CSB-76 Smart Stick Hand Blender. As immersion blenders go, this is a great choice in immersion blenders for a home kitchen cook with an occasional need for an immersion blender. With a heavy-duty 200-watt motor and sharp, powerful blades, this unit will reduce a pot of broccoli, carrots, potatoes or aspargus to a smooth, creamy soup in no-time at all.

PROS:

  • Detachable blade shaft can be cleaned in the dishwasher.
  • Brushed stainless steel housing prevents stains.
  • Extra-long mixing shaft.
  • Smooth, quiet operation.
  • Mixing cup included.

CONS:

  • Corded rather than cordless.
  • Two-blade tip does not work well with hard foods such as ice or frozen fruit.
  • Single rather than variable speed.
  • Internal plastic parts may not last more than 6 to 12 months if used frequently.

KitchenAid KHB300 Handheld Immersion Blender with Chopper

KitchenAid products are generally of very high quality and are created with the home cook in mind, and this handheld immersion blender is no exception. The KHB300 comes in three different colors (white, black and red) and has a variety of attachments that you will find very useful in the kitchen.

PROS:

  • Quiet, powerful motor, with ergonomic grip.
  • Comes with a chopper, blender and whisk attachments.
  • Includes 4-cup mixing beaker.
  • Drawstring bag to house all pieces and attachments.
  • Long 8" shaft.
  • Variable speed settings.

CONS:

  • No stay-on mode, so button needs to be constantly pressed.
  • Corded rather than cordless.

Dualit 88860 500-Watt Immersion Hand Blender

Although Dualit may not be a household name, they have made a beauty of an immersion blender. They've managed to put all of the key features and power one would expect out of a hand blender meant for the home kitchen. Although the unit is a bit pricey, it is well worth the expense as this unit should last much longer than some other manufacturers' immersion blenders.

PROS:

  • Variable speeds from 9000 rpm to 17000 rpm.
  • Chrome housing for easy cleanup.
  • Detachable blending stick.
  • Cookbook included.

CONS:

  • Inaccurately labeled for the United States as 500-watt. In US terms it is a 320-watt motor.
  • Accessories sold separately.
  • Corded rather than cordless.

Rival IB954W Ultrablend 2-Speed Handheld Immersion Blender

Rival has a long history of making quality products, and this immersion blender is no different. This lightweight, easy to use hand blender is perfect for light kitchen use. If you make a lot of smoothies or milkshakes, this is the perfect kitchen companion. It may not have the power of some of the other units, but it has a reputation for being able to use it frequently for many years without any problems.

PROS:

  • Detachable shaft is dishwasher safe.
  • Two speeds with pulse control.
  • Protective blade guard helps reduce splatters.
  • Cookbook included.

CONS:

  • 100-watt motor best for light use.
  • Corded rather than cordless.
  • Blades set up high in shaft, so difficult to chop things as small as garlic cloves. Best for liquids.

Immersion Blender Demonstration

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    • Garnet Greene profile image

      Garnet Greene 8 years ago from Lovely Town, USA

      Love immersion blenders for pureeing soup. No need to put it in another pot! I have a KitchenAid I really like.

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      lrohner 8 years ago from USA

      LOL, Dohn. A new one every month? Too funny!

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      I had an immersion blender in college when I use to work out, when mixing protein drinks. It was definitely useful. But living with 2 other fraternity guys and overuse caused the darn thing to burn out the motor! We did a carousel where each of us had to buy a new one every month (we bought the cheapest ones, by the way). Thanks, Irohner.

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      lrohner 8 years ago from USA

      You know, I started to add them, Rochelle. But overall they just don't seem to have the shelf life of the corded ones (or the power). I will look into them a bit more though.

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      Rochelle Frank 8 years ago from California Gold Country

      I have had one for a long time, not an expensive one. I use is frequently-- and you are right, I rarely use my blender. I have been considering getting a cordless one. I assume it would have a charging base.

      Why don't you add a couple of reviews for the cordless ones?

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