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The Best Immersion Blenders on the Market (2022)

The first time I received an immersion blender as a gift, I thought it would just live in a cabinet and never get used. Little did I know it'd become one of the most frequently-used gadgets in my entire kitchen. We use ours daily for blitzing a sauce, emulsifying homemade mayo, or throwing together a quick smoothie or milkshake — and all without half the cleanup of a blender or food processor. But, after years of abuse, a piece of my beloved Philips broke off recently so I plunged deep into the world of hand blenders to find out what was worthy of taking its place in my kitchen.

Vitamix Immersion Blender

Far and away the nicest tool in its class, but still over-engineered. Details like the digital speed control (which automatically resets to the lowest speed every time it's plugged in) and the four-bladed bit (which makes the dome super hard to clean by hand) just don't need to be that way.On the other hand, the fit and finish are phenomenal and it has arguably the best dome design out of all of them. Combine that with the most power in the category and you get an exceptional piece of kit.
Pros
  • So much power.
  • Excellent dome design.
Cons
  • Doesn't feel overpriced to me, but still expensive.
  • Two extra blades make it difficult to get large ingredients (or cleaning tools) into the dome.
  • Digital speed controller is annoying to manage.
$160
Amazon

All-Clad Cordless Hand Blender

In a category full of ugly tools, this one is probably the sleekest. With that said, it has a rather striking silhouette when sitting in its charging base that has earned it the nickname "cyber dildo" in our house.That dick, er... dock is the key to its success though: it's just lovely to have a dock-able, cordless version of a tool we use so frequently.
Pros
  • As always, cordless is a massively better experience than corded.
  • Dock is super convenient to keep handle charged but within easy reach.
  • Enough power to make short work of tough jobs and easily self-clean.
Cons
  • Suffers from the classic "All-Clad tax" making it way overpriced.
  • Charging light always stays on while in the dock which can be quite annoying.
  • Update: Our charging dock stopped working after only a couple months and is apparently not replaceable.
$200
Amazon

KitchenAid Variable Speed Corded Hand Blender

In many ways, this is the quintessential hand blender. Despite all the flashy colors it comes in, this is very much a minimalist blender design. Sure, it's not the most powerful, but it doesn't really need to be — it'll still get the job done.This was my first hand blender and while it's not the best, it's good enough for most jobs and it avoids adding unnecessary bullshit for its own sake which I find quite admirable.
Pros
  • Simple, but effective.
  • Variable trigger is very convenient for just using top speed and avoiding configuration.
Cons
  • Not very powerful.
  • Cheap bit design. Clip-on scratch guard just feels lazy.
$50
Amazon

Breville Control Grip Immersion Blender

I've had a number of Breville kitchen tools over the years and generally I think they feel really cheap and are lacking in the performance department. This is an outlier for me — my second-favorite corded blender.It does a lot with its fairly low wattage and its dome design is one of my favorites. On the other hand, its plastic body doesn't feel very resilient and I expect it to have a shorter lifespan than many of its counterparts.
Pros
  • High-friction speed dial makes it easy to fix at top speed forever.
  • Unique dome shape makes it easy to get into corners in containers.
  • Really comfortable grip.
Cons
  • Button diaphragms for engaging bits are fidgety (and feel kinda gross).
  • Plastic top cap came partially disengaged at the cord connector.
$120
Amazon

Philips ProMix Hand Blender

This is the blender that started this whole search due to a piece of plastic panel coming off the top.It's still in production, but it's been out of stock for over a year — otherwise I probably would've just bought another one.
Pros
  • Simple, but effective.
  • Reasonably powerful.
  • Held up for almost 8 years.
Cons
  • Overpriced for its materials (I got mine for ~$50 off MSRP.)
$85
Amazon

Waring Commercial Quik Stik

I've got a huge commercial blender from Waring for producing big batches of condiments that I love. It's an absolute beast that quickly works through anything I put in front of it.This is its polar opposite. Basically useless.
Pros
  • Only two speeds!
  • Heavy duty construction
Cons
  • YOU CAN'T REMOVE THE BIT. This is a dealbreaker.
  • 100w is not enough power.
  • Way overpriced.
$95
Amazon

KitchenAid Cordless Hand Blender

A great blender for the price, but there's one thing that keeps me on the fence: the charger design.It's a classic DC adapter that you plug into the bottom of the handle. A dock would be much more convenient, but KitchenAid chose this so they can share a charger across multiple gadgets. This blender really loses its oomph quickly when it's not fully charged, so you kinda just need to have a blender handle laying around on your counter plugged in all the time? Not ideal.
Pros
  • Cordless hand blenders are just so much more convenient.
  • Variable triggers are great because you really only ever need the fastest speed anyway.
  • Thin, lightweight body is great for small hands.
  • Cheap for a cordless.
Cons
  • Loses blending power quickly as its battery drains.
  • Bit design is really shoddy. Comes with a plastic scratch guard which is just lazy.
  • Inconvenient charger format.
$80
Amazon

Mueller Austria Ultra-Stick

I'd seen this blender around TikTok, so I was excited to give it a shot but immediately on picking it up I knew that it would be disappointing.It's that feeling of when a tool is *too* lightweight — which makes sense for a blender made of super thin aluminum and plastic. But those are notoriously soft materials that I wouldn't expect to survive long in frequent use.
Pros
  • Cheap!
Cons
  • Bit doesn't lock onto the handle in any noticeable way which feels very disconcerting in use.
  • Dome design struggles to pull in ingredients.
  • 9 (unstepped) speeds, plus a "Turbo" button? Just give it high and low, nerds.
  • Materials feel cheaper than others at same price point.
$35
Amazon

Braun MultiQuick 5 Vario Hand Blender

I miss the old Braun — the one that made pretty, useful home products.
Pros
  • Cheap...
Cons
  • ...but not cheap enough to justify these materials.
  • Poorly designed dome and handle.
  • Why the hell does a blender need 21 speeds? It's not a fucking bicycle.
$45
Amazon