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Best Immersion Hand Held Blender of 2017 – We Review the Top Models

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Who wants to pour soup back and forth between the pot, a bowl, and the blender container? Who wants to have to wash a whole bunch of different glasses and cups after their morning smoothie? If you're making a big batch of soup or even a slushed drink for a party, it's actually easy to have an immersion blender that goes right into a container rather than pouring liquid back and forth. We've compiled the best immersion blender reviews in 2017 to help you find the perfect balance between price and effectiveness.

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Why go for an immersion blender?

Immersion blenders are a great buy. They’re rarely as strong as traditional countertop blenders, but they make up for this lack of power with incredible versatility and increased ease of use. If you’re making this beautiful broccoli and cheese soup (vegan, of course), for example,  you don’t need to transfer things back and forth between the blender and the pot – you can blend right there. If it’s hot, you’re feeling frazzled, and you're prone to burning yourself, that’s a massive advantage.

immersion blender for soup

If you're planning on adding some more veggies to your diet, an immersion blender makes soup easy.

And you can use immersion blenders for just about anything - for smoothies, for ice, for sauces. They’re generally not strong enough to be used for making nut butters, or for crushing up small seeds, but they’re good enough to do basic blending jobs – and you can wander around your kitchen as you’re using them, too.

What are the differences between the models?

The models here represent the best-selling immersion blenders on the market – but they aren’t necessarily the best in terms of performance. There are differences here in terms of warranty length, in terms of the material that they’re made of, in the accessories that they come with, and in what they’re best used for. Some have reported issues with durability, some don’t; some have plenty of color options, some don’t; some are dishwasher-safe, some aren’t.

Homemade whipped coconut cream can come easy with any handheld blender's whisk attachment.

Homemade whipped coconut cream can come easy with any handheld blender's whisk attachment.

Which one appeals to you comes down to your priorities. A lot of the models here are very similar in terms of strength and performance, so for the most part that shouldn’t factor into your decision. If you’d like to whip up some coconut cream with your machine, go for something that has an included whisk attachment like the two Cuisinarts or the Hamilton Beach. If you’d like it to stand proud in your all-pink kitchen, go for something like a Cuisinart with heaps of color options. If you want to blend hot soups, steer clear of the all-plastic Proctor-Silex. And if you want something that is all around functional and reliable the Hamilton Beach is your best bet. However, all of the models could work for different individuals given their functions price points.

If you're looking for one of the high tier immersion blenders like the All-Clad we also did a product review on that.

The surprise top model in this list is the Hamilton Beach 59765 2-Speed Hand Blender. It’s surprising because Hamilton Beach has often been thought of as a budget brand, one that eschews build quality for affordability and raw power. They’ve been stepping their game up lately, however, and this model is no exception; it competes easily with more established brands like Cuisinart and KitchenAid and comes out on top.

The main reason for this model being chosen as the best immersion blender is that it has no reported durability issues. All of the other models in this list suffer from some flaw, usually a gear issue, that leads to them failing within a relatively short amount of time. This does not, and although its warranty is only a year long according to the manufacturer, few people have complained about issues outside of this time frame.

It also comes with a whisk and a food processor, both of which are dishwasher-safe, and an extra-long cord so that you can move around the kitchen much easier when you’re using it. The blending stick is stainless steel, which is a massive boon as it means you can use it in hot substances like soups without being worried about plastic leaching. The major flaw with this model is its average-looking design – it’s definitely not as visually attractive as the other models on this list (in our opinion), like the following Cuisinart – but that’s a small price to pay for a great blender.

This model comes recommended for anyone who’d like durability in their machine, and who doesn’t want to have to re-purchase a blender because of a known issue. It’s not for someone who has a highly curated kitchen with a specific color scheme, or someone who’s looking for a longer warranty. However, there is a balancing act between warranty length and price.

PROS

  • Pulse ability
  • Click-on attachments
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Great build quality
  • Stainless steel blending stick

CONS

  • Average design
  • No color options

The first of the two Cuisinart Smart Stick models in this line-up is the CSB-75BC, and it’s one of the better models. Its major selling point is its design – it’s the only model in this list to come with a significant range of color options (*colors very by retailer)and it has the most attractive design. If you’d like your blender in key lime, pink, or metallic red, the CSB-75 is the only model that’ll catch your eye.

Its parts are dishwasher-safe, including the 2-cup container that it comes with. It also comes with a limited three-year warranty, which is one of the longest on this list, and represents Cuisinart’s supposedly better build quality. There have been some reports of reliability issues, but with the warranty and cost of investment, it is still an excellent buy.

This model is definitely one for you if you have an eye for the attractive and would like a beautifully designed product. It’s a great model in that it has all of the ideal qualities of an immersion blender.

PROS

  • Attractive design
  • Eight color options (*availability varies)
  • Pulse ability
  • Click-on attachments
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Three-year limited warranty
  • Metal blending stick

CONS

  • Some user reported reliability issues (not that big of a deal though given warranty and reputability of company).

The KitchenAid Three-Speed Hand Blender is one of the top-selling immersion blenders on the market. It’s tidy and effective, and comes with a range of accessories that can be swapped out to let you do whatever you need to do. Its attractive design and the choice of four color options (may vary by retailer) also means that you’ll be happy to have it sitting on your counter.

It features twist-on attachments rather than the standard click-on, so it may be a bit more difficult to swap accessories. This model also comes with a one year warranty, so it’s potentially not the best choice if you’re looking for a long-term investment.

This model is definitely ideal for people who’d like an attractively-designed machine that comes with a food processor, a whisk, and a blending container – everything you need. It can’t come recommended if you’re after something that with a longer warranty, if you’re arthritic (which could make the twisting attachments more difficult), or if you’d like to be able to throw your parts in the dishwasher and go.

PROS

  • Attractive design
  • Four color options (availability may vary)
  • Pulse ability
  • One of the top blenders on the market
  • Extra attachments available

CONS

  • Twist-lock attachments could be difficult to maneuver
  • Some parts may not be dishwasher safe according to some users

The second Cuisinart model is the CSB-79, and it pales in comparison to its bigger brother. Where the other Cuisinart had an attractive design and eight different color options, as well as a great range of features and the ability to be used one-handed, this model does not. It has two color options, black and red (colors vary by retailer), but the majority of the machine is stainless steel – a great feature that means you can use it anywhere and clean it very easily – and comes with a three-year warranty from the manufacturer -  which is a huge plus.

Unfortunately, these benefits are overshadowed by a few flaws in its design (in our opinion). This model features a safety button on the top of the motor that must be pushed when starting the blender. While this sounds like a great feature, it’s located so inconveniently that you often need to push it with one hand and operate the blender with the other, leaving no ability to hold the container of whatever you’re blending – in other words, it’s a two-handed machine. This feature can also make pulsing harder according to some users, as each time you need to push a couple of sets of buttons. The buttons to move the machine from low to high speed are also very small and need to be pushed hard to work. This means that its not the most intuitive and easy to use machine.

As a result, I don’t know who this model is ideal for. I’d recommend picking up the other Cuisinart over this one, or either of the other earlier models on this list. There’s no point purchasing a blender that’s inconvenient to use.

PROS

  • Click-on attachments
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Limited three-year warranty
  • Stainless steel

CONS

  • Average design
  • Pulsing may be difficult
  • Inconvenient safety button

This model is an interesting one, in that it’s quite different to most of the others on this list. It’s a top-selling model, but it features few of the hallmarks of the other top blenders: it’s made entirely of plastic, which means that it isn’t ideal to be used in hot substances like soups; it’s an all-in-one model, and doesn’t have interchangeable accessories, which also may make it harder to clean. It does have a manufacturer one year warranty (in the user and care guide), but make sure you're getting it from an authorized retailer.

It's also not dishwasher safe which makes it harder to clean. It also has a very average design – nothing to write home about, and nothing you’d actively look for if you’re aesthetically-minded. However, the ergonomic grip makes it easy to use so there should be no complaints on that end.

To be honest, the major benefit of this product is its price – it’s generally found at quite low prices, although this may vary – and this could account for its popularity. However, I’d recommend looking closely at whether this is truly worth it. It does very little of what other models can do – so unless you’re looking for a very basic, truly stripped-back model suitable for cold blends, I’d look elsewhere. However, if you're looking for a quick fix to make things like cold lattes, puddings, etc. it might be the perfect model for you.

PROS

  • Pulse ability
  • Affordable
  • Ergonomic grip
  • Long cord

CONS

  • Average design
  • All-in-one, no accessories
  • Not dishwasher-safe
  • All plastic

So which is the best?

There’s no doubt about it: the winner has to be the Hamilton Beach. The lack of durability issues, the ease of use, and the stainless steel design all contributed to this decision. It’s a model that seems likely to stand the test of time, especially compared to some of the others on this list, and is good to be used anywhere, with anything. If you’re looking for a great immersion blender, it’s an excellent buy.

About the Author Michelle B

Hey! I’m Michelle and I write product reviews for ThriveCuisine.com. I’m always preparing healthy / plant based foods and I’ve developed a knack for helping people get the best bang for their buck.

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