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Best Immersion Blender

There are few tools that are as useful in the kitchen as a decent blender or mixer.  They can be used for all sorts of things, from blending heavy cream until it becomes whipped cream to making sure that a cocktail is properly blender and everything in between, and honestly, there are myriad uses for making batters and creams and the like.  Some people may want to spend money on more high-end mixers and blenders, but honestly, if you don’t want to do that, you will find that using a good immersion blender is a good solution, although picking the best immersion blender can be something of a challenge.

But hey, thankfully, that is why we are here, to help you pick out the best immersion blender. There are a few good reasons to own an immersion blender, after all, and we will be able to help you pick out the one that we reviewed that will be the best immersion blender for you and for your dollar.  This is not a compilation of immersion blender reviews 2017 or 2016 yielded, but rather a review of products as we see them. 

Best Immersion Blender – Comparison Table

Now, before we get down to talk about which blender might be the best for you and for your uses, we must first take a general look at the blenders we checked out, in order that we might better understand what we’re looking at. If you can glean enough information from the table below to feel secure in making your purchase, then more power to you!  Here is your table:

NameNumber of speedsMotor power
Cuisinart Smart Stick CSB-75BC
2 Speed200-watt motor
Epica 4-In-1 Immersion Hand BlenderVariable speed dial and turbo setting350-watt motor
KitchenAid KHB22351CU3 speed215-watt motor
Hamilton Beach 597652 speed225-watt motor
Proctor Silex 59738A2 speed150-watt motor

Hopefully the table up above has given you a decent feel for the immersion blenders that we will be looking at.  Now that you have a decent general understanding of the blenders that we will be looking at, it’s time that we take a more in-depth look at each of the products that we ended up reviewing.

1

Cuisinart Smart Stick CSB-75BC 200 Watt 2-Speed Hand Blender – The Standard Model

If you are looking for your standard immersion blender, this is it, right here.  Cuisinart is a company that has been working in the ‘kitchen appliance’ industry for decades, and they know exactly what they’re doing when they put together a piece of equipment for your kitchen. 

Their immersion blender is a simple and fantastic device that will allow you to make sure your blending needs are met.  I like that it has only two settings (I don’t know why, but, in my experience, you will almost never need more than two settings, hi and low), streamlining the process of figuring out how to use this immersion blender.

This Smart Stick is an extremely simple and sturdy piece of kitchen equipment.  It will allow you to blend the various liquids that you need blended with ease, and it is light and responsive to the touch.  Like I said, it is a standard, no strings attached, no bells and whistles model, but it will blend beautifully, and even better, it is at a very reasonable price.

If all you’re looking for is a standard handheld immersion blender, this is the blender for you. It is even on the best immersion blender consumer reports list, and it tends to be on it almost every time the list is updated.

PROS
  • Simple and easy-to-use
  • Two button operation that makes it easy to work with
  • Streamlined design
CONS
  • Kind of the ‘plain jane’ of the reviewed immersion blenders
  • 200-watt motor puts it on the weaker end, but most readers will not need more than 200 watts, in all fairness
2

Epica 4-In-1 Immersion Hand Blender – The Home Starter Kit

Looking at the Epica 4-in-1 kit, you would say that it contains most of the things that you will ever need in order to be able to enjoy your blending experience, and you would be correct.  It comes with not only the usual immersion blender, but also with a container for blending in, a container for blending with the use of a blade (like turning the pictured collection of berries into a delicious slurry of berry juice and bits), and a whisk attachment.  Sounds like a good deal, doesn’t it?

This is one of the best immersion blender Cook’s Illustrated showcased, and the truth is that if you are looking for a great way to be able to get a nice multiple purpose hand blender, this is a great kit to buy.  The whisk tool, for example, makes mixing up batters (for pancakes and the like, perhaps) a breeze.  The bladed blender allows you to do everything you could do with a countertop blender, just on a smaller scale, and the immersion blender itself, of course, works well to blend fluids.

It has a lot more settings, interestingly, than the Cuisinart model, which is kind of a shock.  Of the reviewed immersion blenders, the Epica, with a motor clocking in at 350 watts, is the most powerful, and it also comes with a nice complement of extra equipment.  The speed setting is interesting; you basically have a rotating dial near the top of the handle, and then you have a button for ‘turbo’ setting.  With all of these setting combined, you have basically everything that you could reasonably need, and with all the power that the motor has, you will probably never find something that this immersion blender cannot do that another blender could do. 

So, if you’re looking for a powerful and multi-purpose immersion blender, Epica has the solution for you.

PROS
  • Comes with four additional pieces and a total of 3 useful attachments
  • The most powerful motor of any reviewed, by quite a lot
  • Comes with a whisk, which makes preparing batters a breeze
CONS
  • Not a name that is commonly run into, and a bit pricey usually
3

KitchenAid KHB22351CU 3-Speed Hand Blender – The Name Brand Bundle

KitchenAid was bound to make an appearance on this list, and with an entry that is every bit as amazing as the Epica bundle discussed up above.  KitchenAid, of course, is a name that shows up in a lot of kitchens; in fact, if you go and check your own kitchen right now, I bet you can find a few things that are made by them that you are using already (measuring spoons and cups are popular, as are various things like potato peelers, garlic presses, and even cheese graters).  There is a reason that they manage to be in so many homes, and it has to do with the quality that they have to offer.

This KitchenAid immersion blender set comes with a nice sack for keeping all the pieces together, it comes with the immersion blender and the handle, it comes with a whisk, it comes with a blender with a blade, and it comes with a measuring jar to make sure that you are going to be able to keep track of how much fluid you’re working with. It works well, in general, and the immersion blender itself comes with a 3-speed handle that is running a motor at 215 watts.

Definitely a great choice for anyone needing a blender.  It is an immersion blender KitchenAid can be proud to offer, to be sure.

PROS
  • Comes with a bundle of useful tools
  • Powerful motor
  • 3-speed settings
CONS
  • The motor still isn’t as powerful as the Epica motor, though it should be sufficient for most of your needs
4

Hamilton Beach 59765 2-Speed Hand Blender – The Competent Competition

Yes, that’s right, it is yet another three-piece bundle!  But don’t worry, as with the other bundles, this one is well worth the money and it is well-designed and very durable. Hamilton Beach is another one of those businesses that has been in the ‘kitchen appliance’ market for time immemorial, and they know what they’re doing.

The Hamilton Beach 59765 is a 2-speed hand immersion blender, but it comes with a few other heads, so that it can do a few other things.  For example, it comes with a whisk, so if you are making, say, pancake batter?  This blender has you covered.  It also comes with a bladed blender, so if you want to blend berries or to chop nuts, it can do both.  There’s also, obviously, the immersion blender attachment, for moving fluids around and making sure that the butter, the vanilla, and the milk all mix together just right.

It has a 225-watt motor, which means that this blender is powerful enough to blend pretty much anything that you could need to blend.  Truly, this is a great set for those who need an immersion blender for whatever reason.

PROS
  • Well-designed and durable
  • Comes with two additional attachments
  • Decently priced
CONS
  • The motor could be more powerful, but it is powerful enough for most needs that the average cook will have
5

Proctor Silex 59738A Hand Blender – The Simple Choice

I know, it seems like so many of these things come in huge bundles with three other pieces, but that doesn’t mean that they’re better (or worse) than the competition; it just means that they are for other people.  But this Proctor Silex Hand Blender is simply that; a hand immersion blender, with nothing else.

It has a 150-watt motor, and it operates in 2 speeds, making it simple and making it so that you can choose either ‘high’ or ‘low’ settings for blending your various fluids.  It also has an unusually long power cable, which is a great thing if you’re worried about portability and being able to reach the bowl you’re looking to blend.

So, if you are looking for a simple, no-frills immersion blender that will blend whatever it is you have to blend, Proctor Silex may well have the best answer for you. 

PROS
  • Affordable
  • Very long cord
  • Made by a trusted name in the industry
CONS
  • Literally the weakest motor of all the immersion blenders we reviewed, with a full 50 watts less than the nearest competitor

Best Immersion Blender - Buyer's Guide

If you’re looking for an immersion blender, it means you know a bit about cooking and need a tool to blend fluids, but don’t need it enough to spend hundreds on a mixing bowl or something like that.  That being the case, I know that some people are likely to have a question or two.

What’s The Deal With The Motors And Watts?

A lot of people are used to motors being measured in things like ‘RPM’ or ‘CCs’, and that’s just fine, but that isn’t something that you usually do when you’re talking about an electric motor.  Electric motors tend to be measured in both RPM and watts; because the motors in a blender are variable-speed, RPM is not a useful measure, so we’re left with watts.  More watts means a more powerful motor.

How Much Motor Do I Need?

A question that people have long asked, to be sure.  The immersion blender is meant to be used mostly for softer foods and for fluids, and that being the case, you are not likely to encounter much resistance, so you don’t need too much power.  200 watts is a good place to start, and anything more than that is just gravy, so to speak.

Conclusion


So, now that we’ve taken a good look at the various products that are out there to help you to make sure you will be able to blend soups and sauces and creams and the like, it’s time to declare a winner. 

There are a lot of great immersion blenders to be reviewed here, but the truth is that the best one of them all is the Epica.  Not just because it comes in a nice, neat bundle, not just because it has the most powerful motor by almost 100 watts, not just because it is such a well-designed or durable piece.  No, it is because the whole thing comes together so nicely, and it leads the group in almost every way and every manner.  It has a bundle, sure, but it also has the most speed choices, plus a ‘turbo’ setting, plus a powerful motor that is capable of running in pretty much anything that you could think of. 

Whichever of these fine immersion blenders you decide to go with, just know that you are getting a quality blender, and that you will be enjoying divinely prepared and blended soups and sauces in the near future.  Make sure to get a cookbook, too, so you can best make use of your blender.