A Mueller Austria immersion blender pictured next to a smoothie and additional attachments

Comparing Hand Blenders

If you spend a lot of time in the kitchen whipping up delicious meals and snacks, you probably have a diverse selection of kitchen appliances dotted around the counters and cabinets. From toasters and deep fryers, to electric kettles and coffee makers. Your kitchen is ready to serve come rain or shine, pudding or curry. One of these kitchen appliances is the very common immersion blender, also known as a hand blender or even a stick blender.

In case this is your first time shopping for one, or you’re just looking for a replacement, it can be all too easy to get slightly overwhelmed looking at and comparing all the models on the market. Fear not chef in distress, for we shall compare all the popular models for you, and let you decide which one suits your needs the most.

What Exactly is an Immersion Blender?

Before we get down to looking at different models proper, let’s quickly talk about what immersion blenders are in case you’re unaware of the term. Immersion blenders are portable appliances that have blades on one end that are spun using a motor on the other. Unlike tabletop blenders, immersion blenders do not consist of blades at the bottom of a container in which you pour the ingredients that need chopping.

Immersion blenders are more like those hand mixers you use to finely mix ingredients together. Except that instead of harmless mixing “beaters” on the end, immersion blenders have sharp blades for more rugged use. Some people prefer immersion blenders because they can be quickly used in succession inside different containers, instead of having to empty their own dedicated container like in tabletop blenders. Others prefer them because you can hold the blender and manually guide the blades to wherever they are needed most.

Things to Look Out for When Buying an Immersion Blender

Now that you’ve been acquainted with immersion blenders, let us talk about the things you should be looking for when buying an immersion blender. For starters, the grip an immersion blender provides is an insanely important factor to consider. If you’re going to be holding the thing for more than a few minutes, you’re going to desperately want a blender that is easy on your hands. You don’t want the blender slipping out of your hands constantly, and you definitely do not want a handle that is either too wide or too slim for your hands.

Another thing to consider is the radius of the blade guard. The blade guard is the circular cup that envelops the blades to prevent you from cutting yourself by accident. You don’t want a blade guard that is too small, as that will increase the time needed to blend things as well as make it more difficult to clean the blades. But you also don’t want a blade guard that is too wide, else you’ll end up with suboptimal blends and even scenarios where the blade guard doesn’t fit in to a narrow container.

Other than that, you might also want to look at any attachments that come with a particular model. These attachments can make specific slicing and blending easier. You’ll also have to decide if you want a corded or cordless blender. Corded blenders don’t run out of juice and can keep a consistent power output, but cordless blenders allow more freedom of movement and don’t run the risk of becoming useless if the cord is damaged in any way. Now, let’s begin our comparison.

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Mueller Austria Ultra-Stick 500 Watt 9-Speed Immersion Multi-Purpose Hand Blender Heavy Duty Copper Motor Brushed 304 Stainless Steel With Whisk, Milk Frother Attachments

Immersion Hand Blender, Utalent 5-in-1 8-Speed Stick Blender with 500ml Food Grinder, BPA-Free, 600ml Container,Milk Frother,Egg Whisk ,Puree Infant Food, Smoothies, Sauces and Soups - White

Braun 2-in-1 Immersion Hand Blender, Powerful 350W Stainless Steel Stick Blender, Multi-Speed + Whisk, 20 oz. Beaker, Easy to Clean, MultiQuick MQ505

AmazonBasics 500 Watt Multi-Speed Immersion Hand Blender

BELLA Hand Immersion Blender with Whisk Attachment

 

Mueller Austria Ultra Stick Immersion Blender

The Mueller Austria immersion blender is a solid choice in almost every aspect discussed above. It has an okay grip that won’t get tiring too soon, but is definitely not for extended uses. It comes with various attachments, thus providing you with a lot more flexibility when it comes to preparing meals. And it also features very helpful multiple speed configurations and also allows you to detach the shaft for easy cleaning and changing around of attachments.

Pros:

  • Comes with multiple attachments.
  • Shaft can be detached from main body.
  • Two distinct speed settings.

Cons:

  • Grip not too comfortable.
  • High power draw of 500 Watts.

UTALENT Immersion Blender

UTALENT’s offering, though lacking in diversity when it comes to additional included attachments, brings with a few other goodies to make up for it. This immersion blender ships with two containers where you can slice and dice or beat your ingredients, and also draws half the power of our first listing. Other than that, the grip is slightly more ergonomic and thus easier on the hands, and it also features a detachable shaft alongside eight different speed controls. Overall, an excellent choice if you’re not looking for too much variety in use.

Pros:

  • Only a power draw of 250 Watts.
  • Eight different speed controls for multiple uses.
  • Comes with two containers.
  • Detachable shaft.
  • Slightly ergonomic grip.

Cons:

  • Only one additional frontal attachment.

Braun Immersion Hand Blender

Braun’s immersion blender doesn’t bring anything particularly new or exciting to the table at first glance. However, its design may just be its saving grace. This immersion blender has the most ergonomic looking grip compared to the two listings above. Not as flat as Mueller’s, and not as overdone as UTALENT’s. This is an immersion blender that lives up to its alternate name; the hand blender. Not because you’re blending hands, but because your hands don’t cramp up after a few minutes of use.

As for additional included goodies, you’ve got one container and one frontal attachment. What it doesn’t achieve in versatility, it makes up for in ingenuity regarding its design. The blade guard itself is designed in a manner that helps speed up the blending. And of course, the above-mentioned grip design is more important than it may appear at first.

Pros:

  • Good grip design.
  • Good blade guard design.

Cons:

  • Lacks versatility.

Amazon Basics Immersion Blender

Like many of Amazon Basics’ products, their immersion blender is a nice balance between design, function, and cost. Though the grip might be tiring for some, and the blades might not be as powerful as some other offerings, the detachable shaft and speed settings are very welcome for a good cost. The construction is good, the operation is good, and the ease of use is good. It’s just good. Not great, not terrible, just good. A fine choice if you don’t care for frontal attachments or too much power.

Pros:

  • Good enough grip design.
  • Good blade guard design.
  • Multiple speed settings.
  • Detachable shaft.

Cons:

  • Lacks versatility completely.
  • High power draw of 500 Watts.

Bella Hand Immersion Blender

And to end the list we have Bella’s offering. Bella’s immersion blender is a nice middle ground you can say. The power consumption is low, it comes with one frontal attachment, and it does a good enough job. One thing to be aware of that might not be clear from the product’s pictures however, is that this is not a cordless immersion blender. A quick glance at the product picture might make it seem it is, but it is definitely corded.

Pros:

  • Low power draw of 250 Watts.
  • Good grip design that will highly suit some people.
  • Good blade guard design helps with blending.

Cons:

  • Lacks versatility.

Conclusion

And that wraps up our little comparison of multiple different immersion / hand blenders. If you opened this post confused about which immersion blender to get for yourself, you’re now hopefully in much better shape and already have a particular model or brand in mind. Just make sure to remember our handy little guide above when you finally make the purchase.