The Best Immersion Blenders for Faster Smoothies, Soups, and Spreads
When it comes to time-saving kitchen tools, an immersion blender is a speedy superstar. Also called a hand blender, it does much of the same work as a full-sized appliance—blending, emulsifying, whipping, and pureeing—without the limitations of a fixed blade. Instead, you can make soups directly in the pot, dips in your serving bowl, and smoothies in a travel-friendly tumbler. (That means less mess to clean up, too.)
Just as immersion blenders are incredibly versatile, there are an abundance of options to consider before adding the appliance to your kitchen. To find the best immersion blender, we put 15 top-rated models through a series of tests to measure everything from sound to feel to functionality. Our favorite overall is the Breville Control Grip Immersion Blender for its power and precision, as well as the Nutribullet Immersion Hand Blender as an affordable pick. Read on for more of the best options according to our findings.
Our Top Picks
- Best Overall: Breville Control Grip Immersion Blender
- Best Value: Nutribullet Immersion Hand Blender
- Best Cordless: KitchenAid Cordless Variable Speed Hand Blender
- Best for Soup: Vitamix Immersion Blender
- Best for Smoothies: KitchenAid Variable Speed Corded Hand Blender
- Best for Emulsion: All-Clad Stainless Steel Immersion Blender
Best Overall: Breville Control Grip Immersion Blender
Best Value: Nutribullet Immersion Hand Blender
Best Cordless: KitchenAid Cordless Variable Speed Hand Blender
Best for Soup: Vitamix Immersion Blender
Best for Smoothies: KitchenAid Variable Speed Corded Hand Blender
Best for Emulsion: All-Clad Stainless Steel Immersion Blender
For a top-notch immersion blender that can quickly and thoroughly blend tough ingredients, the Breville Control Grip Immersion Blender does it all with minimal splatter or suction. If you're looking for a more affordable option, the Nutribullet Immersion Hand Blender offers incredible power and precision without some of the Breville's bells and whistles.
Factors to Consider
Smooth, creamy soups are likely the first thing you associate with an immersion blender, and, while it's certainly an important function, it's capable of so much more. You can also use the appliance to emulsify sauces like mayo, whip up fluffy cream, or crush ice for frozen cocktails. You need a blender with a strong enough motor to power through tough ingredients, as well as sharp blades to create creamy consistencies. It's also helpful to have multiple speed options to adjust for softer and harder ingredients. To test functionality, we ran the blenders through a series of three culinary tests designed to evaluate their abilities to puree, emulsify, and crush ice.
Look, Feel, and Sound
An immersion blender is undeniably easier to maneuver than its full-sized counterpart, but some are less difficult to hold and use than others. During our tests, we took weight, ease of speed control, and design into consideration. We assessed how heavy each felt during both short and long blending tasks. Was it comfortable to hold for one minute, but not two? We also took into account design features. Was the grip ergonomic, even when wet? Is the blending wand long enough to use in deep containers?
The blenders we tested ranged from simple two-speed options to high-power variable-speed devices. We noted how it felt to pulse ingredients, as well as how it felt to operate blenders at full speed. Was it necessary to hold with two hands? Was the safety lock helpful or hindering? How easy was it to change speeds? And because blenders of all shapes and sizes have a reputation of being loud, we used a frequency spectrum analyzer to measure the decibels of the products while blending soup.
To test durability, we pitted the blenders against a tough ingredient: ice. The best options easily worked through ice cubes in our smoothie test, while several less-powerful machines struggled.
Ease of Cleaning
How easy is it to clean an immersion blender? Well, having a detachable blending wand helps. That way there's less of a chance of getting the motor wet. And though many in our product group were dishwasher-safe, our testers washed the blenders by hand after every test to see whether food got stuck in nooks or crannies. To wash the blenders, we first pulsed the blending shaft in a container of soapy water, then used a sponge to clean around and under blades.
Performance and design are important considerations when buying an immersion blender; however, it would be silly not to consider cost, too. Higher prices might buy you higher quality materials (although we found that wasn't always the case), but it's important to balance bells and whistles with affordability. In addition to our tests, we judged how each blender stacked up for its price point.
The first step in our test was picking which immersion blenders to try. We researched the top-rated options from a variety of tested reviews, including ones from Good Housekeeping and the Wirecutter, as well as best-sellers from retailers like Amazon. Additionally, we asked our editors to share what immersion blenders they had in their kitchens and whether they'd recommend them. We narrowed it down to 15 blenders for our product set, including models from Breville, KitchenAid, Cuisinart, and Vitamix.
To test the functionality, feel, and durability of our blenders, we used three recipes. For pureeing, we made cream of broccoli soup, timing how long it took to reach a smooth, velvety consistency and noting suction and splatter. For ice crushing, we timed how long it took to blend a very fibrous green smoothie filled with kale, chia seeds, and, well, ice. We also noted whether the appliance would overheat if it struggled to process the ingredients. Finally, we made an immersion blender mayonnaise to test emulsification, judging how long each took to blend the ingredients and continuing to note suction. Additionally, we also took note of how easy (or hard) the appliances were to control and clean, as well as their volumes at full speed.
What Didn't Make the List
Bella Immersion Hand Blender
Braun MultiQuick Immersion Hand Blender
Cuisinart Smart Stick Two-Speed Hand Blender
Cuisinart Smart Stick Variable Speed Hand Blender
Hamilton Beach 2-Speed Hand Blender
Hamilton Beach Professional Variable Speed Hand Blender
KitchenAid 2-Speed Corded Hand Blender
Waring the Bolt Cordless Lithium 7-Inch Immersion Blender
Waring Light-Duty Quik Stik Immersion Blender
Katie Macdonald is a food writer and editor on Dotdash Meredith's commerce team, covering everything from chefs' must-have classics to the latest and greatest kitchen deals since 2017. For this story, she researched competitor-tested guides and performed in-depth tests on 15 immersion blenders, making dozens of batches of soup, smoothies, and mayonnaise. In addition to Food & Wine, you can find her work on Allrecipes, Cooking Light, and Food52.