Soup is one of our favorite comfort foods year-round, but we’re especially craving it as soon as temperatures begin to drop. From rich butternut squash to creamy potato-leek to split pea spoonfuls that stick to your ribs, pureed soups feel like warm hugs during those cold months. And one of the fastest, easiest ways to get that velvety texture is with an immersion blender.
Rather than lugging out a heavy full-sized blender, the handheld device allows you to simply puree soups directly in the pot. It not only cuts down on cooking time but also the mess of transferring ladles of soup into a blender and back again. And a handy immersion blender doesn’t need to cost a fortune: the most popular model on Amazon is only $35.
The Mueller Austria Ultra-Stick 500 Hand Blender has nearly 18,000 five-star reviews, with users saying it’s even more useful than their full-sized appliances. Powered by a 500-watt motor, the stainless steel S-shaped blades make quick work of mixing smoothies, sauces, soups, and more. The device features a long body to reach the bottom of deep stockpots and boasts nine speeds for complete blending control.
In addition to blending, the Mueller Ultra-Stick includes whisk and milk frother accessories for even more flexibility in the kitchen. You can even toss all three attachments in the dishwasher for no-fuss cleanup.
To buy: $35 (originally $45); amazon.com
The Mueller Ultra-Stick is currently Amazon’s best-selling hand mixer, and thousands of reviewers confirm it’s simple to operate and extremely durable. What’s more, they say it’s an incredible deal, even when it’s not on sale (like it is right now).
“Unlike the name brand competitors that sell for more, but have tiny motors and tons of plastic packaged with them, this unit has a 500-watt motor, one of the most powerful available,” a shopper said. “And that power can be felt using it, it does not bog down under thick blends. The blade detaches easily, is all stainless on the business end, and easy to clean. A no brainer at the price.”
Others say it’s a must-have for small kitchens where fitting a traditional blender can be a challenge. One wrote, “I grew sick and tired of constantly dragging out our giant stand mixer and having it take up tons of counter space in our tiny kitchen. This blender saves me the hassle and space.”
And when it comes to soup-making, this reviewer couldn’t stop singing the Mueller’s praises: “I absolutely ADORE that the piece that does the work is all stainless, not cheap plastic. I use mine mostly for doing soups, and it does a wonderful job even on tough kohlrabi.”
And at just $35, there’s no reason why you can’t splurge on this versatile kitchen tool for yourself—it’s a worthy (and affordable) addition to your Amazon cart.