The Best Immersion Blender for Most Home Cooks, According to the Best Experts
We firmly believe that most home cooks need both a countertop blender (the kind that, uh, sits on your countertop and has a pitcher) and an immersion blender (aka stick blenders). Both have their selling points:
- The pros for an immersion blender: They can purée veggies into a soup right in the pot, they can whip up a smoothie in a travel cup, there’s just one piece to clean (the wand), and they won’t eat up a ton of storage space.
- The pros for a countertop blender: They can run while you do some other kitchen task, can be extremely powerful, they look nice in the kitchen, and the pitchers can often be cleaned in the dishwasher.
Again, if you have a countertop blender, that doesn’t exclude you from needing an immersion blender. So the question for today isn’t really deciding if you’re a countertop blender person or an immersion blender person — it’s deciding which immersion blender is best. To answer that, we looked at the guides from five other well-respected gear sites to see what they had to recommend. And then we added our own two cents at the end.
These are the 3 best immersion blenders you could possibly buy in 2021.
1. Breville Control Grip Immersion Blender
The Best Immersion Blender, According to Wirecutter and Consumer Reports
Wirecutter has looked at 63 different immersion blenders since 2013 and this one keeps winning the top spot. It results in smoother textures compared to other immersion blenders, has a comfy-to-use design, and the included attachments actually work. It can handle the most fibrous or frozen ingredients and will actually feel good in your hand while you blend. And even though it’s more expensive than lots of other options on the market, you get some extras for your money — a 42-ounce blending jar, and a whisk and chopper attachment.
Consumer Reports says it beat out the other immersion blenders by a long shot. It excelled at blending frozen fruit and yogurt into a smoothie and in their soup purée test. There wasn’t a single bad thing to be said about this blender.
2. Braun Multiquick Hand Blender
The Best Immersion Blender, According to Cook’s Illustrated
This Braun blender dethroned Cook’s Illustrated‘s old winner (a KitchenAid, which now takes second place). It has two speeds that are very well-calibrated, it’s light and slim (with a body that’s easy to grip), and also comes with a whisk and a blending cup. It did leave small, evenly cut bits of kale in a smoothie, but that clearly wasn’t enough to ding the ranking of this more budget-friendly option. (Note: While the exact model Cook’s Illustrated recommends is unavailable, this one is also by Braun and comes with similar attachments.)
3. All-Clad Stainless Steel Immersion Blender
The Best Immersion Blender, According to Serious Eats and Epicurious
The folks at Serious Eats tested 12 immersion blenders, and voted this one the undisputed champ. It was the best (read: fastest and most efficient) at blending up ice cubes, puréeing celery, and emulsifying mayo. In addition to its top-notch abilities, this blender also got high marks for its nice design and easy-to-read controls.
Epicurious named this the best “simple” blender; the best non-simple one, if you’re wondering, was the Breville Control Grip because it comes with all those fun and useful attachments. The Epicurious review points out that its shaft is longer than most (9 1/4 inches), allowing it to get into deeper pots. And once again, that dial got a nice call-out.
Kitchn’s Thoughts on the Best Immersion Blender
Feeling torn on these three? We say get the Breville. It’s what many of our editors have at home and it works just as well as the All-Clad, and comes with attachments that will actually be useful (read: you won’t put them in a cabinet and forget about them).
If you end up looking at other immersion blenders that aren’t on this list, we do have some advice for you. First, don’t get caught up on flashy things like “turbo buttons” and extra speed settings. A lot of tests (from us and other sources) find that there’s no real difference between most of these settings. And know that higher wattage doesn’t necessarily mean better blending. Really, though, you should just get the Breville.