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Best immersion blender 2021: top hand blenders for delicious soups

Buy the best immersion blender to make tasty smoothies and soups by hand, with hand blenders from Cuisinart, KitchenAid, Braun, Breville, and Vitamix

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Buying the best immersion blender for your home will be the perfect way to prepare for fall. While we love the best blenders for making a smoothie bowl or nut milk, there's no match for how perfectly the best hand blenders can turn a pot of hot broth and veggies into a creamy and flavorsome winter soup. 

Some of the best immersion blenders in our guide come with cordless functions, which means you can carry them around your kitchen with no cord needed. That's perfect for whipping up heavy cream on your kitchen island or moving around your kitchen to prepare different elements of a meal.

One of the main ways to decide between our immersion blender top picks is the range of attachments they include, because while some only focus on blending, others come with attachments to chop, whisk, and even mash. 

The best immersion blenders 2021

Best immersion blender

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1. Braun MQ9007 MultiQuick 9 Immersion Hand Blender

The best immersion blender overall: a versatile hand blender for just about any dish

Specifications
Attachments: Blending wand, whisk, masher, 20oz beaker
Dimensions: 2.75 x 2.75 x 9.45 inches
Power: 700 watts
Reasons to buy
+Plenty of attachments+Powerful motor+Less suction and risk of splashing+Flexible blending shaft
Reasons to avoid
-One of the most expensive options on the market

The Braun MQ9007 MultiQuick 9 Immersion Hand Blender comes with three attachments: a blending wand, whisk, and masher for making creamy potatoes and puree. 

What we love

The blending wand is particularly innovative, with an easily-controlled flexible blending shaft that moves up and down with the press of a button to have even more reach around your bowl or pitcher as you blend. 

Features

The pitcher is 20oz and attachments are safe for dishwashing. You can also make the most of the splash control technology, which cuts down on suction and therefore reduces the risk of splashing when blending wet ingredients for soups and smoothies. 

Vitamix Immersion Blender

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2. Vitamix Immersion Blender

The best immersion blender for soups: what it lacks in attachments it makes up for in power

Specifications
Attachments: Blender
Dimensions: 3 x 3 x 18 inches
Power: 625 watts
Reasons to buy
+Scratch-resistant blade+Five speed settings+One-handed 
Reasons to avoid
-No attachments

For sheer ease of use, the Vitamix Immersion Blender is the best immersion blender for making soups. 

What we love

The design is suitable for use in any container and the bell-shaped blade guard prevents you from scratching up your favorite pots and pans while still allowing soup and smoothies to run through to the blade in a smooth current.

Features

This immersion blender has less of the bells and whistles of some of the more multi-functional ones in this guide, but for its five speeds, one-handed operation and durable stainless steel design, it's a winner. 

NutriBullet Immersion Blender

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3. NutriBullet Immersion Blender

The best immersion blender on a budget: get two attachments for a reasonable price

Specifications
Attachments: Blender, whisk
Dimensions: 2 x 2 x 16 inches
Power: 350 watts
Reasons to buy
+Budget-friendly+Two speeds+Soft grip handle
Reasons to avoid
-Low power motor

The NutriBullet Immersion Blender comes at a reasonable price and has a whisk and blender attachment for making delicious desserts and smooth soups and sauces. 

What we love

There are two speeds for different intensities and consistencies, and a soft-grip handle to prevent any slipping. 

Features

The motor is just over half that of our top pick, the Braun MQ9007 MultiQuick, and there are no anti-scratch designs to prevent your pans from being damaged, but for the price this is a great choice. 

KitchenAid Cordless Variable Speed Hand Blender

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4. KitchenAid Cordless Variable Speed Hand Blender

The best cordless immersion blender: take this hand blender on the go for cordless use

Specifications
Attachments: Chopper, blender, whisk, scratch-resistant cap
Dimensions: 14.76 x 12.01 x 5.2 inches
Power: Lithium ion battery
Reasons to buy
+Takes only 2 hours to charge+Variable speed trigger+Plenty of colors+Comes with a chopper, pitcher, and more
Reasons to avoid
-Battery life is limited to 20 minutes

The KitchenAid Cordless Variable Speed Hand Blender liberates even the best immersion blenders of a cord. 

What we love

It takes only two hours to charge this immersion blender to its full 20 minute run time. The attachments are generous, too. There's a jug with a 4 cup capacity, as well as a mini chopper and whisk. 

Great touches include the scratch-resistant cap for the blender head, and the variable speed trigger. 

Features

This immersion blender also comes in a range of colors including black, red, blue velvet, and white. Cordless is taking off in a big way. Our best portable blender guide has more examples. 

Breville BSB510

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5. Breville Control Grip Immersion Blender

The best multifunctional immersion blender: with a mini chopper and large jug included

Specifications
Attachments: Blender, whisk, chopping bowl, large jug
Dimensions: 7.5 x 6.2 x 12.4 inches
Power: 280 watts
Reasons to buy
+Plenty of attachments+Scratch-free blender base+Large blending jug +Trigger operation is ergonomic
Reasons to avoid
-Not the most powerful option out there

The Breville Control Grip Immersion Blender is loved by users for its many attachments and smart touches. 

What we love

This handheld blender has an ergonomic grip with a trigger-style control for easy use. Speed is adjustable and the blending wand is 8 inches long to reach into even the largest pots. 

Features

Attachments include a mini chopper, which stacks inside the large 42oz jug, and a whisk. The whisk looks a little on the flimsy side but will be capable of incorporating air into egg whites or heavy cream to take the place of the best stand mixers

Dash immersion blender

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6. DASH Chef Series Deluxe Immersion Hand Blender

The best immersion blender food processor: a space-efficient top pick

Specifications
Attachments: Blender Stick Attachment, Whisk, Masher, and Food Processor Attachments, Food Processor Blades, Grating/Slicing Plate, Emulsifier Plate & Dough Hooks, Ingredient Pusher & Mixing Cup
Dimensions: 13.1 x 13 x 8.3 inches
Power: 1000 watts
Reasons to buy
+Works as a chopper and blender+Smart on-board storage+Recipe guide included+5 speeds
Reasons to avoid
-You'll need the space to store it

If you want the best immersion blender to really do it all, the DASH Chef Series Deluxe Immersion Hand Blender is a top pick. It has on-board storage for its many attachments, so you won't lose track of where everything is. 

What we love

The handle itself has five speeds and is powered by 1000 watts. There is a jug and a food processor attachment, meaning you can use the chopping, emulsifying and kneading blades with the immersion handle, or mash, whisk or blitz with the handheld. 

Features

If you want something for a small space, opting for the DASH Chef Series Deluxe Immersion Hand Blender isn't the best choice. While it's multi-functional if you're also in search of a food processor, there are a lot of space requirements for something with so many attachments. 

Cuisinart RHB-100 EvolutionX Cordless Rechargeable Hand Blender

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7. Cuisinart EvolutionX Cordless Rechargeable Hand Blender

The best rechargeable immersion blender: take it on the go whenever you need it

Specifications
Attachments: Blending wand, whisk, blender
Dimensions: 2.4 x 2.34 x 16.28 inches
Power: 7.4 volts of lithium ion
Reasons to buy
+Designed to make the smoothest of soups+It's easy to switch out attachments+Only takes 2 hours to recharge
Reasons to avoid
-Not the largest range of attachments

Pick up the Cuisinart EvolutionX Cordless Rechargeable Hand Blender if you want a cordless hand blender that doesn't cost the earth. It's surprisingly well priced given its premium looks and powerful lithium ion motor. 

What we love

The freedom of cordless immersion blenders is something you'll never realise you needed, but it means you can move around your entire kitchen and even blend your soups directly in the pot you cooked them in, with far easier cleaning after, too. 

Features

The 30oz blending cup is large enough to make a morning smoothie, and it has a 20-minute runtime with only 2 hours of charging time. 

What is the best immersion blender? 

To summarize, we think the Braun MQ9007 MultiQuick 9 Immersion Hand Blender is the best immersion blender you can buy. It has a very powerful 700 watt motor and a masher attachment for creaming potatoes and pureeing root vegetables. 

If you want the best immersion blender for soup without worrying about other attachment options, we like the Vitamix Immersion Blender. It is also very powerful and is designed to do one thing very well indeed.

The budget-friendly choice comes from Nutribullet. The NutriBullet Immersion Blender has two attachments and two speeds, all for a fraction of the price of some of the best immersion blenders on the market. 

How do I choose a good immersion blender?

Finding the best immersion blender is all about knowing what you need to use it for. While we were taken by some multi-taskers, there is no point in buying an immersion blender with a mini blender or masher attachment if you don't plan on using it. That's especially the case if you're paying a premium for the added attachments. 

Some will already have machines in the home that are designed to take the place of these attachments, and many of the best food processors also come with mini chopper attachments, so take a good look at what you already have, from a hand mixer to an extra-large jug for blending into, and then evaluate what is missing from your kitchen or needs replacing. 

Power is important, so take a look at what the motor power is. While soups blend up very easily, and heavy cream won't take much power to whip up nicely, there is a case to be made for opting for a powerful model if you intend of making purees, dips, or thick sauces. 

Millie Fender
Millie Fender

Millie has been with the Homes and Gardens team since early 2021, bringing with her a love of cooking appliances and al fresco entertaining. She writes about stand mixers, blenders, and other small appliances, and loves putting barbecues and pizza ovens to the test. Millie thinks that the kitchen is the most important room in any home, but then, she is very biased.