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Best immersion blender 2021: hand blenders for seasonal soups

Use the best immersion blender to make creamy winter soups and delicious smoothies, with our top hand blenders from KitchenAid, Breville, Braun, and Vitamix

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Now that winter is here, the best immersion blender will become an essential part of your kitchen. Especially useful when making seasonal soups, an immersion blender (also known as a hand blender or stick blender) will let you blend ingredients directly in your pot or saucepan, instead of needing to put your hot stock into a blender pitcher.

Immersion blenders are also great for making smoothies, because they often come with blending cups of their own that will let you customize what you blend and move the blender to make sure you get every element of your drink evenly incorporated. Some of the best immersion blenders also come with attachments for whisking, meaning you can use them to incorporate air into heavy whipping cream. We've also used immersion blenders to thicken egg yolk and oil into a homemade aiolo or mayonnaise. 

While there is no replacing the best blenders when for crushing ice or powering through frozen ingredients, the best immersion blender can also be used to make thicker sauces and even dips. We've used stick blenders to make smooth baba ganoush, and if you opt for one that comes with a mini chopper attachment, it could even be used to finely chop onion or garlic. Featuring our top picks from KitchenAid, Cuisinart, Braun, Breville, and Vitamix, here are our top 8 best immersion blenders.  

The best immersion blenders 2021

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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. 

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2. 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. 

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3. 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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4. 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. 

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5. 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. 

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6. 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

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7. KitchenAid 2-Speed Hand Blender

The best immersion blender for making smoothies: compact and great with fruit

Specifications
Attachments: Blending wand, blending cup
Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 16 inches
Power: 120 watts
Reasons to buy
+Everything you need for smoothies+Reasonably priced+Comes in nine colors
Reasons to avoid
-Use for blending alone

If you want the best immersion blender to make smoothies, the KitchenAid 2-Speed Hand Blender will be the best choice for you. It has a blending cup which you can drink out of as soon as you're finished, and there are a fun range of colors. 

What we love

The simple two-speed controls are great for those who just want an alternative to a traditional blender. It has a soft-grip handle for sturdy controls, and the blending cup can be covered with a removable lid to prevent your smoothie from getting too thick. 

Features

You can place the blender attachment on the top rack of the dishwasher, which is a big win. 

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8. 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. 

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 Fender is the Small Appliance and Cooking Editor on the Homes and Gardens Ecommerce team. She specializes in cooking appliances and also reviews outdoor grills and pizza ovens. Millie loves to bake, so she will take any excuse to review stand mixers and other baking essentials. All of Millie's reviews are conducted at home, meaning she uses these products in her own kitchen, the way they're designed to be used. 

Millie is from Bath, England, and she grew up surrounded by classic Georgian architecture and interiors. She dreams of buying her own house and filling it with antiques, but for now, she lives in a sunny London flat with a very busy kitchen.