The Best Immersion Blender Brands According to Kitchen Pros

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The best immersion blender out there does a lot more than puree. Find out why our Test Kitchen chose this brand (and what fancy attachments come right in the box).

Test Kitchen Preferred The Best Immersion BlenderClaire Krieger/Taste of Home

For many folks, an immersion blender might seem like just another one-use gadget, but our Test Kitchen can assure you that this small tool is not just a one-trick pony. A good immersion blender can smooth out soups and sauces, but it also can puree, emulsify and even whip (yes, you should be making your own whipped cream). And if you find the right one, it might even come with a few extras to chop and mince.

Learn more about how to use an immersion blender.

How Our Test Kitchen Found the Best Immersion Blender

This being said, it’s hard to know which one on the department store shelf can promise you the best butternut squash soup. That’s why our Test Kitchen experts gathered all the most popular brands and reviewed them. After weeks of using them in our kitchens, we had a good feeling about some brands, but to be absolutely sure, we conducted a few tests to see how the immersion blenders stacked up:

  • Pureeing: How smoothly could the blender puree fresh, chopped tomatoes?
  • Whipping: How well and how quickly could the blender whip heavy cream?
  • Emulsifying: How well did the blender create an emulsified vinaigrette?
  • Price: Is the product affordable? Was the performance reflected in the price?

Learn more about our rigorous testing process.

Our Test Kitchen-Preferred Immersion Blenders

We did a lot of pureeing, whipping and emulsifying for this test—and a few brands rose to the top.

The Best Overall Immersion Blender: Cuisinart Smart Stick Variable Speed Hand Blender

CUISINART SMART STICK IMMERSION BLENDER & CHOPPERVia surlatable.com

Our Test Kitchen’s favorite immersion blender was so much more than just an immersion blender. The Cuisinart Smart Stick Variable Speed Hand Blender delivered in all of our tests and then some.

Using just the basic blender attachment, the Cuisinart immersion blender sailed through every test our Test Kitchen could throw its way. Soup was silky smooth, whipped cream was ready to top homemade desserts in 35 seconds flat (wow!) and our from-scratch vinaigrette was ready with just a few pulses of this powerful gadget.

Outside of its phenomenal performance using just the standard attachment, our kitchen experts loved experimenting with the whisk and food processor add-ons. The whisk was nice, but our kitchen really loved the mini food chopper. It was super convenient for mincing garlic, chopping nuts and pulsing egg yolks for homemade deviled eggs.

  • Attachments: Whisk and mini food processor included
  • Additional features: Continous blend or pulse modes, simple snap-on attachments with push-botton release
  • Price: $60

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Most Stylish: KitchenAid 2-Speed Hand Blender

KitchenAid KHB1231TB 2-Speed Hand Blender, Twilight BlueVia amazon.com

If you have a colorful KitchenAid stand mixer on your counter, you might just want your immersion blender (and hand mixer and food processor) to match. And you can live that color-coordinated dream with the KitchenAid Hand Blender.

But don’t worry—this blender is more than just looks. This two-speed stick blender ran smoothly and quietly, emulsifying vinaigrettes with ease. And its powerful motor is great for making quick smoothies or even pureeing produce for homemade baby food.

  • Attachments: No additional attachments available
  • Additional features: Comes in 12 popular KitchenAid colors
  • Price: $60

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Best for Soups and Purees: Braun Multiquick Hand Blender

Braun MultiQuick 5 Immersion Hand Blender Patented Technology - Powerful 350 Watt - Dual Speed - Includes Beaker, Whisk, 505, BlackVia amazon.com

If you’re a big fan of creamy soups and smoothies, you need a blender to tackle the job. The good news is you don’t need to take up counter space with a big ol’ blender; the Braun Multiquick Hand Blender is up to the task.

This easy-to-use, two-speed blender tackled our tests with ease. Tomatoes were quickly pureed for a smooth tomato soup—the same went for butternut squash and peas. Our Test Kitchen loved how powerful the Braun stick blender was—and the extra attachments are also handy for chopping nuts or whipping cream.

  • Attachments: Whisk attachment included, mini food processor and masher attachments also availale
  • Additional features: Soft grip handle, one-click attachments
  • Price: $60

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Best Budget Option: Chefman Electric Immersion Blender

Chefman Electric Immersion Blender 300-Watt Stick Hand-Held Blending w/Simple One Touch Power Control, Pressure Sensitive Multiple Speed Trigger, Detachable Blade, Stainless SteelVia amazon.com

If you think you’ll only use an immersion blender occasionally (or just want to save a little money), you can still get a dynamite hand blender. That option is the Chefman Electric Immersion Blender.

This hand blender performed well in our tests for pureeing soft foods and whipping cream with ease. Plus, our testers enjoyed the slow trigger release function which allows you to build up and reduce speed slowly (no drastic jumps from off to high speed!).

Bear in mind, though, that as a budget option, this blender wasn’t as powerful as other blenders. That doesn’t mean it’s not a valuable addition to your kitchen; it just means that it might take you a bit longer to puree fruits or blend your cream soups.

  • Attachments: No additional attachments available
  • Additional features: Dishwasher-safe removable parts, slow trigger release
  • Price: $30

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How to Make the Most of Your Immersion Blender

Many folks have immersion blenders tucked away on a shelf but fail to use them often. (How many of us are guilty of using a hand mixer or a blender for everything?) But it’s time to think again. Immersion blenders—with or without the fancy added attachments—are incredibly versatile. Stick blenders are our Test Kitchen staff’s go-to tool for making smooth soups, like this cauliflower chicken cordon bleu soup. But you can make so much more, like gravies, butters and sauces. Check out all of our best recipes to make with an immersion blender.

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Lisa Kaminski
Lisa is an associate editor at Taste of Home where she gets to embrace her passion for baking. She pours this love of all things sweet (and sometimes savory) into Bakeable, Taste of Home's baking club. At home, you'll find her working on embroidery and other crafts.