Updated: June 8, 2015
Hand Blender Reviews:Hand blenders have become more popular in the past few years as more people are looking to make smoothies or soups at home. You may find them marketed as "stick blenders" or "immersion blenders". Home chefs like my wife love these hand blenders for pureeing vegetables and I use ours regularly for things like mixing up my protein shakes or smoothie drinks. The versatility of stick blenders are what consumers like and being able to puree soups in a saucepan on your stove or mix things up in a bowl on your counters. The two styled options are corded and cordless. As usual, cordless are portable and easy to maneuver around your kitchen but you need to plug them into a battery pack to keep them charged up consistently. The price of a hand blender depends on things like power, speed, and capacity. Many come with attachments like whisk, beater, or chopper. Attachments are that are dishwasher safe will ease your cleanup. You can check out the top selling hand blenders here (updated daily).
The leading brands for hand immersion blenders are KitchenAid, Cuisinart, Bamix, Viking, Dualit, Deni, Toastmaster, Hamilton Beach, Proctor Silex, Rival, Breville, and Oster. They range in price from about $30 to $130. The most expensive stick blenders are not always the best in terms of reviews and ratings. We found a lot of positive feedback on the Braun Multiquick which can be bought for around $30 while the $120 Viking hand blender leaves many consumers wondering why they bought it. We found several reviews online at sites like Amazon.com and Epinions as well as ratings in magazines like Consumer Reports. We also trust the feedback on Cooking.com from avid home chefs who use immersion blenders on a regular basis. Since I have some experience using our KitchenAid hand blender I can add my two cents worth as well. The real question for a speciality appliance like a stick blender is how much will you really use it. As I mentioned earlier, my wife is an avid cook and likes to create exotic sauces and soups so I find her using the immersion blender quite often. Other friends of ours have bought stick blenders and say they never use them. You can find them in retail stores like Target, Sears, and even Lowes. Browse the most popular immersion blenders online here.