Best immersion blenders: 6 sticks compared

BEST OVERALL
Breville Control Grip BSB510XL

With a 15-Speed motor, a beautifully designed ergonomic grip, and a soft base that stops the bell scratching your pots and pans, the Breville Control Grip BSB510XL is our favorite immersion blender.

It is relatively expensive and slightly weighty, but if you want the best hand-held device on the market, this appliance is worth the money.

BEST VALUE
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Mueller Austria Ultra-Stick 500

If the Breville Control Grip is out of your price range, then the Mueller Austria Ultra-Stick 500 is a fantastic alternative.

Whether you're after a more affordable device or looking to get into immersion blending, the robust 9-speed, 500w motor will provide you with everything you need for a pretty small price point.

Immersion blenders might just seem like a cheaper version of the more powerful countertop appliances, but they have so much more to offer than just savings.

These hand-held devices don’t have the blending power of their big brothers, but they are incredibly versatile, convenient, take up very little space, and super easy to clean and are best used for making soups, sauces and salsas.

Let’s have a look at some of our favorites.

1. Breville Control Grip BSB510XL

BEST IMMERSION BLENDER
Breville BSB510XL Control Grip Immersion Blender
  • Bell shaped base, revolutionary shape plus internal ribbing reduces the suction for greater control and efficient blending
  • Ergonomic pistol-like control grip with trigger operation
  • 8" immersion depth for large quantities or tall pots

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 7.5 x 6.2 x 12.4 inches
  • Appliance Weight: 3.8lbs
  • Available Colors: Black/Silver
  • Dishwasher Safe: Selected Parts
  • Wattage: 280W
  • Number of Speeds: 15

Things To Love

  • Ergonomic Grip: This well thought out design not only makes the blender easier to hold but also to operate, giving the user more grip. Which is particularly helpful to those who have problems with their hands
  • Variable Speed: With a 15-speed motor, the Breville Control Grip gives you complete control over your food’s texture and/or smoothness.
  • Soft Base: Fitted with a ‘soft base’ the blade system allows you to get the blender right to the bottom of your mix without scratching your pots and pans.
  • Reduced Suction: There’s nothing more irritating when using an immersion blender than your appliance getting stuck to your pot or container. The bell-shaped base reduces suction for a more pleasant experience.
  • Attachments: The chopping bowl, whisk, and extra-large jug make the Breville Control Grip BSB510XL more versatile than your average immersion blender.

What’s Not To Like?

  • High Price Point: If you’re dead set on an immersion blender, then the price point is not too substantial, however, if you’re looking at immersion blenders as a cheaper alternative for a countertop device, well there are larger blenders available for a similar cost.
  • It’s Heavy: The most cumbersome appliance on our list could fatigue your hands after prolonged use.

Final Remarks

The Breville Control Grip BSB510XL is the finest hand-held blender on the market. The variable speed and well-designed blade system give it the ability to make delicious soups, dips, and sauces with very little fuss. 

The attachments available for this small kitchen appliance make it one of the most versatile immersion blenders you can buy. It has also made to our best blender list.

Overall Score: 16.5/20

2. Mueller Austria Ultra-Stick 500

BEST VALUE IMMERSION BLENDER
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Mueller Austria Ultra-Stick 500 Watt 9-Speed Immersion Multi-Purpose Hand Blender Heavy Duty Copper Motor Brushed 304 Stainless Steel With Whisk, Milk Frother Attachments
  • ❤ SOPHISTICATED DESIGN - The ergonomic grip offers a non-slip and comfortable grip when continuously blending ingredients.
  • ❤ EXCEPTIONAL QUALITY - The full copper motor withstands continuous use and will last 3X longer than competitor's motors.
  • ❤ VERSATILITY - The removable blending arm with fixed blade locks into the motor body for easy operation. The stainless steel S-shaped fixed blade quickly blends ingredients for smoothies, milk shakes, soups or baby food and the quality Whisk attachment is a perfect addition.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 15.28 x 4.88 x 2.87 inches
  • Appliance Weight: 2.16lbs
  • Available Colors: Silver
  • Dishwasher Safe: Selected Parts
  • Wattage: 500W
  • Number of Speeds: 9

Things To Love

  • Super Affordable: There’s a reason this the Mueller Ultra-Stick 500 has sold more units on Amazon than any other immersion blender, and that’s because this decent appliance is ridiculously low cost.
  • 9-Speed Motor: Ok, it’s not quite the 15-speed variable control that the Breville blender has on offer, but at a fraction o f the cost, nine speeds give you a decent amount of control of your blending.
  • Stainless Steel Finish: The stainless-steel housing doesn’t just look pretty; it’s also straightforward to clean, doesn’t stain, and avoids any plastics coming into contact with your food.
  • Blending Power: 500 watts of power is nothing to sniff at. This blender is the second most powerful device on the list, yet it is easily the most affordable.

What’s Not To Like?

  • Weak Attachments: The whisk and milk-frother attachments that come with the Mueller Austria Ultra-Stick 500 are poorly made and betray the quality of the main blender.

Final Remarks

The value for money you get with the Mueller Austria Ultra-Stick 500 is insane. It is a risk-free entry into the world of immersion blenders. It’s surprisingly sturdy for such a low-budget device, and the quality of soups and sauces it produces is very impressive. 

However, don’t put too much hope into the attachments, as they likely won’t last too long.

Overall Score: 15/20

3. Braun 3-in-1 MultiQuick MQ5025

Braun 3-in-1 Immersion Hand Blender, Powerful 400W Stainless Steel Stick Blender, 21-Speed + 1.5-Cup Food Processor, Whisk, Beaker, High Quality, Easy to Clean, MultiQuick MQ5025
  • Vario speed technology: One-handed design lets you easily adjust the 21 distinct speeds, with Extra boost speed maximizing possibilities for cutting, chopping and pureeing.
  • World’s first power bell technology: Ultra-hard stainless steel blades and a unique bell-shaped blending shaft reduce suction and draw food inward for finer, smoother blending.
  • High-precision durability: The high-precision, German-engineered 400 watt motor is evenly balanced for power and long-lasting durability, keeping operation Smooth and comfortable.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 7.44 x 9.76 x 7.84 inches
  • Appliance Weight: 2.62lbs
  • Available Colors: Black
  • Dishwasher Safe: Selected Parts
  • Wattage: 400W
  • Number of Speeds: 21

Things To Love

  • ‘Vario-Speed’ Technology: With 21-speed settings on this device, you have absolute control over your appliance and the product it makes. The ‘Vario-Speed’ technology is a simple dial, intuitively positioned near your thumb to make adjusting the speed levels easy.
  • Turbo Button: Take care of those stubborn ingredients with the turbo button that produces extra power to blast almost any ingredient down to nothing for a silky smooth texture.
  • Looks Fantastic: Possibly one of the best-looking immersion blenders on the market. The mixture of matte and gloss plastic and the steel finish gives this handsome device a high-end look.
  • ‘Floral Bell Shape’: The bell is specifically designed to reduce splatter and make cleaning up after yourself a cinch.

What’s Not To Like?

  • It Scratches: While the floral bell is designed to help with overall performance, it has one disappointing flaw. The material used to produce it tends to scratch containers, pots, and pans if you let the blender touch the edges.

Final Remarks

The Braun 3-in-1 MultiQuick MQ5025 is a very versatile piece of equipment with multiple attachments. The ‘vario-speed’ dial is the crowning glory on this appliance as it isn’t just functional; it’s also effortless to use. 

Braun do lose marks for having a bell blade design that easily scratches containers.

Overall Score: 14/20

4. All-Clad KZ750D

All-Clad KZ750D Stainless Steel Immersion Blender with Detachable Shaft and Variable Speed Control Dial, 600-Watts, Silver
  • High-performance immersion blender makes quick work of food-prep tasks
  • Blend smoothies, puree soup, make baby food, mix cake batter, whip up fresh mayo, chop nuts, and more
  • Powerful motor and variable speed control dial with a power and turbo settings, plus pulse for added control

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 17.25 x 3.00 x 3.00 inches
  • Appliance Weight: 2lbs
  • Available Colors: Stainless Steel – Black
  • Dishwasher Safe: No
  • Wattage: 600W
  • Number of Speeds: Variable

Things To Love

  • 600 Watts of Power: The All-Clad KZ750D is the most powerful blender on our list. The beefy 600-watt motor is capable of meeting even the toughest of challenges you can throw at an immersion blender.
  • Long Range: With a shaft that is more than 9 inches long, you’re able to get to the bottom of the deepest pans to blend your ingredients. Its substantial size does make it more challenging to store, however.
  • American-Made: Built in the USA, the KZ750D is made to a high standard from quality materials that will last a long time. 
  • Variable Speed: The variable speed allows for an almost limitless selection of speeds. While the dial is not as accessible as Braun’s speed control system, it is still a pretty handy function.

What’s Not To Like?

  • Lack of Versatility: All-Clad have built a very capable appliance, however for the relatively high price point, the KZ750D comes with very little in the way of attachments and features. There are add-ons available, but they will increase the cost of the blender.
  • Prone to Scratching: The stainless-steel bell is attractive and functional, but without any protection on the ends, it’s going to scratch your other kitchen utensils if you’re not careful.

Final Remarks

This immersion blender is built to a high standard out of quality materials. With a 600w motor, it is mighty, putting it right up there with the best of them in terms of blending performance.

Though for a reasonably high price-tag, you get very little in the way of versatility.

Overall Score: 13.5/20

5. KitchenAid 2-Speed KHB1231FG

KitchenAid Variable Speed Corded Hand Blender, 2, Matte Gray
  • Removable 8" blending arm with Fixed blade
  • The soft grip handle offers a non-slip and comfortable grip when continuously blending ingredients.
  • The 3-cup BPA-free blending jar with lid is convenient for individual blending jobs, to serve or store for later. Top-rack dishwasher safe.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 2.50 x 2.50 x 16.00 inches
  • Appliance Weight: 2lbs
  • Available Colors: Boysenberry – Cranberry – Crystal Blue – Empire Red – Guava Glaze – Hot Sauce – Ice – Lavender  – Majestic Yellow – Matte Black – Matte Grey – Pistachio – Tangerine – Twilight Blue
  • Dishwasher Safe: Selected Parts
  • Wattage: 200W
  • Number of Speeds: 2

Things To Love

  • Blending Performance: The Kitchen KHB1231FG has a fantastic ability to blend, emulsify, and pulverize. While lacking in other areas, the performance of this appliance alone gives it a spot on our list. 
  • Simplicity: Not everyone loves a high-tech gadget full of doodads and wotsits; some prefer a simple appliance. If you’re one of those people, this immersion blender is one of the more straightforward products on the market.
  • Color Options: There are 14 different color options with the KitchenAid 2-Speed KHB1231FG, so you can easily match your appliance to your kitchen décor.

What’s Not To Like?

  • Only Has Two Speeds: While performance isn’t an issue, versatility is limited somewhat by the KHB1231FG, only having two functional speeds.
  • Short Blending Arm: A short blending arm might make for easier storage, but it makes it more challenging to get to the bottom of your deeper pots, pans, and containers.
  • You Have To Hold The ‘On Switch’: This blender will only work if the ‘on switch’ is held. That’s not so bad with shorter blending jobs, but it can be more awkward with recipes that need more time under the blades.

Final Remarks

The KitchenAid 2-Speed KHB1231FG isn’t breaking any glass ceilings as far as technological advancements go; however, its strengths lie in its performance. It will blend with the best of them. Simple to use and easy to clean.

Overall Score: 14/20

6. Cuisinart CSB-179 Smart Stick

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Cuisinart CSB-179 Smart Stick Hand Blender, 2019, Stainless Steel
  • 300 watts of pure power
  • Powerful and quiet DC motor
  • 8-inch Stainless Steel blending shaft

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 5.50 x 8.50 x 13.00 inches
  • Appliance Weight: 3.3lbs
  • Available Colors: Black/Stainless Steel
  • Dishwasher Safe: Selected Parts
  • Wattage: 300W
  • Number of Speeds: Variable

Things To Love

  • Low Cost: The Cuisinart CSB-179 is one of the more affordable models on the market. It’s not quite Mueller Ultra-Stick cheap, but it’s still very affordable.
  • Variable Speed Slider: Like the Braun blender, this device is fitter with a variable speed control unit for precise speed selection and more consistent blending options.
  • Runs Quietly: While no blender is going to be silent, the Cuisinart CSB-179 Smart Stick is relatively quiet compared to similar appliances.
  • Attachments: This appliance comes with a whisk attachment, a four-cup beaker, and a 2-cup chopping container that turns this immersion blender into a mini food processor.

What’s Not To Like?

  • Annoying Unlock Button: Safety features are all well and good, but this one is quite tedious as you have to press the unlock button before applying the power button. Every. Single. Time.
  • Messy Chopping Container: Be careful when using the 2-cup chopping container; while it is a useful attachment, it is tiny. Over-filling can lead to the contents spilling out when blending.

Final Remarks

The Cuisinart CSB-179 is an affordable appliance with a lot to offer. Despite having an irritating safety feature, this immersion blender performs exceptionally well with the smaller jobs in the kitchen. It comes with a few attachments making it a versatile kitchen appliance. 

Overall Score: 14.5/20

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