Immersion blenders are good options when you are after the convenience of blending food items. There is no need to deal with the big, bulky jars of conventional blenders that, apparently, can be challenging to clean.
They come with long arms with blades at the end which are commonly covered with guards. The real difference among immersion blenders, however, can be determined by the power of the motor they are using and the speed settings they offer. For instance, the KOIOS HB-2050 has a 12-speed dial that also comes with an option for Turbo mode. It sports an 800-watt motor, allowing it to run longer without overheating compared to others. Further, it comes with a variety of attachments such as an 8” hand blender attachment, whisk attachment, and a 500 ml food processor jar. This makes it a handy multifunctional kitchen tool that can give you great value.
On the other hand, if KOIOS HB-2050 is too much for your needs, there are other simpler models that are only meant for blending and crushing purposes such as the All-Clad KZ800D51 which is a cordless model. Unlike others, it can be more convenient since it liberates you from possible accidents involving messy cords.
There are other noteworthy immersion blenders worth checking out there. To make things easier for you, our SolidSmack Household Appliance and Tool Research Team rounded up the top 5 out of the leading models on Amazon. By conducting tests such as blending and crushing fruits, vegetables, and other greens, we aim to give you insights into how they will perform in an actual kitchen setup. Aided by professionals and our in-house reviewers, we formulated our opinions below to highlight the qualities of each model. That being said, spare some time reading our unbiased thoughts and findings that could guide you in your purchasing journey.
1. KOIOS HB-2050
Blade Guard Material
unit motor, 8” hand blender attachment, whisk attachment, 600 ml beaker, and 500 ml food processor
KOIOS is often overshadowed by other famous appliance brands but it actually has to offer. In this category, there is no doubt that it can beat any of its opponents in terms of quality and specifications that can be truly overwhelming for an immersion blender.
Immersion blenders should at least have 300 watts of power but KOIOS HB-2050 almost triples it. It comes with an astounding 800 W and the brand decided to take advantage of it by transforming it into a multifunctional tool. Indeed, HB-2050 can function as an immersion blender, a hand mixer, and a food processor. This might sound like a marketing gimmick so we put it to a test and the results astounded us.
It has 12 choices for speed and a Turbo button. When our team explored the power of the motor and tried it as an immersion blender, it performed really well. It managed to crush the frozen fruits and vegetables and the blade left no bits at all. Absolutely no visible chunks of mango, strawberries, bananas, or chickpeas. All ingredients were crushed properly and all that was left of their presence was their colors. It gave us a very smooth consistency for smoothies and humus. With this, we would certainly suggest it for those mothers who need a reliable immersion blender in preparing their babies’ foods.
And while the 800 can be too much for a hand blender function, we were amazed at how fast it had whisked egg whites into meringue. Within 4 minutes, the mixture reached stiff peaks! On the other hand, the power of its motor is put to test when we used it as a food processor. Ideally, food processors should have 400 to 700 watts. With this, its 800 W motor gives the appliance sufficient stamina to do its work and in the case of HB-2050, it is more than what we expected! When we used it for chopping onions and garlic, it turned them into fine bits and we have to say that its chopping performance was truly consistent as there were no big chunks left. As for meat, we tried it in small batches and it produced the same results. However, we would not suggest using the full maximum capacity of the 500 ml food processor container as it is only meant for a small amount of meat.
2. Mueller Austria Ultra-Stick
Blade Guard Material
unit motor and attachments (blender, whisk, and frother)
We already tried Mueller Austria Ultra-Stick before in one of our reviews and we picked it for its great value and great performance. Now, we know it still deserves this spot.
It has an overall height of 16 inches, allowing it to reach the bottom of average tumblers. It provides you an option for 8 variable speeds and a Turbo setting. And just like the KOIOS HB-2050, it offers a variety of attachments that you can use depending on your needs. In the package, we got a total of three: blender, whisk, and frother. Changing them is almost effortless that with just a twist, they will detach from the handle. The same goes for the cleanup which really amazed us since all the detachable attachments are dishwasher safe.
We also found its performance very powerful for a portable model. The 500 W motor handled incredibly all kinds of food items that we threw at it from bananas to strawberries and eggs. The whisk and the frother also did a great job! We managed to give egg whites a thick, fluffy consistency within a minute! Most of all, it didn’t even overheat when we tested it for almost 10 minutes. It also showed no resistance in blending food items and no bothering vibrations at all!
3. All-Clad KZ800D51
Blade Guard Material
immersion blender and charging base
For those who are fed up with the inconvenience of unruly cords, All-Clad KZ800D51 is a life savior. It is a cordless model that makes things easier for you. Nonetheless, we are happy that All-Clad still gave it a powerful 600-watt motor that can rival other corded units in the market.
It has a sleek stainless body with a detachable shaft for easy cleanup of the blades that are dishwasher-safe. Also, it comes with a total of 5 level settings and each one has a distinctive speed. We also appreciate the Lock button safety feature that you need to tap first before activating the immersion blender.
When we tested it with frozen blueberries and bananas, it managed to crush everything and remove the tiniest bit within 4 minutes. All that was left was the colors of the food items we blended and it was truly impressive since we weren’t expecting that much for cordless models.
4. GE G8H0AASSPSS
Blade Guard Material
When we finally got our hands on the GE G8H0AASSPSS, we knew that it is one quality appliance you can rely on for a good number of years. It has heft on it but it is not that heavy and it instead gives you a solid feel to it. The 2” diameter of the handle is also comfortable in the hand and it comes with ridge sections that give you a better grip. Further, the handle is coated with a rubber material for further comfort and the two buttons (Hi and Low settings) can be easily reached.
The good thing about it is that besides its heft, we love how thick its arm is; as if it is particularly made to handle hard food items. Also, the immersion blender attachment can reach the bottom of medium-sized tumblers and bowls.
On the other hand, when we tested its 500-watt motor to berries and greens, it delivered consistent results every single time. There were no remnants left in the mixture after the process (though it took us extra minutes to completely turn the basil leaves into fine pieces). Surprisingly, it was also very silent the whole time! It worked without fuss and any resistance while crushing the fruits and vegetables we were continuously dropping on the bowl. Even better, there was no single splash!
5. Chefman RJ19-MS-PBG-CA
Blade Guard Material
Of all the immersion blenders we tested, Chefman RJ19-MS-PBG-CA is the lightest due to its material: plastic. Almost the entirety of its body is made of heat-resistant plastic but it isn’t a downside after all. As a matter of fact, it is one of the reasons it managed to secure a spot on our list.
Besides being comfortable in the hands due to its weight, the plastic material allows it to be utterly safe in delicate pots and pans such as those with non-stick coatings. The ridges of the blade guard also have smooth rounded edges to ensure no scratch would be made during the contact with pots. When we tested it with our Cuisinart 619-14 non-stick saucepan, not only did it leave no marks at all but it also delivered great results in crushing the cuts of squash in our soup! Indeed, its 300-watt motor seemed to be still effective and powerful enough to handle chunks of food. We also tested it for berries in smoothies and chickpeas for hummus and it delivered smooth consistency each time.
Further, there is an illuminated 12-speed dial at the top of the handle that you can adjust easily. Though we didn’t really see any significant difference between the speed of numbers close to each other, they still give proper control whether you want the blade to go slow or fast.
Best Immersion Blenders - Buyer's Guide
Ideally, an immersion blender should at least have 300 watts in order to handle blending tasks with ease. The more power, the better. Getting a high-powered motor also means you can use it over an extended period of time without overheating.
Instead of having just a simple high and low setting for speed, a unit with a wide option for speed settings will give you better control over your task. A turbo button will also be helpful as it will allow you to shift at the maximum speed without fiddling with the buttons or dial of the immersion blender.
We always believe that stainless steel or metal materials are always better. This is somehow true as it often translates to the durability of the body of the product. However, in this case, a plastic immersion blender can also be ideal. Since this tool is sometimes used directly to crush food in kitchenware, the hard and sharp nature of metals can scratch the surface of non-stick pans or pots. With this, plastic immersion blenders like Chefman RJ19-MS-PBG-CA can be a good option.
There are packages now that include a variety of attachments that can give your unit versatility. Availing them, however, entails additional costs. On the other hand, if you think you wouldn’t be using them, it is better to stick with the basic packages to prevent spending on something that won’t be useful to you in the long run.
Best Immersion Blenders - FAQs
Using immersion blenders for ice is not ideal. Their blades are not that big and powerful to handle cubes of ice. Using them for such a purpose can only dull them.
Yes, you can use the immersion blender in hot soup. However, make sure that the blade arm is the only thing in contact with the liquid.
There are immersion blenders that come with 150-watt motors and they can do light blending tasks. However, it is better to get units that at least have 300 watts as they can better handle thick smoothies and soups without eating up fast.