Get whizzy with it and invest in a stick blender to make soups, smoothies, sauces and much more. We put them to the test and picked our favourite versions.
We've been busy putting hand blenders to the test in order to find the top five on the market. No matter your budget, you're sure to find the perfect gadget to suit your needs. Find out more about our BBC Good Food reviews.
Sage by Heston Blumenthal Control grip all-in-one
Best bits: Works as a comprehensive food processor as well as a blender.
Best… mid-price option
Kenwood Triblade HDP406WH hand blender
Best bits: Handy bowl and beaker for storage, plus plenty of attachments.
Paying slightly more proves worth it when it comes to this particular blender. The standard blade slots on easily, blends well, is smooth and fairly quiet. The soup attachment created super-smooth soup quickly, and there are also attachments for chopping, whisking and mashing. The non-slip rubber bases on the chopping bowl and blending beaker felt secure, and both have plastic lids too which is a nice touch if you want to pop whatever you’re preparing in the fridge. It's worth noting that the speed control on the top was a little stiff but gave good speed variation when we took it for a test drive.
Best... cordless model
KitchenAid Artisan cordless hand blender
Best bits: A multi-tasker, plus you're free to move around the kitchen when using it.
Best... on a budget
VonShef 800W 3-in-1 hand blender
Best bits: Smooth even blending and an efficient mini chopper
Stylish in black and silver, this blender is less likely to show stains than the more common white plastic models in this price bracket – think tomato soup stains. Though a little heavy, the stick is comfortable to hold and blends soup smoothly with minimum suction to the bottom of the pan. The chopper bowl has an effective slip-resistant base making it easy to operate and its efficient blade swiftly turned chunks of bread to fluffy even crumbs. There is a dial on the top with six distinct speed settings and an additional turbo speed button. The whisk attachment didn’t whip eggs and cream as fast as some models, but overall performance was excellent outdoing many more expensive blenders.
Dualit 700W hand blender
Best bits: Ergonomic hooked handle and minimal suction
This high-gloss silver blender is hooked at the top so it rests on your hand, making it feel more secure during use. At low and medium speeds there is very little suction to the saucepan base making it easy to move the blender around. It comes with a solidly-built 1-litre jug with helpful volume markings on the side. The mini chopper is efficient and has a useful feeding spout, but it does slip around a bit so needs to be held during use. The whisk attachment feels sturdy and makes gently whipped cream on the low speed. It comes with a detailed manual with helpful troubleshooting tips. The attachments are dishwasher safe too – a bonus.
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You could use a jug blender but they can be cumbersome and noisy. A hand blender (a small spinning blade mounted on the end of a rod, shielded by a plastic or metal skirt) allows you to purée quickly without the need to transfer into a separate blender or pan. For example, if you want to purée soup, you can blend in a saucepan, rather than tipping hot liquid into a jug blender.
What should I buy?
It might seem obvious but consider what you’ll use it for. For example, if you’re only going to be churning out soups every now and then, you could opt for a cheaper model. Also consider how fast the hand blender is and what attachments it comes with. And if you’re going to use it to blend high-coloured fruit and veg (like tomatoes) you might want to go for a stainless steel model as plastic can stain easily.
What we looked for
1. Weight: Nothing too heavy or large. Hand blenders are about as long as a ruler and some weigh nearly as much as a bag of sugar, so they can be exhausting to control and hard to get a good grip.
2. Easily controllable: You want the blender to be able to blitz a thick soup. Too fast, and if you're doing delicate jobs like making mayonnaise, the mixture will curdle. So sensible speeds and easy-to-reach speed controls.
3. Cleaning: A model that cleaned quickly and didn’t have too many nooks or crannies for food to linger making it unhygienic.
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