Best hand blenders – on test

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.

Hand blender in tomato soup
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.


Best... multipurpose

Sage by Heston hand mixer set on white backgroundSage by Heston Blumenthal Control grip all-in-one
Best bits: 
Works as a comprehensive food processor as well as a blender. 

This set allows you to grate, chop, whisk and mash using the attachments and most of them fit neatly on a stand, although you’ll need a reasonable amount of shelf height for this. The sheer number of pieces is a little overwhelming at first but they proved very straightforward to attach and use, and everything had a practical use. The food processor was surprisingly effective and it was great to dispense with the usual heavy motor unit base. The hand blender with basic blade attached is heavier than many, so worth noting if you're not able to work with heavier appliances. 

 

 

Best… mid-price option

Kenwood hand mixer on white background

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

Red hand blender

KitchenAid Artisan cordless hand blender
Best bits: 
A multi-tasker, plus you're free to move around the kitchen when using it. 

While this is undoubtedly an investment purchase, its cordless functionality is worth the money alone – meaning no more dangling cords near your chopping device. The visible LED display means you can clearly see which one of the five speed settings you're on, and it tackled everything thrown at it, from thick curry pastes to iced smoothies. It comes with 20cm and 33cm stainless steel arms and has a guard to protect your pan bases while blending. With a large toolbox of attachments plus a mini chopper, jug and battery charger, its versatility does require some storage space. The design is unique and the weight of the handle is well balanced, but for some, the length may be a little unwieldy. On the plus side, it’s easy to clean with a number of dishwasher safe parts.

Available from John Lewis (£219)
 

Best... on a budget

Vonshef hand mixer on white background

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. 

 

 

 

Best... design

Dualit hand blender with accessories on white background

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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Buyer's advice

Blended soup in bowls on purple background

Why buy? 

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.

This review was last updated in February 2018. If you have any questions, suggestions for future reviews or spot anything that has changed in price or availability please get in touch at goodfoodwebsite@bbc.com. 

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marysewalton
9th Feb, 2018
I had a Braun combined hand blender for years, and it was OK. Now I have bought a Kenwood HDM802S, complete with potato masher and a small foam frother and I just love it! It is really efficient, there are no splashes when beating crème fraîche in chantilly, it is designed for its purpose and Kendwood is true to the brand
purpleivy
8th Feb, 2018
I would be interested to know which other blenders were tested that didn't make the final set. I have a bamix but unfortunately it's dying. I've had it quite a long time!
barbara95
28th Feb, 2017
I love the blender by Karmin ;)
mitch8061
29th Sep, 2016
I bought an EGL Hand Blender, ... what a nightmare! Every time I switched it on, it worked for about 25 seconds then blew the circuit. I eventually had an electrician look at it, he suggested I buy something else as even after that short time he could feel the heat from the motor coming through the plastic. I would have returned it but the guarantee had already lapsed. I had also recently bought an EGL Toaster which after 3 weeks, blew completely. Thankfully I was able to return it for a full refund. My Advice? ... Avoid EGL Products completely ... so many people I've spoken to since have said they had similar experiences with EGL Products.
setsail07
7th Jul, 2016
My basic, budget, no frills 'Moulinex turbomix' hand blender was one of the first appliances I bought when I first left home nearly twenty years ago. Since then I have added a vast array of gadgets and gizmos to my kitchen collection and I love them all! However, when it comes to making soup (something I have done on a regular basis for the past 20 years) I still use my old reliable hand blender! It works perfectly for making mayonnaise also. Although I may be tempting fate by saying this....it's still blending every bit as well now as it did 20 years ago!
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Witch
2nd Jul, 2016
We've had our Bamix for some time and we love it. So easy to use and clean and well worth the money.
gaynormid
8th Apr, 2015
We have had our bar mix and used it regularly for the last 40 years and it's still going strong!
cherylanne
19th Nov, 2014
I was interested enough to look up the no.1 in the list, the Kitchen Aid blender on QVC but in fact it is almost twice the price given above --actually £294 (or over £300 with post and packing; hugely expensive for a hand blender!
chrisnation
18th Feb, 2015
£294? Must have been a different device. I see it retailing at £119 at one place and £124 at two more.
Pynner
27th Apr, 2014
I agree with marlenew - I have had my Bamix for 5+ years and I think it is just the best gadget in my kitchen easy to use and clean and well worth the money.

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