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Hand Blenders: Ratings of Sources

Total of 12 Sources
1. Good Housekeeping
As of Sept. 2012
Immersion Blender Reviews
by Editors of Good Housekeeping
Our AssessmentGood Housekeeping editors test 17 hand blenders for their ability to purée vegetable soup and make a thick smoothie, as well as ease of use and cleaning, overall appearance and customer service. But they don't test for durability. Editors list pros and cons for each blender and assign it a letter grade. Three hand blenders earn A's: models from Cuisinart, DeLonghi and Waring.
2. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
Updated Sept. 2012
Immersion Blenders
by Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine
Our AssessmentEditors here test eight hand blenders (ranging from $25 to $100) by powering through pesto, frozen fruit, nuts and veggies as well as whipping up mayonnaise, broccoli soup and whipped cream. Testers also pay attention to ease of use, cleanup and durability. Only subscribers can see the ratings chart that names the winner.
3. ConsumerReports.org
June 2012
Immersion Blender Ratings
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org tests the performance of six hand blenders when blending smoothies and puréeing soups. Three models outperform the rest, and editors conclude that price has no bearing on effectiveness. Cuisinart models weren't included in testing, even though they perform well in testing by other publications.
4. Real Simple
Not dated
The Best Blender for Your Kitchen
by Lindsay Hunt
Our AssessmentAfter testing 52 blenders (both handheld and full-size), editors here name the All-Clad Immersion Blender the best stick model. They say it purees soups "quickly, thoroughly and without splatters" and it easily fits in a drawer. However, that's the extent of the review -- and they don't name the other models tested.
5. Food & Wine Magazine
March 2008
The Best Immersion Blenders
by Kristin Donnelly
Our AssessmentFood & Wine magazine tests 76 small appliances for its nine-category roundup, but we aren't sure how many immersion blenders were included. The Braun Multiquick MR 5000 (now discontinued) wins praise for its quiet, efficient operation. The Cuisinart Smart Stick (the model isn't specified) places second, earning accolades for its simple operation and "noticeably sharp" blade. The Dualit 88860 500-watt is one of the most powerful immersion blenders tested, but editors find it somewhat unwieldy.
6. The Wall Street Journal
Oct. 30, 2010
The Best Immersion Blenders
by Aleksandra Crapanzano
Our AssessmentThe Wall Street Journal tests immersion blenders and outlines the best performers with a brief description and a list of pros and cons. It isn't clear how many were evaluated, however, and testing criteria aren't spelled out. Recommended blenders include models from Bamix, KitchenAid, Dualit, Cuisinart and Miallegro.
7. Amazon.com
As of Sept. 2012
Hand Blenders
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentWhen owners review hand blenders at Amazon.com, one model emerges as the clear favorite: The Cuisinart Smart Stick CSB-76 maintains a near-perfect 4.5-star rating with more than 1,200 reviews. The much pricier Breville Control Grip BSB510XL also earns 4.5 stars (with about 30 reviews); unlike the Cuisinart, it includes food-chopper and whisk attachments.
8. About.com
As of Sept. 2012
Immersion, Stick and Hand Blender Reviews
by Mariette Mifflin
Our AssessmentMariette Mifflin, About.com's guide to housewares and appliances, reviews three hand blenders and gives each a very high rating. The Cuisinart Smart Stick CSB-77 earns a perfect 5 stars for performance and function. The Frigidaire Professional Tri-Blade Immersion Blender/Mixer FPIB10B7NS earns 4.5 stars for equal performance but a higher price tag. The 4.5-star Bosch Mixxo doesn't chop ice as effectively, but it has a powerful motor and the added convenience of being cordless. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
9. TheKitchn.com
May 3, 2012
The Kitchn's Guide to Essential Small Electric Appliances
by Cambria Bold
Our AssessmentThis list of essential small appliances for setting up a kitchen was curated by TheKitchn.com editor Cambria Bold based on "personal preferences, experience and editor and reader reviews." Her recommendation for an immersion blender is the Cuisinart Smart Stick CSB-77.
10. Cooking.com
As of Sept. 2012
Top Rated Hand Blenders
by Contributors to Cooking.com
Our AssessmentThis cookware retailer allows owners to post brief reviews of their hand blenders. Editors then cull the best reviews to make top-rated product recommendations. To make the cut, each hand blender must garner at least 20 reviews and earn an average rating of at least 4 stars (out of 5). The Cuisinart Smart Stick CSB-76 is the only model to earn this distinction, with 4.5 stars in more than 300 reviews (various colors are reviewed separately).
11. Epinions.com
As of Sept. 2012
Blenders: Handheld
by Contributors to Epinions.com
Our AssessmentThere are fewer reviews per product at Epinions.com than at Amazon.com and many are for discontinued items. The Braun Multiquick 3 MR 300 maintains a perfect 5-star rating with 10 reviews. The Cuisinart Smart Stick CSB-77 follows close behind, with 4.5 stars but more ratings (16).
12. Bon Appetit
April 2008
In the Kitchen Tools: Blender
by Editors of BonAppetit.com
Our AssessmentBon Appétit editors list their top recommended regular blender and immersion blender here, but they don't specify their methodology. They choose the KitchenAid immersion blender.
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