Immersion Blenders: Ratings of Sources
ConsumerReports.org tests nearly 10 immersion blenders for performance in blending yogurt, pureeing soup and they note each model's maximum RPM. Only one is designated as Recommended, but each blender gets a good overview that includes specs and user reviews.
Christine Cyr Clisset and Michael Sullivan test several immersion blenders after narrowing them down through research and their popularity in reviews. They puts the hand blenders through their paces in various kitchen tasks, ultimately sticking with their previous choice, the Breville Control Grip Immersion Blender. They also recommend a budget pick and alternatives for various cooking needs and budgets.
Jolyon Helterman spent three months testing a dozen immersion blenders and shares results in this massive report. The All-Clad Immersion Blender takes the top spot, followed by the OXO On Illuminating Digital Immersion Blender and the Vremi 12-Speed Immersion Emulsion Stick. The tests included pureeing soup, emulsifying sauces, whipping cream and making smoothies.
For this brief roundup, Rick Martinez put immersion blenders through three tests: smoothies, soups and pesto. The Electrolux Masterpiece Collection Immersion Blender is named the winner; the All Clad Immersion Blender is a runner-up, and the Cuisinart Smart Stick 2-Speed Hand Blender is named a value option.
First published on April 1, 2010 and updated in September 2012, editors of Cook's Illustrated test eight immersion blenders 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. One is recommended, three are recommended with reservations and four are not recommended. While this is a slightly older review, CI editors constantly review their content for discontinued products and are prompt about updating reports if necessary.
Although Jesse Will's reviews are very brief, this roundup of four top immersion blenders for cooks is helpful because of the expert source he turns to in making the picks. Matthew Lightner is the executive chef at Atera in Manhattan and he personally tests each of these models. Ultimately Lightner says the All-Clad Immersion Blender is the one he'd purchase for his kitchens.
Amazon.com has thousands of reviews for immersion blenders in all models and price ranges. Cuisinart is by far the top-rated brand across several models, with the Smart Stick getting the highest ratings; Breville and KitchenAid products also receive high praise. This is an excellent source for real world reviews of hand blenders over the long-term, especially to judge durability, since immersion blenders are notorious for burning out quickly. The top-rated blenders get hundreds, some thousands, of customer reviews.
BedBathandBeyond.com has fewer immersion blenders overall than Amazon.com as well as fewer reviews, but it's still a good resource for some of the top hand blenders. Reviews are broken down by value, quality, features and ease of use. Users also have the opportunity to indicate whether or not they would recommend the product to a friend.
Williams-Sonoma.com is another site that's a popular destination for "foodies," although they carry fewer immersion blenders than other sites. However, the top hand blenders do receive a fair amount of customer feedback. Reviewers again have the opportunity to say whether or not they would recommend the product to a friend.