What every best Immersion Blenders has:
- Intuitive controls.
- Easy cleanup.
- A comfortable weight.
Editors of Cook's Illustrated test 12 immersion blenders for blending performance, comfort, handling, splatter and durability. This is the only roundup to test a hand blender in the new Braun MQ series. One hand blender is Highly Recommended, one is Recommended, three are Recommended with Reservations and seven are Not Recommended.
ConsumerReports.org tests a handful of immersion blenders for performance in blending yogurt and pureeing soup. They also 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 put 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.
Six immersion blenders are tested by Jon Chase for this Techlicious.com roundup. He says, "I had a generally good experience with most all of them," but he ultimately chooses the Breville BSB510XL as his top pick. Testing was thorough and included mixing pasta sauce, pureeing squash soup, and blending a fruit smoothie.
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 (which has since been discontinued). The tests included pureeing soup, emulsifying sauces, whipping cream and making smoothies.
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, Breville and KitchenAid hand blenders are the top-rated brands. 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, and sometimes 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.
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.