Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing.
While we’ve delved into kitchen appliances of the blending and mixing sort before, including refurbished (and just-as-good) Vitamixes, chef-co-signed blenders, and Amazon-approved juicers and hand mixers, here, the best immersion blenders on Amazon, for soups, smoothies, and Bulletproof coffee. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)
Best overall immersion blender
“The perfect immersion blender. I bought this to replace my 15-year-old Braun that served me so well, and this is the ideal upgrade! No frills, no silly speed-adjustment knobs or useless multiblade heads that do the same thing and only take up space in the kitchen — this blender is pure, functional simplicity. The wavy bell shape really does reduce splatter and prevents the down-suction from being too strong, and is quite easy to clean. The whisk attachment is great for cream or eggs, and obviates the need for the old two-blade hand blenders, so I can get rid of that. Might even get rid of my normal blender — this is so much simpler!”
Best immersion blender on a budget
“Threw my old one out several years ago … Did not realize how much I missed my hand blender until I bought this one. For what you get in the package, this is an amazing deal! On my old one, you could not remove the shaft to clean, so I was always careful not to get the motor wet. You do not have to worry about that with this one. Lumpless gravy, amazing scrambled eggs, whipped butter, and many more things. I’m sure I’ll find many more uses for this.”
Best three-speed immersion blender
“Why did no one tell me about this before? The blender whips up soups in the wink of an eye. Holiday cooking went so much more quickly with the chopper. Buzz, the onions are chopped; buzzzzz, the parsley is ready to garnish the world; buzzzzz, nuts are ready for cookies; swoosh and the cream is whipped. And the canvas bag keeps the accessories from getting lost. I haven’t made a smoothie, yet, but I’m sure that will be a breeze as well. All I can say is, get one!”
Best six-speed immersion blender
“I knew I wanted an immersion blender. So bad. So bad that I spent a good two weeks reading all the Amazon reviews, trying to decide which one to purchase. What wattage? What speed? Finally, I committed to the OXA, and am so happy I did! I love this immersion blender! It’s so fun, is quite easy to use, and gets the job done. I love that it comes with an ADJUSTABLE speed dial, so you can start slow and then increase speed (and avoid splattering stuff everywhere). It also has a nice, quick turbo button. This makes it perfect for blending near anything. So don’t worry about reading ALL THE REVIEWS and spending hours debating. Just get this one. It gets the job done splendidly!”
Best nine-speed immersion blender
“So worth every penny! This thing puts my blender to shame and takes up a quarter of the space. I plan on getting rid of my blender now. Takes just a quick rinse to clean, ridiculously powerful, very well made. Not at all flimsy, and it’s great that I can use it in just about anything! No more transferring hot soups to the blender — what a mess! I can blend my smoothie in a drinking glass — less to clean up after. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but this has definitely exceeded any expectations I could have had. You need this kitchen gadget in your life!”
Best immersion blender with multiple attachments
“Have you ever tried spiralizing veggies by hand? I can tell you, it’s awful. This has made my life so much better. Being healthy, making veggie spaghetti and fun veggie quiches has become easy to do! It’s a dream come true. Easy to use. Easy to clean. And all the functions work great. The only thing I still need to buy is a hand mixer, as the whisk is just a whisk (not ideal for thicker batter). Even replaced my Cuisinart! No complaints!”
Best immersion blender with adjustable speed
“I’m still relatively new to cooking. I subscribe to several YouTube channels dedicated to cooking, and saw that this device is becoming more and more common. And now I know why. It’s just too damn practical to NOT have. There are a plethora of models out there, not only by Cuisinart, but other manufacturers, but I chose this one for the variable speed. It works great, and it looks great if I leave it out on the counter with the rest of my stainless-steel appliances. Who can ask for more? It shines when making a purée soup. Rather than transferring your soup to the blender, then having to clean out the blender, just stick this in your soup pot, and let it do all the work. This method is not only convenient when cooking, but you have one less thing to clean afterward.”
Best ergonomic immersion blender
“I’m a Luddite and pretty cheap and conservative when it comes to buying the latest kitchen gadgets — WELL HONEY, I just got rid of a bunch of old tools I don’t need anymore thanks to this, including my pricey blender. It is thoughtfully designed and well-made, totally worth the price. I especially like how well the chopper functions; the bowl is the perfect size for me (I cook for one, but love to cook a lot and use it almost daily), while still handling small amounts like a few cloves of garlic. So far I’ve chopped nuts, herbs, frozen berries … A snap to clean everything, just rinse and store.”
Best professional-grade immersion blender
“I shopped around for several months, looking for a 600-watt immersion blender. I started to think my only option would be resorting to a regular restaurant immersion blender, but those things are huge and expensive. I finally came across the All-Clad immersion blender and expected it to be comparable to the other brand names whose wattages run from 200 to 400 watts. I was thrilled to discover that All-Clad is a 600-watt unit. I expected it to be better than the unit I was replacing, but I didn’t expect it to be great. I was prepared to stand at the stove while blending freshly made cream-of-mushroom soup. I deployed the All-Clad immersion blender and was done in a couple of heart beats. I was surprised it made such quick work of the soup. I stirred the soup with the other hand, looking for big chunks of mushroom, and found nothing but the nice, tiny little pieces of mushrooms that I wanted.”
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