Hand blenders, or immersion blenders, can be thought of like the Swiss army knives of the kitchen, making light work of a variety of tasks that would otherwise be laborious, or prone to becoming a disappointing mess. Even the most basic models can help you make bowlfuls of warming soup, creamy sauces, nourishing smoothies, and homemade baby food, while more complicated examples can have a part to play in the prep of almost any dish.
Alongside our shopping guide, we've chosen our selection of the best hand blenders available in the UK. We've included models from big names such as Dualit, Bosch, Braun, Russell Hobbs, and Kenwood, and where to buy them from Amazon, Argos, and John Lewis. Moreover, we have partnered with chef Ryan Yen for reviewing and fact-checking the article to deliver you the best information.
Ryan is a trained chef with experience in several restaurants (with various kitchen supplies across the restaurant experience) and hotels, he also attended le cordon bleu to further his training in cuisine and patisserie and focus on creating simple and delicious dishes. Ryan is now formally working as a chef tutor.
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Ryan is a trained chef with experience in several restaurants (with various kitchen supplies across the restaurant experience) and hotels.
He also attended le cordon bleu to further his training in cuisine and patisserie and focus on creating simple and delicious dishes. Ryan is now formally working as a chef tutor.
Hand blenders are perhaps most used for blending soups and stews, breaking down ingredients into a smooth, even texture. For this, they're second to none – plunged straight into the saucepan, they're able to whizz away without the need to decant to a separate container. When used in a bowl or jug (often included), they can whip up sauces such as mayonnaise or healthy smoothies.
With specialist attachments, however, hand blenders can do much more, replacing many larger appliances or long and joyless tasks, such as beating eggs or finely chopping herbs. They do this taking up little space, and with parts that are generally easy to clean and dishwasher-safe.
And with recipe books being included with many models, and thousands of great ideas and videos online, the range of possibilities offered by these small, affordable gadgets just keeps growing.
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The tomato-red splash marks on many kitchen walls are a testament to the potential for hand blenders to make an unrivalled mess when used incorrectly. Often this is due to starting off at too high a speed without properly immersing the blender, but there is another way to limit potential disaster.
Variable speed settings should help avoid this, and will also allow you more control over the amount of power applied to your ingredients – useful for delicate tasks such as beating eggs.
But don't be too distracted into thinking that a higher number of speed settings means a better product. Both the cheapest and the most expensive blender in our list have only two speeds, and once you get using your blender you'll most likely find that you only use a couple of settings.
One easily noticeable distinction between hand blenders is the material used for the stick itself. There's more than just a cost and aesthetic difference between these materials, though, which we'll delve into below.
While the basic 'stick' attachment featured as standard will be enough for many tasks, most models come boxed with many a wonderful extras designed for multiple food preparation.
A whisk attachment, for example, is an invaluable extra for budding bakers, and a potato masher can make quick work of smoothing out your spuds. A mini processor attachment uses the motor from your blender to power a small food processor, for chopping up or slicing veg or making small batches of sauces.
All these attachments take up space, however, and can end up adding to both your kitchen clutter and the total cost. So, whilst it's easy to slip into daydreaming that a single gadget could transform your mealtimes, have a think about which extras you'll actually use, especially if you don't have an abundance of cupboard space at your disposal.
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The electric motor, casing, controls, shaft and cutting blades of a hand blender can all add up to a hefty piece of kit, so pay attention to the weight of your appliance. This will be especially useful for customers with mobility problems or anyone who may tire out from wielding several kilos of metal and plastic while whipping up a meal.
The motor is the heaviest part of a blender, so more powerful and high-spec models will tend to weigh more, although their designers will try to feature more ergonomic grips to make holding this weight more comfortable.
To give you an idea of what 'lightweight' actually is, the lightest hand blender in our list is also the cheapest and most basic, and weighs in at just 780g, whereas the heaviest tips the scales at just under 3 kg – over three times this.
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Polished Hand Blender Set｜88910
A Stylish Hand Blender Set That’s Built to Last
3 in 1 Cordless Hand Blender｜CSB300U
High-Quality Battery-Powered Blender for Wireless Food Prep
Cordless Pro Hand Blender and Mini Chopper｜RHB100U
Robust Blender With Chopping Attachment
Swissline Hand Blender
Professional Hand Blender With Whisk, Meat Mincer and Mini Processor
Stainless Steel Hand Blender｜MSM6S90BGB
A High-Powered Hand Blender With 12+ Speed Settings
Hand Blender 3 in 1 Set Electric with Whisk & Chopper
Affordable Stainless Steel Hand Blender and Accessories Pack
Triblade Hand Blender｜HDP406
Kenwood Hand Blender With Triblade Technology for Smoother Results
MultiQuick 5 Vario Hand Blender｜MQ5035
21 Speed Settings for Unrivalled Control
5 in 1 Blender
Mid-Range Budget Option With Barista Style Milk Frother
Go Create Hand Blender｜25950
Budget Hand Blender for Soups and More
As you'd expect from a leading small appliance manufacturer, Dualit's blender comes with various well-thought-out, nifty features that separate it from the rest of the pack. The metal blending shaft, for example, boasts a 100% reduction in suction, as well as a non-scratch plastic foot to protect your pans.
Many of the parts on this hand blender are repairable and replaceable, meaning it should keep on going and going. The attachments are all robust, BPA-free and dishwasher-safe, and the ergonomic handle at the top makes it easier and more comfortable to get a good grip.
Dangling wires knocking things over (and being tied to the only corner of the kitchen with a free plug socket) are a thing of the past with this battery-powered blender from Cuisinart. Thanks to its 20 minutes of run time, you're free to roam around your kitchen unlimited by the length of your blender's power cord.
Five speed settings offer a greater level of control, and the three attachments should be all you need for a wide variety of culinary creations. The battery does add to the weight of this blender, meaning your arms might tire out sooner, but we think it's worth it!
Another of Cuisinart's cordless range, this blender offers style and convenience. It is slightly cheaper option, so it's a perfect middle-ground if you want an affordable blender with professional functionality.
The selling point for this product is that it includes a chopping function, with a 250 ml attachment to allow you to chop and dice vegetables with ease. This is the perfect choice if you're just beginning to develop your culinary skills!
At £200 this is much more of an investment than other hand blenders on our list, but for professional-level food prep, this model is hard to beat. It's also built to last, a useful consideration given that hand blenders often take a lot of abuse and cheaper models can burn out in a year or two.
The various add-ons and attachments mean there's little this blender can't do, and they stack away neatly behind the stylish stand. As a high-level piece of kit, this blender is slightly more complicated to use than simpler rivals, but there are a series of YouTube videos made by the company to show the full range of possibilities on offer.
Finished in Bosch's signature understated utilitarian aesthetic, this powerful, beefy blender is a capable piece of kit ready to be put to a variety of culinary challenges. The steel-shafted blender features the company's QuattroBlade technology for super-efficient chopping, and the mini processor attachment can be used with blades for slicing and grating.
There are also 12-speed settings and a turbo boost for extra oomph when blending tougher ingredients. And with its quiet low vibration motor, you can blitz away without worrying about the neighbours.
This blender from Andrew James is the cheapest on our list to come packaged with such a range of accessories. As well as a good-quality blending arm, there are whisk and chopping attachments and a 500 ml measuring beaker.
The turn dial speed control at the top makes varying the power a doddle, and the clean, fuss-free lines of the blender won't ruffle any feathers design-wise. There are 5 main speed settings and a turbo speed setting, so you'll have plenty of options to get your recipes just right!
If having a wide selection of attachments to experiment with appeals to you, then look no further. As well as a metal-shafted blender stick, there's a masher, a whisk, and a bespoke soup attachment, plus a mini processor and jug (both with lids, so you can pop what you're making straight in the fridge).
Kenwood's triblade technology sees the cutting blades chop at three levels simultaneously, for finer, smoother results. Eight-speed settings – plus a turbo boost for tougher ingredients – round off the spec table nicely. But if compactness is your priority, one of our other choices may better serve you.
One stand-out feature of this hand blender is its whopping 21-speed settings, easily controlled by a turn dial on top of the device. This is almost certainly a level of control you'll seldom use in your daily lives, but it will no doubt appeal to those who value such precision.
The Braun also boasts PowerBell technology, which is claimed to produce more finely chopped and blended results than in its rivals and a quieter motor than other blenders. Did we mention it comes with a whisk, mini processor and beaker to top off the package?
This option is great if you're looking for a substantial amount of accessories with a relatively low price! At 800 watts, it is a powerful blender with 12 adjustable speeds and a turbo function.
We love this blender because it includes a milk brother attachment, meaning you can make barista style coffees at home. This is a rare find with hand blenders, so if you're choosing between a coffee machine or food processor, this could be the perfect compromise!
At just over £15, this is the cheapest hand blender on our list. Though it probably won't be ideal for heavy daily use, for occasional no-frills blending on a budget it really is nothing to turn your nose up at. The single blender attachment will see you right for soups, smoothies and sauces with the minimum of fuss, cost and clutter.
Unlike some cheaper models, the stick attachment can be removed to allow easy cleaning. There are also two-speed settings, so you can adjust the power for different types of food, and at only 780g the blender is nice and light in the hand.
No. 1: Dualit｜Polished Hand Blender Set｜88910
No. 2: Cuisinart｜3 in 1 Cordless Hand Blender｜CSB300U
No. 3: Cuisinart｜Cordless Pro Hand Blender and Mini Chopper｜RHB100U
No. 4: Bamix｜Swissline Hand Blender
No. 5: Bosch｜Stainless Steel Hand Blender｜MSM6S90BGB
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