For kitchens that have space limitations or for cooks who enjoy convenience, it is a remarkably flexible tool that can be used in a wide variety of situations.
In this article I will try to provide you with a list of the top 5 hand blenders, taking into account their utility, reliability, extra functions and I would like to stay in the budget. I won’t bore you how many watts they have and how many should they have, what is their speed and what speed you need to beat an egg. I want to tell you what hand blenders will work for home use and will serve you for many years.
Paying slightly more proves worth it when it comes to this particular blender. The standard blade slots on easily, blends well, is smooth and fairly quiet. The soup attachment created super-smooth soup quickly, and there are also attachments for chopping, whisking and mashing. The non-slip rubber bases on the chopping bowl and blending beaker felt secure, and both have plastic lids too which is a nice touch if you want to pop whatever you’re preparing in the fridge. It’s worth noting that the speed control on the top was a little stiff but gave good speed variation
Braun MultiQuick 5 Vario MQ 5035
If you are one of those enthusiastic home cooks who cook a lot, yet, are not eager to invest in numerous kitchen appliances that can eat a hole in your budget and eat your precious counter top space, the MultiQuick blender from Braun is for you. Coming in a bundle with several accessories, the model boasts versatile functionality and can be easily stowed away in the drawer when not in use.
Sage by Heston Blumenthal Control grip all-in-one
This set allows you to grate, chop, whisk and mash using the attachments and most of them fit neatly on a stand, although you’ll need a reasonable amount of shelf height for this. The sheer number of pieces is a little overwhelming at first but they proved very straightforward to attach and use, and everything had a practical use. The food processor is surprisingly effective and it great to dispense with the usual heavy motor unit base. The hand blender with basic blade attached is heavier than many, so worth noting if you’re not able to work with heavier appliances.
Dualit 700W hand blender
This high-gloss silver blender is hooked at the top so it rests on your hand, making it feel more secure during use. At low and medium speeds there is very little suction to the saucepan base making it easy to move the blender around. It comes with a solidly-built 1-litre jug with helpful volume markings on the side. The mini chopper is efficient and has a useful feeding spout, but it does slip around a bit so needs to be held during use. The whisk attachment feels sturdy and makes gently whipped cream on the low speed. It comes with a detailed manual with helpful troubleshooting tips. The attachments are dishwasher safe too – a bonus.
Kenwood Triblade System HDP300WH
Right off the bat, the model comes at a fairly affordable price tag, which is a really nice benefit taking into account the blender quality and performance it delivers. Packed with a powerful and reliable motor, the blender offers an 800-watt output to make the most demanding blending tasks more manageable. Another distinctive feature of this model is the branded Triblade system. The blade is made of first-class stainless steel and has three razor-sharp prongs that are curved and located to each other at a certain angle. While spinning at high speeds, such blade system breaks the food flow and presses the ingredients to the cutting prongs. Overall, it ensures quicker and more efficient blending and allows achieving smoother blending results with all sorts of ingredients including hard roots, fibrous veggies and greens, fruit with tough skins, as well as dense and viscous ingredients.
Taking care of your hand blender
The most important thing in caring for your hand blender is keeping it clean. All you need is some standard dish soap, a sponge or cloth, a bowl filled with hot water, cotton swabs, and vinegar.
- Start by unplugging your appliance and removing any attachments.
- Wipe down your attachments using the cloth or sponge with soap and hot water. Some of the blade attachments can be cleaned in the dishwashers.
- To remove stuck-on food from an attachment, fill a bowl with hot water, dish soap, and/or vinegar. Run the blender in the bowl for no more than 30 seconds to break loose any food.
- To clean the handle, carefully wipe it down with a damp sponge and soap or vinegar. Do not let water get inside the housing of the unit.
- If food is stuck around the controller buttons, use a cotton swab to remove it.
- For salsa and pesto, use a hand blender; it is better than a food processor because the ingredients do not stick to the side of the bowl.