The Braun MQ3025 is a pretty affordable hand blender that comes with whisk and chopping attachments.
We found it to be powerful and well featured: good for everything from blitzing parmesan to whipping up fresh mayonnaise.
Braun MQ3025 – Design and features
The first, important point to make is that this blender does not make spaghetti. It’s just that Braun’s MultiQuick 3 range all have quirky food names, a bit like Android OSes.
We liked the Braun’s industrial design. It sits comfortably in the hand, with a bumpy texture on the white plastic body for extra grip. Your index finger falls on the button for the slower of the two speeds and your middle finger is perfectly positioned for the faster one.
The button area is covered in blue rubber that looks great against the gloss white plastic and feels very practical: it’s impervious to fingerprints. There’s no loop to hang the Braun up though.
It comes with three accessories. The first is a blending foot in stainless steel – a material that’s better than plastic for resistance to heat and stains. The second is a stainless steel whisk. The third is a chopping attachment designed for small quantities of veggies, nuts and more. Two buttons on the side of the body make it easy to change accessories.
The blending foot has two blades: one bends slightly upwards, the other slightly downwards. The stainless steel around them has no slits but the shape undulates and has gaps at the bottom.
The Braun also comes with a beaker. We won’t call it a jug because there’s no spout. The beaker is graduated in millilitres and fluid ounces, but these are hard to read. The graduations go up to 600ml but the capacity to the brim is more like 900ml.
It’s a great selection of accessories for the price, but together they’re a bit fiddly to store. You can kind of shove them all into each other to save cupboard space but there’s been no attempt to design them to fit together neatly. If you only plan to use your blender to blend then you might as well get a more basic model.
Braun MQ3025 – What’s it like to use?
The Braun’s chopping attachment is small but mighty. It’s great (grate?) at turning parmesan to dust – a revelation even. It’s powerful enough to chop an onion too… but you must just press the button briefly to chop veggies, one pulse at a time. Hold the button down and you pulverise the onion into unappetising mush. It’s basically good for quickly chopping small stuff.
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We cooked up a soup with our onions, then blended it. The Braun’s blender proved powerful and the two speed settings were handy for not causing a splash. The resulting soup had a good, smooth consistency.
The blender’s fast setting was perfect for blending chickpeas to make hummus. You can feel the extra power. We were impressed with the smoothness of the results.
The blender is well balanced, you can even stand it on end. But it generates a lot of suction: enough to lift the beaker unless you lean the blender at an angle. This makes lifting the blender up and down harder work.
We also tried making mayonnaise with the blender. There’s no special attachment for this, but the Braun’s instructions included a simple mayo recipe so we gave it a go. It was quick and easy going, taking around a minute to move the blender up and down, creating a rich, creamy mayo to be proud of.
The Braun’s whisk worked very well. We used the slower of the two speeds to whisk a couple of egg whites; it took around 30 seconds to get impressive, firm peaks.
The whisk was easy to clean. The chopping attachment is harder but most parts are dishwasher proof. Cleaning the blending foot was a bit tricky because of the wavy metal design: dirt tends to gather in the curves. But you can get it fairly clean simply by blending some soapy water.
Should I buy the Braun MQ3025?
Yes. It’s a well-featured blender with a good selection of accessories… a great selection if you consider the Braun’s price.