Hand blenders make common kitchen tasks so much easier. Depending on the model, you can find hand blenders that not only make perfectly smooth soups and sauces, but that can also act as mini food processors, chopping, cutting and milling, all with very little effort. During our latest round of reviews we tested 16 hand blenders from the top brands on the market, and have found six that we’d recommend.
We’ve selected a variety of models for different budgets and needs. Out of these, there are two that deserve a special mention. The Braun MQ9087X MultiQuick 9 is the best hand blender that we’ve tested. With an impressive 1000W motor, it produces much finer results than its competition, with attachments for chopping, slicing, mashing, whipping and kneading. If you’re on a tighter budget, the Braun MQ3025 Spaghetti is excellent value, and incredibly effective, and is our current Editor’s Choice.
How we pick the best hand blender
Hand blenders are an essential kitchen gadget for any serious home chef. They’re ideal for whipping up sauces and soups, and most models come in at a far more reasonable price compared to sophisticated food prep gadgets that could set you back hundreds of pounds.
Testing hand blenders is a matter of seeing how good they are for each task, with different models coming with different attachments. Depending on the attachments, then, we test the ability to blend smoothly, looking at the likes of guacamole, chickpeas or soup. For those that have a whisk attachment, we test using cream or egg whites, whipping until we get firm peaks. For those with additional extras, we test the ability to knead dough, julienne vegetables and chop and dice. In all cases, ease of use, suitability for the task at hand, and the final results are taken into consideration in our final rating.
We also test each model for ease of cleaning, noting down which models are easy to clean up and have dishwasher-safe parts and those that don’t.
Braun MQ9087X MultiQuick 9
- Multiple attachments
- Tackles hard food with ease
- Fast and efficient
- Needs extra storage space
The Braun MultiQuick 9 is one of the most impressive hand blenders on the market. Not only does it look good, with its black and stainless steel finish, it produces finer results than much of the competition. An impressive 1000W motor, plus a mobile blender leg that moves up and down as you use it – creating a greater cutting surface for its blades – ensure the MultiQuick 9 get the job done in a whizz.
The Braun even includes a smart safety button to prevent accidental switch-ons, with a second button to control speed. It comes with a whole host of attachments for chopping, slicing, mashing, whipping and kneading, with its EasyClick+ system ensuring connecting and disconnecting them all is quick and easy. It performs well across the board, and its splash-minimising design keeps the mess to a minimum. It’s more mini-food processor than a hand blender, which makes it great for those who are short on space.
Braun MQ3025 Spaghetti
- Whisks and chops
- Good value
- Impressive design
- A bit fiddly to store
The Braun MQ3025 Spaghetti is a pretty affordable hand blender that comes with whisk and chopping attachments, as well as its blending foot. It’s powerful and well featured, and we found it a jack of all trades in its blending abilities. It can’t make spaghetti though – that’s just a quirky name.
We really like its industrial design, and found it easy to hold with good grip. The two-speed buttons for hopping between fast and slow fall nicely under our fingers when we hold it too. So how did it perform? Its chopping attachment is small but mighty, making easy work of parmesan, while the blending foot mushed chickpeas into super-smooth hummus without question. The whisk did a good job on our egg whites too, getting firm peaks within 30 seconds.
For its price, you’ll struggle to find better.
Morphy Richards 402052 Total Control Hand Blender Pro Set
- Multiple attachments
- Soft start and variable speed
- Separate chopping bowl
- No parts dishwasher safe
- Better for small tasks
- Not suitable for grinding, such as coffee beans
If you’re tired of the all-or-nothing performance of the average hand blender, you might want to consider the Morphy Richards Total Control. It’s equipped with the company’s Smart Response Technology, which builds up speed gradually so blitzing food comes without the usual jerks and splatters.
Simply choose one of its eight speeds, squeeze the control button and let the blades – which stay sharp for 12 times longer than standard blades, apparently – do their work. They slow down steadily once you release it.
More power comes in the form of a Turbo button, while a host of accessories make pureeing, blending, chopping, crushing ice, whisking and mashing super-easy. There are even storage lids included for both containers. Fuss-free, easy to clean and plenty powerful, the Morphy Richards Total Control Hand Blender is a versatile kitchen tool that will be your go-to for almost any food-prep task.
Tefal Infiny Force HB864140
- Superb mayo attachment
- Compact to store
- Variable speed
- A bit pricey
- No chopping attachment
The Tefal Infiny Force is a hand blender with larger ambitions. It comes with three handy attachments to make it a foodie’s friend in the kitchen, including a sauce foot for making your own mayonnaise, if you’ve ever fancied it.
You also get a standard blending foot and a whisk attachment, plus two jugs – an 800ml for soups and a smaller one for sauces. All attachments worked really well during testing, with a variable speed dial for adjusting just how much welly the job at hand needs. And if you need a burst of power to finish it off, there’s a turbo button for exactly that.
It’s well designed and sits nicely in the hand – even smaller hands should have no problems here. We found it was a bit tricky to clean though, and it’s not the cheapest either.
- Great accessory range
- Affordable price
- Adjustable speeds
- Food processor blades could be longer
- Chrome finish easily marked
The Dualit DHB2 Hand Blender is an excellent choice for any discerning chef. Its 700W motor, upgraded from 500W of its predecessor, means it handles foods better and it comes with all the necessary accessories. There’s also a turbo mode for dealing with super-tough blends.
Other thoughtful touches include a handy spout for adding ingredients to the food processor pot mid-blend. We’d prefer a means of locking the pot to the blender more securely, and the smart chrome finish does mark easily. Nevertheless, this remains a very good hand blender that will prove invaluable for serious chefs.
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Russell Hobbs Food Collection 22241
- Very affordable
- Low power
- Only blends
- A bit hard to clean
The Russell Hobbs 22241 is a cheap and cheerful hand blender, in a really good way. If you simply need a blender to blend, without fancy extra feet for other jobs, then this is well worth a look. At 200W it’s not very powerful, but it does a good job of blending soup. Chickpeas were a bit harder going but it managed a decent job on the faster of the two settings.
It’s not going to win any awards for its design – it’s a simple stick blender, with its blending foot made out of plastic rather than metal. You’ll find it more susceptible to stains and heat because of that, but at this price, it comes with the territory. It’s a bit weedy but it does the basics just fine and at this price, that’ll be enough for many. If you don’t need extra accessories, it’ll save you cupboard space as well as money.
Those were our picks of the best hand blenders, for more information on choosing the right model keep reading.
Best hand blenders – Buying guide
Best hand blenders – What features do I need?
To ensure you pick the best hand blender for your needs, consider the task for which you’ll use it most. If you’re mainly interested in making sauces, opt for one that has a dedicated tool for the job. Most of the blenders in our roundup include several attachments, so be sure to check what they are.
For making soups, you’re unlikely to need as many attachments, but if you’ll be using your blender to prepare lots of vegetables then a chopping tool will be a godsend. Also, is the beaker or bowl included – and how big is it? If it doesn’t fit your size requirements then you may need to look elsewhere.
Best hand blenders – How much power do I need?
All hand blenders have a motor rated in Watts. This is an indicator of how powerful the motor inside is. A basic hand blender will have a 200W motor, which is poweful enough for blending soup at the end of cooking, cutting through the software ingredients. Fresh, harder ingredients will prove more of a chore. For more versatile use, look for a hand blender with a 500W or higher motor; top-end models have 1000W motors, making them suitable for use as food processors, too.