Stick blenders, also commonly referred to as immersion blenders or hand blenders, are a relatively new tool in the kitchen and have carved out a very indispensable niche for themselves. Of the many stick blenders we reviewed, what is the best immersion blender to buy? The All-Clad KZ750D is our number one pick due it’s durability and massive power. While you can’t expect it to do the job of a Vitamix or Blendtec the All-Clad can do some pretty amazing blending feats. As well can our other suggestions. Continue reading to learn more about the best stick blender we found in our research, our runner up choice, and our budget pick.
The All-Clad KZ750D stick blender is an absolute tank. It is built solidly and is probably the heaviest hand blender that is currently on the market. Weight isn’t necessarily a great thing as it can make a tool more difficult to handle even though heavier things tend to mean higher quality components and materials have been used. This is heavy but not too heavy. It’s large amount of weight is due to the extremely powerful motor inside this rugged unit. It will rip through the toughest challenges with ease.
The KZ750D is expensive considering it’s priced similar to the competition but doesn’t come with any attachments. Also, it should be noted that there isn’t a rubber or plastic gasket on the end to protect your cookware. So if you’re worried about the metal blade housing scratching your cookware this may not be your best choice. Not the best choice for using in your non stick cookware. That said, when it comes to the best immersion blender on the market, this is our winner for it’s brute strength and durability.
It was a close call for the Breville BSB510XL. It came very close to being our number one choice. For a similar price as the All-Clad KZ750D you can get a nearly as powerful and durable hand blender that also includes a whisk attachment and a blending cup. We placed it second only because we value power and durability over features. If you are less concerned with power and durability you can save a couple bucks by going with the Breville and you’ll likely be extremely happy with the results.
The Breville BSB510XL also includes a rubber gasket at the base of the blade housing which makes it a better choice for those that plan to use their immersion blender in non stick cookware. Combine that with the whisk attachment, chopping bowl, and extra large jug that comes with it and it’s a great value for a little less than the asking price of the All-Clad with no bells and whistles.
If you’re put off by the expense of the All-Clad and Breville immersion blenders and long for a significantly less expensive option that can still do a commendable job then look no further. The Hamilton Beach 59765 is a stellar performer at a third of the price, plus it comes with some great attachments.
While not as powerful or as rugged as the competition, it was able to do almost as well as the best of the best despite it’s low cost. In addition to the blending wand it also comes with a whisk and chopping bowl. When it comes to value over our number one pick this one is a miracle worker.
There are lots of great uses for a hand blender. Mayonnaise is one great option, also smoothies with a quality hand blender. soups such as tomato are a breeze with a stick blender. My favorite (although closely followed by mayonnaise) is whipped cream. Fresh whipped cream on home made key lime pie is an undeniable indulgence. There are many other options but we can’t list them all here.
A stick blender is pretty much as it sounds, it’s a blender on a stick. To use it, you simply place it into the container of items you intend to blend. The beauty of the immersion blender is that you can easily put it anywhere you need to blend whether that is in a hot pot on the stove top or a tall thin glass on the counter.
For some tasks you can but most a mixer isn’t capable of performing in the same way as an immersion blender. Mixers won’t fit in some situations like a hand blender. Also, a mixer can’t puree like a stick blender can.
When treated with respect they are reasonably safe. The problem comes in when people let their guard down. For instance, someone may thoughtlessly attempt to remove something tangled around the blades without unplugging the blender. Accidentally bumping the on/off button in this situation can be disastrous. Always unplug your stick blender when you’re not actually blending for the best safety practice.
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What is the best choice for a stick blender? Our opinion is the All-Clad KZ750D based on the customer feedback and reviews. It’s extremely rugged and powerful but is the most expensive of the bunch and doesn’t come with any of the accessories that the competition typically offers. The Hamilton Beach is far and away the best bang for the buck even if it isn’t as powerful or durable. You can buy 2 more before you spend as much as you would for the All-Clad and you’ll have some accessories too. The Breville is a great alternative to the All-Clad if you want to get the accessories without paying extra and even save a few dollars.
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