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Which Hand Blender is Best? Compare Models Side by Side

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To answer the question which hand blender is best? we consulted the people who really know – 1,137 UK buyers and users who’ve used their stick blender for 6 or more weeks.

Our compare hand held blenders table lets you be the judge & reviewer. Here, side by side, are the best buy immersion blenders 2013 – as voted by users.

Based on our survey results, you'll find the users’ overall satisfaction ratings per model – its marks out of ten - plus a run-down of the facts owners tell us are important – like is this a tri-blade blender and does it have a balloon whisk attachment?

Review the best stick blenders – as voted by UK users - from Bosch, Breville, Kenwood, Philips, Morphy Richards and Tefal. In our UK mission to find out which hand blender is best, we’ve surveyed over one thousand one hundred consumers to compile our compare stick blenders report.

Help me choose – You’ll find user-nominated recommendations here

Here are 7 qualities every stick blender should have ...>>>

User nominated recommendations  Philips HR1617-01 immersion blender  Morphy Richards 48987  Tefal HB1011A4  Tefal Turbomix HB1001A4  

Hand Blender 

Philips HR1617/01

Morphy Richards 48987

Tefal Turbomix HB1011A4

Tefal Turbomix HB1001A4

Kenwood kMix HB891

Bosch MSM6150GB

Philips HR1615/01

Andrew James Hand Blender

Bosch MSM6300GB

Breville VHB065 3-in-1

User rating

9.90/10

9.62/10

9.50/10

9.50/10

9.40/10

9.33/10

9.26/10

9.17/10

9.13/10

9.11/10

Ranked

1

2

3

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

Expect to pay around 

c£40

c£45

c£20

c£17

c£90

c£30

c£40

c£30

# 
Best buy? 

Best Buy

Best Buy

Best Buy

Best Buy

# 
# 
Wattage

650w

c400w

350w

350w

c400w

400w

650w

700w

600w

800w

Speed settings

16

9

1

1

1

2

16

2

2

12

Blender wand

metal

metal

metal

plastic

metal

plastic

metal

metal

plastic

metal

Tri-blade rotor

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Balloon whisk

Y

Y

#

# 

Y

# 

Y

# 

Y

Mini chopper attachment/bowl

Y

Y

#

# 

Y

# 

Y

Y

Y

Y

Soup blender attachment

#

#

#

# 

Y

# 

Measuring jug 

Y

beaker

beaker

beaker

# 

beaker

beaker

Y

beaker

Whisking/measuring jug

#

Y

# 

Y

Y

Y

# 

Baby food, blend, chop herbs, puree, sauces, soup, smoothies 

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y


Table - Which Are The Best Hand Blenders? © 2013 Copyright Best Buys For
*Guide prices correct at publication. Note: Many models have additional attachments not shown in illustration 

Kenwood HB891  Bosch MSM6150GB  Philips HR1615-01 stick blender  Andrew James Hand Blender Set  Bosch MSM6300GB  

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7 Things You Should Look for in a Best Buy Hand Blender

An immersion blender is somehow quicker to use than a stand or work-top blender. You take it out, gently immerse it in your ingredients and pulse it on and off. Your ingredients combine in seconds. The blender stick can then be removed for easy cleaning (with a dish brush to avoid the blades). Job done.

You can: beat eggs, whisk batter, whip up sponge mixes, whizz up baby food, combine soup ingredients, blend smoothies and, with the right attachment grind spices or chop vegetables & herbs.

We all know what an immersion blender looks like, so here are the 7 qualities to look for when you buy a hand blender to suit your food preparation needs.

• What is the blender wand made from?
• Is the rotary cutter a tri-blade?
• Is it light and well-balanced to minimise fatigue?
• Is it powerful enough for my needs?
• Does it have multiple speed (control) settings?
• And a Balloon whisk attachment?
• And how about a mini chopper attachment?

Here’s the reason why you should ask these key buying questions:

What’s the Blender wand metal or plastic?
Most of the top, user-rated blenders have blender wands made of cast metal. This gives the impression of heft and durability. However, metal is unkind to non-stick pans if you move the blender in circular motions in contact with the pan’s base.

When immersion blenders first came to market nearly all blender wands were of plastic. It’s still possible to find well-rated models like this.


Is the rotary cutter a tri-blade?
All the top hand held blenders reviewed here 3 cutting blades. They probably chop, blend and smooth seconds quicker than the earliest stick blenders that only had 2 blades.


Is it light and well-balanced to minimise fatigue?
We wouldn’t describe the top immersion blenders as featherweight, but they aren’t dead weights either. And efficient motor ensures you can whizz ingredients quickly with little effort. And most have non-slip, easy grip handles, too.


Is it powerful enough for my needs?
Some manufacturers crow about the wattage of their blender. The more watts the more oomph, but we didn’t find any evidence of more watts making for a better blender. And none of the top, user-rated models is supplied with a dough hook that might put the motor under stress.

What really seems to matter is speed settings, accessories included and, of course, the price paid.


Does it have multiple speed (control) settings?
You can smooth & blend perfectly well with one or two speed settings. However, if your blender has attachments like a balloon whisk or mini chopper you will appreciate the ability to vary the speed of action.

It’s also true that starting slow and working up to speed can make for less splatter.


And a Balloon whisk attachment?
A balloon whisk extends the versatility of a blender enabling you to combine light mixtures like pancakes, Yorkshire pudding batter or sponge mixes.


Soup blender attachment
This is a bit of a gimmick that supposedly produces less potential splatter. Truth is you can perfectly well combine soup ingredients with the standard blender stick supplied. It could make mashing potatoes quicker.


And how about a mini chopper attachment?
Again a mini-chopper extends the usefulness of your blender. You can shred small quantities of carrots, cabbage, herbs and spices.


Compare Hand Blenders Easily

You can review and compare hand blenders with ease here. Which stick blender is best? Which comes with a mini-chopping attachment? And which has speed controls for mess-free blending?

What you see here are the user nominated, top hand blenders for 2013.

So, which hand blender is best?

 

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Best Buy Philips HR1617/01 - User Recommendation 1

Philips HR1617-01 immersion blenderThe best buy, based on overall user rating is the Philips HR1617/01 (User rating 9.90/10). The HR1617 has got the lot: 16 incremental speeds gives you control and reduces the chances of splatter. The stick blender is made of metal so is robust, but take care on non-stick pans. There’s also a balloon whisk for batters and creaming. Plus a neat mini-food chopper in its own container. Finally, there’s a handy 1.7L measuring/serving jug with a lid.

It’s a great investment for whizzing up baby food, making soups, smoothies, sauces and more.

In fact there’s nothing to dislike about this Philips hand blender, which is why the users have given it almost perfect marks.

There’s one proviso that’s true for all makes/models: Hand-blenders are intended to be used in pulses – unlike hand-mixers there’s no ventilation. Engine heat is dissipated through the handle. If you run them continuously, for example whisking meringues, they will get hot to hold and the engine may fail.


Best Hand Blender - Morphy Richards 48987 – Owner Recommendation 2

Morphy Richards 48987The easy-grip Morphy Richards 48987 (User rating 9.62/10). also achieved a near perfect score. It’s an appealing red with a shiny stainless steel stick blender.

The 48987 has 9 speed settings and two attachments: a balloon whisk and mini chopper/container. There’s also a measuring beaker with a lid.

The only real user-gripe is the weight of this model.

 


Best Cheap Hand Blender - TEFAL Turbomix HB1011A4 - Recommendation 3

Tefal HB1011A4If you are on a budget, around £20 will get you a Tefal Turbomix HB1011A4 (User rating 9.50/10). This is simply an immersion blender with a metal wand, plus handy 800ml measuring beaker.

If you are worried about using a metal utensil on your non-stick pans you can even get a non-scratch version with a plastic wand – the Tefal Turbomix HB1001A4

 


Guide to Using Our Hand Held Blender Comparison Table 2013 UK

Overall Users’ Satisfaction Rating
The key question we asked in our user survey was this: “You’ve been using your stick blender for six weeks or more.

Given your experience to date, how would you rate your blender overall on a scale of 1 (low) to 10 (high)? Think about you food or drink results, durability of construction, ease of use & cleaning and value for money”.

We then took all these ratings for a given model and found an Overall Users Satisfaction Rating per model.

A best buy hand blender will have a score of 8 or more. A score of 7 suggests a good design marred by poor reliability. A score of less than 7 suggests a product has both design and reliability faults. It’s probably a waste of your money.


Expect to pay
A guide at the time of publishing.


Measuring jug
Some models come with a handy measuring jug. Many of these can also be used to blend. But remember not to plunge the blender straight in or you’ll get a compression effect with the contents shooting up from the jug.


Whisking/measuring jug
These whisking come measuring jugs are properly designed to enable you to both measure foods/liquids and combine them without making splatter.


Compare the Best Hand Blender in Britain AND Grab a Bargain

Hand blenders cheapest here

When you’ve found out which hand blender is best you’ll want the best at the right price.

So, whether you want to blend soup ingredients, rustle up a smoothie, mash the potatoes, whisk batter or sponge mix, chop vegetables & herbs or grind spice, there’s a hand held blender model for you.

With the help of Best Buys Compared UK price search service, we’ll guide you to the right combining tool for your easy, quick food, drink and smoothie or soup preparation with a handy stick blender.

So go on, with a hand held blender you can whip eggs, whisk batter, combine soup ingredients, blend sauces, whizz up baby food and even mash potatoes. And when you are done cleaning is easy and storage compact. All you have to remember with an immersion blender is to take it easy to avoid splatter.

Thank you for reviewing our UK 2013 which hand blender is best comparison table.


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