Although I’m a professional chef and I have two full fledged counter top blenders even at home, for most of my tasks I stick with my immersion blender. Actually, I think it is probably my favorite kitchen gadget – it is not only fast and easy to use in a lot of different scenarios, but also inexpensive and easy to clean.
Choosing the best immersion blender is not an easy task. Now don’t get me wrong, in terms of efficiency, all modern blender do a decent job and you can’t go totally wrong. Still, there are a lot of small details which can make a difference, and we’ll try to cover them in this article.
If you’re like me and you plan to use your hand blender a lot, one of the most important things you should care for is the comfort it offers you – it should not be too heavy (three pounds or lower is recommended) and it should have big, ergonomic buttons (since, due to safety reasons, they must be constantly pressed down during use).
Also, it should be easy to clean – a good blade guard should prevent the food from getting stuck and a detachable shaft which is dishwasher-safe makes the cleaning process much easier. Finally, if you plan to use your blender a lot, you should look for one that comes with a long warranty; actually, being totally honest, I have to admit that this was the main reason why I picked my Oster blender.
Except these general criteria, there are a few more things you should consider, that depends of the way you plan to use your blender. And the most important thing is if you need a chopper or not – because yes, it adds a whole new use to your blender (being able to chop vegetables and nuts), but can also easily double or triple the cost. Cordless or corded is another question – the first one makes it a little more comfortable to use, but it comes with the disadvantage of having to change the batteries quite often; also, corded models usually perform a bit better in tests. Finally, you should also consider how deep are your pots, and choose a model which is long enough to allow you to reach the bottom of your pots.
For me, the best immersion blender is a Oster blender. For you it could be a totally different brand or model, but following the guidelines in this article you should have no problem finding the right one.
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