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Updated: 10 Jun 2022

Best hand blenders

We tested hand blenders from Braun, Bosch, Kenwood and more to find the best hand blenders for smooth, consistent soups and smoothies
Sam Morris
Hand blender

The best hand blenders need to quickly blend up whatever foods you care to pulverise, to a consistent texture. You also want your hand blender to be comfortable to hold, easy to control and easy to clean.

In May 2022, we tested some of the best-selling models including Bosch, Kitchen Aid and Braun hand blenders.

We found that most of them get the job done, but the best hand blenders give you smooth results quicker and are a match for more challenging blends, such as houmous, without you needing to stop and dislodge mixture from the blender's head.

The hand blenders (also called stick blenders) that came out on top also had nifty extra design features, such as rubberised grips that are shaped to your hand, which, if you're using one for several minutes, make it more comfortable to use.

We found hand blenders we recommend for under £30. You can see which those are in our results below.

We've also included pictures of all our blend tests (which members can see when logged in), so if you like your soups slightly chunkier and your smoothies slightly less smooth, you can see at a glance which is the best blender to suit your particular taste.

Price and availability last checked: 31 May 2022

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The best hand blenders

Only logged-in Which? members can view the hand blender test results below. If you're not yet a member, you'll see an alphabetically ordered list of the hand blenders we tested.

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Braun MultiQuick 1 MQ100 Hand Blender

Cheapest Price: £20.50 at Amazon, Argos also available at Currys, Robert Dyas

Cord length: 120cm

Height with main attachment: 34cm

Power rating: 450W

Variable speed settings: No

Accessories: 600ml measuring jug

This Braun hand blender was the cheapest of the branded blenders we tested. Our testing revealed exactly how it stacked up against own-brand blenders at a similar price as well as pricier competition.

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Braun MultiQuick 5 MQ5237 Hand Blender

Cheapest Price: £69.99 at Amazon, Currys also available at Argos

Cord length: 120cm

Height with main attachment: 40cm

Power rating: 1,000W

Variable speed settings: Yes

Accessories: 600ml measuring jug, chopper, whisk, masher

The Braun hand blender has the potential to replace several of your kitchen appliances, but did its extra attachments stand out in our tests?

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Bosch CleverMixx MSM2610BGB Hand Blender

Cheapest Price: £34.99 at Amazon, Currys, Robert Dyas (out of stock), also available at AO.com

Cord length: 125cm

Height with main attachment: 39cm

Power rating: 600W

Variable speed settings: No

Accessories: 700ml measuring jug

Our tests discovered the Bosch CleverMixx is easy to use if you have reduced hand mobility. But even though it came out top in one of our tests, it didn't do as well in another. 

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Bosch ErgoMixx MS6CA4150G Hand Blender

Cheapest Price: £54.99 at John Lewis also available at Argos, Currys

Cord length: 145cm

Height with main attachment: 39cm

Power rating: 800W

Variable speed settings: Yes

Accessories: 600ml measuring jug, chopper, whisk

This Bosch hand blender comes with some pretty nifty and easy to use attachments. Our testing will tell you if this hand blender makes smooth soups and if those extra attachments are worth spending more to get.

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Cookworks Hand Blender – Stainless Steel

Cheapest Price: £18 at Argos also available at Sainsburys

Cord length: 105cm

Height with main attachment: 38cm

Power rating: 600W

Variable speed settings: Yes

Accessories: 1.1L measuring jug, chopper, whisk

This Cookworks hand blender comes with extra attachments and is decently priced. When we tested it, this hand blender also did something no other blender in our tests did.

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Currys Essentials C17HBW19 Hand Blender

Only available at Currys£4.99

Cord length: 105cm

Height with main attachment: 33cm

Power rating: 170W

Variable speed settings: No

Accessories: None

This hand blender was the cheapest we tested. Is a cheap hand blender just as effective? Log in now or join Which? to unlock our test results

George Black Hand Blender

Cheapest price: £12 at GeorgeAsda

Cord length: 115cm

Height with main attachment: 39cm

Power rating: 300W

Variable speed settings: Yes

Accessories: None

This stick blender comes with a metal wand attachment, which you don't often see on a hand blender at this price. It also excelled at preparing one of the foods in our test.

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Kenwood Triblade HDP100WG Hand Blender

Cheapest Price: £24 at George, also available at Amazon

Cord length: 110cm

Height with main attachment: 36cm

Power rating: 700W

Variable speed settings: Yes (turbo)

Accessories: None

This hand blender has a three-bladed head which Kenwood claims is designed to ensure 'everything is consistently blended and chopped'. We put this to the test.

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KitchenAid 5KHBBV53BBM Cordless Hand Blender

Cheapest Price: £109 at Argos, Currys also available at Harts of Stur, KitchenAid

Cord length: Cordless

Height with main attachment: 43cm

Power rating: 16W

Variable speed settings: Yes (by pressing power button harder or softer)

Accessories: 700ml measuring jug with lid, pan guard

This cordless KitchenAid hand blender has the potential to be one of the easiest blenders to use, freeing you from being tethered to a plug socket. 

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Russell Hobbs 24702 Desire 3 in 1 Hand Blender

Russel Hobbs 24702 Desire 3 in 1 Hand Blender

Cheapest Price: £34 at George, also available at Amazon, Currys, Robert Dyas (out of stock)

Cord length: 115cm

Height with main attachment: 40cm

Power rating: 500W

Variable speed settings: Yes

Accessories: 600ml measuring jug with lid, chopper, whisk

The Russell Hobbs hand blender comes with extra attachments, two speed settings and a curved handle for a more comfortable grip. It ticks a lot of boxes on paper, but did our tests find it excelled in practice?

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Smeg 50's Retro Style Hand Blender

Cheapest Price: £129 at Amazon also available at Currys, AO.com, Robert Dyas

Cord length: 150cm

Height with main attachment: 41cm

Power rating: 700W

Variable speed settings: Yes

Accessories: 1.4L measuring jug with lid, chopper, whisk, masher

Smeg is known and loved for its retro kitchen appliances. This Smeg hand blender comes with a range of attachments but at a price well above most of its competitors, is it worth paying extra for? 

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Want something that's more dedicated to making smoothies? – see our Best Blenders.

How we tested hand blenders

We selected 11 of the best-selling hand blenders from the most popular brands available at key retailers. We chose models at a range of prices, so we could see if paying more got you better blended food.

We paid for all the hand blenders tested: we don't accept freebies, which means you can trust us to tell the truth about what we found.

Blending performance

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Blending prowess

Each hand blender was put through three blending tests. Each got the same length of time, and was run on the highest setting.

Soup  blended for one minute, we made up a tomato soup to which we added chunks of onion, carrot and celery. The soup was passed through a sieve to clearly reveal unblended chunks

Houmous –blended in two 30-second stages, we prepared houmous to see how the blender handled thicker mixtures

Smoothie – blended for 30 seconds, we prepared a thick berry smoothie to see how easily the blender could get through frozen fruit

In all tests we looked at how smooth and consistent the texture was. Our testing found the worst still had chunks left, whereas the best had already quickly produced silky-smooth results.

We know that some people like chunkier soups and smoothies with bits, so we've included pictures of all our blend tests for our members to choose the hand blender that blends to their ideal consistency.

We also factored in how easy each blender was to control in each test, and how much it vibrated during use. 

Extra attachments

Which? hand blender tests mash potato

Not everyone is on the hunt for a hand blender with lots of bells and whistles, and it's important that a hand blender doesn't get a higher score just because it comes packaged with lots of extra accessories. 

As such, we only factored in how a hand blender performed on our three key blending performance tests when scoring, but we still tested every attachment a hand blender came with, so we can tell you which ones are the best. 

Chopping nuts and herbs – blitzed for 20 seconds and 10 seconds respectively, the best choppers made pieces of uniform size

Whisking eggs – we timed how long it took for the hand blender on its highest setting to make egg whites with stiff peaks

Mashing potato – mashed for one minute on the blender's highest setting, we looked for smooth and silky mash

Ease of use

Which? hand blender testing ease of use using Cambridge gloves

A user panel of four testers – made up of both left and right-handed users – tested each hand blender to see how comfortable it was to hold, how easy it is to attach and detach each of the blender's attachments,  and how easy it is to control and press the buttons during operation.

We also tried each hand blender with Cambridge simulation gloves, which simulates reducing hand mobility, to see which ones are more comfortable to use for people with limited hand dexterity.

Endurance

Tougher mixtures, or a food that requires constant mixing such as mayonnaise, need a blender that can be used for a few minutes without getting uncomfortable to hold or heating up dramatically.

We blended mayonnaise for three minutes and rated each hand blender on how easy it was to hold and keep running for this length of time, and seeing how warm the blender handle got.

Washability

We hand washed each blender's main attachment to see how easy it was to remove residual food and liquid. Those with difficult-to-reach crevasses or blender heads that couldn't be removed scored lower.   

Build quality

A user panel of four testers assessed each hand blender's build quality. The best hand blenders had casing that didn't flex when pressed, had premium materials such as rubberised grips, and attachments that felt secure and solid when attached to the main handle.

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Hand blenders: check before you buy

Cord length – we found around a 50cm difference between the longest and shortest cords we tested. If the plug is far away from where you need to blend your food, look out for hand blenders, such as the Smeg 50's Retro Style hand blender, with a longer cord length, or consider a cordless hand handler such as the KitchenAid cordless hand blender.

Attachments  if you also need to blitz herbs, whisk cake batter or mash potatoes you should consider ones with the additional attachments you need. Our tests found these extra attachments aren't all equal, so read our reviews to find out if they chop, whisk and mash how you want.

Materials – some food, such as carrots and tomatoes, can stain plastic. If you plan on using your hand blender for foods such as soup or curries consider one with a metal blending stick.

Maximum running time – while most hand blenders state a maximum run time in their instructions, our endurance test found most could go a full three minutes without the handle heating up or the motor struggling. We did find a big difference in how comfortable and easy hand blenders were to use for this length of time, and one blender's handle got warm enough to be uncomfortable to hold. Read our reviews to find out which can go the distance.

Power – while retailers will list wattage in product specifications, our testing has found no correlation between the power of a hand blender and the results you get. We've still listed the power specifications for each hand blender we've tested, so those who are energy conscious can identify a great blender with a lower power setting. 

How much do you need to spend on a hand blender?

Hand blenders range in price, with models starting from £5 and going up to more than £100. While our testing found the more expensive hand blenders generally better overall, most get the job done and we found hand blenders for under £30 we would recommend, including a Best Buy. 

Cheaper models are usually more basic: they come with a standard blending stick attachment, one or two speed settings and typically an all-plastic body.

If you spend a bit more, you can get a hand blender with rubberised grips, metal blending sticks, more speed settings and extra attachments.

Is a hand blender right for you?

Stick blenders are useful for small portions, like a meal for two or a couple of smoothies. Getting a hand blender that comes with additional attachments – such as those we've tested from Smeg and Russel Hobbs – will help you chop up fresh ingredients and whisk cake batter, adding the benefit of several appliances into one.

However if you frequently cook several portions at once, or do lots of baking, you might want to consider a food processor or stand mixer instead. These take up more space but are better for larger-scale kitchen jobs.

How to clean a hand cleaner

Some hand blender attachments can be cleaned in a dishwasher according their instructions,  but if you don't have a dishwasher, or the attachment is 'hand wash only' then we discovered some handy tips while testing:

Wash straight away – washing straight after use doesn't give food time to dry into the attachments hard-to-reach edges and corners. We found just swirling attachments around in the water a few times was enough to remove most of the food, then only a quick scrub into the edges was needed.

Domed blender heads are easier to clean –if the inside of the blender head was a smooth dome shape, such as the one pictured above, it was much easier to remove all food debris compared to those with sharper edges.

Hand blender attachments

All hand blenders will come with a main blade head – sometimes called a stick or wand attachment – to be used for most blending jobs.

Most hand blenders will also come with a beaker/measuring jug which the blade unit can fit snuggly into when blending to minimise splash.

Paying more for a hand blender usually means it will come with more attachments and accessories all of which the main hand blender handle attach to to get different food processing jobs done.

We assumed that all these extra attachments would give similar results but we found big differences in quality. Members can see what these differences were. Log in or Join Which? now for instant access.

Mini chopper – a small food processor that's well suited to chopping up nuts and herbs, and can even do softer vegetables such as onions and carrots.

Masher – looks like the main wand but has plastic blades, used to purée mixes and mash potatoes.

Whisk – an attachment to incorporate air into a mixture while you blend. Used for whipping up egg whites, cream cake mixes and batters.

Food processor – a bit rarer to see bundled with a hand blender, but looks and operates just like the standalone kitchen appliance of the same name. It's good for bigger portions and handling heavier mixes, such as pesto. It can also come with different blades to let you grate cheese or slice vegetables.

Pan guard – a small plastic rim that attaches to the end of the main blade head. It stops the head directly touching a non-stick pan while blending, protecting it from scratches.

Splash guard – usually sold separately, these fit over a bowl, with a hole for the hand blender to pass through. It helps prevent splashes from going onto your work top.

Not sure if a hand blender is right for you – check our food processor, mixer or blender? guide to help you choose