Fed up of dragging out your jug blender or food processor for small and quick tasks? It may be time to think about investing in a hand blender – a small spinning blade mounted on the end of a rod that makes quick work of blending and chopping. Some even come with whisks, grinders, measuring beakers and more.
Most are easy to use, clean and store and you can blend in the saucepan rather than having to pour everything into a separate jug. Our round-up recommends the most efficient and good value on the market - and interestingly, it’s not always the highest wattage ones that guarantee the best results.
1. Dualit Hand Blender, £80, John Lewis
No need to get covered in splashes, thanks to the patented anti-suction technology that helps keeps the food in the bowl or pan where it belongs. Also in this blender’s favour is its versatility - it can blend, chop and whisk efficiently and it comes with a chopping bowl and jug too.
2. Sage Control Grip All in One, £98, John Lewis
This has been called the Swiss army knife of the kitchen because it can blend, mash, chop and slice. It’s certainly a great all-rounder and is easy to control, as well as having wickedly sharp blades. In fact, once you’ve tried it, you almost certainly won’t want to settle for less.
3. Breville Pick & Mix Hand Blender, £25, amazon
Cheap and cheerful, efficient and easy to use, you can’t really go wrong with this feature-packed hand blender from Breville. It’s even tough enough to crush ice and we love the pastel colours too. Match it with other products in the range for a co-ordinating look. Be warned, it’s quite loud.
4. Russell Hobbs Aura Hand Blender, £29, amazon
There’s a more comprehensive version of this available for double the price, which comes with all the bells and whistles, but this cheaper and simpler hand blender is perfectly adequate for making the likes of soups and smoothies, especially if you’re in a hurry. It’s satisfyingly sturdy and easy to clean.
5. Lakeland Stick Blender, £60, amazon
This makes short work of chopping, blending and whisking, thanks to a powerful 800W motor and turbo button for extra oomph. That means the next time you want a soup, smoothie or puree, you can leave your bulky food processor in the cupboard and simply get this nifty stick into action instead. It’s comfy to hold too.
6. Stellar Stick Blender, £32, amazon
This benefits from variable speeds, an effective turbo mode for that extra power burst and super sharp, hard wearing blades. It’s easy to clean and space saving, thanks to being able to store in two separate parts and it’s built to last too.
7. Morphy Richards Accents with Serrator Blade, £15, Tesco
The serrator blade is an important aspect of this bit of kit as it enables the blades to stay sharper for up to 12 times longer than standard ones. It’s great at pretty much all the jobs it promises, from crushing ice to making smoothies, and the easy release button makes it easy to switch attachments.
8. Braun MQ100, £20, Argos
This isn’t the most wow-worthy on the market, but for the price, it offers impressive power and is great for those new to blending. It’s pretty quiet, all-considering and it offers fast results, as well as being comfortable to hold and easy to store away.
9. Bamix Classic Multipurpose, £50, John Lewis
With two speed settings, a textured hand grip and the option to mount it on the wall, this hand blender also comes with oodles of accessories and a selection of blades, making it comprehensive and efficient. Be warned it’s on the heavy side and some of the accessories are a bit fiddly, but it is sturdy and easy to operate.
10. Philips HR1617, £56, amazon
With 16 speed settings and a turbo boost button, this white and lavender-coloured gadget is just the ticket for precision blending, whisking and chopping. So whether you’re making mayonnaise, chopping nuts or whisking egg whites for a meringue, it is utterly brilliant. It’s easy to clean and it’s comfortable and quick to use.
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