The 10 Best hand blenders

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For top-notch chopping, super speedy soups and perfect purées, get your mitts on one of these handy devices

1. LAKELAND STICK BLENDER

The ultra-powerful 800w motor and turbo button for extra oomph means that you'll be making purées, soups, milkshakes, smoothies and mayonnaise in no time at all. The handle is ergonomic, the attachments are dishwasher safe and the compact bag is handy for storage.

£54.99, lakeland.co.uk

2. RUSSELL HOBBS DESIRE

This masculine-looking black and red blender is particularly good at blending and whisking thought it isn't bad at chopping, either. It makes mayonnaise to die for and is impressively quiet. The handle is a bit thick, which isn't great for small hands, but the speed buttons are covered, making it easy to keep clean.

£15, robertdyas.co.uk

3. BREVILLE PICK & MIX

Breville's hand blender, which is also available in pink and has other matching products in the range, is simple but effective. It blends quickly and smoothly and the durable stainless-steel blade is tough enough to crush ice. The accessories are all dishwasher safe.

£29.50, tesco.com

4. KENWOOD KMIX TRIBLADE

This retro-styled metal hand-blender comes with a vast range of attachments, including discs for slicing and grating, which are a godsend if you don't have a food processor. It does a great job at pretty much everything, even making cakes, although be warned it is heavy.

£49, johnlewis.com

5. KITCHENAID ARTISAN CORDLESS

You can always count on KitchenAid for iconic designs and this new cordless hand blender doesn't disappoint. With variable speeds, powerful blades and exceptional performance, it is also ergonomic and simple to use.

£199.95, johnlewis.com

6. MY KITCHEN STICK BLENDER

This two-speed stick blender is well-priced, well-built and comes with genuinely useful accessories. It's powerful enough to make whisking, whipping and blending a doddle, although taking the blade off to wash it can be a bit tricky until you get the hang of it.

£29.99, lakeland.co.uk

7. SAGE BY HESTON BLUMENTHAL

Besides being a stick blender, this is a whisk, potato masher, slicer, shredder, grater and food processor and as such is definitely worth the extra money. Despite being so sophisticated, it's lovely and easy to use and is lightweight, too.

£129.99, ukjuicers.com

8. MASHA

This was initially designed to create the smoothest mashed potato on the planet, but its versatility means it's also a great hand blender that enables you to whip up anything from quick guacamole to humus and from pastry to batter. The non-slip handgrip is brilliant.

£39.99, argos.co.uk

9. PHILIPS HR1363

Apart from the confusing instructions, this hand blender is hard to fault. The controls are well-positioned and rubber-coated, it's easy to use and the performance is ultra-quick, producing even and fine results. The chopper attachment is the best available and there's a useful hanging loop, too.

£79, littlewoods.com

10. JUDGE DUAL SPEED

If you want something cheap and cheerful that does the job of blending soups and sauces, but without any of the other bells and whistles, this is a good choice. An added bonus is that you can bung the parts in the dish- washer afterwards and it is also easy to store away.

£16.99, taskersonline.com

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