With a punchy 1,000W motor, this blender has some real oomph behind it. The blade is nifty too: it’s specifically designed to have a larger cutting area and make blending extra efficient. It seems to do the job – we were really happy with the texture of our soup.
As well as being easier to store, they’re often more affordable than countertop blenders and are less involved when it comes to cleaning, too – the blade is on the end of a detachable arm that you can often just chuck in the sink or dishwasher.
Hand blenders range from around the £15 mark to well over £100. If you’re only going to be using it to make soup every now and again, an affordable, classic stick blender will see you right – so long as it’s powerful enough to tackle those lumps in a reasonably swift fashion.
If you’re quite adventurous in the kitchen and have lots of plans for your new piece of kit (or are strapped for space and want to avoid getting a countertop blender), consider spending a bit extra on a more versatile model. With different attachments and blending cups, these all-rounders purée, chop, whisk, mash and froth, for instance, and will earn their place in your culinary toolkit many times over.
How we tested
We tested all our picks with their standard blending attachment, which we used to make soups, sauces and smoothies. Power, practicality, ease of use, cleaning and versatility were our main considerations, alongside the price tag. Here’s our mix of the best.
The best hand blenders for 2023 are:
- Best overall – Braun multiquick 5 hand blender MQ5237BK: £89.99, Currys.co.uk
- Best budget multi-use blender – Russell Hobbs desire 3-in-1 hand blender: £34, Amazon.co.uk
- Best classic stick blender – Bosch clevermixx hand blender: £34.99, Amazon.co.uk
- Best compact hand blender – Bamix classic hand blender: £69.95, Hartsofstur.com
- Best hand blender for less than £20 – Russell Hobbs food collection hand blender: £15, Amazon.co.uk