Hand blenders buyer’s guide
Are you looking to invest in a new hand blender but you’re not sure what the best model is for you? Or maybe you’ve decided to upgrade the one you have for a more modern version?
Then welcome to the Crowdstorm guide to comparing and buying blenders.
Whatever your reasons for buying a new one we’ll help you find the best model for you: looking for a Bosch hand blender, or maybe a Kenwood, Breville or Braun? You name a top manufacturer, you’ll find them at Crowdstorm.
And better still we’ll point you in the direction of the best deals with all your favourite UK retailers, whether they be high street or purely online. It couldn’t be easier!
What is a stick blender and what does it do?
A hand blender, also known as a stick blender, is a godsend when it comes to whisking, blending and chopping ingredients; they save you a night of arm ache and are quick and easy. And if that’s not enough they’re compact and a breeze to store, unlike a bulky mixer which can often take up a whole cupboard to store.
A hand blender is usually long and slim with a top to grab hold of and a foot concealing a blade that does all the blending. Unlike some of its peers the hand blender can be used in bowls, jugs, pans and cups. It’s mainly used to mix, whip, whisk and blend to create all sorts of foods, from soups to smoothies.
If you’re not specifically looking for a hand blender, perhaps you’d like to check out one of these guides to get you back on track:
Hand blender features
There’s a huge variety of hand blenders available in different styles and feature sets, but there are some universal truths when finding the right blender:
- Speed and motor strength: The best hand blenders will have a good speed coupled with a powerful motor. The more effective the blender the better it will chop/mix/whip and the better the food it produces will be. Hand blenders tend to have a wattage between 150 and 300. To judge the speed of a hand blender check out the ‘rpm’ figure – double speed is great if you’re going to be blending foods with a variety of textures.
- Blade and shaft: The blade and shaft are the most important parts of a hand blender as they do all the work! For the best quality hand blenders, look for stainless steel models that won’t rust or break. The length of the hand blender shaft should be long enough to use in tall containers and bowls. It’s also a good idea to choose a hand blender with a removable shaft as it makes cleaning easier.
- Hand grip: Make sure your new hand blender is easy to hold with comfortable grips – there’s nothing worse than an achy arm halfway through preparing a meal!
If you’re unsure about the likes of ease of cleaning and grip quality, be sure to check out some hand blender reviews left by other consumers. All our deals link directly to retailers you can trust, where you’ll find reviews by happy (and not so happy!) customers.
Other stick blender features to consider
Accessories: Stick blenders vary greatly in price, but before settling on a cheap model take a look at what you'll get in the box. Some models come packed with a great selection of extra you may not want to go without.
Cord vs cordless: A cordless hand blender is a great option for those looking for a convenient and hassle-free blender with no cord or wires in the way.
Dishwasher safe: No matter the kind of blender, they can be a real pain to clean – unless you can pp it in the dishwasher, of course!
Hand blender attachments
If you pick up a cheap hand blender it’ll likely work well enough, but will lack those bells and whistles such as handy extra attachments. If you want to take your blending to the next level, look out for these add-ons:
- Whisks: A whisk attachment is a great option for bakers who need eggs to be beaten or cream to be whipped.
- Choppers: As you’d expect, this attachment chops harder foods into smaller chunks that can then be blended if necessary.
- Mini chopper: A mini chopper is great for smaller foods such as herbs.
I’ve found the best hand blender: What next?
Once you’ve settled on the hand blender that best meets your needs (and budget!), the next part is a breeze.
Simply click on your chosen deal to be taken to the correct purchase page on the official website of the retailer of your choice. From there it’s simply a case of buying the product directly from them as normal.
And don’t worry about us. We’re not a retailer, we’re a comparison site – we make our money from advertising. For you that means no commission to pay, and you get to buy from an established retailer of your choice that you know and trust so everyone’s a winner. Happy soup-making!