Immersion blenders — also sometimes called hand blenders or stick blenders — are an awesome wallet-friendly alternative to traditional stand mixers if you’re limited on space or making small batches of soups, smoothies, or purees at a time. A great option for whipping, blending, pureeing, and emulsifying, an immersion blender is a surprisingly versatile kitchen tool you’ll actually want to use on a regular basis. From whipping up sweet homemade dessert toppings like meringue or whipped cream to pureeing root veggies to make a quick and hearty winter soup, the culinary applications of an immersion blender are virtually endless.
We scoured the internet to find these seven top-rated immersion blenders perfect for soup season. Now let’s get cooking!
Breville Control Grip Immersion Blender
With its bell-shaped base, comfortable and ergonomic rubberized grip, and powerful rounded blades designed to not splatter during blending, this immersion blender from Breville tops our list. WireCutter also named it their number-one pick overall, and many reviewers tend to agree.
This immersion blender also comes with a handy 25-ounce chopping bowl, an extra large 42-ounce plastic jug, and a whisk attachment to incorporate air into egg whites or cream.
Braun Immersion Blender
Comparable to the Breville model with its bell-shaped blending shaft and comfortable rubberized grip, reviewers love this easy-to-use immersion blender from Braun. This hand blender uses smart speed technology to control the speed of its blades, so the more you squeeze, the more powerful the chopping patterns become.
Reviewers love the strength of these stainless steel blades for chopping super fibrous veggies while making soup or even chopping up frozen berries and ice chips for DIY smoothies.
This immersion blender set includes a whisk attachment, a mini chopper attachment, and a 20-ounce beaker that can be used during food prep or for storage.
KitchenAid Immersion Blender
This versatile 3-speed immersion blender from KitchenAid lets you blend, crush, chop, puree, and whisk foods for use in everything from homemade baby food to fresh smoothies. Reviewers love the comfortable rubberized grip, lightweight design, and removable 8-inch blending arm for easy cleaning.
Included in this set is one stainless steel whisk, a 3-cup blending jar with lid, and a chopper attachment and matching chopping jar.
Mueller Immersion Blender
Another high-powered immersion blender that can stand up to tougher tasks like chopping nuts or frozen foods for smoothies, this option from Mueller is equipped with a 500-watt motor and nine customizable speeds. Although it should be noted that many reviewers find this hand blender to be a bit bulky and heavy in-hand (especially during longer continuous blending tasks), this tool is still incredibly user-friendly.
Included with this immersion blender is one whisk attachment for lighter dessert applications.
Hamilton Beach Immersion Blender
Another immersion blender called out by Serious Eats as a solid and more budget-friendly pick, this model by Hamilton Beach works for most everyday blending and pureeing tasks. Although this immersion blender only has two speeds to choose from, reviewers love its extra-wide blade guard and large vents that prevent food from splattering during blending tasks. Super lightweight and with a smaller and slimmer shaft design, this immersion blender is a solid budget-friendly pick.
This immersion blender set comes with its blending wand, a wire whisk, and chopping bowl for processing harder foods like nuts, spices, fibrous veggies, ice, and frozen berries.
OXA Smart Immersion Blender
This top-selling hand blender strikes a nice balance between form and function with its moderately powerful 300-watt motor, six variable speed control plus a pulse function, and overall lightweight and easy-to-use design.
Reviewers love using this hand blender for everyday medium-to-heavy chopping, simple blending, and pureeing tasks like making smoothies, salsa, and hummus.
Made with detachable dishwasher-safe parts, this immersion blender set includes a 600-milliliter beaker, wire whisk attachment, and splash guard to prevent food from splattering.