Things you love: homemade soup. Things you hate: blending scalding hot soup one ladle at a time and inevitably spilling it all over your kitchen counter. Luckily, an appliance exists that can help you avoid a lava-like mess. Meet the immersion blender, a handheld blender that allows you to blend directly in a cooking vessel, bowl or glass, instead of transferring the mixture to a countertop blender. Not only will it save you time (both in terms of prep and cleaning), but they’re also lightweight, versatile and easy to use. They can blend, whip, beat, emulsify and puree, whether you’re making salad dressing, jam, lattes, soup, dip or sauce. So, we polled our staff for their favorites. Read on for the best immersion blenders we’ve ever used.
The 3 Best Immersion Blenders for Soup, Sauce and Beyond, According to Our Editors
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1. KitchenAid 2-Speed Hand Blender
Complete with a removable blending arm and a soft-grip handle, this stainless steel workhorse will change how you make smoothies, guacamole, milkshakes, baby food and beyond forever. The blending arm locks into the 200-watt motor for easy, secure blending. The S-shaped fixed blade is powerful and efficient, so much so that it can even crush ice. The immersion blender also comes with a three-cup blending jar with a lid, which is just right for single-serve recipes like salsa or applesauce.
KitchenAid also makes three-speed and five-speed immersion blenders, but senior food editor Katherine Gillen swears by this cheaper two-speed option. “I got this as a wedding gift, and it’s held up great over five years of use,” she says. “It’s pretty no-frills, but gets the job done and is incredibly easy to clean. And for what it’s worth, it’s the same model that I used when I worked in a professional pastry kitchen.”
2. All-Clad Immersion Blender
With an extra-long, stainless steel blending arm that can dive into deep bowls and pots, a variable speed dial that gives you ultimate control and a robust 600-watt motor, this next-level immersion blender is worth every penny. This uber powerful pick from All-Clad can blitz through big-batch soups, homemade mayonnaise, fresh pesto and chopped nuts in mere seconds, and the ergonomic handle makes it easy to hang on for the ride.
“I’m currently on a quest to try and perfect the best butternut squash soup for Thanksgiving,” says senior audience development strategist Mary D’Alessio. “I’m also a bit of a klutz, so being able to cook everything up in my Crockpot and use the immersion blender directly in there, rather than [trying] to pour things into a [countertop] blender, is saving me a bunch of time and keeping my floors much cleaner.”
3. Beautiful Immersion Blender
Thanks for this bargain buy, Drew Barrymore. With two speeds, an eight-inch detachable blending shaft and a lengthy five-inch cord, this immersion blender from Beautiful is a cinch to maneuver. The 400-watt motor allows for powerful blending without excessive noise. Not only is it the cheapest pick on our list, but it’s also arguably the prettiest. In case White Icing isn’t your speed, it’s also available in colors like Sage Green, Oyster Gray and Cornflower Blue. In case you need more convincing, the immersion blender also comes with a chopper, whisk attachment and measuring cup for single-serve blends.
“This blender is seriously sturdy,” raves senior SEO editor Alexia Dellner. “It was actually taller and more powerful than I was expecting. On the downside, this means that my 3-year-old can't operate it on his own—I have to hold my finger over his to push the buttons—but on the plus side, I was able to turn a slightly undercooked pan of carrots and parsnips into a lusciously smooth soup.”
Taryn Pire is PureWow’s associate food editor. A former bartender and barista, she’s been writing about all things delicious since 2016, developing recipes, reviewing restaurants and investigating food trends at Food52, New Jersey Family Magazine and Taste Talks. When she isn’t testing TikTok’s latest viral recipe, she’s having popcorn for dinner and posting about it on Instagram @cookingwithpire.