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Stick blender reviews

We test 38 stick blenders in the CHOICE labs, including models from Bamix, Breville, Braun, Kenwood and Sunbeam.
 
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01.Introduction

handheld-blenders

We review 38 stick blenders priced from $10 to $299.

Through our rigorous testing, we reveal:

  • What to buy
  • Which stick blenders perform the best at chopping and processing, and
  • Which models are the easiest to use.

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Do you need a stick blender?

A stick blender is useful if you:

  • make soups or
  • have a baby to prepare food

Many models also come with a processing attachment which means you don't have to pull your bulky processor out of the cupboard. This attachment is useful if you have small food-processing jobs like:

  • making pastes or mayonnaise or
  • chopping or grinding small amounts of food

Safety is just as important as comfort - their sharp, exposed blades make quick work of many foods, so ensuring your hands stay clear of them is vital. Most models come with some sort of guard to partially cover the blades. You should also take care when using your blender if it has a metal guard, as it could scratch and damage bowls and saucepans. 

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Brands and models tested

  • Bamix Basic (A)
  • Bamix Classic
  • Bamix Mono
  • Bodum Bistro Stick Blender K11179
  • Braun Multiquick 100 (A)
  • Braun Multiquick 7 hand blender Patisserie MQ775 #
  • Braun MultiQuick 5 hand blender MR530 Sauce
  • Breville BSB500 (A)
  • Breville HB95 (A)
  • Breville the Control Grip BSB310 (A)
  • Breville BSB300 Wizz Stick (A)
  • Breville the Control Grip BSB400
  • Breville the Control Grip BSB510
  • Breville the Control Grip Mash BSB520 #
  • Cuisinart SmartStick CSB76A
  • Cuisinart Smart Stick Blender CSB-77A
  • Electrolux TurboPro Stick Mixer ESTM6400
  • Kambrook Essentials stick mixer KSB7
  • Kambrook Power Drive Stick Mixer KSB8
  • Kambrook X blade food prep system KSB100 #
  • Kenwood Triblade Hand Blender HB714 (HB710 series) (A)
  • Kenwood HB615 (A)
  • Kenwood kMix Triblade hand blender HB891 (A)
  • Kenwood Hand Blender HB520 (A)
  • Kenwood Triblade Hand blender HB724
  • Kenwood Wizzard Pro HB665 (A)
  • KitchenAid Artisan KHB100 Hand Blender
  • Maxim HB01 (A)
  • Philips Jamie Oliver Hand Blender HR1680/00
  • Philips Daily Collection Hand Blender HR1602/00 #
  • Philips Hand Blender HR1363 (A)
  • Russell Hobbs Stick Mixer RHSM650
  • Solutions Stickmixer AP649 (A)
  • Sunbeam StickMaster SM6200
  • Sunbeam StickMaster Plus SM6400 (A)
  • Sunbeam StickMaster Platinum SM9000 #
  • Sunbeam StickMaster Pro SM8650
  • Tefal Click N Mix 600 HB802 (A)
(A) Discontinued.
Newly tested models.

How we test

We split the blenders into two groups: models that blend, emulsify, chop, and process hard foods (these models come with a chopper/processor attachment, so you simply remove the blending shaft to affix to the accessory) and models that can only blend and emulsify soft foods.

In the past we've found all stick blenders to be excellent at blending so we don't test them for this anymore. We only test models now that come with extra processing attachments and subject them to the following tests.

Performance:
  • Chopping Fiona Mair, home economist from CHOICE's test kitchen, chops carrot, a hard food, so as to assess the blenders ability to chop this type of food evenly.
  • Processing She processes ingredients to make a pesto sauce, assessing the handheld blenders ability to process the ingredients evenly.

You can still find scores for blending and emulsifying for previously tested models in our comparison table. For blending Fiona would blend a potato and leek soup and for emulsifying, Fiona would make a mayonnaise.

Ease of use Fiona assesses the general comfort and grip of the blender, how easy the controls are to use and how easy it is to clean.

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