How we test stick blenders

How we test stick blenders to give you helpful results.

A handy kitchen appliance

A stick blender is a handy addition to your kitchen artillery perfect for quick jobs. If you want to quickly puree straight from the pot, whip up a mayonnaise or blend up some baby food a stick blender will save you from making a mess of your benchtop blender. One that comes with a small processing/chopping attachment will give you even more versatility from this small appliance.

Our home economist Fiona Mair has tested many stick blenders over the years and our testing puts them through their paces to make sure you can find the right one for you.

Ready to buy? Compare brands and models in our stick blender reviews.

Our expert testers

There's no doubt that our home economist knows her way around a kitchen and has endless knowledge about kitchen appliances. With 30 years of experience she has seen lots of new technology enter the kitchen space. She is a whiz in the kitchen and knows how to put any appliance through its paces to see if it's worth a spot in your kitchen.

How we choose what we test

With a range of products on the market, what makes us choose one stick blender to test over another? As with most of our product testing, our aim is to test the most popular models on the market and what you are most likely to see in the retailers.

We survey manufacturers to find out about their range of models, we check market sales information and we also check for any member requests to test specific models. From this information we put together a final list that goes to our buyers. They then head out to the retailers and purchase each product, just as a normal consumer would. We do this so we can be sure they are the same as any consumer would find them and not ‘tweaked’ in any way.

How we test


In the past we've found all stick blenders to be excellent for blending and emulsifying so we don't conduct these tests anymore. We test stick blenders that come with a separate chopper/processor attachment and our home economists tests them by assessing their chopping and processing ability.

  • Chopping Fiona assesses the blender's ability to chop carrots evenly.
  • Processing She makes a pesto sauce assessing the blender’s ability to process the ingredients evenly.

Ease of use

Fiona assesses:

  • the general comfort and grip of the stick blender
  • how easy the controls are to use
  • how easy it is to clean

Test criteria explained

Overall score

The overall score is made up of:

  • Performance (50%)
  • Ease of use (50%)

Our test lab

We maintain a kitchen lab that is up to date with the latest reference machines and calibrated measurement tools for our testers to bring you the right results.

Ready to buy?

Take a look at our latest test results for stick blenders.