For all-round blending and small food processing tasks, a stick blender is hard to beat. We lab test and review the latest models to help you find the best stick blender for you. Our stick blender buying guide helps you decide which one you need (or if a blender or food processor would suit you better) and how we test explains our rigour.
Ideal for pureeing straight from the pot, not to mention extremely handy if you have a baby to prepare food for, we've previously found stick blenders to be excellent for blending soft foods, so now our testing focuses on models with a processing attachment. Our expert testers subject them to processing and chopping tests to help you find the models that:
We also give you good and bad points for each model and tell you how much noise they make to help you find the perfect one for your kitchen space. And our Recommended list will help you see quickly which models come out on top.
List of brands we tested in this review.
The manufacturer's recommended retail price. Prices are generally flexible, so shop around both online and in bricks and mortar shops for options.
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Stick blenders that get an overall score of 80% or above are recommended.
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The overall score for models that can process hard and soft foods is made up of performance (50%) and ease of use (50%).
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We assess the general comfort and grip of the stick blender, how easy the controls are to use and how easy it is to clean.
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 economist tests them by assessing their ability to chop carrots evenly.
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 do test stick blenders that come with a separate chopper/processor attachment by making a pesto sauce, assessing the blender's ability to process the ingredients evenly.
A Similar model is identical in most aspects except for a few. This means that a majority of its test results are identical so you can reasonably expect to get the same results from the model we tested, but for those aspects which aren't identical, we'll note these as "Not Tested" in the Compare tables.
A Tested model refers to a model that is still current and available in the Australian market. You should be able to order this model through your local retailer, or find it online.
These models can't be found in retailers or online or are no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second hand websites, or in second hand dealers. Test methods may change over time, so criteria which can't be directly compared will contain an N/A.
An Identical model is exactly that. Performance characteristics will be identical and the only difference will be something trivial such as colour, which won't have an impact on performance.
These are models we haven't yet tested but that are available.