There is nothing more comforting than a thick and hearty, homemade soup. It’s quick and easy to make and always hits the spot.
But as much as I love eating soup, sometimes I just don’t want to drag out the countertop blender, adding just another thing to the pile of dishwashing. Immersion blender means I can blend soup right in the pot I’m already cooking in!
Thank goodness for immersion blenders. Soups and immersion blenders go hand in hand like bread and butter. No kitchen should be without one. They not only require very little storage space, but also are easy to use and clean. What is better than blending your soup directly in the pot? Well, eating the soup. But other than that…
Types of handheld blenders
- Cordless immersion blenders
- Multi-use immersion blenders
- Basic immersion blenders
No cord. No limits?
Cordless immersion blenders are popular for their simplicity and convenience. Let’s face it, we all hate cords! They are twisty and restrict movement. However, there are some downfalls. Cordless blenders use a lithium-ion battery. Not only is this worse for the environment, but you also have to remember to charge it. In addition, it isn’t as powerful as the corded blenders so it may take longer to turn your soup into a smooth, creamy mixture.
“Multi” means more than just soup
Multi-use immersion blenders are great because they come with various attachments. This opens up a world of possibilities when it comes to whisking, blending or chopping. However, if you only intend to use the blender to make soups, it may not be necessary to invest in a multi-use hand blender.
A basic immersion blender is exactly what the name says, basic. Although it is simple, if you get your hands on a good one, it can be highly effective at blending or pureeing your soup.
So which one is the best?
Having looked at a number of different types, I have 2 top choices — the absolute best and the best on a budget. Note that each of these handheld blenders received the highest ratings in professional tests and among consumer reports for their category.
The Breville Control Grip Immersion blender has a sleek and ergonomic design. The handle contains a rubber strip, which also covers the pulse button. This ensures that the blender won’t slip away easily and it is comfortable to hold and use.
Compact but mighty
It may be small but it is quite powerful. Unlike most hand-held blenders that have a standard 200-watts, the Breville Control Grip has 280-watts of power. This allows you to blend up to 42 ounces of soup, double the volume that any other immersion blender can handle.
15 settings & no-scratch
There are also a few additional features that make this hand blender stand out as one of the best on the market. Its 15 different settings give you the power to blend through a variety of textures, ensuring the smoothest outcome. It has a non-scratch guard, so you don’t have to worry about ruining your pot with the blender’s sharp blades.
Although the Breville is on the higher end of the price scale, you will get a durable, high-quality immersion blender that will motivate you to make a variety of delicious soups frequently.
The best on a budget
If you want to invest in a quality immersion blender but don’t see yourself using it often, Cuisinart Smart Stick is an excellent choice. Costing about half the price of the Breville, yet this affordable hand-held blender works just as well. It comes in a wide range of colors, so it is definitely the most fun pick!
200-watts of soup-blending power
With a 200-watt motor, you will be able to turn your soup from chunky to smooth in no time. Unlike the Breville, the Cuisinart Smart Stick comes with only 2 settings, low-speed and high-speed. However, this should be enough if your sole intention is to make creamy soups.
One feature that makes the Cuisinart Smart Stick attractive to buyers is the fact that the shaft can be easily removed. This makes it easy to clean, without worrying about wetting the motor. The removable shaft is stainless steel, so you also have the choice of placing it into the dishwasher.
It may not produce the smoothest soup, it doesn’t come with any fancy accessories and the handle is plastic, but its simplicity makes it a top choice for those who don’t want to spend a fortune.
On a final note
Regardless of whether you choose the pricier Breville Control Grip or the cheaper Cuisinart Smart Stick, you will still be able to make some wonderful soups. It all comes down to personal preferences.
Today on the market, there is an overwhelming amount of immersion blenders.
You need to think about how much you are willing to invest and how often you intend to use it. Even if the price is not a major concern for you, higher prices don’t always give you the best product. There is no sense in forking over the big bucks for a kitchen gadget that you only plan to use a few times a year.