The EsyClick system will let you snap on the attachments quickly and effortlessly to replace them in mere seconds even while cooking. Besides, it prevents any risk of displacement, which is essential for safety.
The chopper bowl is a bit small.
Fitted with an extremely powerful motor, the Braun MyktiQuick 9 is a true blending beast good for heavy-duty blending task. Thanks to the ActiveBlade™ and PowerBell™ technologies, it will homogenise and pulverise differently textured and solid ingredients like a charm. And a wide set of attachments makes it a functional multi-tasker.
Standard attachment with PowerBell™ technology, Stainless steel whisk attachment, Puree attachment, 0.5-litre chopper, BPA-free plastic beaker
Advanced Smart Speed Technology (no predefined speed settings)
Plastic body, Soft grip handle, EasyClick™ system, ActiveBlade™ technology, SplashControl™ technology
Variable speeds + turbo (8 speeds)
Plastic body with a SureGrip™ handle, Dishwasher-safe parts
Made of high-grade steel, the blades retain their genuine sharpness during the whole blender service life. A hanging hook ensures compact and convenient unit storage.
The power output is at the lower end.
Though this model from Russel Hobbs is somewhat low in terms of power and has only one attachment, it is still mighty enough for beating through and liquidising all kinds of ingredients. Ideal for making smoothies and cream soups inside of the pot, it will make a perfect addition to bulkier countertop models when you need to make some quick treats.
Standard wand attachment with stainless steel blades
Plastic body, Hanging hook for easy storage
2 years (1 more year for product registration)
The anti-splash technology combined with a generously-sized 0.75L beaker will let you process larger portions without splashes and countertop mess. All removable parts are dishwasher-safe, so cleaning them after use will be easy and quick.
The model has only one speed.
Though fairly simple and featuring no added accessories, the Bosch hand blender can do the job perfectly. With its help, you will be able to prepare many different treats including but not limited to silky smoothies, airy mousses, creamy soups, flavour-packed sauces and dips. The QuattroBlade™ system allows for efficient and fast results.
Standard attachment with the QuattroBlade™ system, 0.75-litre beaker
Anti-splash technology, Dishwasher safe parts
A non-slip rubberised handle ensures a safe and secure grip, thus, reducing vibrations even at higher speeds. Meanwhile, control buttons are located within easy reach for maximum convenient operation.
A rather loud operation.
With the Tefal OptoChef™ hand blender you'll be able to achieve professional-grade cooking results at home without much effort. The branded OptimumFlow™ technology makes the unit suitable for blending and liquidising but also for mincing, chopping, pureeing, and even frothing. Whatever you are going to cook, it will take you minimum time.
Standard attachment with OptimumFlow™ technology, Whisk attachment, 0.5-litre chopper bowl, 0.8-litre beaker
Variable speeds + turbo (21 speeds)
Anti-splash guard, Dishwasher-safe parts
Braun MultiQuick 9 MQ9037X
An Impressive Multi-Tasker
As the appliance name suggests, a blender is meant for blending or turning ingredients into a homogeneous mass. It’s good for making smoothies, dips, and some sauces as well as tossing off baby food when your little one starts transitioning from breast milk or baby formulas to normal food. Hence, a hand or stick blender is pretty much a kitchen staple today. Yet, premium models offer much more than blending. Many of them can stand in a row with food processors. And this MultiQuick 9 hand blender from Braun is a true winner when it comes to multi-tasking.
Along with a common blending attachment made of hygienic stainless steel apt for blending, mixing, pulverising, and smashing, you’ll also get a number of added attachments to perform other tasks. Thus, a whisk attachment is good for whipping, beating up, and fluffing up and will perfectly replace a habitual mixer or a hand whisk to whip omelettes and creams, mousses and batters. A plastic masher head is ideal for pureeing. Your potato, pea, pumpkin, carrot, and other veg purees will come out fluffy and perfectly smooth, with no lumps. And a chopper bowl is something any avid home cook will really appreciate. It will take off every strain out of hard and laborious tasks. You’ll be able to mince meat, grind herbs, grate cheese, and chop nuts without an effort and in mere seconds.
As functional as it is, the blender is a breeze to use. Thanks to the EsyClick system, you can snap on the attachments and change between them when cooking quickly and without a hassle. Besides, all the attachments will securely snap into place, with no risk of displacement during use.
Good for the Hardest Blending Tasks
The MultiQuick 9 is a top-line Braun model that offers the best of the branded blending technology, which in its turn makes it a perfect match for the hardest blending tasks. While a mighty 1000-watt motto generates impressive power and a forceful punch to smash and beat through the toughest ingredients, including dry and frozen foods, the ActiveBlade technology with a flexible shaft works to move the blade up and down during operation to better mix the produce and deliver maximum smooth results without unbeaten pieces. Other than that, the patented PowerBell blending attachment has an added milling blade to cut, slice, and eventually blend larger pieces of food more easily. Meanwhile, the splash control technology will enable you to complete all your blending tasks in a spill-free manner.
To resume, the Braun MultiQuick 9 is rather a top-notch multifunctional blending system than a mere hand blender that will ensure the smoothest and finest blending results where many of its rivals fail.
|Last updated price||£109.00|
A Feature-Packed Set
Once you see the Kenwood HDP406 hand blender, you'll be impressed and delighted with its amazing arsenal of attachments that expand the appliance functionality far beyond common functionality of a hand blender. See for yourself.
A standard blender attachment made of stainless steel features the patented Triblade™ technology and is extremely efficient. Its razor-sharp angled blades reduce suction, prevent splashing and food sticking, while special castellations maximise cutting action. Next, there is an extra large soup attachment and a plastic masher for perfect cream soups with a fine texture and ideal smooth mashes. Made of plastic, these attachments can be used right in a pan since plastic is absolutely safe for any coating, including a non-stick coating. More than this, a balloon whisk coming in the set allows whisking fluffy creams, airy egg whites, and delicate batters while a 0.5-litre chopper easily chops ingredients in mere seconds. It is worth mentioning that a 0.75-litre beaker can be used not only as a measuring and mixing bowl but also as a storage container to store the food in the fridge covered with an air-tight lid.
Such a wide range of attachments makes a functional multi-tasker out of a mere blender. Serving as a blender, mixer, grinder, chopper, and smoothie maker, this model will save you the need to buy several more kitchen appliances.
Powerful and Easy to Use
Functionality out of the way, the Kenwood HDP406 also boasts high performance. Many feature-packed blenders from other brands lack power, thus, compromising the final blending results. However, it is not the case with this model. The HFP406 offers the power output of 800 watts and yields just enough force to cope with any tasks and all sorts of ingredients. Besides, the blender has 8 variable speed settings regulated by a dial switch on the top of the handle. Thus, lower speeds work great for processing softer and liquid ingredients while higher speeds are meant for breaking through tough, dry and fibrous foods. Meanwhile, the Turbo function will allow cut through larger chunks and achieve perfectly homogeneous consistency and smooth texture.
As powerful as it is, the blender is very easy in use. All the attachments are quick to change and controls are simple and intuitive, not to say about an ergonomically shaped rubberised handle ensuring secure and convenient grip.
To cut a long story short, you will hardly find a single flaw among the numerous benefits of this model. It is an optimal kitchen helper that is considered one of the most functional and versatile on the modern market. Kenwood is always synonymous with quality and robustness that would not go amiss in any kitchen.
|Last updated price||£65.00|
Russell Hobbs 22241
Affordable Basic Functionality
With the right kitchen appliances at hand, many cooking tasks become a real snap, even if your cooking skills are far from being perfect. So, whether you are a skilled home cook looking for a simple blender to backup your full-scale food processor or a novice seeking basic functionality for common daily kitchen jobs, this stick blender from Russell Hobbs will get you covered.
Hosting a 200-watt motor, the model is rather at a lower end in terms of power. However, it is still mighty enough to complete a variety of habitual kitchen tasks we normally use this type of blender for. Taking into account its rugged stainless steel cutting blades, you’ll be able to process both soft and harder ingredients equally quickly and efficiently. Thus, it is perfectly suitable for making smoothies, blending cocktails, blitzing dessert toppings, pulverising salad dressings, sauces, and dips, emulsifying homemade mayonnaise, pureeing baby food and hummus and even for beating batter for pancakes and muffins. Notably, the blending head features a rounded design with symmetrically placed large holes to create a sturdy vortex for better ingredients circulation and homogenization as well as for minimising splashes while blending in shallower dishware.
To give you better control over the blending process and let you adjust it depending on the ingredients you need to mix, the unit offers 2 speed settings. A lower speed works great for soft and delicate blends while a higher speed provides an additional force for tougher mixes accordingly. By using a proper speed for the task not only will you achieve smoother and finer consistency but also avoid motor overheating and damages.
Easy to Use and Easy to Clean
Featuring basic functionality, the Russell Hobbs hand blender is a breeze to use and maintain. The whole unit construction is well-balanced and the handle neatly will neatly fit into your palm while a rubberized insert ensures a firm and secure grip. Speed buttons are located within easy reach for no-hassle one-hand speed adjustment and operation. The blending foot is long enough to blend cream soups and make veg purees right in the pot. Unlike in other models, the wand here is made of plastic, which might be regarded as a drawback. Yet, the plastic is high-quality and subject to proper use, the unit will serve you for long. In addition, the plastic head won’t scratch steel pots. Finally, a 5-foot power cord will add convenience during operation and a hanging loop will let you store the blender compactly and conveniently.
In brief, the Russell Hobbs hand blender is a nice little appliance that will come in handy in any home kitchen to cover simple tasks. Moreover, offered at a truly affordable price, it will fit any budget.
|Last updated price||£14.99|
Solid German Quality You Can Trust
If you want a high-quality but don't want to invest a whole load of money in it, we recommend considering this model from Bosch. It has a basic kit but will do the job just as well as any other more sophisticated hand blender.
As we said, the MSM6B150GB comes with a basic kit. In the box, you get only two attachments: a standard wand and a breaker. But unlike many rivals, they are made of robust materials and can be used for just about any blending tasks without the worry of damaging the blade or scratching the unit housing. Plus, they are dishwasher safe, so you can save yourself the need to wash them up later.
To speak more about materials. The wand of the MSM6B150GB is made of stainless steel. The blade is also steel: it is strong, durable and highly resistant to oxidation making it suitable for whizzing tomato sauces and other acid substances. The breaker has a plastic housing but this plastic is also high quality and can be safely used with all sorts of food. All materials are safe to immerse in water.
Performance-wise, the MSM6B150GB could fall into the category of mid-power models, but we wouldn't number it among such. Thanks to the Quattro Blade technology the blender delivers an excellent blending performance which is on a par with more powerful units and makes sure both soft food and solids are crushed to perfection without crumbs within a short time. Thus, with only one attachment this piece of kit will let you do virtually everything you need - blend the batter, puree soups, beat eggs, whip creams, mix various salad dressings and much more.
As much as we like the MSM6B150GB, the blender isn't totally flawless. It certainly would not hurt if it had a Pulse option allowing you to process food at the fastest speeds for more consistent results. But you can't get it all. As is, though, the MSM6B150GB is a decent contender and will become your right hand in the kitchen.
Keep the Mess Under Control
Since we've mentioned hands, the blender has a comfy design with an ergonomic handle to provide the convenience of use. It is convenient to hold and it doesn't tend to slip during use.
With a 300-watt motor, the MSM6B150GB also doesn't vibrate much and the noise it produces is much lower than many more powerful units.
It is also worth mentioning that this blender's designed with an anti-splash technology which helps keep your countertop neat and clean. Besides, it comes with a rather tall mixing bowl (0.75L) so your soups and cocktails will not splash out.
Summing up, the Bosch MSM6B150GB hand blender cleverly combines a number of technologies to deliver performance and functionality of more elaborate models in a simple design.
|Last updated price||£19.99|
Tefal HB643140 Optichef
Professional kitchens are always stocked with the best cooking equipment that largely contributes to the final cooking results. If you want to cook like a chef and your dishes to look their best, the Tefal OptiChef hand blender will come to help.
What makes this model a choice for professional-style cooking is a perfect balance of power and well-thought design. A mighty 800-watt motor delivers enough force to a strong and durable stainless steel blade to cope with a whole variety of ingredients, both soft and solid, fleshy and dry and beat them through to a fine smooth consistency.
Like many other popular brands, Tefal has its own OptimumFlow™ technology aimed at enhancing blending results. Ultra-sharp cutting blades rest in a bell-shaped head with symmetrical holes in it. Not only will it minimize splashes when used as an immersion blender but also such design optimises the flow of ingredients around the blade for better blending, mixing, and pulverising with no unbeaten chunks. In addition, the model boasts as many as 21 blending speeds including a Turbo mode when you need an extra boost. Varying high and low speeds, you can accurately control the whole process and achieve ideal results with different mixes of ingredients that have different textures.
Powerful and efficient, the Tefal blender is a breeze to operate. The unit is slim and pretty lightweight and the handle is ergonomically shaped to neatly fit into your palm. Besides, a rubberised coating provides a secure non-slip grip, thus, reducing vibrations even at higher speeds. And control buttons are located within easy reach for maximum convenient operation.
... and Versatile Functionality
The ultimate functionality is yet another advantage of the Tefal OptiChef hand blender that can’t be overlooked. Along with a standard blending wand, the unit package comes complete with a whisk attachment, 0.8-litre beaker and a 0.5-litre mini chopper bowl.
As mentioned above, the standard wand is a really helpful tool that will come in handy for making a whole range of nutrient-packed smoothing, pureeing soups, blitzing creamy and icy cocktails, whizzing dips, sauces, pates, and more. The whisk is a handy helper in whipping meringues and mousses, whisking omelettes, and mixing batters. Meanwhile, a chopper bowl fitted with a razor-sharp S-shaped blade will let you mince meat, dice onions without tears, chop nuts, herbs, and spices, grind crumbs, chocolate, or even coffee. And an 0.8-litre beaker has sufficient capacity to make larger and smaller portions alike, whatever your need.
All things considered, though named a hand blender, the Tefal OptiChef can easily replace several kitchen appliances and will make many food preparation tasks and processes a quick and easy job.
|Last updated price||£49.95|
What Is a Hand Blender?
Whether you are a fan of chips and dips or you are a lover of healthy home-made soups, you need to get a handheld blender. Much cheaper than bigger alternatives (countertop blenders and food processors), a hand blender will let you get the job done quickly and save you a lot of hassle.
The main advantage of hand blenders (in addition to a rather low price, of course) is that they are very easy to use. You don't need to have any prior experience in using a hand blender to achieve perfect results on the first try.
Another advantage is that they are very compact and lightweight, meaning that you will be able to take it with you on a picnic or when travelling (if you plan cooking).
Often, in addition to blending food ingredients, hand blenders can perform the functions of a whisker and a masher; for that, however, take a look at the package and make sure it includes the right attachments.
Speaking of the package contents, most of the hand blenders come with a bowl for mixing food and a wand and can be used for a great variety of cooking tasks including not only blending but also mixing, emulsifying, pureeing, etc. Some of the more expensive models can be even used for crushing ice and reducing small solids.
So, as you can see, blenders are available in a wide range of models, letting anyone find the one that will best fit their needs.
What Features to Compare
Before buying a handheld blender, consider the package of accessories that come included in the box. Think about what tasks you want your blender to perform and look for the one offering those specialist accessories. A majority of modern hand blenders come with beakers, bowls, whisks and kneaders, helping you to make your cooking tasks and prep easier. However, keep note that for these accessories to do the job well, they should be made of high-quality materials, that's why before you make an order check out how good and durable they are.
Speed and Controls
The next parameter, which is important to consider, is controls. This one includes not only speed settings available but also how easy it is to operate the unit. The power button should be easy to press so that you won't need to fiddle with it during use when your hands are wet. Same goes for the speed controls. Speaking of the number of speed settings, some more basic models will offer you just one speed, whereas if you want to be in control of the mixing process, it will be better to go for a mixer featuring a wider range of speeds, which will help you to prevent splashes of the food and let you keep your countertop clean.
If you do lots of baking and look for a high-quality handheld mixer that will serve you a while, it's reasonable to go for the one, coming with quality metal shafts. Compared to plastic, metal is easier to clean, it doesn't stain as much, and it's overall more durable. On the other hand, plastic can be cleaned with vegetable oil and it's more lightweight than metal appliances, making it a more convenient option for those who often blend big batches.
Contrary to what many people believe, power (or wattage) is not always a guarantee that a blender will deliver better results. To find out how powerful the unit is, check out its power specs as well as a max run time, which can vary from 10 seconds and more. This information will give you an idea about how long you'll be able to blend and how good the results will be.
This is also important. Especially if you have a limited space in the kitchen. Make sure it is not too long so that it doesn't get in the way while you use it and is flexible enough letting you twist it and fold when necessary. There are also cordless models around, if you don't like an idea of having to use a cord. Those are handier and more portable, but keep in mind that their max run time is limited.
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