Read Our Review
Read Our Review
Read Our Review
Read Our Review
Read Our Review
|Russell Hobbs Hand Blender|
|Bosch MSM2610BGB Hand Blender|
|Braun Multiquick MQ100|
|Cookhouse 1000w Hand Blender|
|Aigostar Mix Helper|
Turn on the television these days and it’s everywhere; open one of the weekend magazines and you’ll find the same. Social media, it’s full of it, and everybody is talking about it! What are we on about, we hear you asking? Isn’t it obvious? It’s cooking, the ‘in’ thing of the moment! We have ‘Celebrity Chefs’ to thank for the start of the cooking craze, and the sheer popularity of ‘The Great British Bake Off’ is simply bewildering. Where once cooking was something you had to do when you wanted to feed the family, it’s now one of the most talked-about pastimes of all.
Of course, we all cook for necessity – there’s only so many ready meals and take-aways one can stomach in a given week – and yet, there is something very satisfying about following a recipe and making an actual meal, or baking a cake from scratch. It’s also something that can involve both parents and kids, so is a great family enterprise.
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We are helped by the influx of small and useful implements that have become part of the requisite kitchen equipment for every budding chef. Some of these are the answer to a problem that really doesn’t exist – gimmicks to impress your friends – but the stick blender, which is the subject of this review, is one that is genuinely useful, and surprisingly affordable. If you haven’t got one, you will want one when you read our reviews, and you’ll find it invaluable.
The Top 10 Stick Blenders
Table of Contents
- 1 The Top 10 Stick Blenders
- 1.1 1: Russell Hobbs Hand Blender
- 1.2 2: Bosch MSM2610BGB Hand Blender
- 1.3 3: Braun Multiquick MQ100
- 1.4 4: Cookhouse 1000w Hand Blender
- 1.5 5: Aigostar Mix Helper
- 1.6 6: Kenwood Triblade Hand Blender
- 1.7 7: Russell Hobbs Desire 3-in-1
- 1.8 8: Andrew James 3-in1 Hand Blender
- 1.9 9: Kenwood Triblade Hand Blender
- 1.10 10: Braun Multi Quick 5
- 2 How It Works
- 3 Important Features to Consider
- 4 Let’s Wrap It Up!
1: Russell Hobbs Hand Blender
One thing you will notice as we get into these reviews is that we will repeat a lot of the functions and features. This is because, quite simply, a stick blender is designed for one specific job, hence all of these follow the same design premise. The first on our list is from one of the giants in the small kitchen appliance market, and we reckon Russell Hobbs is a household name. Look around your kitchen and you’ll likely have a toaster, kettle, microwave by this brand, and you can now have a stick blender!
This one is entirely typical; it’s a long stick that is designed to be comfortable to hold when it use, and offers 200watts of power from a mains-powered electric motor. The blades are stainless steel and you get a choice of two running speeds – these are used for different types of food, as the instruction book will advise – and it breaks into two for cleaning. Energy rated to ‘A’, it’s a decent item from a good brand at a great price.
2: Bosch MSM2610BGB Hand Blender
It always amuses us that manufacturers give their products names – or numbers – that nobody will ever use. Anyway, this one comes from another mighty name in the world of household electrical products, Bosch. This is a brand that manufactures just about everything, and has reputation or top quality. This is a typical hand blender – although it is finished in black – in style and design, and is a massive 600watt model which should be more than enough for anyone.
The blade is designed for mixing, blending and chopping – these are functions you can perform with most of these, but with some more so than others – and is durable and strong. All the parts that need cleaning are detachable to make things easier. It is mains powered and comes with a handy measuring and mixing beaker, and it is a quality item. As for the price, it’s not cheap – you could buy around four of the above for the price of one of these, but that’s the price of the brand.
3: Braun Multiquick MQ100
We’re on a roll with major brands at the moment, and in fact it is difficult when reviewing kitchen appliances – even smaller ones such as these – to find a brand that is not something of a household name. This one is from Braun, a massive company in terms of electrical equipment, and it is entirely typical of their range in being a decent product at a sensible price. It has stainless steel blades and clever bell-shaped end for drawing the mixture in.
This one is a 450watt model and as such should be suitable for any use, it’s got speed activation with a one-touch button and it is ergonomically designed for comfortable use. You get a 600ml beaker that can be used for measuring and mixing, and it is all detachable for cleaning purposes. Once again, this is a mains-powered device and it’s easy to use and neat, and at the price is certainly value for money.
4: Cookhouse 1000w Hand Blender
Cookhouse is a brand with a large variety of quality, well-priced kitchen implements, and this very neat hand blender – with accessories included – is typical of the brand. It is among the most powerful of those on the list with a 1000w motor – that should be powerful enough to chop and blend even the most robust of ingredients – and it is a nicely made and easy to use item that comes apart for cleaning.
Where this one appeals is that it is not only sensibly priced, although we won’t call it cheap as there are others that are less costly, because it comes with a very useful set of accessories. You get, as well as the mains-powered blender, a 600ml chopper bowl that you attach the blender arm to for excellent results, a whisk attachment, and a 800ml beaker for blending and measuring. It’s a good package, and we like it.
5: Aigostar Mix Helper
This model is very similar to the above and comes from a generic brand. It’s a very neat design, in deed pretty much identical to the Cookhouse one, and even comes with the same accessories. It’s not unusual to find the same item branded in different ways when we are talking about kitchen and electrical equipment, and it is actually of benefit to the buyer as the prices differ. This one is only different to the above in that it has a 600w motor, and the bowl is 700ml.
Where this one appeals is that it is not only sensibly priced, although we won’t call it cheap as there are others that are less costly, because it comes with a very useful set of accessories. You get, as well as the mains-powered blender, a 600ml chopper bowl that you attach the blender arm to for excellent results, a whisk attachment, and a 700ml beaker for blending and measuring. At the price, I a much cheaper alternative to that above.
6: Kenwood Triblade Hand Blender
We are back in the realms of the major brands with this hand blender set, from Kenwood, and it’s another that offers you a full range of accessories. This is a brand that is very much regarded for top quality kitchen appliances, and this does not disappoint. It’s very well-made, offers an easy to use and comfortable to hand mains-powered blender, has an 800watt motor and patented blending foot design for greater efficiency.
This one comes with a set of accessories including a chopping bowl of 500ml, a measuring and mixing beaker of 750ml, a whisk attachment, masher attachment, and soup blender attachment. That’s pretty much everything you need in one go. This one scores very highly in customer reviews – which is no surprise given the overall quality of Kenwood products – and our only reservation is the price, which is quite considerable when you look at the alternatives.
7: Russell Hobbs Desire 3-in-1
Another example from the extensive Russell Hobbs range, the ‘Desire’ – a strange if memorable name for a hand blender – is a 3-in-1 machine that will do all you want from one of these, and is suitably high quality as befits this brand. It has a 400watt motor; that’s not as powerful as some on here but adequate for most uses. It has stainless steel blades and a detachable shaft for cleaning and using the accessories.
You get the blender itself – nicely shaped for ease of use and comfort – plus a whisk attachment, a 500ml beaker for measuring and blending, and a chopping attachment with its own stainless steel blade in a 500ml jar. It’s a nice set, mains powered as usual, and compact enough to store away when not in use. Given that you get all the accessories, we can overlook the lack of a powerful motor on the grounds that it will suit occasional use, and is very cheap for what is included.
8: Andrew James 3-in1 Hand Blender
The Andrew James range of kitchen equipment and appliances is known as a value for money choice, and this set – which is very similar indeed to the Cookhouse one featured earlier – is no exception. It’s well-made, comes with mains power, and has all the accessories you need to blend, mix and chop, and it’s easy to use with simple controls, plus it breaks down for attaching the accessories and for cleaning purposes.
Having said that, it is not only sensibly priced, although we won’t call it cheap as there are others that are less costly, but you really do get all the accessories you need to use one of these appliances to the full extent. You get, as well as the mains-powered blender, a 600ml chopper bowl that you attach the blender arm to for excellent results, a whisk attachment, and a 500ml beaker for blending and measuring. It’s a good package, and we like it.
9: Kenwood Triblade Hand Blender
This is another of the Kenwood Triblade range, and while you don’t get the full set of accessories as with the other one, it’s still worth a look. This is a brand that is very much regarded for top quality kitchen appliances, and this does not disappoint. It’s very well-made, offers an easy to use and comfortable to hand mains-powered blender, has an 800watt motor and patented blending foot design for greater efficiency.
This one comes with a set of accessories including a chopping bowl of 500ml, a measuring and mixing beaker of 750ml and a masher attachment, so you should be able to tackle most jobs that you would expect to with one of these, but there is no chopping attachment. This one scores very highly in customer reviews – which is no surprise given the overall quality of Kenwood products – and while it is quite costly in the face of the competition, it is a very good device.
10: Braun Multi Quick 5
Our final entry is this one, another from Braun, and it’s a useful, quality model that has plenty appeal at a sensible price. It has stainless steel blades and clever design on the foot that is intended to maximise efficiency and prevent splashing. Of all of these here, this one is probably the most technically advanced model with the best operation – for example you can choose from 21 speeds!
This one is a 750watt model and as such should be suitable for any use, it’s got speed activation with a one-touch button and it is ergonomically designed for comfortable use. You get accessories including a 600ml beaker that can be used for measuring and mixing, a chopping attachment of 500ml capacity, and a stainless steel whisk attachment, and it is all detachable for cleaning purposes. Once again, this is a mains-powered device and it’s easy to use and neat, and given the accessory package and the quality it is a definite for a short list.
So, that’s our list of ten hand-held stick blenders, but which is for you?
How It Works
Why do you need a stick blender, and how does it work? Put simply, it takes the strain out of mixing up cake mixes or other mixtures you may be using, is cheaper and more versatile than a full-on food blender, and is portable and doesn’t take up a lot of space.
You average stick blender is a small hand-held device powered by an electric motor that turns a set of blades. These do the blending, and are usually metal for durability. Some have various speed options, others just a couple, and there are a number of other features that mean some differ to others. The main difference lies in whether the blender is mains or battery powered.
That’s about it, as these are simple yet versatile and practical devices and, when you see the prices of those on our list, you’ll realise that you can add one to your kitchen equipment for the price of a couple of drinks.
Important Features to Consider
A stick blender is, without doubt, a very useful addition to your kitchen equipment and given the prices of those on the list, it’s not an expensive item. Here’s a few things to look for when making your decision:
Power – the power of the electric motor determines how fast the blades will turn, and how efficiently they will operate. The power output of the blenders on our list ranges from between 200 to 1000watts.
Blades – you want stainless steel blades – each of these has those – but you can choose between two and three, the more being more effective at mashing and cutting.
Accessories – some of these are simply a blender on its own, some come with a set of accessories including a chopping bowl with its own blades, a mashing fixture, and whisk attachment and more. We recommend you choose one with a good accessory package.
Brand – if you are reassured by brand names – and with electrical equipment there is every reason to put your trust in a household name – then some of the biggest in the kitchen appliances world such as Russell Hobbs, Kenwood, Braun and Bosch are included, but be aware you will likely pay for a brand name.
So, now you know what to look for, which one would we recommend? Let’s see if we can wrap it up!
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Let’s Wrap It Up!
It’s not often we come to a conclusion that there is one clear winner in such a review, but we reckon that there is one choice here that stands out in the crowd. Before we go on, we should say that each of these is good at what it does, it’s just that some are better and come more readily equipped. So, if you do want to buy one that is simply a blender – and without an accessory package – and are on a budget, check out the first one from Russell Hobbs, which is very cheap but very basic and low powered, or number 3, the more basic Braun Multi Quick, which is quite powerful and affordable.
Which one do we recommend you choose if you want the best model at the right price? It’s number 10, the full set from Braun. We choose this because, at the price, you get a quality appliance with all the accessories you could need, a sensible warranty as you expect from a name brand, and many satisfied users who rate it highly.
So, the choice is yours, have another look, and invest a surprisingly small amount of outlay in a device that will make your cooking easier and more enjoyable.