The Best Cheap Immersion Blenders of 2019

An immersion blender is a handheld blender that mixes and chops.

These wand-shaped devices (sometimes called "stick blenders") are used to blend ingredients inside of container. For example, an immersion blender can be used to purée soup inside of a pot or churn a milkshake inside of a shaker. 

Immersion blenders aren't miracle devices, but they can do some things faster (and with less effort) than using a hand mixer. For example, frothing milk or whipping cream. They're also effective at making baby food and smoothies. However, hand blenders aren't designed to crush ice or replace a food processor.

The best immersion blenders pull liquid down into a strong vortex, minimize splashing and create a fine texture without lumps. Some stick blenders have dishwasher-safe parts, however, motors and electrical components should never be submerged in water.

Cordless immersion blenders are available, but they aren't as powerful as plug-in models. (The convenience may not be worth it.) Beware: Immersion blenders have exposed blades and finger injuries are common. To reduce the risk of injury, never clean or unclog a plugged-in blender.

Here are the best-reviewed immersion blenders that have sold for $35 or less in the last 12 months:

Good Price: $34 | Great Deal: $27

KitchenAid's stainless steel immersion blender is quiet, powerful and easy-to-clean, according to several Amazon customers. Many reviewers wish the blender would stay on without having to hold the power button down; others had trouble locking the two pieces of the blender in place.

Good Price: $34 | Great Deal: $30

This powerful blender is easy to hold and clean up, according to several Amazon customers. Some reviewers say the included blending cup is chintzy; others said the same about the whisk attachment.

Good Price: $26 | Great Deal: $22

Koios' hand blender is easy to use and clean and the included attachments are useful, according to several Amazon customers. Some reviewers complain that the instructions are poorly written; others say the motor overheated after extended use.

John DeFeo