Stick blenders

Buy a stick blender to blitz soups and sauces with minimal fuss in the kitchen. Also called a hand blender, immersion blender or stick mixer, find the best food mixer set from brands like KitchenAid here. Shipping available Australia-wide.

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Choosing the right stick blender for your needs

A stick blender, also known as an immersion blender or hand blender, is a kitchen staple that offers genuine versatility. Not only does it give you complete control with the touch of a button, it also saves you time when making sauces, stocks, gravies and soups from scratch. Whatever your texture or consistency, be it a silky smooth puree, chunky smoothies or thick milkshakes, a stick mixer does it all. But how do you find one that’s right for you? Read on to learn more!

Stick blender vs. food processor

Hand blenders, or stick blenders, are best for liquids and even though they come with an array of attachments it is still worth having both a hand blender and food processor in your kitchen; one doesn’t necessarily replace the other.

Here’s what we think their individual strengths are

  • Stick blenders are great for:

  • Blending

  • Pureeing

  • Pulsing

  • Mincing

  • Whisking

Food processors are great for:

  • Slicing

  • Shredding

  • Kneading

  • Grinding

  • Emulsifying

  • Crushing

Some of the capabilities between the two are interchangeable depending on whether or not there are extra attachments available. For example, a stick blender might also be able to shred or grind, but the chances of it being able to crush ice is slim to none. To sum up, an all in one stick blender does make an efficient investment but remember, more attachments doesn't always mean a better blender. We believe there will always be room for both of these kitchen appliances.

Features to consider when selecting an immersion blender

Like most appliances, there will always be differences in functionality so here are the main elements to consider before you make your selection.

Power. This is a biggie. Immersion blenders with a higher wattage like 400 watts or above will be able to cope with tougher ingredients like frozen fruit, but what you gain in power, you might also gain in volume.

Blades. Choosing an immersion blender with multiple stainless steel blades will give you plenty of options and you might find you use different ones at different times throughout a recipe.

Speed settings. Most immersion blenders have variable speed settings to help you achieve the right texture. Some have more than others for extra precision.

Grip. A good control grip is important not only for comfort but for safety. When you’re blitzing away at a high speed you want to be able to keep it steady and avoid slips.

Attachments. Does it come with a jug, bowl, beaker or all of the above? Maybe it has a whisk attachment or extra blades.

Cord vs cordless. Cordless stick blenders are on the rise. If you appreciate portability and struggle to find a free power point, going cordless could be a winner.

Wand length. This is more of a personal preference. Some like a shorter wand for added control while others prefer a longer one to stay firmly out of the splash zone.

Running time. This only applies to cordless stick blenders. Make sure you pick one that has plenty of battery life.

Cleaning and care. Some parts may be dishwasher safe. Always check the user manual and take note of what’s in the box.

Storage. Some immersion blenders can be wall mounted, others come with a storage case, so think about the space you have and how you plan to store it.

Warranty. Always check the warranty before purchasing and its inclusions.

Top 10 stick mixer uses:

  1. Soups
  2. Sauces
  3. Stocks
  4. Pastes
  5. Purees
  6. Sorbets
  7. Pestos
  8. Smoothies
  9. Dressings
  10. Marinades

Brands we know and trust

Bamix Bamix stick mixers have transformed the way we cook and have been trusted for decades. With a Bamix, quality is guaranteed. Among the tried and true favourites are the Bamix Deluxe, Bamix Swissline, Bamix Mono and Bamix Classic. Kenwood Beloved UK brand Kenwood is known for producing a wide range of appliances that are designed to make life in the kitchen easier. When it comes to stick blenders, they’re not short of functionality and customers keep coming back to the Kenwood Triblade. For an affordable option that won’t let you down, go for the Kenwood Triblade XL model.

More to explore Other top stick blenders include the Braun Multiquick 7 Gourmet Hand Blender, the Cuisinart Smart Stick 2 Speed Hand Blender White and the Breville All in One Control Grip Processing Station, which is a food processor and stick blender in one. Also keep an eye out for KitchenAid, Westinghouse and Smeg stick blenders, which are all excellent options. Psst… going for black, matte black or white will mean they never go out of style too.

FAQs:

What are the advantages of a stick blender? Stick blenders are more than just highly versatile appliances, they are also fast, affordable, portable (especially when cordless) and easy to maintain. You can also buy extra accessories to customise it to suit your needs.

How do you use a stick blender? Wait for the blade or head to be submerged in liquid before turning the power on. Start on a low speed and increase as you go. Using a stock pot, saucepan or container with high walls will help reduce spills.

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