Kitchen gadgets are supposed to make hand-tiring mixing easier but chords dangerously get in the way. When hot stovetops, sharp knives, and spillable liquids are present, power cables risk tangling and wasteful accidents.
The invention of the traditional blender transformed food preparation methods used for decades in the kitchen. The innovation didn’t stop there. Hand blenders, also known as stick blenders have made significant improvements to this food prep technology. Many manufacturers and dozens of models are aiming to outdo one another, adding features, settings, and improvements.
With so many options on the market today, it’s fairly easy to get overwhelmed while trying to shop smart. In this guide, I tackle all the features and define the most important performance specifications to select the best cordless immersion blender. I list my picks for the top selection overall and in separate categories to address the various tasks they’re needed for.
- Best Cordless Immersion Blenders Review in 2020
- 1. Editor’s Pick - Cuisinart CSB-400CD
- 2. Runner Up - Braun IREALIST MQ940CC
- 3. Budget Pick - Cuisinart CSB-300
- 4. Upgrade Pick - KitchenAid KHB3581CA Pro Line
- 5. Fastest Charging Immersion Blender for Chefs - WARING BOLT WSB38X
- 6. Best Immersion Blender for Eggs and Butter - THRITOP 8541990274
- 7. Best Hand Blender for Protein Shakes - Nestpark SYNCHKG095161
- 8. Best Handheld Frother for Lattes and Coffee - Zulay Kitchen Milk Boss OG
- Cordless Immersion Blender Factors
Best Cordless Immersion Blenders Review in 2020
Best for chefs
Best for eegs and butter
Best for protein shakes
Best for lattes and coffee
The overall ease of use and utility places the Cuisinart CSB-400CD hand blender in the top spot on my list. Its well-designed blade guard allows you to blend ingredients quickly while avoiding the dreaded splash onto clothes and countertops. I appreciate the versatility as an excellent utensil to handle most tasks from beating eggs to crushing ice cubes. The CSB-400CD uses a new Power Lock/Unlock feature that works as a safety to avoid any accidents in the kitchen.
The Cuisinart comes with a power handle with stainless steel plating, chef’s whisk, and a 4-ounce measuring cup as extras. Although it’s not the most expensive option listed, it offers the most value for the price. It excels at performing every common blending task with more than enough power to the blades.
Braun has proven to be a company that assembles high-quality appliances. They did so once again with the runner up, Braun IREALIST MQ940CC. It purees evenly and can easily blend smoothies from frozen fruit and ice cubes. The build allows for a natural grip and comfort while quickly blending mixtures that take exhausting effort to do by hand instead. With the power to grind meat, I have confidence this unit can effortlessly handle any job.
The unique shape of the PowerBell provides suction into the blades and prevents splashing onto clothes and countertops. The Braun’s versatility gives it a strong case for the top spot and barely finishes behind in second place.
The Cuisinart CSB-300 is comparable to hand blenders more than twice the price. Fairly recently a newer model (CSB-400) has attempted to replace it but the original design revolutionized meal prep and is still a great option. Blending, whipping, chopping, and even carving are items the Cuisinart can check off the todo list. It comes with a 2-cup chopper great for nuts, cheeses, garlic, and other herbs. The power handle has weight to it but it’s curved to fit comfortably into most hands.
The CSB-300 is sold by various retailers and with different attachment combinations. Along with the unit itself, it includes an electric knife attachment, a 2-cup chopper with stainless steel blade, chef's whisk, 4-cup measuring cup, and a storage pouch for the blender and attachments. It’s amazing for the price tag.
In my honest opinion, the KitchenAid Pro Line produces the best end results after blending. It can blend the smoothest soups as well as thick milkshakes and almost perfectly every time. The higher pricepoint partially comes from the build quality and design. The Pro Line has the best feel in-hand and the soft grip handle prevents slipping during continuous blending. Included are an 8" blending arm, 13" blending arm, pan guard, s bell blade, multi-purpose bell blade, froth bell blade, whisk attachment, chopper attachment, 1 L pitcher, bell blade covers, battery & charger, and storage case.
The different blades, arms, and attachments are easily interchangeable. Once I got the hang of using the proper attachments for specific jobs, nothing beats the KitchenAid Pro Line in my opinion.
Waring is a company widely known as the most popular blender among chefs. The American based Waring is the fastest charging stick blender I’ve used and gets a full charge in less than 1.5 hours. It has the technology to display speed and power status with LED indicator lights. Effortlessly blending up to 15 liters, it doesn’t lack in the power category. The WSB38X has speed settings from 5,000 to 13,000 RPM. The brushless DC motor makes this model more quite than comparable blenders. For chefs and others planning to use an immersion blender daily, the cordless Waring offers longevity and reliability in addition to fast charging.
The THRITOP Cordless Electric Kitchen Hand Mixer has a 3-position twistable head. Positioning the mixer head minimizes any hand fatigue from blending with three angles, 90, 135, and 180. The thicker stature is surprisingly lightweight and the motor offers two different speed settings that whisk eggs, meringue, mayonnaise, and more to perfection.
The cordless THRITOP is far less expensive than my top performers because it is limited in power and versatility but for whisking, whipping, and mixing it performs wonderfully. Attachments are easily removed for cleaning and I find the USB charging cord conveniently compatible with other chargers in the house. I’ve even used my tablet charger in its place. It has one of the longest run-times of any model on the list as it lasts for roughly 60 minutes in use. It’s my favorite battery-powered hand blender for eggs and butter.
The Nestpark SYNCHKG095161is my go-to blender for protein shakes. It specializes in mixing drinks from water to protein shake thickness. The reach and stainless steel whisk get rid of clumps in liquid powder mixes that make shakes unpleasant to drink.
With the lowest price tag on the list, the Nestpark is lightweight and perfect to take on trips. Mixing pre-workout and energy drinks are easy for this model as it helps to avoid the chalky texture that results from hand mixing. The lifetime warranty and cheaper price give me confidence that the manufacturer believes in the product. I wouldn’t use this model for thicker mixtures or heavy-duty tasks but it’s ideal for hot chocolate, tea, lemonade, and similar liquids too.
The Zulay handheld frother and foam maker has made making coffee a lot more fun for me. Adding it to my arsenal of kitchen gadgets has me feeling like a barista in the mornings. Within seconds the frother gives a professional finish to coffee, latte, cappuccino, macchiato and hot chocolate. Zulay Kitchen is also a company that goes the extra mile to use 18/10 food-safe stainless steel for all the components that directly contact food an drink.
This frother works with all types of milk, half and half, creamer, soy, almond, cashew, hazelnut, whole milk, and other dairy products. After I use it to make my coffee like a pro, it’s easy to clean and fit into my kitchen drawers. It’s relatively quiet compared to similar and pricier hand blenders I’ve used. I own the matte black model but it comes in 6 different colors to compliment the kitchen well.
Cordless Immersion Blender Factors
Since their invention immersion blenders (also called stick blenders) have proven to be one of the most convenient kitchen tools. They blend batters, purees, meat, bread dough, and more. Going cordless is game-changing.
Before stick blenders, the contents being mixed had to be placed in a traditional blender prior to transferring into a separate bowl or container. Then, hand blenders allowed ingredients to remain in one bowl but everything still needed to be close to an electrical outlet to plug into. Cordless immersion blenders lower the number of cooking accidents and are extremely convenient.
Battery size and motor power generally determine the run-time of a fully charged hand blender. Some companies do a more efficient job building for energy efficiency. In general, the stronger the blender, the shorter the run-time. Small frothers and foam makers can run for about 60 minutes while heftier models can operate for 20 minutes or less.
Cleaning and maintenance are other areas where stick blender display convenience. Corded hand blenders present issues with cleaning that cordless versions do not. The attachments made for cordless models are dishwasher safe and easily detach from the head unit. I avoid submerging any blender head unit in water but using a damp cleaning towel to sanitize the crevices is easier on cordless units. Most cordless counterparts offer the same anti-splash and spill technology as the corded equipment.
Cordless immersion blenders tend to be heavier than corded stick blenders because the power supply is internal. Manufacturers have to account for added weight by shaping handles to fit human hands and evenly distributing the weight to avoid hand fatigue while being used. In my opinion, eliminating power cables make cordless hand blenders more aesthetically pleasing and easier to store in more places in the kitchen.
I don’t believe the hand blender with the most power is necessarily the best. While power is a huge performance factor, I always consider the use intended for any purchase. To blend drinks with ice or shred meat, look for a model with lots of power. Less power may very well be more efficient for mixing drinks or beating egg whites.
Cordless handhelds can use AA, AAA, and internal rechargeable batteries that include a charger when purchased brand new. Stronger blenders are generally powered by internal batteries.
My definitive winner and top pick is the Cuisinart CSB-400CD. It has 5-speed settings and generates enough power to distinguish each speed from each other. The quick charge feature has been a lifesaver for whenever I forget to charge it, which is often. I’d like the 20 minutes of run-time to improve but in my experience, it’s been enough time for any recipe I’ve tackled.
I love that every piece that contacts food is made of stainless steel. It gives me peace of mind that everything is clean and easy to break plastic won’t fall into anything food or drink I’m preparing. The CSB-400CD scores high marks in all the vital categories and more, highly recommended.