Handheld blenders can be less expensive than standard counter-top blenders but that is not the only way in which they are economical. The economy of the “wand”, “stick” or handheld blender is multifaceted in cost, space and use. In these ways, the handheld blender merits significant consideration when shopping for a new blender for the kitchen.
Handheld or immersion blenders are basically blenders on a stick that can be used to blend ingredients in any vessel including pots, bowls or glasses. This saves in the amount of dishes that need to be washed after food preparation. It also cuts down on the number of steps needed in transferring the blended contents.
Handheld blenders usually come equipped with a variety of attachments that can convert them into whisks, beaters, choppers and dicers. The convenience of detaching the different tools makes them easy to clean and maintain.
Depending on the model, the user will find an attachment to suit just about any task that a traditional blender can perform. Many also come with covered mixing bowls or measuring cups designed specifically for the handheld blender.
Counter space in the kitchen is easily conserved by this blender that can be stored in a drawer along with the attachments. Most chefs will appreciate the decreased demand on space that is rarely in abundance.
The construction of handheld blenders allows them to be safely used in hot or cold mixtures. Generally made of steel or very hard plastic, the shaft is durable enough to stand up to extreme temperatures with no risk of breaking.
The versatility of the immersion blender also makes it easy to adjust the consistency of blended foods such as soups, sauces or any other mixture before serving or while cooking. This leaves less to chance and allows mistakes to be corrected at any time.
There are very few limitations to the function of the handheld blender. It should be noted that processing the really hard ingredients like coffee beans are not recommended for this type of blender.
Prices for the handheld blender will vary almost as much as they do for its counter-top cousin. Perfectly serviceable models can be found for under $100 while the better made ones can cost as much as $300. Much of the price depends on the attachments and accessories. Some manufacturers offer a separate accessory package for $100 or less.
Although there are several handheld blenders on the market, the selection is not as great as that of the traditional style. The kitchen appliance industry leaders such as Cuisinart, KitchenAid, Braun and Waring all have multiple models of handheld blenders available.