Monday, November 29

5 versatile models that make cooking easier for us

Whether smoothie, soup or pesto – with a hand blender you can conjure up numerous (healthy) dishes in no time. The large hand blender test shows which device delivers satisfactory results and whether the price plays a role.

In the morning there is an energy kick in the form of a smoothie, for lunch your favorite pasta with homemade pesto awaits you and for dinner you can conjure up a light vegetable soup – three meals, one device: a hand blender. In the test, we will tell you which model is worthwhile and what you should pay attention to when buying. Details make the difference here. Because all hand blenders have one thing in common in this comparison: They do their job at least satisfactorily.

Hand blender test: you should pay attention to this when buying

The fact that hand blenders all performed very well to solidly in the test may not make your choice any easier. The question of which hand blender is now the right one for YOU can only be answered by looking at your requirements for the hand blender. While an inexpensive model such as the “Ideenwelt P8-RM-SB” hand blender from Rossmann but also the “Koenic KHB 3121” hand blender from MediaMarkt or Saturn produce good results, these hand blenders lack accessories. If you can do without these, there is nothing wrong with choosing one of these hand blenders. So the question is: what accessories do you need to make the device worth the money?

These 5 models are convincing

Braun Multiquick 5

There are quite a handful of good hand blenders from the German quality brand Braun. The “Multimix 5” series is one of the bestsellers. Because hand blenders exist “single” without further accessories and in Sets with different additional equipment. From the chopper for herbs or nuts to the whisk for the handy whipping of cream or eggs. The individual attachments can be easily exchanged using the click system. Always with you: a shaker with a capacity of 600 milliliters. While the handle is made of plastic, the blender itself is made of sturdy stainless steel and is dishwasher-safe. 21 infinitely adjustable speed levels offer precise gradations when pureeing – for example, to start slowly at first so that the food does not fly around your ears.

In a test by Stiftung Warentest, a variant of the “Braun Multiquick 5” took first place. According to the consumer institute, the “Braun Multiquick 5 Vario MQ 5200” delivers a very good function (grade 1.2) and, together with other criteria, an overall result of 1.5.

Rossmann world of ideas P8-RM-SB

As mentioned at the beginning, you can be happy if you prefer a straight hand blender with no frills. Because these are accordingly cheap. The Rossmann house brand, for example, offers the “Rossmann World of Ideas P8-RM-SB” for less than 20 euros. In addition to the stirring rod, you get a blender jar with a lid and a capacity of 700 milliliters. While a plastic grill and a stainless steel hand blender combine to form a hand blender, this is unfortunately not suitable for the dishwasher. After all: the hand blender and handle can be separated so that the hand blender can be easily cleaned under running water. You can infinitely adjust the speed with the help of a wheel.

The hand blender from Rossmann also received a quality rating from Stiftung Warentest and scored “good” with an overall grade of 1.9. Definitely a solid device for those on a tight budget.

Only drawback: The Rossmann hand blender is not always available online. If it’s available, you’ll find it here.

Koenic KHB 3121

Also the Koenic company from the house Saturn / Media market has a convincing hand blender in its range. Without additional extras (apart from the almost obligatory shaker), the “KHB 3121” model is in the lower price segment. With its removable stainless steel attachment, the hand blender does its job and is easy to clean afterwards. Caution: Overall, the device is stated to be not dishwasher-safe, individual parts – for example the blender attachment – should be dishwasher-safe.

In the area of ​​hand blenders without accessories, Stiftung Warentest is satisfied and awards an overall grade of 2.2. With a grade of 1.7, the function of the device was given a significantly better rating.

Philips Viva Collection ProMix HR2657/90

Like many other brand manufacturers, the Philips brand offers far more than a single hand blender. When it comes to additional accessories, this one stands out “Philips Viva Collection ProMix HR2657/90” clearly different from the competition. In addition to the hand blender, whisk and chopper, the set also includes a to-go cup and a spiral cutter with three different attachments. You can use the latter to prepare vegetable noodles, for example.

The handling is very simple. The different attachments are swapped with one click and the speed is controlled by simply pressing a button – the harder you press, the faster the stainless steel blades turn.

In the test by Stiftung Warentest, the set from Philips took first place among hand blender sets and achieved an overall rating of 1.7.

AEG Deli 5 HB5-1-8SS

Due to the extensive range of accessories, the “AEG Deli 5 HB5-1-8SS” rather to the higher priced hand blenders. In addition to the hand blender, a blender jar with lid, it also has other extras: A special attachment lets you prepare mashed potatoes / mashed potatoes in no time and use the chopper to process your herbs, nuts and cheese into a wonderful pesto. A whisk, on the other hand, helps you whip cream or eggs and make mayonnaise. A rotary wheel ensures a stepless change in the speed of rotation. The manufacturer also promises that “mixing feet, cups, lids, chopper and potato masher” are dishwasher-safe.

In the test by Stiftung Warentest, the hand blender from AEG received an overall grade of 2.1 and the function even received a 1.6. A good result that is even more convincing due to the relatively low price of the extensive set.

How many watts does a hand blender need?

You may have noticed – we did not specify a wattage when we presented the individual models in the hand blender test. This is explained by the results of an investigation by the Stiftung Warentest. In this, hand blenders were tested with a wide variety of wattages – with the result that the wattage itself does not provide any reliable information about the pureeing results. The assumption “more watts = better result” could not hold up. And what’s more: the hand blenders didn’t even call up their full power – not even in turbo mode. So don’t let yourself be distracted by a high wattage and rather look at the blades and, if necessary, at additional extras that make it easier for you to prepare the food and drinks you want.

How much does a good hand blender cost?

The results and descriptions of the individual hand blenders in the test clearly show that a good hand blender does not have to be expensive. Additional functions and attachments cost accordingly. Here it may be worthwhile – if you don’t want to do without extras – to use a hand blender system that you can add to your own wishes. Buying a whole set from the start is usually cheaper. However, if you already have one or two accessories at home, it may be worthwhile to buy a pure hand blender and selected individual extras. In this way you get exactly the devices you need and save money as well as space that you might otherwise have to spend on double mixers and the like.

What can you do with a hand blender?

With a good hand blender you can process pretty much anything into pulp or puree. Raw vegetables, fruits, baby food and so on. Since the hand blenders (usually) have a stainless steel base, they don’t mind heat. For your safety, it is advisable not to hold the hand blender in a hot soup, but rather to let it cool down before pureeing – but technically this would certainly work.

Especially people who like to eat healthy or at least healthier are well equipped with a hand blender. They can be used to prepare great morning smoothies – quickly and easily. Vegetable soups become creamy by pureeing with a hand blender – without having to add fat cream. Perfect!

Which is better: a hand blender or a stand mixer?

A very clear statement as to whether a hand blender or a stand mixer is better cannot be made. Both devices have clear advantages. Nevertheless, a hand blender offers many advantages over a stand mixer.

  1. Space-saving: A hand blender – especially those that can be divided into two parts – are much smaller and easier to stow away. Often a spacious drawer is sufficient. A stand mixer either requires a lot of space in the closet or even a permanent area on the work surface.
  2. Lighter: Blenders can be quite heavy due to their thick glass walls. The clunky blenders are no fun, especially when cleaning by hand.
  3. Dishwasher-safe: In the majority of hand blenders, at least the most important section – the hand blender and cutting unit – is dishwasher-safe. A clear argument for the hand blender and against the stand mixer.
  4. More flexible: Using a hand blender is much easier and more comprehensive than using a stand mixer. Especially when preparing soups or when you want to prepare baby food in advance. After all, with a hand blender you can work directly in a saucepan – regardless of whether it is a large or a small saucepan. With a stand mixer, you may always have to decant first or process larger quantities in several steps.

How did we choose the hand blenders?

For the hand blender test or comparison, we carried out extensive research and referred, among other things, to the test results of the Stiftung Warentest, but also to the reviews of previous customers (for example Amazon customers). Furthermore, criteria such as additional equipment and handling, for example through a stepless setting of the speed, were important. The order of the descriptions does not represent a ranking.

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