Immersion Blenders

I got a question from a reader today about immersion blenders — but I’ve never used one so I’m looking for others to help with some recommendations.

Christina had two questions:

  • Corded or cordless?
  • Any particular brands or models that you like . . . or hate?

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44 Comments
  • Peggy Droesch
    Posted at 21 January 2015 Reply

    I use a corded Braun at home, not very often but when I need it it’s a godsend – terrific for blending soups while they’re in the pot. Most of what I do in the galley either doesn’t require blending – I don’t try to do smooth soups onboard – or can be done in a blender which I find more versatile. If I don’t have shore power, my blending gets done with a potato masher or a whisk 🙂

    • Tina Hansen Parris
      Posted at 21 January 2015 Reply

      I have one at home and barely use it. I found this for the boat…it slices, and chops and can make jello or throw stuff in it for salsa etc. its awesome and we use it all the time without electricity.

      • Barbara Lowell
        Posted at 22 January 2015 Reply

        IT says I found this one but there is no this one showing or listed??? what am i missing?

        • Carolyn Shearlock
          Posted at 22 January 2015 Reply

          She didn’t provide a link, so I don’t know. Sorry :/

          • Barbara Lowell
            Posted at 22 January 2015

            Thanx … I found it by googling the part number.

    • Peggy Droesch
      Posted at 21 January 2015 Reply

      Hmm, looks interesting. And your source was…?

    • Tina Hansen Parris
      Posted at 21 January 2015 Reply

      Oh, sorry actually was flipping channels and saw it on QVC. There is a video of it also!

    • Tina Hansen Parris
      Posted at 21 January 2015 Reply

      Oh and its item number K40357 many colors to choose from ….

    • The Boat Galley
      Posted at 21 January 2015 Reply

      If you’re looking for a manual food processor Peggy, another reader highly recommended this one, too: http://theboatgalley.com/manual-food-processor/

      • Elizabeth
        Posted at 23 January 2015 Reply

        I love my Kitchen King Manual Food Processor!

    • Peggy Droesch
      Posted at 21 January 2015 Reply

      Thanks, The Boat Galley!!

    • Kim Holak Zimmer
      Posted at 21 January 2015 Reply

      I’ve used my Hamilton Beach for 25years. It’s not battery powered.

  • Lorry Reynish
    Posted at 21 January 2015 Reply

    We used a ninja, the small one with the motor that mounts on top and the blades drop down into the container. I think it has a 450 watt motor but you only have to pulse it, don’t run it continuously.

    • Lorry Reynish
      Posted at 21 January 2015 Reply

      Yes, I think that looks like ours. We can crush ice with ours for margaritas. I guess the down side is that you pretty much have to use the containers that come with the set and can’t use anything like you can with other immersion mixers.
      Needs AC power from shore, inverter or generator.

    • The Boat Galley
      Posted at 21 January 2015 Reply

      Thanks

    • The Boat Galley
      Posted at 21 January 2015 Reply

      Here’s the 450 watt one, and the same link has one that’s 200 watts and one that’s 400: http://amzn.to/1JKyVLe

  • Ginny Teatro
    Posted at 21 January 2015 Reply

    I have the Hand Held Blender by Cuisinart and I love it, I use it at dock and on anchor with the inverter, it uses about 6 amps.

  • Skylar Walker
    Posted at 21 January 2015 Reply

    I’ve been using my Oster stick blender for about 4 years and it works very well. No need for anything else!

  • Diana K Weigel
    Posted at 21 January 2015 Reply

    I have a Braun multimix hand held mixer that one of the attachments is an immersion mixer. Great multi use tool

  • Dave Skolnick (S/V Auspicious)
    Posted at 21 January 2015 Reply

    I use a corded KitchenAid immersion (stick) blender. It came with a chopper attachment (which I use in lieu of a food processor) and a whisk (which I’ve never used). The blender is wonderful and we use it often. Making mayonnaise, vegetable soups, drinks, all kinds of things. Highly recommended.

    I tried some battery powered units before buying my KitchenAid and found them underpowered. YMMV.

  • Deb Lewis
    Posted at 21 January 2015 Reply

    Have had a Braun corded handheld for about ever and use it in the house, not on board. For many things it is invaluable. It shorted out not more than a week ago but it had to be 25 years old if it was a day. Will replace but have had others over the years and found the cordless ones not as good – not enough power.

  • Nikki Dowden
    Posted at 21 January 2015 Reply

    I had an expensive Bosch one. Brilliant when it worked, but I went through two in two years! So although it was brilliant I can’t recommend it. Neither can I recommend the Morphy Richards one as it makes such a mess. I’m now on a Braun, so far so good.

  • Lindsey Paris
    Posted at 21 January 2015 Reply

    I used one … Once , on board… Covered the cabin liner for to aft.., port to starboard with cheese cake batter…. Never again!

  • Lupari Sue
    Posted at 22 January 2015 Reply

    Love my Braun. Use ot for making dips for sundowners mostly. Hafe had carrot dip on the ceiling but I still love it.

  • JB Writes
    Posted at 22 January 2015 Reply

    Like, duh! Why didn’t I ever put two and two together? I loved my old immersion blender and a rechargeable, cordless one makes oh-so much sense! I’m a one-pot, sea-swing stove kind of chef and I’m amazed I never thought of this!

  • Lynn Cryer Duggan
    Posted at 22 January 2015 Reply

    I use a good heavy manual Egg beater. Works great, uses no power and have mixed cakes and blended soups. May take a little longer but works fine

  • Tony Gariepy
    Posted at 22 January 2015 Reply

    I have a Cuisinart at home, and would bring it, and its attachments on board anytime!

  • Heather White
    Posted at 22 January 2015 Reply

    Another vote for Braun, corded, low wattage. Mine has a chopper and the stick – a can of pulses in the chopper becomes a sundowner dip in minutes and frozen fruit smoothies mmmm

  • Vala Richmond
    Posted at 22 January 2015 Reply

    I got the cordless Braun – in the end I don’t think it was worth the high price tag. You have to keep the unit stored on the base to charge/keep charged, and it took up way more space than I wanted to give up – especially since I didn’t use it that often. I finally put it away, and after not being charged for a long time, now it doesn’t seem to have the same power output as before. Have been wishing I just got a corded version instead.

  • Susie
    Posted at 23 January 2015 Reply

    I had onboard a cordless, rechargeable Morphy Richards model no longer manufactured – it was brilliant for soups and hummous etc. eventually it died of old age and as yet I’ve not found a replacement as we cruise the southern Caribbean. Recharged beautifully via a tiny car style inverter when at anchor but not so easily on Ocean passages when I had to wedge it and it’s stand on a bunk with a pile of cushions!!

  • Jane Overbeck
    Posted at 27 January 2015 Reply

    My cordless Braun died after less than six months of very light use, so I bought the Kitchen Aid cordless — very powerful, more $$$, but worth every penny. I use it daily to make smoothies and generally stir, chop, and do everything you would do with a regular canister blender. Power use is an issue with us because we are usually anchored or moored. Being rechargeable, the Kitchen Aid is ideal for us.

  • Viki - Astrolabe Sailing
    Posted at 27 January 2015 Reply

    I absolutely LOVE the Tupperware Power Chef that I just bought. I have made guacamole, instant ice cream, smoothies and an omlette in it so far (have only had it for a week!)
    More info here:
    http://astrolabesailing.com/2015/01/23/brilliantly-blended-on-a-boat-including-kellys-famous-salsaguacamole-recipe/

    • Barbara Lowell
      Posted at 28 January 2015 Reply

      wow … never a dull moment plus always something new to get our hard earned money … would definitely try this if I didn’t already have too many gadgets (landlubber). Love this but also fickle about how plastics/silicone/petroleum stuff have taken over our lives and studies show levels of alarming toxicity in some cases there is gassing off that never stops, like mercury in teeth 🙁

  • Kerry Tait
    Posted at 27 January 2015 Reply

    I have an old Bamix, yes it’s on a cord but I’d say you could get a cordless nowadays.

    I just checked out their current models:
    http://www.bamix.com.au/products.php

    And yep, they still make the very best stick blenders as: they are completely stainless steel, the cleanup is very very easy, the motors are great and biggest miracle of all, they are still made in switzerland.

    I have worked as a chef and I cannot stand crap gear that dies. The Bamix gear is the best domestic stick blender you can buy.

    Hope this helps.
    Cheers,
    Kez

  • Lisa Braiterman
    Posted at 30 June 2016 Reply

    I bought a Kitchen Aid immersion blender with the 1 liter drink container and the food processor bowl. I did this because I was on an Amel 52 that had this setup and I found I did all the food prep with this, no big food processor required. That boat had a generator and the unit was corded. The Kitchen Aid is cordless and rechargeable. Much easier! No big bonder required for smoothies or the frozen cocktail either.

  • Ruby
    Posted at 16 February 2017 Reply

    I love the blender by Karmin 🙂

  • Dorothy Griffith
    Posted at 16 May 2017 Reply

    I would not be without my Starfrit manual food processor either on land or on the water. It comes with a blade for chopping, plus a paddle for mixing.
    Having said that, I recently got a new immersion blender for on land that comes with a food processor/chopper attachment, and am seriously thinking of getting another for our boat! http://amzn.to/2rnWiTU
    I think your choice will also depend on whether or not you have electricity.

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