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Sometimes, when big things are scaled down into smaller things, it makes us mad. Think your favourite chocolate bar that’s suddenly 2 rows smaller. Or that bag of chips that’s actually mostly air. We reckon one of the only things that buck this trend is a stick blender (also called a hand blender). Smaller, lighter and cheaper than blenders, they’re still capable of whizzing through a range of ingredients to provide beautifully blended soups, smoothies and more.
The best stick blender is easy to use and clean. It can handle a range of blending tasks thanks to its attachments. This is our guide to Australia’s top stick blender, chosen from hours of research into expert testing and real Aussie opinions.
How we picked
Let’s start by saying that this is a guide to stick blenders, also known as hand blenders. They’re usually the lighter, more compact and convenient counterpart to blenders (we’ve got a separate guide to those). They also don’t pack the power of a food processor, which is all about chopping and food prep.
So, why would you choose a stick blender over a blender? Well, a stick blender is smaller and lighter than a blender. Which means it’s easier to use and saves your arms lugging a heavy blender out of the cupboard. Plus, it saves valuable kitchen real estate.
It’s also easier to use because there aren’t as many buttons and controls – usually just 1 or 2. A stick blender is designed to be used in the bowl of whatever you’re making, saving on washing up. Finally, a stick blender is normally cheaper than a blender.
Now that you know what this guide is about, let’s hop into our picking process.
We started with CHOICE, Australia’s leading consumer advocacy group. They put a range of stick blenders through their paces. This gave us a good idea of how they performed in a test environment.
Which wasn’t quite as useful as knowing how they performed in a home environment. For that, we turned to ProductReview.com.au, Australia’s first consumer opinion site. We narrowed down the most popular stick blenders by looking for at least 3.5 stars from a good number of reviews (ideally, at least 25).
We then dived into each of the stick blenders, looking for features like how easy they were to use and clean and the variety of tasks they could tackle. We wanted to represent a range of budgets and brands.
Taking expert insights, consumer opinions and features into consideration, we came up with the 7 best stick blenders in Australia.
The best stick mixer for most
Choose this if
With 15 speed settings, the Breville the Control Grip is a handy tool. Coming with 3 different attachments, including a blending bowl, jug and whisk, it’s versatile, while its anti-suction technology helps it blend more efficiently. Well-priced, at around RRP $130, it’s been reviewed by CHOICE and has good consumer reviews.
What we love
A decent size chopping bowl, jug and whisk attachment give you versatility.
At 1.25L, there’s plenty of room for smoothies.
Ergonomic trigger grip
For comfortable, non-slip use.
On the jug, which keeps it where it’s supposed to be.
Without the stick blender constantly being sucked into whatever you’re blending, it should be more efficient.
On the whisk and blending shaft to protect your pots and pans.
15 speed settings
Which lets you tackle a range of blending, including hard stuff like ice.
Thanks to the chopping bowl fitting into the jug.
With some of the parts being dishwasher safe, clean up is easy.
With a RRP around $130, we reckon it’s good value.
The not so good bits
Which we don’t think is good enough.
If you want a quick yet powerful stick blender that can handle a range of blending tasks, we reckon the Breville the Control Grip could be for you. This stick blender comes with a 750ml chopping bowl with mini blade, 1.25L jug and a whisk attachment.
Its name is referring to its non-slip, soft touch grip. It’s an ergonomic trigger grip that’s more comfortable to use. It also provides more stability and control. When you’re using it on the bench, the jug has a dual-purpose lid that acts as an anti-slip base. This helps keep it firmly in place, not wobbling about.
It has anti-suction technology. Which means the bell-shaped blending base reduces suction, making blending more efficient. It should power through your blending quicker than if you had to stop every few seconds and try to yank it out of the ingredients it’s got sucked into.
With the whisk having a 20cm immersion depth, you can blend large quantities directly into a tall pot or container. Not only do you save on washing up, but its non-scratch base protects your pots and pans. The blending shaft is packing this non-scratch technology too.
It has a huge 15 speed settings to power through a range of tasks. When you’re done, the chopping bowl fits into the jug to save valuable space. Plus, you can pop some of the bits into the dishwasher for easy clean up.
It comes in around RRP $130. It’s been reviewed by CHOICE and has around 3.5 stars on ProductReview.com.au with Aussies raving about its lack of hand vibrations and its performance.
The most versatile stick mixer
Choose this if
If you’re looking for versatility, consider the Braun MultiQuick 7. Coming with 9 attachments, including a 600ml jug and 1.5L food processor, a lot of thought has been put into how easy it is to use, from easy click technology to smart speed. It’s currently Australia’s most popular stick blender.
What we love
Range of attachments
It comes with 9 attachments for tackling a wide range of blending.
Large food processor
At 1.5L, this generous bowl handles a good amount of ingredients.
Easy click technology
For quickly and easily changing attachments
Keeps your kitchen clean while you’re blending.
For comfortable use.
Smart speed technology
Increase the squeeze, increase the power.
Dishwasher safe parts
Making cleaning up, easy.
Which gives you some confidence in its durability and reliability.
Which we think is fair, given the almost $200 price.
Most popular stick blender in Australia
According to ProductReview.com.au.
The not so good bits
Storage space needed
With all the attachments, you’re going to need a container to store them.
Not reviewed by CHOICE
Which means we don’t really know how it performs under test conditions.
If you’ve got more kitchen space and are happy to spend more, consider the Braun MultiQuick 7. This German-engineered stick blender is packing a lot of accessories. You’re getting a 600ml jug, a 1.5L food processor that includes a chopping tool, kneading hook, shredding insert (fine and extra coarse) plus a slicing insert, and a puree tool and whisk. Phew. This means as well as whipping up smoothies, you can whip, beat and stir eggs, cream and more; puree and mash cooked veg; and cut ingredients into French fries.
In comparison to our Breville pick, the Braun’s jug is smaller (600ml to the Breville's 1.25L) but the food processor is bigger (1.5L to the Breville’s 750ml). Choosing between them might come down to whether you need a bigger jug for blending liquids or a bigger food processor for blitzing ingredients.
Easy click technology means you can change attachments quickly and easily. Its anti-splash design means you can blend your soup without decorating your kitchen. It has a soft grip for comfortable use and dishwasher safe parts for easy clean. Smart speed technology means the more you squeeze, the more power you get.
It’s currently the most popular stick blender on ProductReview.com.au, getting almost 4 stars. It hasn’t been independently tested by CHOICE, but it does come with a 2-year warranty.
Others worth considering
Cost a consideration? Meet the Sunbeam StickMaster Plus. RRP around $80, it’s the second most affordable stick blender we reviewed (the most affordable is the Kambrook Power Drive, RRP around $70). But you’re still getting everything you need in a stick blender.
It includes a 1.5L jug, whisk and 750ml chopper with non-slip lid / mat, the same as our Breville winner. These attachments allow you to whisk, beat, chop, blend, puree and mix. They easily attach with a twist and lock action. Bonus, they’re all dishwasher safe.
Unlike our Breville top pick, it only has 1 speed and turbo. It’s got almost 3.5 stars on ProductReview.com.au from a great number of reviews. It hasn’t been reviewed by CHOICE and comes with a 1-year warranty only. Which isn’t that surprising for the price.
We like the fact it’s also designed and engineered in Australia.
More of a true stick blender than a multi-use tool, the Bamix Mono is a great compact option. It doesn’t have tonnes of attachments. It does have a 600ml jug and 3 changeable blades: multi-purpose, beater and blender / whisk. It also comes with a wall mounting kit for easy storage.
Made in Switzerland, the Bamix Mono is simple to use. It has just 2 buttons and 2 speeds and an ergonomic handle. Although it’s not dishwasher safe, you only need to spin it in a glass of warm, soapy water to clean it. However, Bamix does recommend you oil it every few months to ensure it lasts. So, it requires a little extra maintenance than any other stick blender we reviewed.
It comes with a huge 20-year motor warranty, although a 1-year parts and labour warranty. It also comes with a big price. At RRP $349, it’s our most expensive stick blender. It gets over 4 stars on ProductReview.com.au with most reviewers praising its quality and durability.
From the most expensive to the most affordable: the RRP $70-ish Kambrook Power Drive. Even at this price, you’re getting 2 accessories, including a jug and a chopping bowl but no whisk. It has variable speeds, chosen from a dial of MIN to 5, plus a boost function.
Only the detachable blender shaft is dishwasher safe. It’s also lacking a non-slip grip and base. This means it can move around your benchtop when you’re using it. It comes with a 1-year warranty and has been reviewed by CHOICE. It gets around 3 stars on ProductReview.com.au.
If you like the look of our other Braun pick but want more, consider the Braun Multiquick 9. It’s got most of the same features of the Breville, like the anti-splash design, easy click system and smart speed technology. But it’s packing more attachments and ‘ACTIVE Blade technology’. Braun reckons this makes it ‘the best hand blender for the hardest jobs’. ACTIVE Blade technology basically means the blades move up and down to easily blend the hardest foods “with 40% less effort due to a 250% more active cutting surface”. Note that these claims are in comparison to Braun hand blenders without ACTIVE Blade technology.
Marketing claims aside, what we’re sure of is the range of included accessories, some of which are dishwasher safe. These include a 600ml jug, 350ml chopper and a 1.5L food processor. There’s also a chopping tool, Julienne insert, kneading hook, shredding insert (fine and extra coarse) and a slicing insert for the food processor. Finally, it’s got a puree tool and whisk.
Like our other Braun pick, it’s German-engineered and comes with a 2-year warranty. It gets over 4 stars on ProductReview.com.au and has been reviewed by CHOICE.
Buy a Smeg product and you’re always getting retro 50s looks: the Smeg Hand Blender is a 2017 Good Design Award Winner.
As well as looks, it’s got a chopper, whisk, potato masher and jug. It has a variable speed dial control with 4 speeds and turbo function. The non-slip grip makes it easy to use and some of the accessories are dishwasher safe.
The bottom line
Whipping up soup, pureeing baby food or creating smoothies – a stick blender can save you valuable time and money in the kitchen. Smaller, lighter and more compact than a blender, the best stick blender is easy to use and clean. It has a range of attachments for tackling a range of tasks, most of which are dishwasher safe. It might have multiple speeds for extra power. It stays where it’s supposed to on your benchtop and stores away neatly when you’re done.
We reckon the Breville the Control Grip is Australia’s best stick blender. It comes with a 750ml chopping bowl, extra-large 1.25L jug and a whisk attachment. Anti-suction technology helps make blending more efficient and a non-scratch blending shaft and whisk protects your pots and pans. It has a huge 15 speeds to power you through whatever you’re doing. It has good consumer reviews, has been reviewed by CHOICE and is affordable.
Or you might choose the Braun MultiQuick 7. It’s got plenty of attachments, including a 600ml jug, a 1.5L food processor that includes a chopping tool, kneading hook, shredding insert (fine and extra coarse) plus a slicing insert, and a puree tool and whisk. Easy click technology makes swapping attachments simple. It also has smart speed technology which gives you more power the more you squeeze. It’s currently the most popular stick blender in Australia, according to ProductReview.com.au. It hasn’t been independently tested by CHOICE.
Features to consider
We found that all the stick blenders we reviewed were packing these features. They’re basic things we expect all stick blenders to have.
Whatever blending task you’re attempting it’ll take a few minutes. Keep a secure grip on your hand blender by opting for a non-slip grip. It’s especially important if you’re whipping up anything oily, like aioli or pesto.
These normally include a jug, food processor / chopper bowl and a whisk. A tall, narrow jug can help contain things like soups and smoothies. A food processor can handle chopping up stuff like onions. A whisk can beat egg whites.
As well as being easy and intuitive to use, the buttons and controls should be sealed. This keeps food out of any crevices and your stick blender hygienic.
What you get if you spend more
The most basic and affordable stick blender will have the above features. But if you’re looking for more, you pay for it.
Bigger range of attachments
Any type of stick blender should do what you’ve bought it for – blend stuff. But opt for a higher end one and you get more of a multi-functional tool that does more. It might mash, cut veggies into French fries or knead dough.
More advanced technology
Higher-end stick blenders tend to have bigger technology claims. Like the Braun MultiQuick 9 with its ACTIVE Blade technology that Braun claims cuts through tougher foods, faster. So yes, you might get more, higher priced technology but if you’re looking for that, you might be better off with a food processor.
Less a high-end feature, more a rare one. Non-scratch coating on the blades helps protect your pots and pans.
With multiple attachments, stick blenders can quickly become as large as food processors. Some more expensive models are designed so that attachments can fit inside each other. This reduces the storage space it needs.
We only found 1 stick blender with a wall mount: the Bamix Mono. It’s also the most expensive stick blender we reviewed. It works for the Mono because it has 3 changeable blades, rather than a range of accessories. A wall mount is helpful if you’re lacking storage space.
Pay more and you’ll get more speeds. The most basic models will offer 1 or 2 speeds and possibly turbo modes. The most expensive will offer multiple speeds, like our Breville winner that has 15. But this is all relative because we still think the Breville, at RRP $109.95, is affordable.
The 3 most expensive stick blenders we reviewed (the Braun Multiquick 9, Bamix Mono and Smeg Hand Blender) are all from European manufacturers. It’s long been thought that European engineering is better than other types of engineering. In fact, it’s probably just better marketing.
What can I use a stick blender for?
All sorts of things! A stick blender handles liquids really well. It’s great at making smoothies, purees (including baby food) and soups. With a grinder attachment, which whizzes through small amounts of nuts, herbs and spices, you can whip up dips and nut butters too.
Even better, you can use it in the pan or whatever pot you cooked stuff in. So, there’s less washing up.
Should I buy a stick blender or a food processor?
It depends what you want to use it for.
A stick blender handles liquids well - a food processor doesn’t. However, it dices, chops and cuts down on food prep time. Think making breadcrumbs, slicing cabbage and dicing vegetables.
So, if you want soups, purees (like baby food), smoothies and anything that involves blending mainly wet ingredients, go for a stick blender. But if you want to let a machine chop up stuff for dinner, go for a food processor.
Should I buy a stick blender or a blender?
A stick blender packs less power than a blender. But they can still tackle the same tasks with ease. It might just take them longer to do it. They also might struggle with hard foods over time, like frozen food and ice.
A stick blender is normally smaller and easier to store too, with less bits. So, if space is an issue, a stick blender might be the best choice.
If you’re planning on blending easy stuff (like beating eggs or mixing salad dressing) occasionally and in small quantities, a stick blender is handy. If you want to blend big quantities daily (like green smoothies), a blender might be better.
It also might come down to price with stick blenders being the more affordable option.
What are the pros and cons of stick blenders?
If you’re still deciding whether a stick blender is right for you, let’s look at the pros and cons.
Stick blenders are great because they:
- Quickly and easily blend and puree food.
- Blend in whatever container your ingredients are in, i.e. a saucepan.
- Present less danger of spilling hot liquids because you’re blending in the cooking pot.
- Have less pots or bowls to wash up.
- Are easy to clean.
- Are easy to store.
- Are more affordable than other blenders.
Stick blenders are not-so-great because they:
- Can struggle with blending or pureeing stiff or tough food.
- Are only suitable for chopping, crushing or grinding small amounts at once.
- Can splash hot liquids.
- Need to be held at all times - you can’t set it blending and walk away.
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