An immersion blender is a multi-purpose kitchen tool that can help unlock new techniques for a range of recipes. It’s called an immersion blender because you immerse the blender blades into your ingredients, rather than pouring ingredients into a blender jar like other types of blenders. Also called hand blenders or stick blenders, a handheld immersion blender can perform many of the same tasks as a standard blender. This means that you can substitute an immersion blender in many recipes that call for using a blender to combine or process ingredients, such as lightly lemony blender cheesecake.

 Woman blending soup with immersion blender vs countertop blender being used by a man


A countertop blender features a jar on top of a motorized base that sits on your countertop while blending. An immersion blender is a hand held blender and does not have a jar. You can insert the blades into nearly any container including a wide pot of soup on the stove or a narrow smoothie bottle.


CREATE IN ONE DISH: A hand blender allows you to blend in the same dish you’re using to prepare your recipe. This makes blending hot foods like soups on a stovetop much easier as you can leave your ingredients in the pot, rather than transferring them to a blender jar. 

BLEND SMALL AMOUNTS: Smaller amounts of food don't always combine as easily in a regular blender. Use an immersion blender for tasks like emulsifying salad dressing for two or quickly chopping a handful of nuts.

QUICK CLEANUP: Cleanup can be quick and easy by simply rinsing the blender arm and blades. Some models, like KitchenAid® hand blenders, feature removable, dishwasher-safe blending arms to simplify clean up even more. You can also cut down on the number of dishes you use by skipping the blender jar found on countertop models.

COMPACT STORAGE: Immersion blenders also save storage space by tucking away in a drawer like your favorite well-worn cooking spoon. 

ATTACHMENTS ADD VERSATILITY:  You can sometimes buy attachments for your handheld immersion blender that transform it into a handheld food chopper, powered whisk, and more. Buy your immersion blender bundled with accessories to maximize its potential. KitchenAid offers the Cordless Variable Speed Hand Blender paired with a chopper and whisk attachment so you can blend, whisk and chop with one appliance. 

However, you should know that regular blenders are better suited to crushing ice than stick blenders. If you plan to make icy drinks often, you might be better off with a countertop blender like the KitchenAid® K150 3 Speed Ice Crushing Blender. Or, keep both on hand so you can use the perfect tool for every recipe.


While every model varies, here are some differences you may find between immersion and countertop blenders: 


Immersion Blender

Countertop Blender

Blender Jar Immersion Blender No Countertop Blender Yes
Capacity Immersion Blender Unlimited Countertop Blender 32 oz - 60 oz
Up to 10 Speeds Immersion Blender No Countertop Blender Yes
Variable Speeds Immersion Blender Yes Countertop Blender Yes
Crush Ice Immersion Blender Small Amounts Countertop Blender Yes
Small Jar Accessory Immersion Blender Yes Countertop Blender Yes
Chopper Attachment Immersion Blender Yes Countertop Blender No
Whisk Attachment Immersion Blender Yes Countertop Blender No

 Immersion blender laying beside bowl of guacamole and chips surrounded by guacamole ingredients


Immersion blenders are available for residential and commercial kitchens, including commercial immersion blenders from KitchenAid. Immersion blenders for use in your home come in a range of speeds and settings. This lets you choose different power levels for chopping, blending or pureeing. Here are some options from KitchenAid:

KitchenAid® 2 Speed Hand Blender with guacamole and chips


If you’re looking for simple operation, the KitchenAid® 2 Speed Hand Blender can handle many basic tasks like blending, pureeing and crushing ingredients for hummus, smoothies, soups, sauces and more with a fixed s-blade. 2 set speeds take the guesswork out of blending and ensure consistent results. 

Use speed 1 (the lower speed) to gently blend, mix and emulsify soft or liquid ingredients like dressings, mayo, chocolate mousse or soups with soft ingredients like tomato basil. Turn it up to speed 2 for recipes with thicker or tougher ingredients or when you want a fine puree like chicken and rice baby food or white bean dip.

Ice blue KitchenAid® Variable Speed Corded Hand Blender on countertop with guacamole


The KitchenAid® Variable Speed Corded Hand Blender features a 4-point stainless steel blade to efficiently blend ingredients. The variable speed trigger allows you to easily transition between a range of speeds for greater flexibility and control over recipes.

Use lower speed settings for softer or liquid recipes like ultra-smooth gravy, batter, frothed milk and more. Increase your speed for pureed soups with harder vegetable chunks, smoothies with fibrous greens and even homemade nut butters.

Red KitchenAid® Cordless Variable Speed Hand Blender with bowls of tomato soup


Opt for a cordless immersion blender and free yourself up to move around the kitchen as you create. This type of immersion blender is a great solution when you have a kitchen with limited outlets. Blend, puree and more from nearly anywhere in your kitchen. Stay in your creative flow and create from nearly anywhere in your kitchen.

The KitchenAid® Cordless Variable Speed Hand Blender features a powerful rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery, to deliver optimal run time and performance, so you can cook wherever1, whatever and however you choose. 

Blend up to 25 bowls of soup on a full charge.2 Charge from empty to full in 2 hours or less. Or give it a quick charge of 20 minutes to make a Triple Berry smoothie or Tomato Basil Soup.

Woman blending smoothie with black KitchenAid® cordless immersion blender


Whether chopping nuts and herbs for a pistachio pesto or emulsifying oil and vinegar for an Asian lime salad dressing, an immersion blender can do many of the same things a standard blender can do. These handheld appliances are great for making a large pot of comfort food directly on the stovetop, like this creamy roasted vegetable soup. Using an immersion blender lets you keep your recipe in one pot or dish from start to finish, and saves on dirty dishes too since there’s no blender jar to clean up.

Hand blenders aren’t just good for savory recipes like salsas, you can also make sorbets, shakes and even oat milk for an extra-creamy dairy alternative. Cooking for one? You can mix smoothies directly in your favorite to-go container, like this beyond-basic pumpkin spice latte smoothie. Here are some of the tasks an immersion blender can help you with:

Immersion blender on table with satay chicken and sauce


Blend ingredients to your perfect texture with variable speed immersion blenders that allow you to seamlessly transition between slower and faster speeds. Or create consistent blends with a set-speed hand blender for the results you love every time.

Pureed fig jam surrounded by food for dipping


Create a smooth puree using an immersion blender. A longer blending arm allows you to reach into deep pots to puree ingredients from top to bottom. When pureeing a small amount, use a tall and narrow container like the KitchenAid® 3-cup BPA-free blending jar that comes with the Variable Speed Hand Blender.

 Man whipping cream with immersion blender


Select immersion blenders are compatible with accessories such as a whisk attachment. Quickly whisk ingredients like eggs and cream to create stiff peaks for whipped cream or meringues. A whisk accessory also allows you to emulsify oils and other ingredients for your favorite vinaigrettes or spreads like avocado mayonnaise.

Man chopping nuts with hand blender chopper attachment


A chopper is another attachment sometimes available with immersion blenders. This addition transforms your hand blender into a mini food processor for jobs like chopping nuts, fresh herbs, vegetables and more. 

Pair your KitchenAid® Cordless Hand Blender with both a whisk and chopper attachment to expand the versatility of your immersion blender for a 3-in-one appliance.

Shop KitchenAid® Immersion blenders

From the ultra convenient KitchenAid® Cordless Variable Speed Hand Blender to the corded version, and a range of options in between, there’s bound to be an immersion blender and attachment combo that suits your needs for ease, power and creativity in the palm of your hand. Shop all KitchenAid® hand blenders to find the right match for your recipes.


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1. Indoor use only.
2. Based on 12 ounce bowls (354 ml), 7 batches, Tomato Basil Soup.