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Immersion Blenders vs. Countertop Blenders

When deciding on the best blender for your kitchen, you'll need to choose between your immersion or countertop blender. Whether mixing a soup on the stovetop or making enough salsa for a party, using the right type of blender will make meal prep a snap. Take a look at what recipes you make most and consider which blender would best suit those dishes.

Immersion Blenders

Countertop Blenders

Price

Low to mediumMedium to High

Speeds

FewerMany

Wattage

LowHigh

Pulse Option

NoYes

Dishwasher Safe

YesYes

Immersion blenders

Advantages of immersion blenders

  • Great for Soups - The ability to fully submerge the mixing blades allows you blend ingredients in a pot that is warming on the stovetop.
  • Compact Size - Immersion blenders are small and lightweight, making them easy to store and handle.
  • Less Dishware Needed - You won't have to transfer your food back and forth between containers as you would with a countertop blender because immersion blenders can be used within a cooking vessel.  
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Limitations of immersion blenders

  • Less Powerful - Immersion blenders are considerably less powerful than countertop blenders. They won't be able to perform chopping or crushing functions with the same effectiveness.
  • Limited Speed Options - Often, immersion blenders will have one to two speed options, limiting blending alternatives for different ingredients or dishes.
  • No Pulse Function - Without a pulse function, you can't give food that quick burst of mixing power.
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Countertop Blenders

Advantages of countertop blenders

  • More Powerful - Countertop blenders have the power to chop and blend hard items like nuts, ice and other ingredients that need to be diced for recipes.
  • Large Blades - With large blades, a countertop blender can give you a more even mixture than an immersion blender.
  • Pulse Function - The quick pulse burst lets you mix and chop your ingredients to the desired level without over-mixing it.
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Limitations of countertop blenders

  • Higher Price Tag - A countertop blender with a full complement of extra features will typically be more expensive.
  • Stationary - Countertop blenders can create extra steps in your cooking process since ingredients will have to be poured into the blending jar and then back into the pot or bakeware.  
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