This handheld tool makes easy work of
pureeing soups, sauces, dips and smoothies. It has a long, narrow stem
with rotary blades at the end so you can immerse it right into the pot,
bowl or glass. When choosing an immersion blender, pick one with a
powerful motor as it will be the most versatile.
Weight matters too, so hold the blender in
your hand and make sure that it is lightweight enough to hold comfortably.
Check to see that the on/off and speed controls are easy to use. The stem
is another consideration. A removable metal stem will last longer than a
plastic stem and makes cleaning much easier because you can transfer the
dirty part to the sink or dishwasher without the electrical components.
Cordless models also offer great
convenience. Finally, don't be overly impressed by attachments. Only buy
them if you know that you will use them.
Cleaning a blender is easy. Just make sure
that the blender is unplugged before washing. Wipe the stem with a damp
cloth and wash the blade under hot running water. Or, if you have a
removable stem, wash it under running water or in the dishwasher.