Cooking Up a Storm in the Kitchen

Published May 11, 2016

Cooking Up a Storm in the Kitchen

An immersion blender is a great tool to keep around your kitchen for smaller blending jobs. It’s easier to use and clean than big, countertop blenders, and it’s better for soups, mashed potatoes, emulsions and any task where it’s better to take the blender to the food, than the food to the blender. We found the best hand blenders for a range of tasks and for any budget.

The Breville BSB510XL Control Grip Immersion Blender is the darling of professional testers, coming out on top in every expert review we see. It’s powerful, versatile and comes with a great variety of attachments, reports say. Owners agree, saying that it can power through any job, reducing even tough, leafy vegetables to a smooth consistency. The shaft detaches and can be tossed in the dishwasher for easy cleanup.

Like the Breville BSB510XL, the KitchenAid KHB2351 3-Speed Hand Blender comes with a nice selection of handy attachments and accessories, but at about half the price. It’s also a good performer, often coming in a close second to the Breville in professional tests, with just a bit less power. This is a great choice if you don’t expect to do a lot of heavy-duty blending, or just want something smaller around when you don’t feel like hauling out the big stand blender.

This is the immersion blender to buy, experts and owners agree, if you just need a solid, basic hand blender and don’t need a lot of bells and whistles or extra accessories. The Cuisinart CSB-75 Smart Stick 2-Speed Immersion Hand Blender gets top ratings for its powerful performance in a variety of tasks, including blending, pureeing, and making smoothies. It’s super easy to use and clean and it comes in 13 fun colors.

The Hamilton Beach 37549 2-to-14-cup Digital Simplicity Rice Cooker and Steamer is the best value for most people because it offers tremendous functionality for the price. Above all, it makes short-grain or medium-grain white rice as delicious as models that cost four times as much. The construction feels solid, and it cooks more quickly when compared to most of the competition (it was the second fastest cooker we tested). With a 14-cup capacity, the Hamilton Beach is much larger than many other machines at this price.

Additionally, it’s a pleasure to house on almost any kitchen countertop: its sleek stainless and black design makes it look like a more expensive model, and it’s more well-contained in a small footprint than most. It delivers on features that we thought a great rice cooker should have: a timer, stay-warm functions, a tight lid, and a heavy, quality cooking pot. For the majority of home cooks seeking a useful, manageable tool to make delicious white rice at a great price, it will be tough to beat this Hamilton Beach machine.

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