The latest line of Immersion Blenders from Braun are quite impressive. What else would you expect from the company who has historically pushed the boundaries of industrial design to it’s limits and beyond?
It’s been almost a decade since Braun left the kitchen space, and 2016 marked their long awaited return. In this new line of Hand Blenders there are two base units that come in 4 different package configurations, each tailored to your specific blending needs.
This particular review will focus on the Braun Multiquick 5 Hand Blender, which also happens to be the most affordable in the product line.
Does this Immersion Blender have more to offer than just strikingly good looks and a very reasonable price tag? Was Braun’s return to the Kitchen worth the wait? See the breakdown below and read the rest of the review to find out.
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The Braun Multiquick 5 Hand Blender is hands down one of the most striking looking Immersion Blenders on the market today. With it’s matte black soft grip handle mixed with glossy black accents, stainless steel blending shaft and minimal button configuration, you would be hard pressed to find another hand blender as sleek.
Even it’s more powerful bigger brother the Braun Multiquick 7 Hand Blender doesn’t quite evoke the primal Darth Vader feel like this one does. Impressive, most impressive.
Despite the overall sturdiness of the design, it’s actually quite a bit lighter than it appears. This is certainly appreciated as it allows you to float the head and mix with greater ease than some of the more heavier Hand Blenders out there. This is important when blending hot soups or liquids directly over the stove—the lighter the better.
It also sports what they call ‘EasyClick’, which means that the head can be popped off with a single squeeze of the hand making it very easy to switch out the attachments on the fly. The inclusion of the Soft Grip handle tops it off to ensure you get a good grip so you’re not dropping the unit in your soup.
I’m a huge fan of this type of material coating on regularly used electronics and it looks like it translates nicely in the appliance space. It’s a very soft yet grippy texture.
By far, the most defining feature of this Immersion Blender is Braun’s patented PowerBell head design. This unique bell-shaped blending shaft actually acts to reduces suction to the bottom of the container you’re blending in. If you’ve ever owned an Immersion Blender in the past you’ve probably experienced the suction that can cause it to become a bit difficult to move around the blender in the container.
This head design virtually eliminates the suction, which, needless to say allows you to move around the blending head freely. This design also helps to reduce splatter that can occur when blending thinner mixtures.
Seriously, this is a big deal and should definitely be at the top of your list of positives when comparison shopping. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made a huge mess with an accidental flick of the wrist with my other Immersion Blenders. This is a welcome feature.
At 350 watts of pure German precision engineering, you should have no issues in turning everything within your line of sight to eleven. Most other Immersion blenders in this price range come in at under 300 watts, so this is definitely something to consider if power is what you’re after.
That said, it does seem like the power is a bit overstated as a few people have claimed that it seems to be on par or only slightly more powerful than Hand Blenders in the 250-300 watt range, but this is debatable at the very least. In any case, your milage may vary and anything over 250 watts would be enough to accomplish most of your blending needs anyway.
Like most Immersion Blenders in this tier, this one has 2 speeds which can easily be switched with the ergonomically located buttons on the handle. The second higher speed Braun likes to refer to as ‘Turbo Boost’, but it seems like just a glorified buzzword for a higher speed setting.
That’s certainly not a bad thing as it’s very high speed, which can help when blending extra thick shakes and smoothies or mashed potatoes. It’s definitely a nice bonus, but nothing to really get too excited about. Standard speed should be plenty to blend with given the wattage.
Now to be fair, some reviewers have stated that the power buttons are slightly difficult to reach comfortably, but these opinions are in the minority and I would say it’s just a matter of different sized hands having different experiences. I will admit that the buttons are slightly higher than what you would normally see, as well as a bit smaller, so these opinions certainly do have merit.
This is Braun’s entry level Immersion Blender so it doesn’t include too many extras as expected. This does help to keep the price in check as everything else here is very high quality. In the box you’ll get a 20 ounce plastic beaker—BPA free of course—and a whisk attachment.
The whisk can be changed out quickly using the EasyClick feature and will definitely come in useful if making thicker mixtures such as cake or cookie batter. Sometimes it’s just easier to reach for this and snap it into place and go, vs dragging out your typical hand mixer.
A plastic beaker is almost always included with any Immersion Blender you can buy, so this is standard fare, nothing special—but nice to have. Braun’s other packages in this product line include more accessories, but for people who just need a good Immersion Blender without many extras, this does the job well.
It’s important to note however that Braun does offer several of the accessories that are included with the Multiquick 7 for sale separately, to be used with this model. This is good form as if you find yourself using the Multiquick 5 often and need some additional options, you’re not having to fork out for a new Immersion Blender just to get the extras.
There’s a lot to love about the Braun Multiquick 5 Hand Blender. It’s no surprise that Braun would come back after almost a decade to create a line of consumer grade kitchen products that turns heads.
While this is the entry level Immersion Blender in this line, it’s high power and clever new PowerBell head are certainly worthy of consideration. It’s a bit light on accessories, but this can easily be overlooked without regret due to the high marks of the other features.
The Bottom Line
If you’re in the market for a high powered, gorgeous Immersion Blender from a trusted brand that has some cool new features and won’t break the bank, we definitely recommend this offering. With several accessories packed in and the ability to buy more later, this is the mid-range Immersion Blender to beat!