I got an immersion blender as a holiday gift this year. What can it do that my regular blender can’t?

"For one thing, with its super-compact design, an immersion blender can easily be tucked away into a cabinet," says CR home appliance tester Cindy Fisher. It can also save you time on meal prep because, rather than filling up a blender pitcher, you can submerge this slim device directly into the food or drink you're preparing, such as simmering vegetables in a pot with tall sides.


"But," says Fisher, "these devices can't truly replace a countertop blender," which can handle heavy-duty jobs like ice cubes that immersion blenders can't. So think of your immersion blender as a complementary tool to minimize the effort and mess of smaller culinary tasks. 

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Editors Note: This article also appeared in the February 2018 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.