Braun Multiquick ACTIVEblade Hand Blender

Last updated date: October 30, 2019

DWYM Score
8.4


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 64 expert reviews, the Braun Braun Multiquick ACTIVEblade Hand Blender placed 5th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note August 30, 2019:
Checkout The Best Hand Blender for a detailed review of all the top hand blenders.

Expert Summarized Score
10.0
1 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
7.9
61 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
With the Easy click plus system, you can quickly change attachments as you prep. It gives you the versatility to blend, chop, whisk, mash, and puree ingredients effortlessly
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From The Manufacturer

The revolutionary MQ9 Hand blender blends ultimate power with unlimited versatility to turn the toughest ingredients into the most delicious creations. The breakthrough technology in Braun's next-generation hand blender delivers groundbreaking innovations to let you easily express your culinary vision. The world's first ACTIVE Blade technology incorporates a flexible shaft that moves the blade up and down. The result is a 250% more active cutting surface to work with which results in 2 times finer blending. This motion gives you flavorful, smooth results with no unwanted pieces while requiring up to 40% less effort than traditional blending shafts. The patented POWER Bell Plus features an extra milling blade to blend large pieces of food more easily. Advanced SPLASH control technology prevents splashing and delivers the best blending results to keep you and your kitchen clean. Additionally, the MQ9 provides 55% less suction for effortless handling and perfect control. With Braun's Smart Speed technology, you can intuitively adjust blending power without stopping. Push gently for coarse results and apply a little more pressure for more power and finer results. Plus, the Smooth Start feature prevents jolting on startup. The hardest foods stand no chance with the 700-watt MQ9 Hand blender. With multiple attachments, including a blending wand, a whisk, a masher, a 2-cup chopper, and a beaker, it is the game-changing kitchen appliance that lets you effortlessly tackle the most challenging jobs. Compared to Braun MQ500. Compared to Braun hand blenders with non-ACTIVE Blade shaft.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Breville Control Grip Immersion Blender
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 10
2. Braun Multiquick Hand Blender
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 7
3. Bamix Pro-1 Hand Blender
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 5
4. Philips ProMix Hand Blender
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 5
5. Braun Multiquick ACTIVEblade Hand Blender
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 1
6. All-Clad Stainless Steel Immersion Blender
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 7
7. Cuisinart Smart Stick CSB-75BC Hand Blender
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 8
8. Proctor-Silex Hand Blender
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 8
9. KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Blender
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 6
10. Hamilton Beach Hand Blender
Overall Score: 7.3
Expert Reviews: 6

An Overview On Hand Blenders

As smoothies and juicing have become more popular, consumers are increasingly looking for an easy way to blend items. Pulling out a big blender every day can become so much work, you may even give up on your plan to juice. Cleanup makes it even more of a chore since many blenders have to be disassembled each time you use them, with some parts requiring handwashing.

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A hand blender can be a great way to blend items quickly that also allows for simpler cleanup than a traditional blender. With a hand mixer, you can quickly blend, puree and froth everything from pancake batter to milkshakes. Depending on the version you choose, you can either mix your items in your own bowl or cup or blend using a special cup provided as an accessory.

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One of the best things about this type of blender is that it’s easy to store when not in use. Unlike a full blender, you won’t have to set aside a large amount of space for storage. However, some blenders come with accessories, which means you’ll need to be able to keep everything in one place so it will be together when you need it all.

Spattering is an ongoing issue with mixers of all types. Some hand mixers are built to contain ingredients to the mixing bowl or cup where they’re being blended. Look for one with blades specially designed to keep spatter to a minimum.

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You probably also want to mix a variety of ingredients using the mixer you choose. Although many mixers come with a standard spatter-resistant blade, others require additional attachments that either come in the packaging or must be purchased separately. Add-ons, like whisks and potato mashers, can extend the use of your mixer, making it even more valuable. Some mixers also include a container that you can use for mixing instead of a bowl or cup from your own stash for mixing items.

DYWM Fun Fact

Handheld mixers have a history that isn’t too different from the countertop mixers that have been around since the 1800s. A Maryland tinsmith patented the mixer with rotating parts in 1856, but the invention of the whisk and egg beater immediately followed. The demand for a handheld version of the mixer increased as Dover eggbeaters became popular throughout the U.S.

The first handheld mixer came along in the 1920s when KitchenAid brought one to market. The Sunbeam Company later began selling one that was lighter and less expensive. Competition soon heated up, giving consumers a variety of options for mixing ingredients without breaking a sweat.

The Hand Blender Buying Guide

  • The more you can change up the speed you’re using, the more control you’ll have over the finished product. The Breville Control Grip Immersion Blender builds in 15 variable settings.
  • Once your blending is done, cleanup time begins. The Breville Control Grip Immersion Blender is dishwasher-safe.
  • The handle is your main point of contact when you’re using a hand mixer, so comfort is important. The Breville Control Grip Immersion Blender has a rubberized handle to make it easy, but those with smaller hands may find the handle too big. The BraunMultiquick Hand Blender has an ergonomically-designed handle to keep things as comfortable as possible. With that mixer, though, you may find the buttons take extreme pressure, which can quickly become uncomfortable. The power buttons also seem to be placed pretty high, so you may find you can’t reach them as comfortably as with other mixers.
  • One issue with any mixer is spattering. The last thing you want is cake batter all over your kitchen, so it’s important to find a blender that will keep things contained. The Breville Control Grip Immersion Blender and BraunMultiquick Hand Blender both resist spattering to keep cleanup to a minimum.
  • When you’re finished mixing, you’ll want to be able to easily detach the arm for cleaning. The Breville Control Grip Immersion Blender snaps off without much resistance.
  • The motor itself is important, making a difference in the time it will take you to get results. The Breville Control Grip Immersion Blender packs in 280 watts and the Cuisinart Smart Stick CSB-75BC Hand Blender is 200 watts.
  • The design of your blender can make a big difference in its versatility. The Breville Control Grip Immersion Blender is light enough that it can take on your favorite mixed beverage, but it also has the weight necessary to tackle thicker items like milkshakes and soups.
  • Stainless steel blades ensure not only great blending power but durability as well. The Breville Control Grip Immersion Blender and BraunMultiquick Hand Blender feature stainless steel blades.
  • Attachments can be a differentiator too.  Some models let you choose your attachments, though each attachment may cost extra.
  • Some mixers come with a mixing cup, which can come in handy. The Breville Control Grip Immersion Blender has a 42-ounce jug and a three-cup chopping bowl for mincing herbs, nuts and cheeses. The BraunMultiquick Hand Blender’s mixing cup is not even half the capacity of the Breville mixer’s cup. You’ll get both a whisk and a mixing blade with the Braun blender.
  • Price is also a consideration when choosing a hand mixer. No matter what your needs are, you’re sure to find a hand blender that fits your budget.