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Best Hand Blenders 2018: 6 of the best you can buy

Looking for a new hand blender to turn your kitchen nightmares into kitchen dreams? We round up our pick of the best hand blenders we’ve tested. Hand blenders are an essential kitchen gadget for any serious home chef. They’re ideal for whipping up sauces and soups, and most models come in at a far more reasonable price compared to sophisticated food prep gadgets that could set you back hundreds of pounds.To ensure you pick the best hand blender for your needs, consider the task for which...

The Best Kitchen Towels

All the towels we considered testing for this guide. Photo: Michelle McSwainFor this guide, we focused on all-purpose towels that can take a beating in the kitchen and hold up to frequent wash cycles. We immediately ruled out microfiber cloths because they hold smells and aren’t as durable as cotton towels. Thick-weave linen towels are absorbent and lintless, but they’re also very expensive, so we decided not to test those. Based on past personal experience, we also skipped cotton...

Recipe: DIY Ranch Mix

Ranch seasoning is one of the most versatile spice mixes you can stash in the pantry. It's nothing more than a simple blend of dried herbs, spices, salt, and pepper. Homemade ranch dressing is more tangy and flavorful than its bottled cousin, but sometimes I don't want to spend 15 minutes chopping herbs. Throw a tablespoon or so of this ranch seasoning mix into a base of buttermilk, mayonnaise, and sour cream, and whisk into a ranch dressing that will rival any store-bought variety....

The Best Immersion Blender

The OXO On Illuminating Digital Immersion Blender was our former runner-up pick. In our tests, it came in second overall, pureeing soups and smoothies to a reasonably smooth texture in a short amount of time. But OXO discontinued this blender in late 2017, with no plans to replace it, so we no longer recommend it.The new Cuisinart CSB-100 boasts 700 watts of power, which is about 300 more watts than our top pick. However, watts aren’t everything (which our new round of testing proved). It...