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Braun MultiQuick 5 vs LINKChef Hand Blender 800W Side-by-Side Comparison

A comprehensive comparison: Unpacking the strengths of Braun MultiQuick-5 against LINKChef Hand Blender 800 W's offering.

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Braun MultiQuick 5 vs LINKChef Hand Blender 800W

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The LINKChef hand blender is no match for the all-powerful Braun, especially when it comes to performance. Oddly enough, the LINKChef only excelled at whipping up egg whites and making mayonnaise—even outperforming the Braun with the latter. However, while the LINKChed doesn’t blend to the smoothest texture, it is nonetheless acceptable for standard home made preparations.

 A key design caveat with the LINKCHef is its extra long shaft that makes it a good pick for larger pots. Its overall build quality matches its lower price point, so the Braun is the better quality machine. The blending shaft and beaker, however, are a good match to the Braun. In terms of ease of use, the LINKChef has two things to be aware of. The speed controls are inconveniently situated on the top of the shart, and the moto has quite a powerful vibration. Other than that, there is not much difference in how the blenders assemble or how easily they are to clean.

Pros & Cons

  • Consistent performance with minimal splashing
  • Nearly as efficient as the higher-priced Vitamix 
  • Ergonomically-designed handle ensures a confident grip
  • Doesn’t get hot even under heavy-duty use
  • A generous set of accessories means greater versatility
  • Sufficient motor power suitable for basic tasks
  • Extensive selection of speed options
  • Solid, mid-level construction quality
  • Array of adaptable accessories
  • The metal blending shaft and whisk may damage non-stick coatings
  • Susceptibility to scratches
  • Overwhelming suction strength

Key Specs

Dimensions
W2.2 x H15 inches
H 16 x W2.8 inches
Weight
1.6 lbs (0.7 kg)
1.7 lbs (0.8 kg)
Number of speeds
2
20
Pulse/Turbo option
No
Yes
Min speed
12,200 RPM
A beaker, ice crush blade, storage bracket, whisk, food processor, and milk frother attachments
Max speed
13,700 RPM
Yes

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$62.87
$30.61

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
8.8
5.2

Hot Soup Purée

8.5
6.5
Scooping a spoon of pureéd soup from the plastic beaker to check its smoothness.
Scooping a spoon of pureéd soup from the plastic beaker to check its smoothness.
Braun MultiQuick-5 Soup Hot Soup Purée
Draining the soup with a stainless steel mesh strainer to inspect solid chunks.
Scooping a spoon of pureéd soup produced by the LINKchef from the plastic beaker to check its smoothness.
Scooping a spoon of pureéd soup produced by the LINKchef from the plastic beaker to check its smoothness.
A batch of soup pureéd by the LINKchef immersion blender is checked for smoothness by being drained through a stainless steel mesh strainer.
Pureeing Time
30 seconds
30 seconds
Result
Smooth
Chunky
Suction
No
Tightly

Frozen Fruit Smoothie

8.8
0.0
Scooping a spoon of smoothie from the plastic beaker to check its texture after the Braun MultiQuick-5 Vario Hand Blender had completed the test in 59,99 seconds.
Scooping a spoon of smoothie from the plastic beaker to check its texture after the Braun MultiQuick-5 Vario Hand Blender had completed the test in 59,99 seconds.
Braun MultiQuick-5 Smoothie Test
After finishing blending, the green smoothie was spread evenly throughout a white paper on a gray table to check for solid chunks.
A hand holding a spoonful of a chunky, unevenly blended green and orange mixture above the LINKchef immersion blender, demonstrating the results of a failed frozen fruit smoothie test with the LINKchef blender.
A hand holding a spoonful of a chunky, unevenly blended green and orange mixture above the LINKchef immersion blender, demonstrating the results of a failed frozen fruit smoothie test with the LINKchef blender.
Top-down view of a partially blended mixture in a glass container.
Blending Time
1 min
Failed
Result
Smooth
Failed
Suction
No
Slightly

Mayonnaise

8.3
9.0
A little bit of mayonnaise was sticking on the blender whisk attachment when it was removed from the full batch emulsified in a 24-oz plastic beaker.
A little bit of mayonnaise was sticking on the blender whisk attachment when it was removed from the full batch emulsified in a 24-oz plastic beaker.
Braun MultiQuick-5 Mayonnaise Test
A mayonnaise preparation using a LinkChef immersion blender, with a timer tracking the blending duration.
A mayonnaise preparation using a LinkChef immersion blender, with a timer tracking the blending duration.
A Close-Up  of The LINKchef Mayonnaise
Emulsifying Time
1 mins 54 secs
1 min 35 secs
Result
Smooth
Smooth
Suction
No
Yes

Almond Milk

9.3
7.5
A white plate of almond pulp and a bowl of milk produced by theLINKchef stick blender within 1 minute and 20 seconds.
Grinding Time
45 secs
1 min 20 secs
Result
Fine
Smooth
Suction
Tightly
Tightly

Whipped Egg-Whites

10
9.0
Putting the 24-oz plastic beaker containing testing beaten egg-white upside down on the gray table.
Putting the 24-oz plastic beaker containing testing beaten egg-white upside down on the gray table.
Braun MultiQuick-5 Whipped Egg-Whites Test
Looking down at stiff peak egg whites in the 24-oz plastic beaker from above.
The plastic beaker containing beaten egg-white of the LINKchef immersion blender is put upside down on the table;  a smartphone displaying 1 minute and 45 seconds by its sides.
Beating Time
1 mins 56 secs
2 minutes
Result
Stiff
Stiff
Suction
No
No

Design

Overall Design Scoring
8.1
7.5

In the Box

The package, motor body, blending shaft, plastic beaker, user manual, and whisk attachment of the Braun MultiQuick-5 Immersion Blender on a yellow table.
The LINKchef immersion blender and its accessories.

Dimensions

The Braun MQ505 standing on top of its blending shaft on a yellow table, with the length of the blending shaft being noted to the side as 6.7 inches, and the total length of the unit as 15 inches.
The LINKchef hand-held blender standing on a table, with the length of its blending shaft being noted to the side as 8.2 inches, and the total length of the unit as 16 inches.
Height
15.0" (38.1 cm)
16.0" (40.6 cm)
Width
2.2" (5.6 cm)
2.8" (7.1 cm)
Weight
1.6 lbs (0.7 kg)
1.7 lbs (0.8 kg)
Length
Shaft Length
6.7" (17.0 cm)
8.2" (20.8 cm)

Build Quality

8.0
7.0
The motor body, blending shaft, and whisk attachment of the Braun MultiQuick-5 lie flat on a yellow table. The motor body, blending shaft, and whisk attachment of the Braun MultiQuick-5 lie flat on a yellow table.
A close-up of the blending wand, milk frother, and motor housing of the LINKchef immersion blender.

Speed and Controls

The Two Speed Settings of The Braun MultiQuick-5 Immersion Blender
The Braun MultiQuick-5 Speed Settings (Cre: Nguyen Ntk/HealthyKitchen101)
A close-up of the LINKchef’s front buttons
A close-up of the LINKchef’s front buttons
A close-up of the LINKchef’s top-mounted dial.
Activation
Press
Press-button & speed dial
Min Speed
12,200 RPM
N/A
Max Speed
13,700 RPM
N/A
Presets
No
No
Noise Level
65 dB
N/A
Digital Display
No
No
Pulse Mode
Yes
Yes

Blending Shaft

7.5
7.5
The blending assembly of the Braun MultiQuick-5 features 2 sharp prongs.
The Braun MultiQuick-5 Blending Wand (Cre: Nguyen Ntk/HealthyKitchen101)
A Close-Up of the LINKchef Blade Assembly
Material
Stainless steel
Stainless steel
Type
Sharp Blade
Sharp Blade
Guard Material
Stainless Steel
Stainless steel
Blade Count
2
2
Removable
No
Yes
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
Yes

Beaker

10
10
The hand is holding a 20-oz plastic beaker with a green plant background.
A Close-up of the LINKchef beaker.
Material
Plastic
Plastic
Capacity
20.0 fl oz (591.5 ml)
27 oz
Measurements
Yes
Yes
Weight
3.2 oz (91 g)
Height
6.5" (16.5 cm)
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
Yes
Tamper Included
No
No

Power Cord

10
10
The Braun MultiQuick-5 on a table with its power cord rolled up next to it.
A Close-up of the LINKchef power cord.
Cord Length
4.9 ft (1.5 m)
5.1 ft (1.6 m)
Type
2-prong plug
2-prong plug
Detachable
No
No

Extra Accessories

The whisk attachment of the Braun MultiQuick-5 lies flat on a yellow table.
A close-up of the LINKchef whisk attachment.
Material
Stainless steel
Stainless steel
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
Yes
Removable
Yes
Yes

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
8.7
7.1

Ease of Use

8.6
6.3

Handling

8.5
8.0
A close-up of the non-slip handle of the  Braun stick blender.
Someone is holding the LINKchef’s handle.

Blade Assembly

9.5
8.5

Cleanability

9.0
8.5