The Muller’s motor is 500 watts, which is notably powerful but shouldn’t be used for pulverizing solid ingredients like coffee beans or whole ice cubes. To prevent damage, you shouldn’t operate it continuously for longer than a minute, either, though it’s designed to shut off automatically and will reactivate after cooling if becoming excessively hot.
The Braun MultuQuick-5 has a friendly-user design. Its 300-watt motor powers a removable blending shaft quite efficiently . Depending on the recipe, the motor can also work with the whisk attachment, which is not something you get with most mid-range household blenders.
It, however, cannot run continuously more than a batch. To avoid being damaged, make sure you let your machine cool down for a couple of minutes between its operations.
Regardless of the inexpensive price, we suppose this blender may be less appealing to some users – particularly those demanding high durability or with wrist injuries.
This blender is designed to be extremely comfortable to hold and use, even with just one hand. Not only that, but it also doesn’t demand us to use too much elbow grease on food tailings when it comes to cleaning.
The Muller didn’t give us superior blends in all the tests. It wasn’t powerful enough to break down large chunks of fruit and veggies, even when we had cut the solid ingredients into smaller pieces before blending. For the most part, however, its blended results were acceptable.
After a course of testing, we’re confident to conclude that the Braun MultiQuick 5 is the choice for most people, especially those who want the best bang for their buck. It’s the best mid-range blender that has more than enough power for your daily blending tasks, from frozen fruit smoothies to any recipe involving leafy greens. And with the handy whisk attachment, it saves you from buying a hand mixer for beating egg-whites and emulsifying sauces.
Pros & Cons
- It’s budget-priced but loaded with accessories
- The stainless steel exterior is corrosion resistant
- The handle is uniquely-designed with a comfortable grip
- Wiping it down is not so difficult
- The whole blender can be hung on a hook with other kitchen tools
- 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
- The low-quality construction cannot ensure durability
- The blade isn’t good at preparing frozen smoothies or pulverizing solid ingredients
- The whisk attachment doesn’t provide consistent performance
- The metal blending shaft and whisk may damage non-stick coatings
Our hands-on testing indicates that the Muller is no match for the Braun, from the build quality to the overall efficiency. The Braun MultiQuick-5 is by far the most well-rounded mid-range blender we’ve tested. Although it cannot always churn out perfect blends, it allows us to achieve a wide range of textures with ease.
Apart from better blending, this Braun is also more versatile. While its blending wand is great for processing whole ingredients, the whisk attachment does a decent job of beating eggs, making whipped cream, and mixing things.
If you're on a budget and just want to buy something basic, we recommend this Braun MultiQuick-5. The Muller simply can’t measure up.
Behind the Comparison
Tina Pham is a staff writer and reviewer, with five years of experience in the industry. As a passionate amateur home cook, she loves to discover practical cooking solutions, and has made it her mission to bring her findings to every kitchen. Her ultimate goal is making cooking more of a pleasure for all.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef passionate about delicious and healthful foods. At HealthyKitchen101, she develops recipes and collaborates with our Research, Testing, and Review lab to evaluate the performance of cooking appliances. Her assessments add a strong authoritative voice to our product scoring process.
Lap is Head of the Research, Testing, and Review Team (RTR Team) at HealthyKitchen101.com, where he directs and supervises the testing of kitchen gadgets and appliances.