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LINKChef Hand Blender 800W In-depth Review

Compared with plastic models that often feel cheap and flimsy, the LINKChef is dressed in black and steel for a more pro-chef look. Still, its performance is not markedly superior.

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Tested Using Methodology v1.0
The LinkChef Immersion Blender and its accessories.

Overall Verdict

The LINKchef is an economical option, suitable for users who have basic blending needs and don’t frequently engage in complex or heavy-duty performance. While it comes with an accessory kit that adds some versatility, its overall performance remains squarely in the average range. This means for simple tasks like puréeing hot soup or preparing sauces, the LINKchef is quite adequate. However, when it comes to more demanding blending jobs, such as processing frozen fruits for smoothies, its performance may be underwhelming.

Things We Like

  • Sufficient motor power suitable for basic tasks
  • Extensive selection of speed options
  • Solid, mid-level construction quality
  • Array of adaptable accessories

Things We Don’t Like

  • Susceptibility to scratches
  • Overwhelming suction strength

LINKchef has recently introduced a new blender that is claimed to handle up to 99% of food preparation tasks, thereby reducing the need for multiple kitchen appliances. Featuring a durable blending shaft, adjustable speed settings, and a comprehensive set of accessories, this blender appears well-equipped to deliver on this promise. However, we know that real-world performance is key; mere advertising claims are often overstated. To this end, we conducted a series of tests, comparing the LINKchef with a range of popular immersion blenders. The upcoming results may reveal a performance that's more ordinary than extraordinary for its price range.

Key Specs

Dimension
H 16 x W2.8 inches
Weight
1.7 lbs (0.8 kg)
Number of speeds
20
Pulse/Turbo option
Yes
Accessories
A beaker, ice crush blade, storage bracket, whisk, food processor, and milk frother attachments
Dishwasher-safe wand
Yes

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Compared to Other Immersion Blenders


Analysis and Test Results

5.2 Performance

In our testing, the LINKchef offered acceptable performance for its price. It handled basic tasks like pureeing vegetables, whisking eggs, and grinding nuts adequately, yet struggled with more demanding tasks, like blending frozen fruits, due to insufficient power.

6.5 Hot Soup Purée

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.

We used the LINKchef to puree a mixture of pumpkin, carrot, and celery for 30 seconds. The resulting puree appeared visually uniform, but post-straining revealed small unprocessed vegetable pieces. We deem this performance is generally fine for home cooking like soups, stews, or baby food, but it doesn't achieve the ultra-smooth texture required for professional culinary standards.

Should you be looking for greater alternatives, consider options like the Vitamix 5-speed, Braun MultiQuick-5, or the Ninja Foodi.

Failed Smoothie

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.

Even after blending for three minutes—an interval that exceeds the time other blenders typically require for a smooth concoction—the LINKchef did not effectively pulverize the tough kale and frozen fruits. The result was a coarse mixture with noticeable chunks, not the chilled, creamy consistency we were after. 

For consumers seeking to make icy drinks or frozen fruit smoothies, this blender is apparently less than an ideal choice.

9.0 Mayonnaise

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

In stark contrast to earlier tests, the LINKchef impressed with its mayonnaise-making capabilities. The whisk attachment was central to this achievement. In a short span of one minute and thirty-five seconds, it skillfully whipped oil and egg yolk into a nearly-perfect emulsion. 

You might notice an issue with the beaker wobbling during blending, but this can be resolved by using a more stable container or securing the beaker in a bowl to prevent movement.

7.5 Almond Milk

A white plate of almond pulp and a bowl of milk produced by theLINKchef stick blender within 1 minute and 20 seconds.

Achieving the task efficiently in just 1 minute and 20 seconds, the LINKchef paralleled the median performance of other mid-range blenders we tested. On examining the results post-straining, we found the almonds had been ground to a fine texture. This helped enrich the milk with a creamy consistency, robust flavor, and the natural nutrients inherent in the almonds.

9.0 Whipped Egg-Whites

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.

To assess the LINKchef’s versatility, we challenged its whisk attachment to whip 100ml of egg whites into stiff peaks. The blender achieved this in two minutes, a timing that, though slightly longer than a specialized mixer, is reasonable for an immersion blender. The resulting foam was notably stable and airy, successfully holding its shape even when the bowl was flipped over.

7.5 Design

The LINKchef’s aesthetic is straightforward, lacking the luxury vibe of premium models, yet its build quality is unexpectedly decent for its price range. It retains all the common features of a standard blender, with the notable addition of a rubber blade guard to shield against container scratches.

In the Box

The LINKchef immersion blender and its accessories.
  • Motor body 
  • Blending shaft 
  • Whisk attachment
  • Food processor
  • Beaker   
  • Ice crush blade 
  • Milk frother 
  • Storage bracket 
  • User manual

Dimensions

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
16.0" (40.6 cm)
Width
2.8" (7.1 cm)
Weight
1.7 lbs (0.8 kg)
Shaft Length
8.2" (20.8 cm)

The LINKchef's design adheres to the standard size of hand blenders, making it a good fit for most users. Its length and weight do not seem to pose any usability issues. The 8.2-inch blending shaft is particularly noteworthy as it offers the flexibility to blend in deep pots.

7.0 Build Quality

A close-up of the blending wand, milk frother, and motor housing of the LINKchef immersion blender.

In terms of build quality, the LINKchef does not stand out from the crowd but also doesn't fall behind; it meets the expectations for a blender at its price point. The overall construction is a blend of mid-grade plastic and metal. Wear such as scratches on the plastic surface are an expected part of the usage lifecycle, but are not indicative of any structural or functional deficiencies.

Speed and Controls

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-button & speed dial
Min Speed
N/A
Max Speed
N/A
Presets
No
Noise Level
N/A
Digital Display
No
Pulse Mode
Yes

The LINKchef is equipped with a versatile 20-speed setting, fine-tuned via an easy-to-use dial and button combination, allowing for a wide range of blending intensities. Since each speed increment is clearly defined, it offers tangible control over the blending process, enabling precision in achieving the desired results. 

7.5 Blending Shaft

A Close-Up of the LINKchef Blade Assembly
Material
Stainless steel
Type
Sharp Blade
Guard Material
Stainless steel
Blade Count
2
Removable
Yes
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

The blade assembly of the LINKchef is standard, featuring a stainless steel, two-pronged blade typical of mid-range immersion blenders. Along with the blades, the unit includes a blade guard made from non-reactive material. This guard serves multiple purposes: it protects the container from scratches, improves spatter control, and enhances blending efficiency by channeling ingredients toward the blades to create a more effective vortex.

10 Beaker

A Close-up of the LINKchef beaker.
Material
Plastic
Capacity
27 oz
Measurements
Yes
Weight
Height
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

The included 27-ounce beaker that comes with the LINKchef serves well for small to medium blending operations. It may show signs of wear such as marking from the intense blending over time, but this is a common occurrence with such plastic accessories.

10 Power Cord

A Close-up of the LINKchef power cord.
Cord Length
5.1 ft (1.6 m)
Type
2-prong plug
Detachable
No

With a lengthy power cord, the LINKchef blender ensures convenience in kitchen setup. A handy plastic clip accompanies the cord, helping to maintain a tidy, untangled storage state.

Extra Accessories: Whisk Attachment

A close-up of the LINKchef whisk attachment.
Material
Stainless steel
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
Removable
Yes

For activities such as whipping cream or beating eggs, the LINKchef's whisk attachment does the job with its stainless steel wires that seem durable enough toward regular uses.

Extra Accessories: Food Processor

A close-up of the LINKchef food processor
Material
Plastic and Stainless steel
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
Removable
Yes

The food processor attachment of the LINKchef's is intended for typical food processing tasks. Although we haven't put it to the test, its convenience is clear. It just will not offer the full range of performance seen in specialized food processors.

Extra Accessories: Milk Frother

A close-up of the LINKchef milk frother.
Material
Plastic and Stainless steel
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
Removable
Yes

Our review of the LINKchef's milk frother is pending, but it's intended for milk aeration, a feature useful for achieving the creamy froth needed in various coffee drinks. 

7.1 Usability

Our LINKchef blender is manageable in weight and basic in its controls. Its ergonomically-designed handle provides some comfort, but this doesn't fully compensate for the difficulty in maneuvering the blender when it is firmly suctioned to the container.

6.3 Ease of Use

While stiff to the touch, the front buttons respond promptly to input. The real challenge arises when adjusting the speed through a top-mounted dial during blending, though. Imagine trying to precisely rotate the dial with one hand, while the other hand is tasked with both handling the active blending shaft and ensuring the stability of the beaker. 

Compounding this issue is the strong vibration from the motor. This vibration not only makes the beaker wobble noticeably but also creates a vacuum-like effect at the bottom of the beaker. We observed that this often results in splattering when the blender is moved.

8.5 Blade Assembly

To set up the blender, we aligned its blending  attachment with the motor body and pushed until it was firmly in place. The connection felt solid but was more of a snug fit than a clicky engagement. This aspect of the design doesn't notably impede the ease of assembly; however, from a personal standpoint, we found ourselves preferring the tactile confirmation of a click. Disassembling the blender was just as simple: a gentle counterclockwise rotation of the attachment, followed by a pull away from the body. 

8.0 Handling

Someone is holding the LINKchef’s handle.

Throughout our testing, we found the blender's handle to be consistently comfortable to hold, thanks to its ergonomic design. Its lightweight also played a key role in warding off hand fatigue, even in long and strenuous blending sessions. A point to consider, though, is that the handle's smooth finish could make gripping it less secure in situations where hands are wet or have grease on them.

8.5 Cleanability

The blender is generally easy to clean, with the blending wand and attachments responding well to a simple rinse and scrub under running water. However, cleaning around the blades can be more challenging due to the tight space between the blade and its housing, making the removal of stubborn residues a bit cumbersome.

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