Before you make a final decision however, you should make sure that you know what each is capable of so that you get the actual blending speeds, capabilities, and power that you are expecting.
Basically, hand blenders (also known as stick blenders or wands) are hand-held (as the name suggests) and usually come with a range of detachable accessories. The primary attachment is the basic blending wand which is long and narrow with spinning blades at the end. You can chop and mix food by pushing the end of the blender down so the blades touch the food. They are light, low power, and versatile pieces of equipment.
Jug blenders on the other hand (or sometimes just called food blenders) are made up of a jug, with blades mounted at the base of the jug. They tend to be more powerful, but also more difficult to clean.
The following are four areas that you should carefully consider when making that final decision.
The first thing you need to think about is the shape of the blender that you want because this is going to denote the amount of space it will take up in your kitchen.
Jug blenders are larger and more powerful
Hand blenders tend to be much smaller and more dynamic whereas jug blenders tend to be much larger in size. They will take up a good amount of space on the counter or in a cabinet, but they do usually have detachable legs that make it a little easier to find a permanent spot for them.
The second thing you need to think about is the power that you demand from your blender.
While the hand blenders are generally smaller, the size comes with a price because the blender is not as powerful as its brother the jug blender. Due to the fact that jug blenders are stationary and are able to stand alone they are able to produce more power. If you plan on blending heavy vegetables or tougher fruits then you might want to think about a jug blender. In addition, if you are going to puree foods for baby food or other reasons then you will need the additional power.
On the other hand, one of the perks of the hand blender is that it comes with many more accessories that can make blending a lot more fun. They also offer you a wider more diverse array of options when it comes down to what you can make with your blender. Some of the common accessories that come with hand blenders include whisks, grinders, potato mashers and pan blenders (allowing you to blend straight from the sauce pan).
Finally, when it comes down to it you need to look at the specs of any blender and really think about why you wanted a blender in the first place.
Both jug and hand blenders have great advantages and disadvantages, but to decide which advantage is better for you it is important to think about what you want the blender for. Someone that wants to make the occasional smoothie will find that a hand blender is simple and easy to use, but someone that wants to really delve into cooking with fancy sauces, sautes, and soups will probably want to take a second look at the jug blender which is more powerful and versatile.