Let’s face it, breaking out the blender can be a bit of a pain, especially if it’s just for one small kitchen task. There’s potential for splashes on your clean countertops and lengthy cleanups afterward. Enter the immersion blender, the kitchen tool that will turn blended soups (as well as smoothies and milkshakes) into something you look forward to making, rather than avoid. With easy-to-grip handles, multiple speed settings, and quick-blend blades, these immersion blenders are the stuff of culinary dreams. Below, we’ve highlighted three models that can whip up a creamy vichyssoise or a thick chocolate shake with the greatest of ease.