Cool weather always inspires me to whip up a batch of warm, hearty soup. If you crave creamy puréed soups like butternut squash pear, instead of dangerously ladling hot soup into a food processor, you can use this Bamix Immersion Blender ($130) to purée your soup directly in the pot it was cooked in.
Don't stop at soups — immersion blenders are good for whipping up small batches of homemade hummus, dressings for salads, veggie dips, mashed potatoes, smoothies, and homemade baby food. The Bamix immersion blender comes with several attachments for mincing, beating, and whisking, and also a 20-ounce beaker with lid. Easy to use and easy to clean; once you splurge, you won't know how you made healthy meals without it.
— Jenny Sugar, associate editor