Hand Mixer Reviews:
Real serious home chefs usually have a stand mixer to tackle tough chores like making cookie dough or breads from scratch but hand mixers can be just as efficient at performing smaller tasks like whipping cream or mixing cake batter for a birthday cake. Hand mixers are priced between $30 and $100 and for around $50 you can get a good quality brand that will do everyday tasks for you. The power of a hand mixer is very important as are the speeds with which the beaters turn. Power (in watts) ranges from about 200 to 1000 and the speed variations go from 3 speeds up to about 9 speeds on hand held mixers. In several surveys done by test kitchens, hand mixers with higher speeds aren't always the most efficient as splattering occurs more frequently when the mixer is run at higher speeds. KitchenAid is the leading seller of stand mixers, but the competition for hand mixers has heated up in recent years as Black & Decker, Hamilton Beach and Sunbeam all offer up reasonably priced models that compete with the higher priced KitchenAid products.
- Hand mixers should be ergonomic in your hand and not too heavy. Some reviews point out that certain models weigh too much and make it hard to hold the mixer over a bowl for long periods of time. In terms of beater styles, the hand mixers of today are often made with wire beaters versus the center post beaters our mothers owned. The newer wire beaters are much easier to clean up and they actually mix things more efficiently. We found some excellent in depth reviews for hand mixers from Consumer Reports, Good Housekeeping, and online at Amazon.com and Epinions. Even sites like Cooking.com are beginning to list owner reviews which should help current shoppers pick the best models. Now that blogging is becoming so popular, there are dozens of independent reviews for hand blenders on a variety of home chef and kitchen related blog sites. Just do a search on Google to find them. We found Cuisinart and KitchenAid to get the most favorable feedback from customers and experts alike. The KitchenAid models are the most expensive, but they perform to high standards and have less repair issues over the long haul. If you don't do a lot of mixing, perhaps a cheaper model from SunBeam or Black & Decker will hold up for a few years. We have tried to list the top models in various price categories down below for your review. You can browse the up-to-date list of best-selling hand mixers here
Professional Hand Mixer:
Although the (RECOMMENDED
) KitchenAid 9-Speed Professional Hand Mixer
($70) is called "professional" in their description, we see it as a top rated hand held mixer that is perfect for those that like to bake at home. Consumer Reports put this hand mixer at the top of their rankings and Amazon customers rate it very well too. The mixer has 9 digital speeds, measures 7 1/2" long by 6 1/2" high. The Pro Whisk attachment makes for fluffier mixtures and the powerful motor runs quiet. Comes in white or black colors and offers a 1 year warranty. Owners are completely satisfied with this KitchenAid hand mixer and many say they will never go back to the cheaper models. On a personal side, we've been using KitchenAid appliances for years -- like most people, we spend many hours trying to find just the right one. Yes, there are tons of mixers to choose from, but we don't think you are going to find a better one.
Best Basic Hand Mixer:
Not everyone wants to spend $75 for a mixer -- so for the sub-$40 category, we're sticking with KitchenAid and recommending the KitchenAid 3-Speed Hand Mixer - KHM3
($39). For most of us, 3 speeds are adequate for our baking needs. The KHM3 is a little loud, but that's because it is powerful. With the trusted KitchenAid name and a 1 year warranty, so can't go wrong. As another choice, the Braun M880 Multimix 4-in-1 Handmixer
($50) comes with 4 attachments - mix/whip beaters, kneading hook, blender, and chopper. The 280 watt motor can handle the toughest jobs and the 3 speeds will allow you to mix almost anything. Owners say they like the power-pulse button for keeping the beaters going at a good rate. This mid-range hand mixer performs flawless per most consumer reviews and we found feedback online that said things like "makes short work of thick batters" and "terrific mixer combination". As of 2008-2009, Amazon was showing this item as unavailable (Braun seems to be pushing mostly hand blenders rather than mixers) but you might find it elsewhere. If you want a hand blender, the Braun MR5550CA Multiquick Professional Hand Blender
(around $75) has been in use almost weekly in our home since 2005. It's great for smoothies, mixed drinks, milkshakes, you name it. We did have the plastic mixing cup crack on us once and bought two replacements (inexpensive). Other than that, we love it.
Top Rated Budget Hand Mixer:
When it comes to the best value for your money, the Cuisinart CHM-3 Electronic Hand Mixer 3 Speed
($30) is perhaps the top choice. This white hand held mixer comes with 3 speeds and a powerful 220 watt motor. The beaters have no center post so they are easy to clean and maneuver through your batters and mixes. At just over 3 lbs it's easy to handle and won't tire your arm out after a few minutes like other heavier mixers will. Cuisinart is a rock solid name amongst small kitchen appliance makers and they back up their quality with a 3 year warranty. Good Housekeeping, in their test kitchens, gave the Cuisinart top marks for working with cookie doughs. The one drawback on the Cuisinart CHM-3 is that the speeds run a little fast for most users. We found several reviews which note that even at the slowest speeds, the Cuisinart has a tendency to spill over the edge of the bowl you are mixing in.