Best Hand Mixers

Review & Comparison, Last Update April 29, 2020
If you’d like to diversify your menu but do not consider purchasing a bulky food processor, a good alternative would be to buy a hand mixer. Smaller in size and more lightweight, it’s just the right thing for quick whisking and mixing tasks. In this review, we’ve covered five best-selling models of hand mixers to help you make the right choice. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2020
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Power
Attachments
Number of Speeds
Construction and Design
Warranty
 
PROS

Quiet Scraper Beaters are supplemented with a rubberized coating that provides the highest quality contact with the bowl for thorough mixing and does not create noise or friction.

CONS

The weight makes it tiring to use for long.

OUR VERDICT

The Breville BHM800SIL is an innovative hand mixer with a full set of nozzles and a container for their storage, which will allow you to prepare a mixture of perfect texture. It has a powerful motor and works with the unique Beater IQ technology, which automatically adjusts the intensity of work, depending on the chosen nozzle.

detailed parameters
Power

240 W

Attachments

2 x Dough hooks, 2 x Scraper beaters, 2 x Whisks

Number of Speeds

9 speeds, Beater IQ™ technology

Construction and Design

Soft Grip Handle with LCD display and Count-up timer, Boost button, Pause button, detachable storage compartment

Warranty

1 year limited

PROS

This hand mixer has a convenient transparent snap-on plastic storage case where you can store all the attachments. LED indication of speed modes. 3 special speed settings allow you to avoid splattering the ingredients.

CONS
Make sure to hold the handle tight at high speeds the vibration is quite strong.
OUR VERDICT

This hand mixer offers a lot of additional attachments and an impressive range of available speeds. Along with a convenient storage case, this appliance will surely help you cook well.

detailed parameters
Power

220 W

Attachments
Extra long beaters, Chef's whisk, Dough hooks, Spatula
Number of Speeds
9 speed options, 3 low start speeds
Construction and Design
Cord with rotating connection, Speed control button
Warranty
Limited 3-year warranty
PROS
This kitchen appliance has a Bowl Rest feature, allowing you to place the mixer on the edge of the bowl between the blending sessions in order to prevent the mess.
CONS
The unit might seem a bit noisy during operation.
OUR VERDICT

Though slightly noisy, this affordable mixer has many advantages over competition. It suits all kinds of mixtures preparations and has highly designed attachments which are easy to assemble/disassemble and clean after use. One of the best mixers in its price range.

detailed parameters
Power

250 W

Attachments
Traditional beaters, Whisk
Number of Speeds
6 speeds
Construction and Design
QuickBurst button, Snap-on storage case for attachments and cord
Warranty
Limited 1-year warranty
PROS

In addition to the traditional mixing tips, a Blending Rod is included, with which you can quickly and efficiently blend your ingredients and even make cocktails. Multiple mixing speeds included.

CONS

The speed control is a little awkward to use

OUR VERDICT

The Handheld Mixer KitchenAid KHM926CA is a powerful, feature-packed and compact assistant in your kitchen. 9 speeds with a smooth start allow you to work in modes from weak mixing to high speed whipping, without splashing. Due to the soft non-slip grip, it is very convenient to work with the device.

detailed parameters
Power

175 W

Attachments

2 x Stainless Steel Turbo Beater™ II Accessories, Pro Whisk, 2 x Dough Hooks, Blending Rod

Number of Speeds

9 speeds, Soft Start™ Feature

Construction and Design

Soft Grip Handle, Non-tip heel rest, Air vents, Lockable Swivel Cord, Beater Ejector Button, Storage Bag included. Available Colors: Candy Apple Red, Contour Silver, Empire Red, Onyx Black, White

Warranty

1 year

PROS

Turbo mode makes it possible to significantly accelerate the rotation of the nozzles, which will be very useful if you want to eliminate the lumps of flour in batter.

CONS

A burning smell may be present when you first use the device.

OUR VERDICT

The VonShef Hand Mixer is an affordable, efficient and ergonomic appliance that can be controlled with just one thumb. The kit has everything you need to make the process of whipping cream, sauces and kneading dough as simple and hassle-free as possible.

detailed parameters
Power

300 W

Attachments

2 x Beaters, 2 x Dough Hooks, 1 x Balloon Whisk

Number of Speeds

5 speeds and Turbo Function

Construction and Design

Soft Grip Handle, Ejection Button, thumb operated speed settings, dishwasher safe accessories. Available Colors: Red, Blue

Warranty

2 years

Breville BHM800SIL

Power

The Breville BHM800SIL Handy Mix Scraper Hand Mixer is a great device to use for creating different types of desserts or mixes. The Quiet Scraper Beaters are supplemented with a rubberized coating that provides the highest quality contact with the bowl for thorough mixing and does not create noise or friction, while also significantly improving the durability of the attachments. This works well in conjunction with the high powered 240 W motor, letting you mix even the toughest ingredients into a smooth texture, all without wearing out either the attachments or the mixing bowl.

Review of Breville BHM800SIL Handy Mix Scraper Hand Mixer, Silver

Attachments

Speaking of the attachments, this model comes with a set of scraper beaters, which were already mentioned above, along with a pair of dough hooks and balloon whisks, giving you the perfect set for whatever you wish to mix in the bowl. The attachments are all highly durable and also lightweight, making them easy to handle without adding too much weight to the mixer. This unit includes a storage compartment that clips on underneath the mixer for both the attachments and the power cord, letting you keep them all together in one place without having to hunt around for them or risk losing them.

Breville BHM800SIL Handy Mix Scraper Hand Mixer, Silver in the use

Number of Speeds

Many mixers come with a very limited number of speeds, but this one doesn't. This model includes 9 different speeds that allow you to choose the perfect speed for mixing ingredients however you wish. There is also a boost selection that adds a little extra speed to your current setting, perfect for times when the ingredients need just a little more oomph from the mixer. The selector switch for the different speeds is quite simple to use, letting you quickly change the settings on the fly without having to fumble around with the device. This is one of the better mixers for getting that precise speed that you need.

Detailed review of Breville BHM800SIL Handy Mix Scraper Hand Mixer, Silver

Construction and Design

This hand mixer includes a number of innovations that help make it one of the perfect kitchen tools. This unit can automatically detect which attachments are currently connected, allowing it to automatically adjust the speed of the device to the perfect setting for the used attachments. The mixer itself feels very strong and durable, although it is a bit on the heavier side, which may make it uncomfortable to use for a long period of time. Having said that, the holding handle is non-slip and has a comfortable feel, which helps mitigate the heaviness of the unit. All in all, this powerful and fully functional hand mixer is one of the best companions you can have in your kitchen.

Breville BHM800SIL Handy Mix Scraper Hand Mixer, Silver application

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Cuisinart HM-90S

Power

If you are worried about the power of your hand mixer, you won't go wrong with this model. This Cuisinart hand mixer has a power of 220 Watts, which is a good result considering that many other models do not give even that much, hardly reaching 200 W performance. With the Cuisinart HM-90S, you will have the ability to handle a great variety of blending and mixing tasks, beating batter, whipping eggs, and kneading dough without a problem. The blender we've got our hands on has more than enough power to cope with any type of ingredients, both dry and soft, making it a solid choice for most any user.

Review of Cuisinart HM-90S Power Advantage Plus 9-Speed Handheld Mixer, Storage Case

Attachments

The Cuisinart hand mixer comes including many different attachments. Apart from classic beaters and dough hooks, it also has professional-type whisks (1.75" in diameter) and a convenient spatula for mixing. Thanks to their construction peculiarities, the whisks allow you to make a dense mix of ingredients with lots of tiny air bubbles that are important when it comes to such 'foamy' dishes like cream, souffle, and so on. With such a rich set, you will not need to look for any other attachments elsewhere. In short, this set comes with everything you need.

Cuisinart HM-90S Power Advantage Plus 9-Speed Handheld Mixer, Storage Case in the use

Number of Speeds

The Cuisinart hand mixer boasts 9 available speed modes, so you can easily pick the right one for any dish you cook. There's a small LED display that shows you what speed mode is currently on. And there are 2 switches for picking the higher or lower speed. Also, this 9-speed hand mixer includes 3 low start speeds that prevent the ingredients from splattering over your kitchen table when you first start mixing, a very handy feature for those who have experienced this problem before. The number of speeds combined with the slow start modes gives you much greater flexibility in use than you get with most other hand mixers.

Detailed review of Cuisinart HM-90S Power Advantage Plus 9-Speed Handheld Mixer, Storage Case

Construction and Design

This hand mixer is very simple to use. First of all, it has a power cord with a rotating connection that won't limit your movements, a handy feature for those who have had to fight with the power cords of older hand mixers. We have already mentioned the LED display that shows speed modes - it's very convenient and it doesn't distract you from mixing. 1-touch speed controls are also very handy - you can switch the speeds by a small movement of your finger. Finally, this best handheld mixer comes with a snap-on storage case where you can store all the attachments, so that you don't lose any of them.

Cuisinart HM-90S Power Advantage Plus 9-Speed Handheld Mixer, Storage Case application

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


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Power Advantage PLUS 9-Speed Hand Mixer: Cuisinart at Abt Electronics

What customers say about this product

Key Specs

The beaters look light weight, and I was worried that they wouldn't stand up to heavier chores, but there's been no problem.

Power

It has enough power to handle most recipes; but we haven't tried bread yet.

Size & Weight

Weight is good when handeling.

Features

Love this mixer being so compact and the whisk is great!
 

Hamilton Beach 62682RZ

Power

If you are worried about getting a hand mixer that just isn't powerful enough to cope with all of your mixing needs, you don't need to worry anymore. The Hamilton Beach hand mixer boasts high power, allowing this kitchen appliance to cope with all kinds of blending. You can easily whip some eggs, add dry ingredients and get the mix you need for a certain recipe. If you pick this handheld mixer, you will never regret it and this appliance will surely become a reliable cooking assistant. Or, you can make some tasty cake dough and cook a fresh and healthy cake for your family. For such a good price, this is a superb device!

Review of Hamilton Beach 62682RZ Hand Mixer with Snap-On Case

Attachments

This hand mixer comes with the common attachments used on these devices: traditional beaters and a whisk. If you need other attachments, the manufacturer offers them separately. For example, you can use dough hooks for kneading dough. Or you can get a special attachment for making milkshakes that are certainly good for children. However, most cooks prefer using the attachments included in a package - they are fully sufficient for daily cooking and should easily cover most of your needs. Even so, it is always good to know that you can purchase additional attachments should the need arise.

Hamilton Beach 62682RZ Hand Mixer with Snap-On Case in the use

Number of Speeds

The Hamilton Beach hand mixer offers 6 speed options, so you can easily pick the right one for whichever mixing task you are working on. Many other kitchen appliances come with just 1 or 2 speed settings and very often they are insufficient - the blending speed might be either too low or too high. However, that won't happen with this Hamilton Beach hand mixer. Moreover, there's a QuickBurst button - if the speed setting you've chosen can't cope with the ingredients you are mixing, just push this button and you will get extra power for truly fast speeds. This helps ensure that you can get all of the lumps out of your batter!

Detailed review of Hamilton Beach 62682RZ Hand Mixer with Snap-On Case

Construction and Design

This hand mixer is designed to combine both maximum convenience and easy storage. This Hamilton Beach hand mixer comes with a special snap-on storage case, which is big enough to accommodate all of the included attachments. Moreover, if you need to pause while mixing (to add some other ingredients, for example) this kitchen appliance has a Bowl Rest feature that allows you to put the unit right on the edge of the bowl and, therefore, avoid mess and drippings. With these highly convenient features, this hand mixer gives you a truly convenient and capable mixing device for your kitchen.

Hamilton Beach 62682RZ Hand Mixer with Snap-On Case application

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Unboxing $12 Hamilton Beach Hand Mixer 62682RZ

What customers say about this product

Key Specs

It works great on all speeds

Features

it comes with the mixers (of course) and a whisk attachment (cool!)

Size & Weight

I am impressed with how easy it is to use. Also, very lightweight which is important to me.

Power

It has a more powerful motor than other models and handles basic mixing well. It more than meets our needs.
 

KitchenAid KHM926CA

Power

This KitchenAid mixer is one of the less powerful models on this list, at 175 Watts, but it still has plenty of power to mix most ingredients that you could throw at it. It works perfectly with mixing and blending eggs, flour, shredded meat, and most other ingredients, mixing and blending them together to suit your tastes. Mixing together batter of any type is quite easy, and this mixer can handle it without breaking a sweat. For tougher mixtures, it might be best to try mixing smaller amounts at a time rather than trying to mix a full bowl, although even then it should still be able to work fine.

Review of KitchenAid KHM926CA 9-Speed Digital Hand Mixer

Attachments

One of the areas in which this mixer really shines is with the included attachments, the Stainless Steel Turbo Beater II accessories. In addition to the standard mixing heads, you also get a Pro Whisk, which is perfectly suited for whisking ingredients without having to strain your hand or arm. The Dough Hooks let you mix together even the toughest dough with ease, and the Blending Rod gives you the ability to blend ingredients without needing to invest in additional equipment. Few other hand mixers include a comparable set of attachments, which you should find quite useful for a variety of kitchen tasks.

KitchenAid KHM926CA 9-Speed Digital Hand Mixer in the use

Number of Speeds

The 9 speeds included with this hand mixer make it one of the more versatile options that you can find. The abundance of speed settings gives you the ability to set the perfect speed for your mixing needs, without worry of the chosen speed being too fast or too slow. In addition, the Soft Start feature gives you the ability to start the mixing at a slow turn, with the speed gradually building up. This is perfect for preventing the accidental splattering of ingredients when doing a light mix, and ensures that you are never mixing too fast. Separate mixing speed combinations are also included for ingredients that require mixes at different speeds.

Detailed review of KitchenAid KHM926CA 9-Speed Digital Hand Mixer

Construction and Design

Few hand mixers can really match the overall construction and ergonomic design of this model. Featuring a Soft Grip handle, this mixer is light and quite easy to hold, as well as to move around during use. This helps greatly in preventing arm and hand fatigue while in the process of mixing food. The included attachments are also quite easy to attach and remove, which can be done with a single-handed push of a button. The power cord can even be locked on either side of the mixer in order to prevent it from getting in the way while in use. The overall quality of this hand mixer will be sure to please even the most critical cook in the kitchen.

KitchenAid KHM926CA 9-Speed Digital Hand Mixer application

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VonShef 13/328

Easy to Control Mixer

Hand mixers aren't always known as being the most complicated devices, but sometimes getting them to work the way you want them to can be perplexing. This especially applies to the speed of mixing, but can also apply to how easy the mixer handles as well as many other things. The VonShef 13/328 Electric Hand Mixer is one appliance that has made everything about its operation simplified to the point of making it as easy as possible to operate. This hand mixer basically works with all controls of the mixer being controlled by your thumb. This includes the speed settings, the Turbo button (more on that later), as well as the Eject button for removing the attachments. This lets you make all changes while in the middle of mixing, preventing you from having to stop in the middle of the process.

As well as being easy to operate, this hand mixer is very easy to handle. The design of the unit gives it an extremely sleek retro appearance that definitely makes it one of the best looking mixers available, but also its lightweight design and easy to grip handle let you maintain firm control over it at all times. The soft grip of the handle also ensures that it won't slip out of your hands at any point, even if your hands are wet.

Review of VonShef 13/328 Electric Hand Mixer

Turbo-Powered

As usual, the power of a unit can show just how performing and effective a hand mixer is, and this is definitely true of this model. This 300 W unit is the most powerful of all of the units we have reviewed here, making it the best choice for those who have heavy-duty hand-mixing needs. This unit offers 5 different speed settings, all of which can be selected quite easily with your thumb during operation. For times that you are mixing batter but just can't seem to get all of the lumps out, the Turbo button lets you temporarily boost the speed to the highest level to beat out even the most stubborn lumps.

No hand mixer is complete without its attachments, and this unit gives you just about everything that you need. Included are two standard beaters as well as two dough hooks and a balloon whisk, giving you all of the tools you need, no matter what you are cooking. Attaching and detaching the attachments is extremely easy, with the eject button letting you do so without having to set the unit down. The attachments are completely dishwasher-safe as well, letting you clean them easily after use. All told, this heavy-duty hand mixer from VonSheft is both powerful and easy to use, making it a great addition for any kitchen.

VonShef 13/328 Electric Hand Mixer in the use

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What Is a Hand Mixer?

A hand mixer is a small kitchen device used to quickly mix wet/dry ingredients into a uniform substance. It can serve as a small alternative to a food processor and help you cope with quick whisking tasks.

Hand mixers are easy to use and maintain. All you need is to attach a beater or whiskers in place and it will be ready to use. Cleaning accessories is an easy task too and in most cases, you can simply throw them in a dishwasher.

Speaking of performance, hand mixers aren't as potent as stand mixers or food processors, of course, but they will definitely deal with whipping eggs, kneading batter, and mixing other stuff. Plus, many of them come complete with several speed settings and a Turbo button, enabling you to easily plough through various ingredients for baking/making all kinds of delicacies and goods.

So, if you need a hand mixer, you've come to the right page. In this article, we offer you to take a look at a selection of the best hand mixers that will suit anyone - from novice to expert bakers. Of all the models we've come across during our research, be sure these five beat the rest in all concerns.

For more specific tasks, check out our Kitchenaid mixers reviews too.

What Features to Compare

Power

First of all, consider the power of a hand mixer: the higher this number will be, the faster the mixer will be able to stir things up. Generally speaking, 100-150 Watts of power output will be enough to stir and whip eggs, batter, creams, soft drinks and delicate food ingredients. That said, if you need a hand mixer for more heavy-duty baking, we recommend choosing from models that can yield 200-250 Watts or more.

Accessories

Hand mixers may come complete with such accessories as beaters, kneaders, dough hooks and whiskers. These tools remarkably broaden the scope of application of a mixer and will allow you to stir a greater variety of ingredients with ease. Most hand mixers are able to recognize what attachment has been inserted in the device and automatically adjust its operating speed to the most suitable level depending on the task at hand. This is a handy feature which can eliminate guesswork and ensure splash-free mixing.

Speed Settings

You should also consider how many speed settings are offered. This number may vary from 3 to 5 to even 15, depending on the price and brand of a mixer. It's worth noting though that the number of speeds is important but doesn't necessarily determine the tool's efficiency and it's essential to take into account speeds together with power so as to make sure the device will be able to cope with the tasks you need. Along with speed settings, consider if the mixer has a Turbo mode and a Pulse button. The former will be useful when you need some extra power and the latter will allow you to mix things at a varying speed.

Design

Finally, pay attention to the design of a hand mixer. More often than not, hand mixers are made from plastic and have an ergonomic handle to reduce hand and wrist fatigue during use. However, you can also find models with a chrome look and those made of stainless steel. Mixers with a metal housing look very stylish and, as a rule, are more durable than plastic models. Some mixers may also have retractable cords so you can compactly store them in a drawer or kitchen cabinet. Hopefully, our reviews of the best-selling hand mixers will make it easier for you to make up your mind and pick a model that will suit you most.

FAQ:

Q: What are the advantages of hand mixers over stand mixers?

A: The main benefit of hand mixers is their compactness. Usually, they have a very small footprint and can fit any storage space easily. In addition, hand mixers are easy to use and make a perfect choice for people who cook only for their close friends or families and don't need to bake for more than 4-5 people at once. You can choose a bowl of any size for mixing and easily clean the hand mixer. Last but not least, hand mixers are more affordable than their stand competitors.

Q: What other parameters, besides the power, speeds, attachments, and construction, should I consider when choosing a hand mixer?

A: Don't forget that it's a hand mixer, so you should feel comfortable while holding it. It's better when the mixer has a non-slip grip to prevent sliding in hand. A swivel cord will be good for left-handed people. In addition, the mixer shouldn't be too heavy, the most appropriate weight is between 800 grams and 1 kilo. Finally, after mixing you'll have to clean your device, so try to choose the mixer without unnecessary buttons or small details, which will take more your time during cleaning.

Q: How many speeds should a good hand mixer have?

A: If you want to be able to prepare different kinds of cream, batter, and dough, your hand mixer ought to have at least 5 speeds. The best hand mixers offer up to 9 speeds. It's also essential for the mixer to have a low start speed, which will free you from cleaning unneeded cream splashes from your kitchen walls and floor. If you don't want to spend time on choosing the right speed, then, while selecting the hand mixer, pay attention to the Burst Power button on the mixer which activates the turbo mode that can help you quickly mix all ingredients.

Q: Which useful attachments should my mixer have?

A: The essential attachments are beaters, whisks (or balloon whisks), and dough hooks. Beaters are suitable for a variety of tasks: from preparing batter to mashing potatoes. For more efficiency, the hand mixer should be equipped with two beaters. Balloon whisks perfectly cope with whipping cream, frosting, and egg whites. Dough hooks can't be found in all hand mixers, but if you often need firm dough, for example for buns or bread, then this attachment will be of great use to you. Extra attachments might include whisks for milkshakes, spatulas, etc. Try to choose the attachments with long arms because they mix ingredients more thoroughly and make fewer splashes.

Q: How should I store my hand mixer properly?

A: Though hand mixers are rather small in size and usually come with special bags for storage, it's still important to store them properly. Here are a few tips:

  • Be careful with a cord. Rather than wrapping it around the handle, fold it carefully to avoid doing damage to it;
  • If the cord is retractable, simply hide it inside the appliance after each use;
  • Make sure to dry it out completely before stowing away in a case.

Q: Are there any tips on how to prevent ingredients from splattering?

A: If your mixer doesn't have a low start speed, but you aren't keen on cleaning your kitchen after each mixing, there's a life hack that you might like. Take a big sheet of wax paper and put it between the mixer body and necessary attachments (whisks or beaters). The attachments should spin easily. When you start mixing, the wax paper will save your cooking space from unwanted mess.

Q: How can I use my hand mixer in a more efficient way?

A: There are a few tips following which you'll be able to get the most out of a hand mixer without shortening its service life. One of them is to use the included attachments in accordance with their intended purpose. That is to say, if you decide to use a whisk to knead dough, not only will you be disappointed with the end result, but also you will run a risk of damaging the appliance. Another tip is to keep the mixer unplugged when you do not use it. Also, do not operate your mixer at high speeds. Let it gradually reach the needed speed. This will help you to prevent splattering, and will also add to the service life of the motor. Next, do not mix tough ingredients for more than 3 minutes as this might cause its overheating. Finally, do not forget to clean it regularly. 

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