Best Hand Mixers

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 12, 2018
Sometimes getting a large and expensive food processor makes no sense, but it's impossible to cook delicious food without a hand mixer than whisks, stirs, and beats food ingredients. So, we tested a lot of hand mixers and made a shortlist of 5 best of them to help you make your pick! ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2018
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Power
Attachments
Number of Speeds
Construction and Design
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

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

That's an amazing affordable hand mixer that has a fairly great power. Easy in use and storage.

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

Beater Ejector Button allows you to quickly extract attachments from the device with just one click. The special Soft Start feature allows for a gradual build-up in speed, perfect for certain recipes.

CONS

Relatively low power.

OUR VERDICT

A convenient and practical hand-held mixer, the KitchenAid KHM7210CU allows you to beat and evenly mix ingredients. Its DC motor operates at 7 speeds, and a bright LED indicator will display the current operating mode.

detailed parameters
Power

150 W

Attachments

2 x Stainless Steel Turbo Beater™ II Accessories, Pro Whisk

Number of Speeds

7 Speeds, Soft Start™ Feature

Construction and Design

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

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The retractable cord makes the use of this mixer easier and more convenient. It also allows you to store it compactly in a kitchen drawer. 

CONS

The button to eject the attachments might be quite hard to press at first. 

OUR VERDICT

This stylish hand mixer from Oster is well built and boasts the functionality of costly models at the fraction of a cost. Six speeds and a turbo mode will let you quickly and easily mix both soft and hard ingredients. There's hardly a task it won't be able to accomplish. 

detailed parameters
Power

250 W

Attachments

Chrome beaters, Whisk

Number of Speeds

6 speeds 

Construction and Design

Burst of Power button, Retractable cord, Heel rest

Warranty

Limited 1-year warranty

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

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

Cuisinart HM-90S

Power

This Cuisinart hand mixer has the 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 an 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 on hands 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 bulbs 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. 

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.

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

Construction and Design

This hand mixer is very simple in use. First of all, it has a power cord with a rotating connection that won't limit your movements. 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 goes 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

Beaters - thin but strong and not placed too close together so that thicker batters can move their way through and things like bread dough are less likely to climb up.

Power

It has a powerful motor. Most mixers had around 100-150 watts while this one has 220 watts.

Size & Weight

I love this mixer! Light weight and easy to use.

Features

The clear accessory caddy is convenient and quite easy to use once you learn to properly stack the beaters, fold the cord, and clip the mixer in "back-end first".
 

Hamilton Beach 62682RZ

Power

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, that's 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.

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. 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 to Hamilton Beach. 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 tough speeds.

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

Construction and Design

This hand mixer is designed to combine the maximum convenience and easy storage. The Hamilton Beach comes with a special snap-on storage case, which is big enough to accommodate all attachments. Moreover, if you need to make a 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.

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

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


VIDEO
Unboxing $12 Hamilton Beach Hand Mixer 62682RZ

What customers say about this product

Key Specs

I love the many speeds,and the stand it sits in, it helps protects the mixer!!

Features

The snap-on case is invaluable for keeping the beaters stored for use the next time around! Very good appliance!

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 KHM7210CU

Power

In a field of powerful hand mixers, the KitchenAid KHM7210CU 7-Speed Digital Hand Mixer comes in at the lowest, at just 150 Watts. Despite the lower power, however, most people should find it quite suitable for their mixing needs, regardless of which ingredients they are needing to mix. With the lower power of the mixer, though, comes the fact that it is definitely one of the quietest models you can find, making only a minimum of noise during use as opposed to most traditional mixers, which tend to be quite loud. Those who prefer to have a quiet mixer will be well pleased here, and may even never want another mixer again!

Review of KitchenAid KHM7210CU 7-Speed Digital Hand Mixer

Attachments

KitchenAid hand mixers are well known for their Stainless Steel Turbo Beater II attachments, and this mixer is no exception. The stainless steel design means that the mixing attachments are quite durable, and should last you a long time without showing any signs of wear, corrosion, or rust, while remaining easy to clean. This mixer also includes the Pro Whisk attachment, giving you the ability to easily whisk any ingredients without having to wear out your arm or hand. The attachments are incredibly easy to change out, which can be done with just the push of a button, which can be pressed with the same hand that is holding the mixer.

KitchenAid KHM7210CU 7-Speed Digital Hand Mixer in the use

Number of Speeds

Although many mixers are limited with the number of speeds at which they can operate, this hand mixer is not one of them. This model features seven speeds, giving you a great amount of control over the speed at which ingredients are mixed, and the controls give you easy access to change these speeds on the fly. There is even the Soft Start feature, which starts with a slow mix but gradually builds up speed, which is necessary for mixing certain ingredients. The speed options give you the kind of flexibility that many can only dream of coming from a hand mixer.

Detailed review of KitchenAid KHM7210CU 7-Speed Digital Hand Mixer

Construction and Design

The overall design of this hand mixer should be pleasing to anyone, as it is lightweight and features an ergonomic design. The Soft Grip handle allows you to hold the mixer at any desired angle and with any motions without fear of the mixer slipping out of your hands, while still keeping arm and hand fatigue to a minimum. The stand Contour Silver color of the mixer also gives it a sleek, professional look that should match any kitchen, although this model can also be ordered in several other colors as well. Those who value an ergonomic design, as well as the flexibility offered by its other features will find this mixer to be a great value.

KitchenAid KHM7210CU 7-Speed Digital Hand Mixer application

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

Oster FPSTHM2578

Maximum Performance

The Oster FPSTHM2578 Hand Mixer with Clean Start features a powerful 250-Watt motor which ensures its top performance. The mixer can effortlessly cope with an abundance of mixing tasks: from making a delicious raspberry cream for your favorite cupcakes and lemon meringues for a pie to kneading thick dough for dumplings and even mashing potatoes. The Oster FPSTHM2578 Hand Mixer with Clean Start comes with a guide for cooking enthusiasts, which includes a variety of recipes that can be cooked with the help of this mixer. Have you ever tried mashed cauliflower with Parmesan cheese? No? You will have a chance to. Unlike cheap hand mixers, the Oster FPSTHM2578 has enough power to mash even hard and solid vegetables, so you can add diversity to your family diet. With no shade of a doubt, the Oster FPSTHM2578 Hand Mixer will become one of your favorite cooking accessories that will help you make a whole lot of fantastic dishes and desserts. 

Review of Oster FPSTHM2578 Hand Mixer with Clean Start

The Most Necessary Attachments

This hand mixer won't surprise its owners with a big range of attachments, but they are all of high quality and can easily handle all essential mixing tasks. The Oster FPSTHM2578 Hand Mixer with Clean Start comes with three attachments. Two chrome beaters are perfect for kneading the dough, mashing fruit and vegetables, mixing baking ingredients, etc.; a balloon whisk is used for whipping up egg whites, frosting, and cream. Though professional cooks may require a greater variety of attachments, most of the homemakers will find the included set more than sufficient for basic needs and cooking tasks. 

Oster FPSTHM2578 Hand Mixer with Clean Start in the use

All Kinds of Speeds at Your Disposal

The Oster FPSTHM2578 Hand Mixer with Clean Start has six adjustable speeds and the Turbo Burst mode, which makes it easy to mix soft, hard and dry ingredients.  The Clean Start function allows mixing at low speed to avoid undesired splatters, while the Turbo button enables you to process food with a structure heavier than cream (boiled vegetables, dough, etc.)

Detailed review of Oster FPSTHM2578 Hand Mixer with Clean Start

Design: Convenience and Beaty Combined

One of the main merits of this hand mixer is its retractable cord. There's no more need in wrapping the cord around the mixer and trying to find the right place for its "assembly". With only one press of the button, the cord will be fed back into the housing and you'll be able to store it conveniently anywhere you want. Another feature that contributes to the ease of use of the mixer is the heel rest that allows adding more ingredients to the bowl while mixing. The sleek and eye-pleasing design of the Oster FPSTHM2578 Hand Mixer isn't the least important feature which makes its use so convenient. 

Oster FPSTHM2578 Hand Mixer with Clean Start application

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


What customers say about this product

Power

The retractable cord works great as long as you feed it in slowly.

Key Specs

I like that it has the extra low speed so it doesn't throw everything all over the place and it has higher settings too

Size & Weight

I love that it has some weight to it and power when you need it.

Features

The whisk is comes with works very well too, and I find myself using it more often than my hand whisk.
 

What Is a Hand Mixer?

A hand mixer is a small kitchen device used to quickly mix wet and dry ingredients into a uniform substance. Today, instead of mixing eggs manually with lots of efforts, one can turn the mixer on and save much time. In addition, the results will be way better. All hand mixers are easy to clean from food remnants. Beaters and other accessories are easy to remove and attach. Almost all accessories are dishwasher safe. In addition, wire-beaters don’t have any aluminum intrusion and therefore, they resist rust very well.

If you need an appliance that not simply mixes food, but can also chop it, cut, beat, etc. - pay attention to handheld and countertop blenders from our reviews.

Homemakers who are looking for a versatile kitchen gadget that would perform more tasks than basic mixing should proceed to read our review on the food processors.

What Features to Compare

Firstly, you need to know that Power of a hand mixer is an important issue. The higher the power is, the faster the mixer will stir the ingredients. To begin with, you should decide on a purpose the mixer will be used for. If you are planning to stir and beat butter, cream, soft drinks or food - 100-150 Watts is quite a suitable power. But if you need to mix up the dough and similar products, it's much better to pick more powerful mixers, with a power about 200-250 Watts.

Hand mixers include different additional Attachments. Thanks to these accessories, you will be able to cook various dishes only with the help of mixer! Usually, wire beaters of a mixer are made from a more durable material than the body of a mixer itself. But if you need just to stir soft ingredients, you can buy any basic electric hand mixer. On the other hand, if you want a multifunctional device in your kitchen, consider buying a mixer with lots of accessories in a package.

Number of Speeds is another essential feature. It is important to know that most hand mixers have 3-5 speeds, but some models offer more - over 12. A large number of speeds allows users to mix any ingredients, even the densest bits, with minimum effort. The gear change is one of the most important technical specification, usually controlled by a step switcher. Several models have a “Pulse” button. With its help, the ingredients will be mixed with a different speed for the best result. A variety of speed settings will also let you avoid splattering the ingredients.

We'd also like to draw your attention to Construction and Design of handheld mixers. The body of this kitchen appliances is usually made of plastic but with metal elements. This surely enhances the durability of a mixer. Compact mixers will become a great solution for owners of small kitchens. They don't take a lot of space and easily fit any cupboard. An ergonomic design allows you to use a hand mixer for a long time without any difficulties. Some models offer a comfy storage for a swivel cord right in the unit.

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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