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The Differences Between Hand Mixers & Stand Mixers

Updated on August 16, 2016

If you’re someone who likes to bake you’ll be more likely to want to possess a mixer. Mixing a dough or a batter without a mixer is too much work. Mixers make life so much easier for those who like to bake.

One question that’s being asked a lot is “ Is it better to choose a stand mixer or hand mixer?” Although there may not be necessarily a right or wrong answer, some cooking jobs may be better suited to one or the other. Let’s compare them and see their advantages as well as their disadvantages.

By the end of this post you should be able to see which one is best for your backing jobs.

Hand mixers vs. stand mixers

Let’s start with hand mixers: There are two types of them to choose from. There’s a type called eggbeater which is a handheld machine that has either one or two cranks. This type of mixer isn’t motorized, you basically have to operate the cranks to get it to beat the batter. they’re also called rotary hand beaters.

There are the electronic hand mixers: These ones are easy to use, they have a little motor at top portion of them which moves the beater unlike the hand mixers which have no motor. These electronic hand mixers are considered to be the modern version ones.

Their advantages: They are less expensive and very easy to clean, not many parts to get detached from the core, which is a plus. They’re not large so no need for large storage space. On top of that, you can use them with any bowl of your choice since they don’t have a special bowl.

Some disadvantages: The same way they possess some very good advantages, they do have some disadvantages as well. Due to their size, their motors are not large which also make them not as powerful. You’ll need to be very careful with the bowl since it won’t be in a fix position, that’s something to always keep in mind when beating batters.

What about the stand mixers?

The stand mixers are larger and built with a mounted bowl. They’re much more powerful, they can beat your batter for any backing job. These mixers will ensure that your batter is light and ready for your best work.

Advantages: The bowl is attached onto the machine, making it firm for the jobs. You can let the machine do its job while you’re doing other things in your kitchen. With such a powerful motor it’s easier and quicker to mix your dough. Most of them come with timers, they can stop automatically once they’re done.

Disadvantages: Those machines are large, you’ll need more space for storage as compared to the hand mixers. With all the parts that come with this machine the cleaning process will take longer. Moreover, they’re not light, they’re heavy, you may need help with cleaning and putting them in storage.

Now that we have this comparison out of the way, you should start having an idea as of which one would be better suited for you. If you have to choose a stand mixer make sure that you weigh between the goods and the not so goods. When choosing a stand mixer, it’s important to look at all these factors above.

If you have to chose a hand mixer, remember all these characteristics that I’ve shared with you earlier in this post. Although it has lots of advantages, from the price to its size, you do have to keep its other factors in consideration. Now that you know which mixer you should choose, let’s get to baking!

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