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Tips and Tricks with Electric Mixers

Updated on June 25, 2011

Info on Electric Mixers

Electric mixers are the light weight, low cost, quick and effective way of preparing for many baking dishes. They are typically a fraction of the cost of blenders or food processors.

What are the best uses of electric mixers? Whipping - especially of egg whites for meringues - is a simple task with an electric mixer. What about kneading dough? Yup... just add the right attachment and you're set.

Use this lens to explore the different mixers out there.

7 tips for using electric mixers

1. Unplug before cleaning!!

It might seem obvious, but in the melee of baking, we can sometime overlook this.

2. Remove the mixing sticks before cleaning them (especially if you're cleaning them with your tongue!)

Sometime we forget #1, so this is a fail safe.

3. Soak mixing sticks in soap water for a few moments before cleaning.

This will make sure that you've covered all parts and it'll be easier to clean.

4. Use a brush to clean mixing sticks

This makes it easier to get at dough or other sticky goo in corners and bends.

5. User vinegar to clean the mixing unit

Spray the mixing unit lightly with vinegar and immediately wipe down with a paper towel. This will keep your mixer looking new.

6. Don't boil water or use the microwave while mixing, unless...

Some kitchens might have all outlets on the same circuit and the load from a mixer might trip a breaker. A quick trick for getting over this is to use the outlet on your oven range. This is usually on a separate line.

7. Keep a close eye kids while mixing

While electric mixers are generally safe, the exposed mixers can be a hazard. Just keep an eye out for the kiddies.

Cuisinart CHM-3 Electronic Hand Mixer

Cuisinart CHM-3 Electronic Hand Mixer 3-Speed, White DISCONTINUED BY MANUFACTURER
Cuisinart CHM-3 Electronic Hand Mixer 3-Speed, White DISCONTINUED BY MANUFACTURER

Three speeds, easy to clean. You know Cuisinart for good food processors, now you can know them for good electric hand mixers.

 

This doesn't make you want to bake a cake?

This doesn't make you want to bake a cake?
This doesn't make you want to bake a cake?

KitchenAid 9-Speed Professional Hand Mixer

KitchenAid KHM9PWH 9-Speed Professional Hand Mixer, White
KitchenAid KHM9PWH 9-Speed Professional Hand Mixer, White

Nine speeds!? You can mix very accurately with this mixer.

 

Hamilton Beach Power Deluxe Hand Mixer

Hamilton Beach 62695V Power Deluxe Hand Mixer
Hamilton Beach 62695V Power Deluxe Hand Mixer

Affordable and easy to clean. It's basic and it's all you really need. The case that holds the mixing sticks makes sure you won't lose them!

 

Cuisinart Advantage 5-Speed Hand Mixer, Stainless and White

Cuisinart HM-50 Power Advantage 5-Speed Hand Mixer, White
Cuisinart HM-50 Power Advantage 5-Speed Hand Mixer, White

Not only is it 5-speeds, but it allows matches your art deco kitchen. Chrome and white... there's something for everyone.

 

KitchenAid 7-Speed Ultra Power Plus Hand Mixer

KitchenAid KHM7T 7-Speed Hand Mixer, Empire Red
KitchenAid KHM7T 7-Speed Hand Mixer, Empire Red

You won't forget where you placed this firey red mixer. Seven speeds means you won't forget what you cooked with it.

 

Black & Decker Hand Mixer with Bonus Whisk Beaters and Storage Case

B&D PowerPro 250W Hand Mixer
B&D PowerPro 250W Hand Mixer

Good price, big buttons, and extra whisks. What else do you need?

 

Oster 2534 Inspire Hand Mixer with Bonus Attachments

Oster 2534 Inspire Handheld Mixer with Bonus Attachments, White
Oster 2534 Inspire Handheld Mixer with Bonus Attachments, White

Brushed stainless steel on this white mixer adds a touch of class. "Oster" also sounds classy... like you have a butler.

 

Proctor Silex Bowl Rest 5-Speed

Proctor Silex 62535 Bowl Rest 5-Speed Mixer, White
Proctor Silex 62535 Bowl Rest 5-Speed Mixer, White

Basic plus speed. Nothing fancy, except it gives you choice in speed.

 

Continental Electric Hand Mixer

Continental Electrics CE22811 7 Speed Hand Mixer White
Continental Electrics CE22811 7 Speed Hand Mixer White

This is the econo-version. Are mixers a commodity? If so, this is what you need.

 

Toastmaster Hand Mixer

Toastmaster 1778 Hand Mixer
Toastmaster 1778 Hand Mixer

The handle on this one is easier to clasp.

 

My First Kenmore Light & Sound Electric Mixer

Electronic Mixer with Lights & Sounds
Electronic Mixer with Lights & Sounds

Kid safe mixer allows for junior to help out while reducing risk.

 

Rival 5-Speed Comfort Control Hand Mixer

Rival MX 455W 5-Speed Comfort Control Hand Mixer
Rival MX 455W 5-Speed Comfort Control Hand Mixer

Do you know what rivals Rival in price? Nothing! If you need a quick mixer on Amazon, this is your choice.

 

Dualit 88520 Professional 5 Speed Hand Mixer - Chrome

Dualit 4-Speed Professional Hand Mixer, Chrome
Dualit 4-Speed Professional Hand Mixer, Chrome

Fancy looking mixer with many attachments. Have good looking kitchen? You would probably choose this mixer.

 

What is your favorite electric mixer memory? - Cleaning off chocolate cake mix?

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      blanckj 6 years ago

      Definitely licking the beaters.

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      morach2009 7 years ago

      My wedding gift mixer (a Sunbeam Mixmaster) turned 33 a week before Christmas, and my husband thought it was time for me to have a new one. He gifted me on Christmas with the KitchenAid 5 Qt. Artisan in white. I love this mixer and leave it out on my counter, something I never did with the Mixmaster. I recently purchased the citrus juicer attachment from Amazon and am very pleased with it as well. I have not read all 109 previous reviews on this site, but I have read a few that were disgruntled because their Artisans did not mix well.