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Kitchen Hand Mixer Reviews

Updated on January 11, 2010

Hand Mixer

Sometimes a hand mixer is the preferred option to a regular stand mixer. A stand mixer is great, but in many cases, you can get all of the ingredients mixed into your dough or mixture without leaving any behind when using a hand mixer.

There are many different types of hand mixers ranging in price from $20 and up. Depending on what you're looking for, some of the cheaper models may be great, but at the same time, you may find that the cheap hand mixers may not hold up to what you need it to do. When choosing a hand mixer, don't always go by price alone, although you should make sure that you stay within your budget.

When buying a hand mixer, consider all the different brands, the watts that each model uses, how many speeds the hand mixer has, what attachments are included, and what attachments you can buy separate. You should also consider how much the hand mixer weighes and whether or not the mixer is comfortable to hold while mixing your ingredients.

Toastmaster Hand Mixer

  • 125 watt motor
  • 6 speeds
  • Beater ejection button
  • Chrome-plated beaters
  • Comfort grip handle

If you have to hold the mixer, you'll probably prefer a lightweight hand mixer; the Toastmaster hand mixer is lightweight and easy to handle. The speed control option is close to your thumb, so you don't have to reposition your hand when you want to change the speed. The hand mixer starts with just a push of a button, and even though it's a simple design, this hand mixer is enough for most jobs although it may not be ideal for heavier jobs. You may also find that the beaters may slip a little, but if you keep things small and simple, you shouldn't have too much trouble with them.

KitchenAid Hand Mixer

  • 9 speeds
  • Pro whisk attachment increases air for fluffier mixtures
  • Heel rest won't tip when set on end
  • 1 year limited product warranty and 1 year limited service warranty

KitchenAid has a near professional grade hand mixer that you can purchase and you don't even have to be a chef. This hand mixer wipes clean for easy cleanup, which is perfect because you'll more than likely have other tools that you'll need to clean after you've mixed up your ingredients. The KitchenAid hand mixer is lightweight and designed for quiet operation. The handle is designed for comfort, as it'll probably take more than two seconds to mix up your ingredients; it's so much easier to hold up a comfortable mixer than one that you ahve to reposition your hand all the time.

Hamilton Beach Hand Blender

  • 290 watts
  • 6 speeds
  • Snap-on storage case
  • Convenient mixing features including QuickBurst button and Bowl Rest
  • Attachment set includes traditional beaters, wire beaters, and whisk

The Hamilton Beach hand mixer is sturdy and built for hand comfort while mixing your ingredients. The QuickBurst button provides a quick boost of power, which is great for tough jobs and thicker ingredients. The main complaints with this hand mixer is that the storage case can sometimes be hard to get into, but at the same time it's nice that the cord and beaters can be stored in one spot, so that you don't have to go hunting for your beaters when you need to mix something up. Another potential downfall is the front ventilation on the mixer, as it can easily get dusted with dry ingredients or splashed with wet ingredients. This hand mixer works better with light to medium jobs, instead of thicker jobs with thicker, heavier ingredients.

Oster Hand Mixer

  • 250 watts
  • 6 speed controls with a QuickBurst feature
  • Retractable cord provides easy storage
  • Includes chrome beaters, dough hooks, whisk, cookie cutters, and a drink rod for creative mixing
  • 1 year limited warranty

The Oster hand mixer is ergonomically constructed with comfort in mind. The rubber grip is perfect so that even if the ingredients splash up, you won't lose grip on the hand mixer. As for the retractable cord works well, but overall the cord is a tad short, so you'll have to be close to the outlet or you may find yourself in an awkward position. The power that boosts this hand mixer is pretty powerful, so powerful at times that you may often splash your ingredients on the counter. This hand mixer is a pretty good option, but you'll see a few messes.


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    • wabash annie profile image

      wabash annie 5 years ago from Colorado Front Range

      My GE hand mixer finally quit working after 50 faithful years of hard service. When looking for one, people mentioned that some were not available with a lower speed and, as a result, batter could fly out. I now have a KitchenAid and my model has a low speed as well as the higher speeds. Thanks for writing such an informative Hub!

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      Mauen Brower 6 years ago

      I have an old Camfield standmixer (Power mix). I wondered if it is worth anything?

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      Jennifer 8 years ago from Canada

      I need a new hand mixer. I will look into these particular brands listed above. Again thanks!