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Best Hand Mixer For Home Baking

Updated on September 1, 2011

A hand mixer is great for those looking for something that will speed up baking and cooking methods, without the hassle of a stand mixer. They're an ingenious kitchen accessory and are a great gadget to have to hand for sauce making, batters, cupcake mixes and more.

A good quality kitchen hand mixer will be versatile, easy to use, store and clean and shouldn't cost you the Earth. They're a handy gadget, one that's got a definite 'no mess, no fuss' quality about it - much like a dough scraper.

There are plenty of different one's to choose from and the five best sellers will be featured in this article. They really are a super tool and will more than ably meet the needs of the average home baker - or even the aspiring home chef.

They cut down on preparation time, will help create smoother sauces and batters and will certainly save you the effort that comes with hand whisking - usually you're left with an aching arm and a lumpy waffle mix!

Surprisingly enough, the most sough after and best selling hand mixer is the Cuisinart HM-70 Hand Mixer. With an almost perfect 5 star rating, this is the kitchen mixer to own. With a powerful 220 watt motor, the Power Advantage will more than cope with almost any culinery task thrown at it.

The full spec:

  • Variable speed - 7 options, easy slide button to switch up or down
  • 220 watt motor
  • Two beaters and one spatula
  • Swivel cord
  • Recipe book

The one touch speed control is certainly attractive and if it does have a flaw, it's probably the lack of a couple of balloon whisks and/or dough hooks , which are great for incorporating air into cupcake mixes and similar. Other than that, an understandable top selling hand mixer and currently on offer at less than half its list price. A bargain not to be missed!

Cheap Kitchen Hand Mixer

If you're looking to purchase a cheap kitchen hand mixer, then the Hamilton Beach 62695V Power Deluxe Hand Mixer will suit. At just under $20, this is surely a great budget buy. With it's powerful motor and accompanying beaters, this mixer will manage most lightweight baking recipes.

Product spec:

  • 225 watt motor
  • Standard beaters
  • Balloon whisk
  • 6 variable speeds
  • Quick burst button
  • Tangle free cord

With its easy storage facility, extra whisks and quick burst button for when you need a little extra power, the Hamilton Beach is a top value for money hand mixer product. It's drawback appears to be the fact that it doesn't quite stand up to more heavy weight use but those looking for a decent, budget priced mixer should find this one fits the bill.

Kitchenaid Hand Mixer

The name Kitchen aid tends to be synonymous with quality, and the KitchenAid KHM9PWH 9-Speed Professional Mixer is the most popular Kitchenaid hand mixer. Down the years, professional chefs and bakers have continually extolled the virtues of this particular brand and it is, along with Cuisinart, one of the most trusted brand names.

Product spec:

  • 9 variable speeds
  • Powerful and lightweight yet quiet motor
  • Two standard beaters
  • One pro or balloon type whisk
  • Ergonomic handle for a more comfortable grip

This particular product is more expensive than the previous two but you're getting more for your money - or more bang for your buck. There's a digital display that provides a clear visual re the speed setting, and the whole hand mixer is designed to be seam free to aid clean ups. Nifty feature? The slow start button, that will help prevent messy splash-backs.

The Hamilton Beach 62676 Performance Plus 6-Speed Mixer is a step up from the more basic Power Delux model and will deliver better handling, more power and variable speeds. It's a mid-price range hand mixer and is comparable to some of the more expensive versions.

Product spec:

  • 290 watt motor
  • slow start speed
  • nifty hideaway storage for the cord
  • snap of case for beater storage

Though not as well known as Kitchenaid or Cuisinart, this mixer does incorporate innovative extras of the brand leaders. The beaters - standard, balloon/whisk and milk shake/drink mixer - all fit snug in the snap-on case and the handy built in cord storage helps avoid the mess associated with dangling, tangling cords. A nice little machine, that also qualifies for free shipping.

The best manual hand mixer is the Norpro Hand Beater. They're great for tackling smaller jobs, for those moments when extracting your powered hand mixer seems a lot of fuss and bother just to whip up some cream or egg whites. This is a professional grade hand beater and it's manufactured out of robust stainless steel, with a polished aluminum gear and a grip-friendly plastic coating both the handle and gear grip.

Only 12" high and easy to clean - a rinse under the faucet or simply wash as you would flatware and you're all set once again. A nifty little gadget for under $20.


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