Mixing foods by hand can be a challenge. There’s the physical effort required, along with the time it takes and the fact that, even after mixing thoroughly, you’re likely to find that things aren’t blended as well as you thought they were. Breaking out a stand mixer can be a lot of effort and requires significant cleanup, too. That’s where hand mixers come in.
Hand mixers can sometimes take the place of a stand mixer entirely, or they can step in and take care of smaller mixing jobs. They’re compact, easy to use, and super versatile, and whether you love to cook or bake, chances are you’ll find plenty of uses for a hand mixer.
To find the best hand mixers, we evaluated products based on factors like their power, attachments, special features, and more. We’ve also included information on what you should look for to find a mixer that’s just right for your needs.
Our Top Picks: Summary
- Best Overall: Cuisinart Power Advantage Plus 9-Speed
- Best Budget: BLACK+DECKER Helix Performance Premium 5-Speed
- Best Splurge: Breville Handy Mix Scraper Hand Mixer
- Best Attachments: KitchenAid 9-Speed Digital Hand Mixer
Best Overall: Cuisinart Power Advantage Plus 9-Speed
Cuisinart Power Advantage Plus 9-Speed
A powerful, reliable hand mixer with 9 speeds and a handy case.Check Price
Why We Picked It
The Cuisinart Power Advantage Plus 9-Speed is full of features and easy to use, which makes it our top pick. This hand mixer includes a SmoothStart feature with three low mixing speeds that help to avoid splatter, saving you cleanup time. Extra-long beaters allow you to get to the bottom of deep mixing bowls, while an included chef’s whisk, dough hooks, and spatula increase the versatility of this mixer. The one-step power and nine-speed LED display are simple and easy to use.
If you have limited storage space in your kitchen, this mixer is a great choice thanks to its compact storage case. All of the attachments fit into a clear case that attaches to the bottom of the mixer, making the mixer perfect for apartments, dorm kitchens, and anyone looking for a hand mixer that can fit into nearly any cupboard.
Keep in Mind
While its 220-watt motor offers the power you’ll need for most baking tasks, this mixer can struggle a bit while creaming cold butter or mixing dense doughs.
In a Nutshell
- 9-speed design with SmoothStart feature makes for easy use
- Includes extra-long beaters, chef’s whisk, dough hooks, spatula, and recipe book
- Accessories fit conveniently into compact storage case
Best Budget: BLACK+DECKER Helix Performance
BLACK+DECKER Helix Performance Premium 5-Speed
Helix beaters make this hand mixer stand out, as does its low price.Check Price
Why We Picked It
The key to this hand mixer’s appeal lies in its helix beaters. Intended for general mixing, these beaters feature a unique design that maximizes beater overlap, creating more beater surface area. Included dough hooks and a whisk make this mixer a versatile addition to your kitchen, especially given its price. The 250-watt motor features five speed options plus “turbo boost.” A heel and bowl rest adds convenience and lets you prop the mixer up against the bowl as needed.
This mixer and all of its attachments fit conveniently into a snap-on storage case, and the attachments are dishwasher-safe for easy cleanup. It’s available in eight eye-catching colors to fit into your kitchen’s decor scheme, each with chrome accents.
Keep in Mind
A number of reviewers noted that this mixer is unusually loud, so it may not be a great choice if you plan on using it for long periods of time or if you’re sensitive to sound. Because of its reasonable price point, it is a good option to have on hand for smaller jobs or as a backup.
In a Nutshell
- Helix beaters are designed to maximize beater overlap for faster mixing
- 250-watt motor features five speeds and “turbo boost”
- Available in eight colors, each with chrome accents
Best Splurge: Breville Handy Mix Scraper Hand Mixer
Breville Handy Mix Scraper Hand Mixer
All the features you could ever need in an ergonomic and stylish package.Check Price
Why We Picked It
The Breville Handy Mix Scraper Hand Mixer may have a higher price point, but it’s full of innovative features that make for a better, more enjoyable performance. The mixer automatically detects which attachment you’re using and recalibrates itself to find the right speed with no input needed from you. The scraper beaters are designed to maximize their contact with the bowl while minimizing the sound generated, for more effective and thorough mixing without any of the annoying clanging. The 240-watt motor has nine speed settings plus a boost option. A mixing light gives you a clear view of the ingredients, and a count-up timer helps you to monitor your mixing, which is particularly helpful for those sensitive recipes that require precise timing.
With so many features, you’re bound to use this mixer frequently, which is why it’s equipped with an ergonomic handle that allows for a natural hand position. The mixer and its attachments, including scraper beaters, dough hooks, and balloon whisks, all fit well into the clip-on storage case. Even the swivel cord fits into the container for space-saving storage.
Keep in Mind
At four pounds, this mixer is slightly heavier than similar models. However, its ergonomic handle helps reduce hand strain, offsetting the extra weight.
In a Nutshell
- Mixer automatically detects the attachments being used and calibrates itself to provide the right power
- Scraper beaters feature rubber-coated bottoms to minimize noise when they make contact with the bowl
- Ergonomic handle allows for a natural hand position and a mixing light illuminates the bowl for easy use
Best Attachments: KitchenAid 9-Speed Digital Hand Mixer
KitchenAid 9-Speed Digital Hand Mixer
This versatile hand mixer comes with a variety of attachments.Check Price
Why We Picked It
If you’re looking for a mixer that comes with plenty of attachments for versatile use, you’ll find it in the KitchenAid 9-Speed Digital Hand Mixer. This mixer includes stainless steel turbo beaters, a stainless steel pro whisk, stainless steel dough hooks, a blending rod, and a storage bag. It features nine speed settings and a Soft Start feature that helps to avoid splattering so your kitchen stays cleaner and your recipes stay accurate. The beater ejector button makes it easy to remove and swap accessories in just seconds, and the soft grip handle is comfortable. This mixer also features a lockable swivel cord that you can lock into any position, allowing easy access to a bowl from any direction.
This mixer is available in six colors to suit your kitchen decor.
Keep in Mind
Some reviewers found that this mixer feels lighter and lacks the quality of their old-model KitchenAid mixers. However, most reviewers were pleased with the mixer’s performance and found that it was capable of handling all of their mixing needs.
In a Nutshell
- Includes four accessories: beaters, dough hooks, a blending rod, and a whisk
- Nine speeds also include a Soft Start feature for gradual, controlled starts
- Lockable swivel cord can be locked into any position
How We Chose the Best Hand Mixers
When choosing the best hand mixers, we considered multiple factors to find well-rounded products that work for a variety of needs. We evaluated each product on factors like speed range, ergonomics, and special features. Below are all of the factors that we considered:
Speed range is important in a quality mixer, since you need precise control when mixing recipes. Mixers that have more speeds tend to be more versatile than mixers with fewer speeds. We included products with a minimum of five speeds, and some mixers had as many as nine speeds. Additionally, we looked for mixers that allowed precise changes between the speeds with controls that are easy to operate.
The more power that a mixer has, the more tasks it can handle. Certain jobs, like creaming cold butter or mixing dense doughs, like bread doughs, require plenty of power. We chose to include hand mixers that offer enough power for most everyday baking and cooking needs. Many of the mixers included also have a turbo or extra power option to give a power boost when needed.
Because hand mixers have to be held during use, you can encounter hand cramping and fatigue, especially when mixing a firmer dough. We looked for mixers that are easy to hold and use, especially those featuring ergonomic handles and options like soft grip handle coatings. We chose products that you can hold with one hand, allowing you to support the bowl with the other and giving you the option to swap out your hands if you get tired.
In addition, we evaluated these mixers based on how easy they are to operate. Digital buttons, easy-to-turn dials, and beater detachment buttons that are easy to push are important.
Special features, like specialized settings and extra attachments, make hand mixers easier to use and often make them more effective and more versatile. While we gave bonus points for special features, we didn’t weigh this category as heavily as others because not everyone needs those extras. Extra features usually result in a higher price, but they can be worth the investment if they’re features that you’ll use.
We included the best hand mixers that we found available at a variety of price points. We looked for mixers with quality and features that justified their prices.
We also considered the customer reviews for each product. The mixers we ultimately chose had largely positive reviews, especially over time. We didn’t include any products with significant issues that were repeatedly mentioned in negative reviews.
What is a Hand Mixer?
Hand mixers are small, compact mixers that are held and moved about by hand. These mixers usually only weigh a few pounds and can be used with just about any bowl or pot of your choosing. Rather than being mounted on a base, like a stand mixer is, these mixers are more portable and, in many cases, more convenient.
Hand mixers feature removable attachments, often including standard beaters, dough beaters, and whisks. They feature multiple speeds or power settings and are electrically powered. Some hand mixers include turbo power options for more difficult tasks, and many of them have slow start features that allow for a gradual, controlled start to help keep ingredients in the bowl.
Hand Mixers vs. Stand Mixers
Hand mixers and stand mixers can both be great tools, but each option has its pros and cons. Hand mixers are much lighter than stand mixers, and they’re portable; you can use them with most pots or bowls, rather than having to get an entire stand mixer out. Many cooks and bakers opt to have both a stand mixer and a hand mixer available, since they can suit different purposes in the kitchen. Alternatively, if you’re tight on space, a hand mixer alone can accomplish plenty of tasks.
Below are a few of the pros and cons of each option.
|Type of Mixer||Pros||Cons|
|Hand Mixers||Usually cost less than stand mixers|
Highly versatile and can be used with many different bowls
Easy and quick to both set up and clean
Take up minimal storage space
|Can lack in power|
Requires hand strength and must be held to operate
Can only handle limited capacity mixing jobs
|Stand Mixers||Usually more powerful than hand mixers|
Requires no hand strength or holding to operate
Powerful enough and designed to handle large-capacity mixing jobs
|Usually more expensive than hand mixers|
Must be used with bowls that fit on the stand
Setup can require some effort and takes up space
Take a lot of space to store
What to Consider When Choosing a Hand Mixer
When choosing a hand mixer, you’ll want to consider multiple different factors to make sure that it’s the right model for you.
Consider how often you expect to use the hand mixer and what types of mixing jobs you’ll need it for. If you plan to use it regularly and will be tackling tougher jobs, like making dense doughs, then a more premium model will make the most sense. For only occasional use, a basic model may be a better choice.
The attachments that come with a mixer can increase its versatility. Most mixers come with standard beaters, whisks, and dough hooks. Many models now have coated whisks for increased durability and to help reduce the noise of the beaters on the side of the bowl. You may also find models that come with carrying cases, whisks, recipes, and other items.
While hand mixers are already compact, many are designed to make storing them even easier. Storage containers are common, and some models use the mixer, itself, to serve as the top of the container. Retractable cords can also make storage easier.
You’ll want to think about any special features that you want your mixer to have. Automatic speed adjustments can make for easy operation and leave you with one less thing to worry about when cooking or baking. A pause button is convenient if you need to stop to check the recipe or add in a new ingredient. Some models are equipped with lights to help you clearly see the ingredients in the bowl. These features may increase the price of a mixer, but they can also make it much more enjoyable to use.
A decent hand mixer doesn’t need to cost a ton, but some of the smart features can drive a mixer’s price up. If you’re willing to spend quite a bit on a hand mixer, you might consider investing in a stand mixer, instead.
How to Care for Your Hand Mixer
To ensure that your new hand mixer lasts, you’ll need to take clean it properly:
- Start by removing attachments from the mixer by pressing the attachment/beater release button. If the attachments are dishwasher-safe, you can wash them in the dishwasher, but make sure to run the cycle before the food dries and hardens. Otherwise, wash them by hand in hot, soapy water.
- Wash the mixing bowl with hot, soapy water. If the bowl is dishwasher-safe and fits in your dishwasher, you can clean it that way.
- Unplug the mixer and wipe its surface down with a damp cloth. Avoid allowing water to run into the motor.
- Dry the attachments and the bowl, and only pack the mixer away into its storage container once all of the elements are completely dry.
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