The 3 Best Hand Mixers of 2021 – We Whipped Up A Handy Guide
There’s no doubt that a hand mixer can be a lifesaver in the kitchen!
Whip up the fluffiest mashed potatoes, mix the dough, or make high and stiff meringues with just the flick of a switch. There are a multitude of recipes that can be improved by using one of these smart devices, compared to just using your own hand and a mixing tool.
So which is the best hand mixer? This isn’t a straight answer because not all mixers are created equal and your choice also depends on what the main use of your mixer will be. Heavy doughs can be difficult to get through with a hand mixer, and more robust mixers may prove too heavy for some people to use.
In this article we will first review our 3 favourite hand mixers, looking into how each of these performed best in our tests. This includes their ease of use, the benefits of their attachments, ability to store when not in use as well as other factors.
If first you would like to learn more about hand mixers and the things you should consider when buying the most suitable one for you, look at our in-depth discussion below the reviews. We evaluate some of the most commonly asked questions about hand mixers, discuss several brand comparisons, and offer more specific instances where each of the three mixers could be extremely useful
Our Review of the Top Hand Mixers for 2021
Let’s dive into a review of three of our favorites:
The powerful Cuisinart HM-90S Power Advantage Plus 9-Speed Handheld Mixer (4 pounds) is easy to operate although it is the heaviest one reviewed here so if the chronic joint pain in your hands or elbows is something you struggle with, this may not be the best option. This unit features a power button, up and down speed control, and LCD display which makes it easy to see the speed of the mixer.
The 220-watt motor can mix even heavy cookie batters and homemade bread doughs. Attachments include extra-long beaters, chef’s whisk, dough hooks, spatula, and instruction/recipe book. This handheld mixer also has a release trigger so it is easy to swap out the attachments.
As we mentioned about earlier in the article, it can be really difficult to find a hand mixer that really has a slow start speed and without a slow start speed, you risk ingredients splattering out of the bowl. This model may start a little faster than some bakers like, though it does slow down quickly. If you are looking for power, the Cuisinart HM-90S Power Advantage Plus 9-Speed Handheld Mixer is a fantastic model to choose.
This model also includes a clear, snap-on storage case which fits the mixer, cord and all the additional accessories.
The only drawback to this model is that there is no natural groove which would allow the mixer to rest on the side of the bowl. This means that if you need to check a recipe grab an ingredient or leave for whatever reason the mixer would need to be removed.
We think that the power of the model more than makes up for this slight inconvenience and we honestly just place the unit on a plate to avoid unnecessary mess. Plus, when it does come to cleaning the mixer, any removable parts are dishwasher safe and can be cleaned up without any extra hassle.
Also, as Cuisinart has such a good reputable brand name, this is a product that we can get behind; plus we’ve also heard great things about their customer service as well.
The KitchenAid 5-speed hand mixer has 5 settings which start out very slow and increases speed gradually so that you can gently mix the wet and dry ingredients, even powdered sugar, without making a big mess (a big plus for us)!
We have found that the high speed isn’t really very fast, however, it does still whip up stiff meringues so it’s unlikely that you would need any higher speed anyway.
One of the best features of the KitchenAid 5-speed hand mixer is how lightweight it is (only 2 pounds, half the weight of the Cuisinart HM-90S reviewed above). Not only is this model light, but it is also incredibly durable, so we have recommended this for any of our readers who are troubled by joint pain in their hands.
This model has a lockable swivel cord, an ejector button for the stainless steel beaters (for easy clean up), and comes with a one year hassle-free replacement warranty. As with the previous mixer, the beaters are also dishwasher safe, so just eject them and place them in your machine once you’ve finished with your baking.
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The Hamilton Beach 6 speed 62682RZ is a simple, cost-effective, powerful (250 Watts of peak power) hand mixer (weighing in at 3.35 pounds). A snap-on case, traditional beaters, and whisk are all included with this unit (available in white).
This is a 6-speed unit is the highest ranking hand mixer on our list (and has more than 1000 reviews) although the lowest speed may be a little fast if that is of concern (flour flying out of the bowl, for example).
An added bonus is the built-in groove lets you rest the mixer over the bowl, so although ingredients may fly out when you start your mixer, at least there is no additional mess from laying the mixer down on your counter-top.
All in all, we’ve found that these mixers are not only less expensive than a stand mixer, they can also pack a lot of power perfect for anything from mixing dough and batter to whipping cream and egg whites.
What Is the Best Hand Mixer With Low Speed?
Don’t you think that whenever you are adding flour to wet ingredients, it would be incredibly convenient to be able to slowly pour it into the bowl while using a hand mixer?
Although the lowest setting may not be the one that is used most frequently.
When you first start mixing is when the low setting will be really handy.
Unfortunately, it’s rarely that simple!
Oftentimes you’ll end up with flour all over the countertops!
In fact, you may be shocked at how fast the so-called lowest speed of most hand mixers; many so-labelled “low speeds” are still ridiculously fast, and that makes for a very messy inconvenience as the insides of the bowl is transferred outside of the mixing bowl (from milk and other liquids to egg whites)!
Generally speaking, hand mixers need to go very fast, since they’re probably most commonly used for whipping cream and foaming egg whites, both of which need the highest speeds. For this reason, most mixers really don’t do slow!
If you are truly looking for a low-speed mixer, we recommend keeping a whisk or even a hand-cranked mixer on hand, which can get down to a low speed; they can only go as fast as your hands can crank.
The KitchenAid Pro 5 speed model (reviewed below) does have a slower start than most hand mixers, so this unit would be an excellent choice for the baker looking for those low speeds.
When purchasing a hand mixer, look for “soft start” which means that even if you choose a high speed, the mixer will start slow and build up, so you won’t be cleaning ingredients off the counter, floor and ceiling! The super-slow speeds are just for gently combining ingredients, then go up to a high speed for whipped cream or making a fluffy meringue.
What Is the Best Hand Mixer for Baking?
When using a hand mixer for baking keep in mind the textures that you work with most often. Heavy doughs, such as cake batter and bread dough, may require different mixers than what is required for whipping up mashed potatoes, frosting, or sky-high meringues.
We have discovered that the Cuisinart Power Advantage Plus 9-Speed HM 90-S (we review this unit a little later on) is excellent for baking and can even handle heavier bread and cookie dough (additional attachments are included with this unit, helping to truly knead bread dough).
If you are expecting to use your hand mixer for mixing heavy bread and cookie doughs look specifically for beaters that come with dough hooks; this is an attachment shaped like a corkscrew and which can replace the usual whisk-like beaters when needed.
The traditional beater attachments are best used for mixing lighter materials such as whipping up cream, frosting or creating stiff egg whites peaks.
Let’s be honest, baking bread regularly needs more planning, work, and time to prepare than “just” in the mixing phase.
If you are seriously thinking of making bread regularly (and why wouldn’t you?) you need to read The 5 Best Bread Machines to Buy which will save you so much time and money when it comes to your bread making (in fact, making your own bread can save you up to $100 a year).
What Is The Best Hand Mixer For Arthritis?
Arthritis is very common and generally an informal way of referring to joint pain or joint disease. It affects people of all ages, sexes and races; more than 50 million adults and 300,000 children in the United States have some type of arthritis.
Common symptoms include swelling, pain, stiffness and decrease the range of motion of the affected joints and they may be mild, moderate or severe. If the symptoms are severe enough, a person may find that many of their favorite past times are also affected, which really makes the sufferer feel that much worse.
We think it’s especially sad if someone would have to give up such a wonderful hobby as baking, as it fills so many people with joy (both the baker and the recipient of the yummy goodies).
For this reason, we decided to carefully look at what qualities make it easier for someone suffering from joint pain. We also took time to carefully review our top hand mixers for 2017 to find out if any of them could rise to the challenge.
When stirring the heavy batter with a spoon has become too painful to continue, what hand mixer can you turn to that will do the job quickly and easily?
If joint pain is a problem for you or someone you love, look for a hand mixer that is lightweight but that has sufficient power to make it more efficient than stirring by hand.
A great example that we discovered is the KitchenAid KHM512IC 5-speed, weighing in at only 2 pounds, this is a lightweight mixer that is easier to hold, but still packs a powerful punch.
We review this mixer in more detail a little later on in this article.
What Is the Best Hand Mixer for Baby Food?
Another common use for a hand mixer is in making your baby food, which is far healthier and more cost-effective than buying those pre-made, preservative jars in your local grocery chain store.
Making your own baby food doesn’t need to be overly time consuming either. Simply choose a suitable nutritious food, perhaps something your family is already planning to enjoy the next meal.
Grab some fresh fruit or vegetables at the local farmer’s market and steam or boil the nutritious meal until they are soft.
It’s important to remove all the lumps when preparing baby food to avoid choking hazards and while hand mashing is certainly an option, using a hand mixer means that you can prepare much larger quantities ahead of time and simply freeze in ice cube trays until you are ready to use. Then simply defrost and you have a delicious meal for your baby.
What Is the Best Hand Mixer With a Bowl?
Mixers that come with a bowl are generally known as standing mixers, not hand mixers. Whether you choose a standing mixer or a hand mixer (or both) will depend on the job you need it to do.
Standing mixers tend to be sturdier, less compact, take up more counter or cupboard space, and are typically more expensive. However, they do usually stand up better to heavier doughs and mixing jobs.
On the other hand, hand mixers are typically less expensive, are quick and easy to clean, take up much less space (can even be stored in a drawer), and are great at whipping up lighter creations such as meringues and frosting. Also, they can be used with any type of bowl you may wish to use.
What Is the Best Hand Mixer With Attachments?
Stand mixers usually come with more attachments but some hand mixers may also come with a variety of attachments.
Be sure that the attachments you need are included in the unit that you want to buy before purchasing so as not to receive an unwelcome surprise of a hand mixer that is not suitable for all of your needs.
Here is a list of the most common attachments for mixers (again, not all hand mixers come with attachments so double-check before you buy):
The Cuisinart HM-90S Power Advantage Plus 9-Speed Handheld Mixer (reviewed below) is an example of an excellent hand mixer that is sold with attachments.
If you are looking for an excellent gift for the baker in your life, one of the following hand mixers may be just what you are looking for (but for more ideas, be sure to checkout this well-thought out list of 17 Best Baking Gifts That Will Wow The Baker In Your Life).
Final Thoughts On The Top Hand Mixers
That’s it for our review of the best hand mixers of 2021. If you have any suggestions for a particularly great product we have not mentioned, leave us a comment down below and tell us why it is so great.
If you’re brand new to the baking scene, then welcome, and be sure to bookmark How To Start Baking – For Beginners, for some key reading to get you started on your journey.