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It may not seem like it, but the hand mixer is as valuable and versatile a kitchen tool as the stand mixer. The most capable hand mixers are able to handle tough doughs and thick batters almost as well as their larger cousins, but where these handheld gadgets really shine is in a wide range of quick, light-duty kitchen tasks, such as whipping cream, beating eggs, blending dressings, and more.
Hand mixers also come with a few bonuses for home cooks who only need mixers for quick tasks and special occasions: they're less expensive than hand mixers and they take up less room on the counter, for example. Plus, many models come with attachments (such as hooks and whisks) and storage compartments.
But with all of these models available on the market, how do you know which one's best for you? Here, we've compiled a list of the best hand mixers to help you choose.
Easy to attach and detach attachments
Good storage case
Works on thick doughs
Shakes with thick mixes
Loud on high speeds
This Cuisinart hand mixer includes the features you need, plus some extras—and a clip-on case to hold everything for storage. The powerful motor operates with a simple on/off switch and a one-touch speed control lets you select one of the nine speeds.
It comes with two beaters, one whisk, two dough hooks, and a spatula that all store in a clip-on case that you can also tuck the cord into. Rather than a button to release the beaters, this has a latch, so you’re less likely to accidentally release the beaters.
Our tester found the Cuisinart tackled all the tasks thrown its way: chocolate chip cookie dough, rice pudding, and bread dough. However, she warned it's louder than other models.
"This model has the features you need with the updates that make it simple to use." — Stacey L. Nash, Product Tester
Easy to attach and detach beaters
Convenient attachment options
Shakes with thick mixes
LCD speed display difficult to read
If you’re looking for a mixer that does more than just mix, the KitchenAid has a few extras that make it a little handier than the average mixer. It has nine speeds from a super-slow speed for stirring in ingredients all the way up to a high speed for whipping cream or making a fluffy meringue. Our tester reported that it "completed every mixing task we put it to," but noted that "it did shake, and the noise level increased when the mixer was at higher speeds."
The soft-start means that even if you choose a high speed, the mixer will start slow and build up, so you won’t fling ingredients out of the bowl. The cord locks into place on the left or right side of the mixer to keep it out of the way, no matter which way you face or where your outlets are.
This includes two turbo beaters, a stainless steel whisk, two stainless steel dough hooks, and a blending rod so you can use it like an immersion blender. It also includes a storage bag so you can keep all the parts neatly together when it’s not in use. It's available in five different colors that you can use to match or accent your kitchen.
"The KitchenAid's nine speeds provide great options, especially for devoted chefs who like precision when mixing." — Stacey L. Nash, Product Tester
Durability of scraper beaters could be an issue
Appliances are getting smarter, like this hand mixer that detects the attachment and adjusts the speed to the best range for that particular style of mixing. It offers higher torque at lower speeds and nine speeds so you can start slow and work your way up. Our tester loved the double-whisk design, which she said made it "incredibly easy to whip eggs."
The scraper beaters are coated so you can beat right against the side of the bowl with less noise. There’s a count-up timer so you can keep track of the mixing time for recipes that require a specific mixing length.
A mixing light makes it easier to see what’s in the bowl, and a power boost button lets you momentarily increase the speed to get past a lump in the batter, then resume mixing at normal speed. A pause button lets you stop mixing momentarily so you can add ingredients.
This comes with two scraper beaters, two dough hooks for denser doughs, and two balloon whisks for whipping cream or making other light, fluffy mixtures. All the parts store in a case that clips onto the bottom of the mixer, and the cord tucks in there as well.
"It makes cooking a joy." — Stacey L. Nash, Product Tester
Great color options
Snap-on storage case
Difficult to remove attachments
Requires high speeds for thick doughs
Loud on high speeds
If you’re looking for a faster, easier way to mix cake batter, whip cream, and soft doughs, but you don’t want to spend a lot for functions you’ll never use, this mixer fills the bill. It’s got an ergonomic design and nylon helix beaters that offer two times more surface area than your typical wire beater. Our tester highly recommended it for those "on a tight budget and looking to use it occasionally."
The Black+Decker Helix mixer is lightweight, so it’s not tiring to hold and it has five speeds, so you can start slow and work your way up to a faster speed for whipping or beating. The power boost button increases the power until you release it, so you can power through lumps and then continue mixing at the original speed. The beaters are dishwasher safe for easy cleanup. While it's not the best for egg yolks, our tester found it has "good power," particularly for the price.
The appliance comes with two helix beaters, two dough hooks, one wire whisk, and a storage case. It's available in a number of fun colors, including tangerine, teal, lime green, purple, red, black, gray, and white.
"It performs incredibly well at basic mixing." — Stacey L. Nash, Product Tester
Ideal for softening butter
Convenient storage case
Beaters are short
If you have a habit of eagerly whipping out your baking ingredients before realizing that the recipe calls for softened butter, this hand mixer is for you. Rather than risk melting it into a puddle in a microwave, reach for this hand mixer with heat technology. The Oster gently softens cold ingredients 12 times faster, and it does so while you mix—no need to wait until they reach room temperature.
Of course, you can use without the heat as a regular mixer as well. The mixer boasts a 270-watt motor and seven speeds, plus a power boost. Eject the included beaters, dough hooks, and whisk using the lever for easy cleanup; all are dishwasher safe, as is the magnetic nozzle. We love that it comes with a storage case to keep our baking drawer organized.
Easy, one-handed speed adjustments
Easy to clean
Not the best storage case
At 350 watts, this hand mixer blows the competition out of the batter. It uses something called "SmartMix" technology, which basically means the motor is aligned vertically for better weight distribution. This, plus a soft, slip-resistant handle makes for a comfortable grip.
Braun also did away with ventilation slots, so you can stop worrying about ingredients making their way inside the unit; simply wipe with a cloth to clean. It only comes with whisk and dough attachments, but that's because the whisks double as beaters depending on the speed setting. Speaking of speed settings, there are nine, not including a "Turbo" feature.
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Donna Currie is a food writer and product tester for The Spruce Eats and she also has her own cookbook, Make Ahead Bread, a cookbook meant to simplify the bread-baking process.
Stacey L. Nash is a product tester for The Spruce Eats and personally put four of the hand mixers on this list to the test in her own kitchen, using them to whip up chocolate chip cookies, bread dough, and rice pudding, and evaluating factors like power, design, and features.
The Ultimate Hand Mixer Buying Guide
Hand mixers exist for the sole purpose of making your life more convenient. Want to make a quick batch of waffles? Bake sale coming up and you’ve promised cupcakes? A reliable hand mixer is a necessity for those who enjoy baking and typically handle smaller recipes.
Stand mixers may be impressive machines sitting on your countertop, but many of them are inconvenient when it comes to smaller projects. Or maybe you just don’t bake enough to warrant such a high-ticket investment. The hand mixer is your reliable friend in the kitchen, making quick work of otherwise tedious tasks like mashing potatoes or whipping egg whites—all without the commitment to a larger machine.
All hand mixers come with beater attachments. Classically, the beater attachments were designed with a central post that the beaters were built around. Now, most beater styles are wire beaters without any obstructions and are typically easier to wash. Some beaters are either reinforced nylon or silicone-coated to make mixing all the way to the sides of the bowl convenient and avoid scratching the bowl in the process.
Several models also come equipped with a whisk attachment, making whipped cream a snap. Usually, there is just one whisk attachment, although the Breville Handy Mix Scraper model comes with double whisks for even faster whipping.
Many hand mixers come with dough hook attachments or offer them separately. While these are certainly an option, keep your expectations tempered when it comes to mixing doughs. A tiny batch of very soft cinnamon roll dough may be possible, but be careful not to push your machine too far. And remember, you’re going to be giving your arm a workout pushing the mixer through that dough as well.
The average power for hand mixers is between 200 to 250 watts. Anything less than 200 watts isn’t going to handle very much and will likely need replacing much sooner than a slightly more powerful mixer. The Braun HM5130 MultiMix hand mixer boasts an impressive 350 watts—which is as powerful as some stand mixers. The more powerful the mixer, the less work you have to do to get your recipe mixed, so carefully consider the types of things you’ll be using your mixer for.
Speeds & Controls
Speeds range anywhere from 5- to 10-speed settings on most quality hand mixers. The greater the number of speeds your mixer has, the broader the range of control you’ll have during the mixing process. Speed controls vary from digital readouts with buttons to speed dials to lever controls.
Mixers that come with a low or slow start feature (or several low speeds to get the mixing going) are incredibly helpful. A cloud of flour or cocoa powder flying out of your bowl the moment you turn the mixer on aren't the way to kick off any baking project. For a little boost of power, many mixers include a “turbo” button that helps power through tough spots in your batter or finish off a mix quickly.
Beaters and attachments typically release with a button or lever. A few mixers include a timer or counter to conveniently track your mixing time for precise recipes. The Breville Handy Mix Scraper Hand Mixer even has a built-in light that illuminates the bowl below for an easier look at what you’re mixing.
Comfort & Weight
Not to be overlooked, the comfort and weight of a hand mixer are as important as any other feature of the mixer—after all, you have to hold the machine up with your own strength. Hand mixers are intentionally designed with lightweight motors and gears, and they range from 2 to 4 pounds total. Most people prefer a hand mixer on the lighter end: between 2 to 3 pounds.
Some hand mixers are ergonomically designed for a comfortable and secure grip. Curved handles with non-slip, padded, or silicone grips make it easier to handle your mixer while it’s working. Several mixers also stand or balance on their own when you need to put the mixer down for a minute.
Almost all quality hand mixers come with some kind of storage options these days. The most popular storage solution includes a clip-on base that all of the attachments and power cord get stored in, with the mixer body on top. This saves you from the hassle of rummaging through your random silverware drawer for the right attachments and is a little less awkward for cabinet storage. Other options include a storage bag or storage case to help keep everything in one place.
Typically hand mixers come in a white, black, or silver/chrome finish, but some brands also provide a variety of colors for people who like to coordinate their appliances and add a kick of color to their baking routine. The wide range of mixer colors provided by KitchenAid has changed the game when it comes to kitchen design—and while there aren’t quite as many options available in the company's hand mixer line, there’s still a nice variety to choose from. Black+Decker has gotten into the color game as well, with a small but attractive line of hand mixer colors at a fraction of the price of the KitchenAid line.
If the price of a stand mixer makes you sweat, don’t despair! Hand mixers come in a range of prices, from the budget-friendly to the splurge-worthy. Most of the recommended hand mixers here are in the $100 ballpark, but can often be found at reduced prices from different vendors. A $30 hand mixer will still get your cupcakes made. But if you’re interested in more attachments, better storage options, and a little more power, it’s worth it to invest in a more expensive model.
Warranties on hand mixers typically max out at the 1-year mark. Many retailers will refer you to the manufacturer if the machine breaks or malfunctions during use, so check online or the packaging for warranty information.
As with stand mixers, you are likely to get years of use out of your hand mixer with careful use and maintenance. Do not push your machine to the point that it is visibly or audibly struggling, overheating, or stalling.
Types of Hand Mixers
Manual Egg Beater
The hand-cranked egg beater is the original hand mixer, invented in the 1850s and intended primarily for (you guessed it) beating and aerating eggs. While these mixers are still in production, their usefulness is limited to eggs and can’t withstand mixing or whipping anything more substantial.
Electric Hand Mixer
Electric hand mixers all have the same general construction. A handle is mounted on top of a motorized set of gears that operate the beaters, in a lightweight housing. Hitting the market in the 1950s, they quickly replaced their manual predecessors and have been an essential tool in residential kitchens since.
Cordless Hand Mixers
A cordless hand mixer seems like the next coolest iteration of the hand mixer, but it’s got some big drawbacks that prevent it from taking over the market. Most of the cordless models are priced higher than the average hand mixer and offer less power—especially over extended use. Cordless mixers come with beater attachments but are limited when it comes to any other attachments.
It’s beneficial to be able to mix up a recipe on any countertop in your home regardless of outlet availability, but you’ll need to make sure your mixer is charged well in advance (at least 2 hours for some models). Cordless hand mixers are recommended for kitchens with limited power outlet availability, whipping on the go, or for a clean production look while filming your YouTube cooking show.
Cuisinart is a powerhouse in the small appliances world. Classically known for food processors, Cuisinart has expanded its line to a wide range of handheld and countertop appliances, reliably crafted at approachable prices. While there aren’t a variety of hand mixer colors available, the brushed stainless steel finish is a consistent look across the entire product line: contemporary and unfussy. Cuisinart appliances are widely available and can easily be found online, as well as in nearly all department stores and larger retailers.
Easily one of the most popular brands for stand mixers, KitchenAid also has a line of hand mixers with several levels of features tailored to fit your needs. Whether you’re looking for a dependable entry-level mixer or a versatile and powerful hand mixer, KitchenAid has you covered. While the mixers can be on the higher end of the price spectrum, you can rest assured that you’re getting your money’s worth. The 5-speed hand mixer model is available in over a dozen colors for those interested in coordinating their appliances or kitchen color palettes.
Best known for their high-quality (and luxury-priced) coffee appliances, this Australian company developed its stateside market with more premium countertop and handheld appliances. Breville hand mixers are designed to be both powerful and convenient, with every feature you could ask for included. Luxury colors that include “black truffle,” “royal champagne,” and “oyster shell” accent almost every contemporary kitchen style.
Black+Decker made its name in hardware stores with dependable construction, home improvement, and lawn care equipment. A Black+Decker drill set has been a staple on Father’s Day and holiday gift lists for decades, alongside lawnmowers, vacuum cleaners, and most recently—a line of small kitchen appliances. Known for economically priced equipment that efficiently gets the job done, the Back+Decker hand mixers have also developed a flair for design with a streamlined modern shape and a bright palette of color choices.
Oster has been specifically making kitchen appliances since the 1940s, beginning with the first countertop blender, followed by a line of electric hand mixers (playfully called the Osterette). Focused on small appliances ever since, its line of equipment has expanded to include machines for serious cooks. Now producing a variety of countertop ovens, blenders, juicers, and grills, Oster focuses on innovation at a friendly price.
Famously known for electric shavers, Braun originally began as a radio and audio equipment manufacturer in Germany in the 1920s. Like every other appliance manufacturer in the 1950s, Braun jumped at the opportunity to develop mixers and food processors, which became so popular that the design wasn’t changed for nearly 40 years. The kitchen appliance line today is a little bit more focused than some other brands, only offering mixers, blenders, and coffee makers. Braun offers high-tech machines that are built to last, with contemporary aesthetics in the middle to high price range.
Wipe your mixer down after each use with a wet soapy sponge and wipe dry. Most attachments are dishwasher-safe, but always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Avoid submerging your hand mixer in liquid and take care not to get food in the motor casing.
Accessories & Additional Features
All hand mixers come with beater attachments, and some come with a whisk and dough hook attachments. But if you’re looking for more versatility from your hand mixer, different brands offer some additional accessories and features at a premium.
The KitchenAid Digital 9-Speed Hand Mixer comes with a blending rod attachment, doing some of the work of an immersion blender to quickly blend a sauce or salad dressing without switching appliances.
Combining appliance functionality, the Braun HM5120 MultiMix comes with a chopper/food processor attachment. This is especially handy for recipes that include chopped nuts or chocolate. While not large enough to handle big food processing projects, the convenience of having a quick chopper at the ready will cut down on your prep time.
All bakers have been guilty of forgetting to temper their butter before baking at some point. If you’re the kind of baker who consistently forgets that step—or perhaps you’re more of an impulsive baker—a mixer like the Oster HeatSoft hand mixer, which comes with a heating element to soften the butter for you while you work, might be the way to go. At a friendly price, you’ll never be punished for spontaneously deciding to whip up a batch of cookies with cold butter.
A simple and efficient hand mixer is a great place to start when embarking on your baking journey. Making it easy to mix a batch of your favorite cookie dough with your kids or try out more complex recipes with the help of premium attachments, a hand mixer will likely become an essential tool in your kitchen the moment you bring it home.