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Top 10 Hand Mixers 2015

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To select our top 10 hand mixers, we considered several factors, including:

1. Wattage of motor
2. Number of speeds
3. Cleanliness when mixing
4. Weight and handle grip
5. Durability and strength of beaters
6. Ease of cleaning
7. Available accessories like whisks, dough hooks, and milkshake mixers
8. Value and price

While expensive models with multiple speeds are attractive for the versatility they provide, they should also start with at least one slow setting to avoid sending food flying out of the bowl. At the same time, the motor needs to be powerful enough to handle thick food like dough, hardened butter, and mashed potatoes without the beaters clogging.

Color: Black
6 speeds
290 watts
10.1″ x 4.5″ x 10″

A durable, compact hand mixer from Hamilton Beach, this model handles any kind of substance, thin or thick. The special slow setting is gentle enough not to splatter flour or other light mixtures all over the countertop. Its handy attachments, the wire beaters, whisk… read more


Cuisinart HM-70  8.5/10

Color: Black
6 speeds
290 watts
10.1″ x 4.5″ x 10″

Capable of mixing both light powders and thick cookie dough, this Cuisinart hand mixer has a sleek, compact build. The white handle is easy to grip, whether you’re right- or left-handed, and a shiny chrome band around the base adds an attractive touch… read more


Oster 2500  8.5/10

Color: White
5 speeds
240 watts
8.4″ x 4.2″ x 7.3″

With a smoothly curved handle and solid but lightweight feel, this hand mixer from Oster delivers powerful mixing results for the low price of $22.70. Even with heavy, thick substances … read more


Cuisinart HM-50  8.5/10

Colors: Black, White, Green, Orange, Chrome, Magenta
5 speeds
220 watts
4.5″ x 7″ x 9″

Designed to maximize balance and comfort in your hand, this Cuisinart hand mixer has a simple toggle for the five speeds. Available in a variety of vivid colors like orange, magenta, and green … read more


Color: White
5 speeds
250 watts
10″ x 8″ x 12.5″

This great little hand mixer from Sunbeam come with beaters, whisks, and dough hooks. If that wasn’t enough, it also performs the double duty of being a hand mixer and a stand… read more


Colors: White, Brushed Chrome
9 speeds
220 watts
8.5″ x 3.9″ x 8.9″

A clear storage case holds all the beaters, whisks, and hooks and snaps easily onto the base of the mixer for neat, compact storage. That’s one of the benefits of this Cuisinart hand … read more


Color: White
10 speeds
250 watts
5″ x 8.2″ x 8″

An attractive, lightweight model, this Waring Pro hand mixer is durable and easy to use at the same time. A blue LCD display on the handle shows the speed and the timer. A possible problem … read more


Colors: White, Black, Red
5 speeds
3.5″ x 6.4″ x 7.5″
 

Available in a bold red as well as standard black and white, this KitchenAid hand mixer gives a satisfactory mixing performance with its five speeds. For the power its motor provides … read more


Color: White
5 speeds
220 watts
7.6″ x 3.3″ x 6.5″

A sturdy little device from Proctor Silex, this white hand mixer with five speeds handles light to medium mixes quite well. The beaters tend to get clogged with heavier substances like cookie batter. Still, there are several features to like with this model… read more



 

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Hand Mixer Power Features: Automatic Feedback vs. Power Burst

Most hand mixers have at least a couple different speeds to mix food batches of varying thinness or thickness. When a mixture is especially heavy, however, even the highest speeds need a little extra power to keep from getting bogged down. Some hand mixers operate with automatic feedback and others feature a button that supplies a burst of power to any speed. The question becomes: Is one method more effective at increasing the power of a hand mixer?

Automatic feedback

With automatic feedback, an electronic feedback mechanism in the hand mixer senses when its beaters are meeting resistance and automatically ramps up the power. This feature ensures that the hand mixer doesn’t get clogged or slowed down by dense mixtures like cookie dough.

Burst of power button

Several brands of hand mixers feature a button that boosts the power, no matter what speed you’re in. If you feel that the beaters are struggling to mix a thick substance, you can simply press the button to add some kick to the motor’s output.

Is one feature better than the other? That depends on your perspective. If you like feeling in control of your appliances, you may prefer the manual button that increases the power. If, on the other hand, you like your machines to adjust themselves automatically with no trouble on your part, then automatic feedback is clearly a step above.

Brittany Rowland Brittany Rowland researches new developments in Appliances, Kitchen and CE products features with a vigor to which few would aspire… but someone has to do it. See more about Brittany

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