Hand mixers offer the best convenience and versatility in mixing ingredients. Since you can move them from any angle you want, you have better power over the mixing process. However, not all hand mixers can do it as there are factors that can affect their efficiency.
First is the motor. Hand mixers aren’t as powerful as stand mixers that can handle excessively thick mixes. Yet, they should have enough power and torque to handle dough and batter. With this, the unit should be at least 200 watts or more.
On the other hand, while the power of the unit is important, it is also a must to check the other features of the hand mixer as they can also affect the process and your experience. If you’re looking for the best and latest bells and whistles, the Breville BHM800SIL has everything. Besides the sufficient 240 watts, its Beater IQ system is designed to adjust the speed of the unit according to the attachment being used. All speed also implements a slow start system which prevents the mix from splattering everywhere. With all this, you can be sure of an efficient mixing performance.
Nonetheless, there are other models worth considering, especially if you have other concerns such as the cost. That being said, our SolidSmack Household Appliance and Tool Research Team scoured Amazon to find the best picks for you that offer a great balance between the features and the price. And after a series of tests from mixing dough and batter to whisking egg whites, we give you our honest observations and findings of each product. Here they are:
1. Breville BHM800SIL
2 scraper beaters, 2 dough hooks, and 2 balloon whisks
LED lighting and Beater IQ
If you think the smart features are only limited to high-end devices and appliances, you will be astounded when you get your hands on this Breville hand mixer. Our team had the same experience when we tested all of its attachments and got a closer look at this model.
BHM800SIL offers a total of 9 speed settings and a Boost option. But unlike its competitors, it employs the brand’s Beater IQ Technology. The good thing about it? The motor automatically adjusts the overall speed system according to the attachment you are using. With this, you can’t go wrong with whatever you are working on. Neat!
As for the speed setting, we really love the scroll wheel which allows you to select your speed in the fastest way possible. Push it and you’ll get the Boost. What’s even surprising about it is that every speed starts ultimately slow. The reason? To prevent splashes. Genius!
The package comes with 2 scraper beaters, 2 dough hooks, and 2 balloon whisks. The build of the attachments is excellent and can hold pretty well. When we tested them and employed the brilliant options for power, the hand mixer managed to perform really well from whipping the lightest meringues with great speed to mixing the thickest cookie dough. Indeed, it has plenty of torque for heavy mixes and we didn’t even see it struggle. Further, in each test we conducted, no cloud of dust exploded in the air! Most of all, the rubber-edged beaters had an excellent amount of contact to the bowl so there was almost no need for additional spatula work. They glided along the surface of the bowl with pure ease. And to top it all off, the mixing action was not even loud, thanks to the rubbers. The motor was also pretty quiet: no high-pitch and sharp whining noises even at full speed!
Another thing we really appreciate about it is the fact that it integrates an LED lighting which aids you as you mix your ingredients. Truly helpful in low-light conditions. There’s also a pause button that will allow you to put it to a halt as you add ingredients. Even better, the LED will stop glowing when it’s on pause and when the mixing resumes, the speed starts slow and will start to gain speed until it reaches your last setting.
2. KitchenAid KHM926OB
2 stainless steel Turbo Beater II accessories, stainless steel Pro Whisk, 2 stainless steel dough hooks, and a blending rod
slow speed start
Do you hate splatters of batter on your apron due to the sudden burst of speed of your hand mixer? We all do. This is why the Soft Start feature is getting more and more popular among users who are seeking a reliable hand mixer model. Well, here’s the good news: KitchenAid KHM926OB has it!
Just like the famous Breville BHM800SIL, the KHM926OB employs a gentle speed at the first few seconds of the mixing process. Gradually, it will gain speed until it reaches the speed of your choice.
Further, it has 9 speed settings which are incredibly programmed appropriately. Compared to other models that boast multiple buttons without even apparent differences in their speed performances, you can see obvious results in KHM926OB. When we tested it, the low numbers incredibly did a great job in preventing specs of flour from being thrown out of the bowl. On the other hand, the maximum setting produced a perfect meringue within 4 minutes! We also love the slide mechanism of the controls which allows us to travel back and forth between 1 and 9 speed settings! Even better, the motor seems to have equal torque on any setting. With this, even at the lowest number, the movement of the attachment stays robust.
The set of attachments is also incredible. The package includes 2 stainless steel Turbo Beater II accessories, stainless steel Pro Whisk, 2 stainless steel dough hooks, and a blending rod. While the Turbo Beater II accessories are the true superstar here due to their versatility in handling almost all kinds of mixtures, the blending rod is also a great addition. It doesn’t generate a huge vortex when you use it so splattering liquids can be avoided. Also, it has a very long shaft, allowing it to reach the bottom of tall tumblers and glasses.
3. Oster HeatSoft
2 beaters, 2 dough hooks, and a whisk
If you find yourself always dealing with frozen butter and cheese in your mixtures, the Oster HeatSoft has the solution for your problem. This is what we first noticed when we got our own unit.
By working like a blower, the HeatSoft will release hot air into your mixture as the attachment moves. This will result in faster melting of butter. According to the brand, it can soften butter 12x faster than waiting for the room temperature to do the work. While it might sound a bit of a gimmick, it is actually true! When we tested it for diced butter, it managed to soften everything in less than 2 minutes!
On the other hand, Oster also did a great job in the setup of its speed system. With a choice for 7 speeds, you have a wide variety of options to choose from. Even better, and unlike other models, the lowest numbers are literally slow so they can be really handy to prevent powdery ingredients from flying right up in the air. There is also a Boost button placed right under the HeatSoft and eject buttons.
As for its power, it is fairly great. Its 270-watt is not the quietest one we have tested in this category but it really is powerful. When we used it for cookie dough and stiff batter, it worked without a fuss. Truly vigorous. The whisk also delivered good results at aerating egg whites and turning them into foam.
We also can’t help but notice that it felt heavier than conventional models of hand mixers. Yet, it reflects how quality its build is. And despite its weight, it won’t cause hand fatigue even when you hold it for an extended time. Nonetheless, you can set it flat on a surface which is something you can’t do in other models.
Lastly, while we are glad that the removable magnetic nozzle is dishwasher safe, we were told that its beaters, dough hooks, and whisk can only be hand-washed. Nonetheless, this isn’t a big deal at all as we would really advise our readers to hand wash all their attachments regardless of the dishwasher-safe label.
4. Hamilton Beach 64651
2 beaters, a whisk, and 2 dough hooks
stand mixer funtion
If you can’t decide between a hand mixer and a stand mixer, you can opt for the two-in-one Hamilton Beach 64651. It is basically a stand mixer but for your convenience, the top motor can be detached with just a push of a button. Apparently, it isn’t as lightweight as other models when used as a hand mixer but it can be very efficient in its work.
Also, it has a higher wattage at 290 watts, giving it more power to handle thick mixtures when being used as a stand mixer. It has 6 options for speed and a Quick Burst button. Moving the settings from one to another uses a slide mechanism. However, the slide button seems to have too much resistance that your fingers should make extra effort to move it.
When we tried the highest setting for the egg whites, the speed handled the task with great ease. Within 4 minutes, it gave the egg whites good aeration perfect for meringue. The medium-speed settings, on the other hand, delivered great torque both in handheld and stand mixer mode. The attachments stayed firm and didn’t show problems in handling thick mixtures. And to better mix the content when used as a stand mixer, there is a lever at the base of the stand that will shift the provided 4-quart bowl from side to side! Besides the bowl, the package also includes traditional beaters, whisk, and dough hooks.
5. Hamilton Beach 62682RZ
2 beaters and a whisk
Hamilton Beach 62682RZ doesn’t have the best and newest bells and whistles in town. It is a traditional electronic hand mixer that is budget-friendly but can do the job really well.
What we get from its package is the 62682RZ hand mixer body, traditional beaters, whisk, and a detachable storage box. All in all, with one of the attachments connected to the hand mixer, it feels lightweight. Connecting the attachments, on the other hand, is easy and there’s even an eject button for easy removal.
It comes with a total of 6 speeds and also offers a Burst. However, when we tested it, we realized that there is little difference between each speed setting. As a matter of fact, the entire speed system is generally on the “fast” side, so it basically doesn’t have that “slow” button anyone would expect. Nonetheless, it can also be translated as one of its major strengths. Despite its lightweight and small body, the 250 watts of peak power can hold pretty well. When we tested the beaters and the whisk, they attached securely and didn’t fall even at the maximum setting (though it exhibited obvious noises) while working on heavy mixtures. Nonetheless, what it is best at is whipping eggs, cream, cake batter, and sauces.
The build is also something to praise about it and we appreciate Hamilton Beach bothered giving it great attributes despite its cheap price tag. First is the balance of the hand mixer itself, preventing it from tipping backward off the bowl. There’s also a bowl rest feature that allows it to rest over the bowl as the excess of the mixture drips.
Best Hand Mixers - Buyer's Guide
The power of the hand mixer will determine how well it could handle thick and heavy mixtures. This is why the unit must at least have 200 watts. Apparently, the higher the wattage, the better.
Power isn’t the only factor that will make the hand mixer effective. With this, try to scrutinize the unit if it has some features that will make your work easier such as the slow-starting speed of Breville BHM800SIL, the hot air release of Oster HeatSoft, and the stand mixer mode of Hamilton Beach 64651.
There should be enough speed options in the hand mixer. However, multiple speed buttons do not always equate to an excellent speed system. There should be a significant difference in each button. For instance, there are those that offer 5 speeds but even at the lowest setting, the speed is still considered too fast
As possible as you can, find the package that comes with all the important attachments you need such as the whisk and beater. If there are additions like dough hooks and blending rods, that would be better.
Best Hand Mixers - FAQs
The stand mixer has a fixed mixer head attached to a base where you place a bowl. On the other hand, the hand mixer gives you more freedom to move since you can hold the mixer from any angle you wish.
This depends on the build, quality, and frequency of use of the hand mixer. Nonetheless, most models can last three to four years or more with proper care.
A hand mixer should at least have 200 watts to be efficient in mixing light and thin mixtures. With this, the higher the wattage, the better.