A hand mixer is an essential kitchen tool for any home cook. Whether you’re blending, mixing, whipping, or beating—you need one in your life. But with so many models on the market today, it’s hard to choose which one to spend your money on.
What to Consider When Buying a Hand Mixer
Hand mixers can be used for mixing many different types of food, including eggs, whipping cream, batter, dough, icing, salad dressing and more. Try using one to whip up some boiled potatoes into fluffy mashed potatoes.
Some hand mixer models offer different attachments (in addition to the beaters), such as whisks or dough hooks, making them multi-purpose kitchen tools. Others may have storage compartments to hold the attachments and cord. For most home cooks, hand mixers are more convenient (and more affordable) than stand mixers for small mixing and blending tasks.
The 7 Best Hand Mixers to Buy in 2020
1. Best Overall: Cuisinart Power Advantage Plus 9-Speed Handheld Mixer
This 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.
This comes with two extra-long 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.
While this has a slow-start function, reviewers have said that it’s not quite as slow as some other brands with the same feature. Still, it’s slower than a full-power start.
2. Best Multi-Tasker: KitchenAid 9-Speed Digital Hand Mixer
If you’re looking for a mixer that does more than just mix, this 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.
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 include two turbo beaters, a stainless steel whisk, two stainless steel dough hooks, and a blending rod so you can use this 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. Available in five different colors that you can use to match or accent your kitchen.
3. Best High-End: Breville Handy Mix Scraper Hand Mixer
Appliances are getting smarter, like this hand mixer grinder 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.
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.
4. Best Budget: Black+Decker Helix Performance Premium Hand Mixer
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.
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.
The appliances 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.
5. Most Quiet: Hamilton Beach Professional Hand Mixer 7 Speed
Available in silver and matte black, this sleek, mid-priced mixer will help you whip up delicious desserts in no time at all. It comes with Soft Scrape rubberized beaters (no more annoying clanging against the bowl!), whisk and dough hooks, and a snap-on storage case that keeps all of the attachments together so they won’t get lost or damaged. This Hamilton Beach model also has seven different speeds, including quick burst function at every level and a slow-start speed that helps stop splatter.
Designed to be both comfortable and functional, this mixer boasts an ergonomic grip that won’t leave your hand feeling tired or stiff. Its lightweight DC motor means it’s not terribly difficult to hold, either. And lefties and righties alike can find the right positioning for the cord thanks to the swivel cord lock.
6. Best Heated: Oster Hand Mixer with HEATSOFT Technology
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.
7. Most Powerful: Braun MultiMix 5 Hand Mixer
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.
What to Look for in a Hand Mixer
Every hand mixer will include basic beaters, but there’s a variety of accessories that might be included, from whisks to dough hooks to stick blender attachments. If you’ll use those extras, they’re great to have. If you won’t use them, they’ll simply eat up storage space.
All hand mixers will do a fine job mixing your cake batter, but just about every model has something that makes it different from the competition. You’ll find special dials, lights, coated whisks, and custom storage options, among other features. When you’re making your choice, those special features might be the difference between a mixer you love to use and one that’s functional but not fun.
Number of speeds
While you may never use all the speeds on your mixer, going from off to low and increasing the speed gradually can minimize the amount of splashing and spilling that can happen if you go directly to a fast speed. Meanwhile, some mixers have a turbo button that gives you a burst of extra speed when you need it.