With regards to hand mixer popularity, one company stands head and shoulders above the competition. Two of its models in particular have gained particularly strong support. While both sport a Soft Start feature – a must in order to avoid starting a baking session with a shower of soft ingredients sprayed all over your kitchen-, the Cordless feature of their other mixer is clearly dear to some bakers’ heart.
KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Mixer KHM512
A choice of five speeds offers plenty of flexibility in tackling any task from stirring in chunky nuts or chocolate chips on Speed 1 to whipping cream or egg whites on Speed 5. The much coveted Soft Start feature prevents splattering by enabling a very slow start and ensuring a gradual progression to your selected speed.
Dishwasher-safe high quality stainless steel Turbo beaters are ideal for mixing heavy ingredients. Their smooth rounded wire design is ideal to prevent clogging and allows for easy cleanup. Simply press the oversized Beater Ejector Button to easily release the beaters. The round swivel cord is easy to wipe clean and can conveniently be locked into either side of the mixer for smoother operation.
Hunkering for a pink hand mixer? The KitchenAid Ultra Power KHM512 is now available in 14 colors, including Pink, Guava Glaze, Boysenberry, Empire Red, Hot Sauce, Tangerine, Majestic Yellow, Green Apple, Crystal Blue, Ice Blue, as well as neutral Contour Silver, Matte Grey, Onyx Black and White.
This hand mixer’s powerful 250-watt motor is designed to last and operate quietly. The KHM512 measures 8″L x 3.5″W x 6″H, weighs 2 pounds and comes with a one-year hassle-free replacement warranty.
Easy to hold, easy to use and easy to clean, this little marvel gets the job done quickly, quietly and maximum efficiency. Just be careful you don’t overbeat!
View the KitchenAid KHM512CL 5-Speed Ultra Power.
KitchenAid Cordless Hand Mixer KHMB732
From Slow Stir for chunky ingredients to Medium for creaming butter & sugar, and High speed to whip egg whites and heavy creams, this KitchenAid 7-speed hand mixer is perfectly equipped to handle any recipe you throw at it. It also comes with the Soft Start feature as well as high quality dishwasher-safe stainless steel Turbo beaters.
This KitchenAid cordless mixer comes equipped with a rechargeable lithium ion battery with a convenient indicator light which signals when it is time to charge the battery. A full charge takes two hours and is enough to make up to 200 cookies, while a 10-minute charge is sufficient to stir up a cake batter recipe. This charger also accomodates a cordless 5-cup Food Chopper as well as a variable speed Hand Blender which can both be bought separately.
If you’re looking for a splash of color, you will be disappointed as this model is only offered in Black Matte.
The KHMB732 comes with a 100-249-watt Motor Power Range and a one-year warranty. This light weight mixer is deemed easy to use and clean.
View the KitchenAid KHMB732BM Cordless Mixer.
Hamilton Beach Hand Mixer with Storage Case
With 6 speeds including the QuickBurst button for additional power at any speed, this kitchen mixer can adjust to accommodate all your needs. A built-in bowl rest allows for the hand mixer to rest over the bowl so that drips fall in your mixing bowl rather than all over your countertop. A snap-on storage case fits all the attachments and cord perfectly and then snaps onto the mixer keeping everything tidy.
A set of easy to clean traditional chrome beaters and whisk are included for greater versatility.
This Hamilton Beach 6-speed hand mixer is available in 8 colors: Black, Gray, White, Lime Green, Purple, Red, Tangerine and Teal.
Equipped with a 250-watt motor, it measures 8.3″L x 5.7″W x 9.2″H, weighs 2.8 pounds and comes with a 1-year warranty in USA (5-year in Canada).
While easy to handle and clean, this Hamilton Beach hand mixer model 62682 has been deemed on the noisy side and on Low speed doesn’t quite manage to avoid making a mess. There have been complaints about durability of both motor and chrome accessories.
Black and Decker Hand Mixer MX600
In order to achieve optimal mixing consistency while avoiding messes, a Turbo Boost button was incorporated into this mixer’s design to enable smooth transitioning between its five speeds. The heel and bowl rest feature allows the mixer to sit on the edge of the bowl or rest upright on the counter. Store all accessories in the storage case using the mixer itself as a snap-on cover for a convenient self-contained unit.
Three types of dishwasher safe (top shelf) stainless steel accessories are included:
.2 reinforced nylon helix beaters maximize beater overlap for fast general mixing and certainly contribute to this electric mixer’s industrial look;
.2 dough hooks for thick mixtures and doughs;
.a wire whisk for whipping and aerating.
Enhanced with Chrome accents, the MX600 is available in Black, Gray, White, Lime Green, Purple, Red, Tangerine and Teal.
This 250-watt mixer measures 7.9″L x 3.8″W x 11.5″H and comes with a 3-year limited warranty in the United States and Canada.
Though the Black and Decker Helix hand mixer with dough hooks has been found easy to handle and clean, it is still lacking a Soft Start feature. But the main issues relate to its helix beaters: not only are they hard to clean, but they a tendency to propel thicker dough upwards. The company suggests using these beaters with a wider mixing bowl so that the dough is under 2″ deep or switching to dough hooks.
View the BLACK+DECKER MX600B Helix Performance.
Dash Hand Mixer SHM01DS
Whether you’re looking for a vintage hand mixer to coordinate with your retro kitchen or a small hand beater for a dorm or camper, look no further. Three speeds (Low, Medium, High) allow for quick mixing, blending or whipping. Lightweight and compact, it will simply store on its side in your kitchen drawer, beaters clipped securely into its sides.
Included are two dishwasher-safe stainless steel beaters, a recipe book, plus access to the Dash recipe database.
This SmartStore hand mixer mini version is available in Aqua, Red, Grey or White.
Powered by a 150-watt motor, it measures 7.2″L x 2.5″W x 9.5″H, weighs 1.8 pounds and comes with a 1-year warranty.
Though lacking a Soft Start feature, this little mixer is appreciated for its light weight, compact size and durability.
View the Dash Smart Store Compact Hand Mixer.
Whether you own a stand mixer or not, an electric hand mixer comes in handy for quickly whipping up some cream or a few eggs. Time to weigh in the importance of a Soft Start feature versus a storage case or extra attachments!Share This!