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When it comes to kitchen gadgets, there's none we love using more during baking marathons than a hand mixer. With a smaller footprint than a traditional stand mixer, hand mixers are not only way more compact and versatile, they’re also generally more affordable. Whether you're whisking eggs, mashing potatoes, or kneading dough for a batch of homemade baked goods, a hand mixer makes those repetitive tasks much easier.
The Best Hand Mixers
- Best Overall: Cuisinart Power Advantage Plus 9-Speed Hand Mixer
- Best Budget: Mainstays 5-Speed Corded Hand Mixer
- Quietest Mixer: BLACK+DECKER Helix Performance Hand Mixer
- Best for Tough Doughs: Breville Handy Mix Scraper Hand Mixer
- Best for Beginners: KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Mixer
What to Consider
The right hand mixer should relieve your arm from the soreness of repetitive whipping, and may even result in a more thoroughly mixed batter. However, using a heavy mixer can be even more taxing. Look for a hand mixer that's around 2 pounds, as it will likely have the right power-to-weight ratio for optimum handling and performance.
This number indicates the max amount of power that the mixer can provide. If you’ve ever experienced the painful sound of stuck beaters trying to churn through sticky batter, you’ll know how much of a difference a powerful model can make. While not all manufacturers list this spec, you’ll want a mixer that’s in the range of 220 watts and above — especially if thick bread dough and chocolate chip-loaded cookies are your specialties. It’s also important to check reviews for a model that has a good distribution of that power. You can have the strongest hand mixer in the world, but if it doesn’t distribute the power congruently, then you could easily overbeat eggs, or have your precious batter all over your kitchen, instead of the baking pan.
Nearly all hand mixers now come equipped with multiple speed controls, so this isn't something you need to worry too much about. The models in this guide have between five and nine settings.
The fact that hand mixers are relatively small kitchen devices makes them great for kitchens of pretty much any size. However, some actually come with snap-on covers that allow you to store their beaters and other attachments in one easy-to-find place. Some immersion blender bundles have similar systems for all of the add-ons, too. It certainly helps keep things organized.
How We Selected
Several of the hand mixers in this guide are longtime favorites of our team, and we've whipped up countless cookies, peanut butter brownies, focaccia, and banana bread batches with them. Other models are included because they've garnered rave online reviews from users who tout their design, power level, and special attachments.
In our team’s testing, we focused on in-hand comfort, noise level, and general ease of use with each model. We’ve looked for and highlighted design features in these hand mixers that may not be immediately apparent when comparing specs online. To us, it’s important that any user can pick up one of these hand mixers and be able to immediately start using it. We also know that many people prefer hand mixers because they’re lightweight and easy to maneuver and store, so these were important criteria when considering which hand mixers to include in this guide.
Ready to get cooking? Check out our guide to the best hand mixers for all of your baking kneads.
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Geoff is a lifestyle journalist & copywriter focused on helping brands make the world a better place through compelling copy. He’s a regular contributor at several outlets, including Barron’s, InsideHook, AskMen and several Hearst titles. You can check out more of his work at geoffnudelman.com.
Melanie Yates is the senior service editor of Best Products, where she writes and reports pieces pertaining to the etiquette, dilemmas, and how-tos of gift-giving for different occasions. Previously, she was the site's senior home editor, covering all things decor- and bedding-related since 2015. Her digital byline can also be found on Bustle, House Beautiful, and Elle Decor. A longtime classical-music enthusiast, Melanie spends her off-hours enjoying performances big and small across New York City.
Danielle is the former food & drink editor for BestProducts.com, where she put her knowledge as a cocktail consultant and connoisseur to use; her work can also be spotted on Thrillist, Food & Wine, and Delish. Prior to joining BestProducts.com in 2016, she was slinging fancy cocktails in Brooklyn, reporting on the best bars and restaurants in the country for Food & Wine magazine, and drinking all the whiskey New York has to offer. Outside of work, you’ll most likely find her catching the end of happy hour at her favorite bars in New York or dreaming up pretty new drink recipes.
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