Whipping up cakes, cookies, whole wheat bread, cream – can’t really do it without the help of a mixer. While a stand mixer will do the job and much more, hand mixers are usually more affordable and take up less space, which is a very important factor to take in consideration if you have a small kitchen.
Whether you need to pull it out for a quick job, such as whipping cream or sugar and butter – or you need to use it throughout the cooking or baking process – a hand mixer is a must-have tool in every kitchen.
There are so many brands and models of hand mixers that you start feeling overwhelmed just by thinking about which one to choose. So we asked over 50 experts the following question:
If you needed to buy a hand mixer, which one would you choose?
Allison M. Sidhu is a foodie from Philly who is based in Los Angeles, where she loves exploring the local restaurant scene with her husband. She holds a master’s degree in gastronomy from Boston University.
I haven’t had a hand mixer for a long time, but ours was a mainstay of the kitchen when I was a kid (and my brother and I always, always got to lick the beaters- as long as there wasn’t any raw egg in there!).
I’m personally a fan of multi-function tools and kitchen appliances, so I use my KitchenAid stand mixer and my Cuisinart immersion blender for all of my mixing and blending needs. But if I were to purchase a hand mixer today, I’d probably go with the KitchenAid 9-Speed– it comes in a few different colors, it’s lightweight, and it even includes dough hooks!
Carole is the writer, content creator, and photographer of the blog Toot Sweet 4 Two. A lifestyle blog with a heavy emphasis on recipes, Carole writes about many things – emergency preparedness (she lost her home in a devasting wildfire in 2007), travel, parties, tablescapes, and more. A self-taught home cook, Carole cooks every day (sometimes twice a day) and loves to experiment and create something new.
I’d choose a Hamilton Beach hand mixer all over again. I’ve had one for 10+ years now and it is a workhorse! Even though I have a stand mixer (a KitchenAid), too, sitting on my counter 100% of the time, inevitably I reach for my hand mixer located in the cupboard behind closed doors. It’s lightweight, easy to use, has several beaters including a whisk and comes with a handy storage tub for the beaters in which the hand mixer rests, making it easy to store. Love its convenience and flexibility!
Chichi Uguru is the voice behind the blog www.mydiasporakitchen.com. My Diaspora Kitchen. She a Medical Doctor with a strong passion for nutrition. The blog was born from her love for cooking and baking and she wants to share that passion with the rest of the world! She wants to show us how tasty African dishes can be and that cooking African food or cooking in general isn’t as complicated as it seems.
I love the KitchenAid hand mixer. The array of colors and aesthetic design of the kitchen aid mixer appeals to me. If I were to buy another hand mixer it would be a kitchen aid hand mixer. I say ‘ if I were to buy another hand mixer’ because I have a proctor Silex hand mixer which i honestly didn’t think would perform as well as it has for the past 2 years. I bought it for about 10 bucks as an emergency and I have bought it as a gift for a couple of friends who are also enjoying it.
In as much as I love kitchen aid mixers ( I have the Kitchen aid stand mixer) and would recommend a KitchenAid anytime because of their efficiency and aesthetics I can’t help but mention that the proctor silex is a good hand mixer as well it does the work beautifully.
Chef Eric Jacques Crowley is a seasoned, professional chef and the founder, owner and chief instructor at his dynamic culinary school, Chef Eric’s Culinary Classroom, where he has shaped the careers of many professional chefs.
I would choose the Cuisinart because I like the affordability and reliability. We use it at home all the time and love it. When my students ask for a recommendation for a hand mixer, I always recommend Cuisinart.
Helen Best-Shaw has been blogging simple, healthy fuss free recipes, with some travel and reviews at Fuss Free Flavours since 2007. She believes that good food is one of life’s necessities that should be enjoyed by, and accessible to everyone.
My hand mixer is a 47 year old Philips model which was one of my parents’ wedding presents. If I was replacing it I’d look for one with a slow start, at least 3 speeds and with beaters, dough hooks and a whisk. It doesn’t have to be an expensive one unless you are using it multiple times a day. My cooking is all about fuss free simple healthy recipes and a basic hand mixer does the job for me!
Jaclyn is the face behind Cooking Classy, a blog where you will find a collection of delicious recipes all tested and approved by her.
I really love my Kitchenaid
An Aussie girl who loves to create American-inspired recipes. A foodie at heart, Jessica loves to travel and taste test along the way. She is particularly fond of the USA and gets much of her baking inspiration from their expansive culinary culture.
I would go with the Kitchen Aid hand mixer. I can’t live without my stand mixer, so I know Kitchen Aid make great kitchen products. Their hand mixer also comes with different attachments which is very handy for a variety of recipes – not just baking.
A foodie and her pups exploring international flavours & ingredients – bringing you classic recipes with a twist!
If i had to buy a hand mixer, I would buy the Breville Handy Mix Scraper Hand Mixer. I use a lot of glass and metal bowls when I cook and I like that the beaters have a rubber cover around it so it doesn’t scrape up against the metal, glass or ceramic!
I also love the way it has a storage box compartment as well so that I can keep the mixers and cord tucked together with the mixer when I’m not using it which means I never have to lose my beaters again! Makes for a easy way to store it as well.
Julie is a chef, dietitian & food media expert – and most importantly, a Midwestern girl – who is on a mission to make healthy eating sexy and craveable!
I love having a hand mixer to use when baking. I don’t think any specific brand is better than the next – I use Cuisinart, but other brands such as Kitchenaid, Hamilton Beach, and other well-known kitchen brands work perfectly!
They make baking activities, such as whipping egg whites or cream cheese, really simple and quick. If you don’t have room in your kitchen or don’t have a budget for a large stand mixer, a hand mixer does the job!
Kathi and Rachel Kirk are the mother/daughter duo behind LaughingSpatula.com. Originally started as a hobby for Kathi, it was only a dream that blogging would turn into a full time venture, let alone a partnership between mother and daughter. They cook and believe in everything they post, no gimmicks whatsoever.
KitchenAid. There is a model that comes with several attachments so it’s almost like using my large counter top model.
Kathryn is the owner of Cardamom and Tea, a blog inspired by Assyrian food. While some of the traditional dishes you’ll find on her blog are specific to Assyrian cuisine, many of them are shared by lots of different cultures, nations and all religions all over the Middle East and the world.
If you don’t have a stand mixer, you can totally make do with a hand mixer. On the flip side, if you do have a stand mixer, you probably won’t ever need a hand mixer, unless you ever need to beat something over a double boiler.
So I usually recommend getting just one, and hand mixers are a perfect choice if you’re on a budget, short on space, and don’t mind kneading dough by hand every once in a while.
I’m a big fan of the Kitchen Aid 5 speed model. It’s powerful and has a nice variety of speeds, which is good when you want to gradually increase the speed, as with meringue—but anything over 5 gradations is kind of unnecessary.
I’ve never used a hand mixer that couldn’t get the job done, but there are some that are more annoying to use than others. I once used a hand mixer with a speed control lever that went from 0 to 7, but just below 0 was a special setting where it would jump right to the highest possible speed.
So for example: you’re mixing some meringue on high speed, and you dial it back down to turn it off, but just when you think the beaters are off, you accidentally toggle past 0, and the hand beaters suddenly jump back up to the highest speed, spraying egg whites everywhere. Keep it simple and you won’t be disappointed.
Lisa is the home cook behind the food posts at Low Carb Yum. She is a retired engineer who has become healthier by following a natural based diet in low carbs.
I’m actually in the market for a new hand mixer and I’ve got my eye on the KitchenAid. I think they make the best electric mixers.
Mely Martinez is a former Mexican school teacher, home cook, and food blogger. She moved to the United States about ten years ago, after living in Mexico her whole life. Now she loves to share home-style recipes for authentic Mexican food.
Without a doubt, it will be the KitchenAid 5-speed handheld mixer. It’s powerful but quiet, very lightweight, and also the versatility of the speeds, it goes very low when you need it a the lower speed and super-high on the 5-speed level. Very convenient small appliance to have handy in your kitchen.
Michael Ruhlman is a writer and a cook. He writes mostly about food and cooking and blogs about the fundamental importance of food and cooking to our families, our communities and our world.
My old Braun, which they stopped making. I loved that the blade was so close to the bottom of the bowl it make making mayo super fast and easy.
Robert is the owner of Kitchen Gadgets Wars – a place where he is exploring some of the most modern kitchen gadgets available on the market today while trying some awesome international recipes!
Even though nowadays I usually use a stand mixer, if I had to chose a hand mixer, I’d go with any from Kitchen Aid. My stand mixer and all other kitchen gadgets are from them and I couldn’t recommend it enough. Great quality.
Samantha is a lucky wife and a proud mother. She loves cooking, writing, eating queso, watching college football and taking way too many pics of her kids. In her spare time, she runs her food blog FiveHeartHome and also wrote a cookbook.
I tend to gravitate towards tried-and-true kitchen brands that I’ve come to trust over the years, for both performance and reliability. My beloved stand mixer (that I’ve had since college!) is a KitchenAid, so if I were to buy a hand mixer, I’d probably consider a KitchenAid hand mixer first. That being said, Cuisinart is another brand that I trust.
Sophia is the owner of Veggies Don’t Bite and she loves cooking with plants. She creates plant-based, gluten-free recipes to spread the word that healthy can be delicious and stress free for your whole family.
The mixer I use is a Kitchen Aid. I love it! I love how easy it is to use and all the attachments it has available.
In the Spring of 2018, Stephanie made the scary, yet exciting decision to leave her full-time office job and fully pursue her passion for food blogging. That’s how The Cozy Cook came to life.
I personally actually love my immersion blender because it is so convenient and serves others purposes other than just a blender. It also takes up a very small amount of storage space!
Swayam belives that food is memories. In fact, almost all her posts revolve around dinner stories. Her blog is for anyone who’s looking for delicious yet easy recipes that won’t take forever to make or cost a fortune.
If I had to choose a hand mixer I would certainly go with kitchenaid for the simple reason that I have used it and it’s brilliant. It’s sturdy, doesn’t heat up as quickly as many others and whips up ingredients perfectly. It’s also easy on the pocket and comes in delightful shades.
Tracy loves making her own natural products like soaps and lotions and her own pantry items like yogurt and salad dressings. Her goal is to show you how to make those things too and why you’d want to.
I’ve actually been on the lookout for a new hand mixer. I had a stand mixer that was combined with a blender and food processor, but the food processor broke, and I ended up buying a new powerful food processor that doesn’t have a mixer incorporated.
Because I use hand mixers for more than just making frosting or pizza dough, and also use them for making lotion and other homemade beauty products, I’d need a hand mixer that works well at a variety of speeds.
I’d also want it to have a variety of attachments like dough hooks, whisks, and a blender rod. While I haven’t personally tried it out yet, the Kitchen-Aid 9-speed digital display hand blender looks like it would be a good fit for me. While it’s on the more expensive side compared to other hand mixers, it has the versatility that I need, it’s attractive, efficient, and has good reviews.