Hand mixers are a no-brainer solution for small kitchens. With a smaller footprint than a traditional stand mixer, not only are hand mixers way more compact and versatile, they’re also generally much more affordable than a clunky stand mixer. Whether you’re whisking eggs, mashing potatoes, or kneading dough for a batch of homemade treats, an electric hand mixer makes those repetitive (and tiring!) tasks way easier.
Well, we decided to take matters into our own hands and have our team of baking-extraordinaire editors put these top-rated models to the test.
Over the course of a 3-week testing period, five of our editors tested the below models by mixing up at least one whipped dish (egg whites, frosting, etc.) and one batch of baked treats (we’re talking cookies, peanut butter brownies, and even focaccia and banana bread).
Breville Handy Mix Scraper Hand Mixer
“This mixer feels really sturdy, so it’s great for pretty much anything. I had no problem mixing up cookie dough, and I think it could easily handle bread dough as well.
“The best thing about this mixer is that it comes with scraper beaters. This is a real time-saver when whipping up icing, brownies, and more liquid batters. Typically you’ll have to stop the mixer, scrape the sides to make sure every ingredient is incorporated, and then turn the mixer back on. I do this process a couple times when baking. With these beaters, you don’t have to do that and can just mix from start to finish.”
KitchenAid 5-Speed Ultra Power Hand Mixer
“I use this mixer for literally all of my baking needs. I have made pumpkin pie, every kind of cookie and cake, whipped egg whites, melted chocolate for peanut butter balls, pie crusts of nuts and ground wafers, and so much more. If you’re a baker, this is seriously all you’ll ever need.
“Speaking from more than 10 years of experience with this KitchenAid hand mixer, this mixer is plenty comfortable for an entire day of holiday cookie baking and more.”
Cuisinart Power Advantage Plus 9-Speed Hand Mixer
“Honestly, this is a good mixer for just about any baking or cooking task. The nine speeds ensure it’ll stand up to any challenge. I was particularly impressed with how easily this mixer kneaded dough with its attached dough hooks. The dough came to a perfect texture after about 10 minutes of kneading on a medium speed.
“This mixer’s nine speeds range from the slow and steady to is-this-a-jet-engine-type fast. It’s super simple to choose one with the digital reader and easily accessible buttons on the handle. It’s extremely quiet, comfortable in the hand, small, and easily maneuvered. I also really love the storage container that comes with the mixer — it easily and cleanly stores the attachments!”
BLACK+DECKER Helix Performance 5-Speed Hand Mixer
“I’ve owned this hand mixer since last year, so I’ve had the opportunity to use it a ton! Over the holidays, I used it to make festive cookies and seasonal cakes, but more recently, I tested it out with a batch of peanut butter brownies and a very yummy banana bread.
“I personally haven’t found a task that this hand mixer isn’t good for! It swiftly whips egg whites to firm peaks, effortlessly creams butter and sugar, and thoroughly incorporates wet and dry ingredients without requiring much side scraping from a spatula. From a price-point perspective, however, it’s one of the most affordable hand mixers on the market, so I’d say it makes a great budget buy.”
This mixer can handle mixing up most sweet treats, from cake batters to cookie doughs, and it can handle the more delicate tasks like making meringues and whipped cream, too.
“Using this mixer is as simple as popping in the attachments and plugging it in. I had no trouble turning it on and adjusting the speeds as I tried it out for the first time. The two standard attachments handled creaming the sugar and eggs without any issues, and beat the strawberry shortcake mix-ins into the smooth batter I needed. Plus, the whisk attachment made it easy to mix up a big batch of scrambled eggs I made.”