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Our Favorite Hand Mixers Available in Canada of 2021

  1. Best Overall

    Cuisinart Power Advantage PLUS HM-90

    Pros

    • Intuitive speed controls

    • Includes helpful manual

    • Dishwasher safe attachments

    Cons

    • None that we could find

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  2. Best Value

    Black & Decker MX3200B

    Pros

    • Affordable

    • Simple operation

    • Easy to clean

    Cons

    • None that we could find

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Cuisinart Power Advantage Plus
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Cuisinart Power Advantage Plus

Best Overall
Cuisinart Power Advantage Plus

From whipping cream to kneading bread, you can’t beat the Cuisinart Power Advantage Plus 9-Speed Hand Mixer with Storage Case. It simply didn’t have any weak spots on any of our tests. We didn’t have to stop and scrape the bowl when we were making sponge cake batter and when it came to cookie dough, it sailed right through, easily beating in oats and raisins thoroughly so we didn’t have to do a quick mix with a spatula before forming cookies. The Cuisinart kneaded yeast dough into a smooth elastic ball as well as the human hand.

The on/off switch and speed controls are intuitive to use, and the mixer is always slow starting, so you never get an initial spatter of flour in your face. Of all the products we tested, it has the most helpful manual, which even includes recipes you might actually want to make. The stainless-steel attachments are dishwasher safe and can be stored in the included snap-on storage case, snapped on the top of the mixer. The only drawback is that this is the noisiest model we worked with, although it is certainly nowhere near as loud as a blender or a hairdryer.

Pros

  • Intuitive speed controls

  • Includes helpful manual

  • Dishwasher safe attachments

Cons

  • None that we could find

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Best Value
Black + Decker Easy Storage Hand Mixer

Although the 6-speed Black + Decker Easy Storage isn’t fancy, it does come with wire beaters—not the old-fashioned kind with center posts—and dough hooks. And it more than holds its own when it comes to whipping, mixing, and kneading. It created clouds of whipped cream and egg whites quickly. Unlike some at this price point, it cut right through cookie dough, easily mixing in oats and raisins evenly. When we used it to mix ingredients for a sponge cake batter and knead bread dough, it wasn’t speedy but our cakes and loaves came out picture-perfect.

Operating this mixer is a no-brainer—there’s only one control that you click forward to turn on and select a speed. The manual recommends hand washing all the beaters, but we didn’t find this much of a handicap as they virtually rinsed clean. Since it comes with a storage box that holds the mixer and its attachments, it’s easy to keep everything neatly together in one place. For the money, we don’t think you’ll find a better hand mixer.

Pros

  • Affordable

  • Simple operation

  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • None that we could find

How We Tested Hand Mixers

The Tester

Hi, I'm Sharon Franke, and I’ve been reviewing kitchen equipment for more than three decades. Before that, I cooked and baked professionally in New York City restaurants for seven years. My love for home baking jump-started my career. In high school, I baked a birthday cake for a friend every year using a boxed mix and a wooden spoon and (no wonder!) my creations always came out lumpy and leaden. As soon as I had my own kitchen, my first purchase was a mixer that could be used on a stand or by hand, and I was off and baking!

The Tests

We tested nine hand mixers to find the best. First, we whipped heavy cream and egg whites using the whisk attachments, timing how long each took to create stiff peaks and measuring the volume created. Then with the mixing beaters, we used each mixer to make a classic sponge cake which calls for beating eggs and sugar up to 15 minutes until they’re pale yellow and thickened. We looked for cakes that baked up high and uniformly with a fine crumb and few air holes. Next, with the beaters, we tested each model’s ability to cream cold butter and sugar together for oatmeal cookies, then incorporate the remaining ingredients and mix a thick dough loaded with oats and raisins. Properly mixed cookies come out puffed up in the oven with raisins evenly dispersed throughout. We kneaded enough dough for two loaves of white bread with mixers that came with dough hooks, noting how well each one handled the heavy load and how high the bread rose.

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As we worked, we noted how easy it was to install and eject the beaters, operate the controls, comfortably hold the mixers, and how much noise they made. We evaluated the helpfulness of the manuals, how easy the mixers were to clean and store, and whether or not they had helpful special features.

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Which Mixer Is Best: Hand or Stand?

In our tests, all hand mixers were able to effectively pass each of them. However, beating eggs and sugar together for as long as 15 minutes was fatiguing and we often switched hands even when using the lightest models. When it came to kneading bread dough, it required concentration to keep the dough hooks moving through the heavy load. If these are the types of tasks you only do occasionally, if ever, there’s no need to spring for a stand mixer. For whipping cream, mixing a cake mix, or even beating a batch of cookie dough you can get by quite well with a handheld mixer. However, if you bake often, double up on recipes, and make yeast doughs regularly, it’s worth making the investment and dedicating countertop space to a stand mixer.


Other Hand Mixers We Tested

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Braun MultiMix Hand Mixer

The Braun MultiMix wowed us with its speed and performance on almost all tests as well as its convenience. Cake batter was ready to go in the oven a full five minutes sooner than from almost every other mixer. And although it doesn’t come with a whisk, we got the highest volume while whipping egg whites by far using the mixing beaters. On this model, the weight of the motor is upfront and not under the handle, which makes it easy to hold during time-consuming tasks. However, this configuration also makes it tall, and therefore it moved less fluidly through thick oatmeal cookie dough than some of the others.

The speed dial is very easy to set from one to nine or Turbo boost before you turn the Braun on and if you stop to scrape or check on your progress you don’t have to reset the speed when you continue. This is the only mixer without air vents, making for easy cleanup with no batter to pick out of slots. All of the beaters can be safely cleaned in the dishwasher and you get a bag to store them in to prevent them from getting lost.

Pros

  • Easy to hold

  • Easy to set speed dial

  • Dishwasher safe

Cons

  • None that we could find

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KitchenAid 7-Speed Hand Mixer

Everything from whipped cream to sponge cake to oatmeal cookies came out perfect when we used the KitchenAid 7-Speed. However, we found the controls unintuitive to set. There’s an on/off button that you press first. Then you select your speed with up and down arrows. The speeds themselves are displayed in bars on a lighted display above the on/off switch so you find yourself doing a lot of thinking about what you’re pressing. And every time you stop, you have to go through the whole process again. Even though this mixer costs a bundle (you can also choose from eight colours), it doesn’t come with dough hooks or a storage accessory of any kind. The manual is quite thorough, and the attachments can be popped in the dishwasher.

Pros

  • Thorough manual

  • Dishwasher safe attachments

Cons

  • Unintuitive controls

  • Too expensive

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Breville the Handy Mix Scraper

Breville’s the Handy Mix Scraper comes loaded with an impressive array of features. To operate it, you press “on” and then select one of nine speeds. As soon as mixing starts, a light shines down on the bowl and a timer starts counting up. There’s a pause button so that if you interrupt mixing to stir or add ingredients, you can keep track of your mixing time. While in theory this sounds like a great feature for when a recipe specifies a specific number of minutes, we found we often pressed “off” instead and lost track of time. (We kept a stopwatch going to capture our test results.) Speed recommendations are right on the body of the mixer. The beaters are coated with rubber and when beating, this mixer was the quietest of all we tested—in fact, it just about purrs.

According to Breville, the Handy Mix has Beater IQ that senses the attachments and adjusts the speed regardless of the setting. Despite this, we didn’t find that the Breville offered top-notch mixing performance. It was one of the slower models and the only one that struggled a bit to knead enough dough for two loaves of bread. Although it comes with two whisks instead of one, it didn’t whip up particularly airy egg whites. Plus, at more than 2 .5 pounds, it was heavy and hard to hold continuously for more than a minute or so. However, cookies, cake, and bread all rose high in the oven and came out evenly browned and tender.

With a trigger that makes it easy to release the beaters, a plug that’s easy to pull out of the socket, dishwasher safe attachments, and a storage case to corral all the parts, this mixer is easy to care for. But we’re not sure that all the benefits justify the very steep price tag for a hand mixer that’s not first in its class in mixing performance.

Pros

  • Dishwasher safe attachments

  • Easy to care for

  • Quiet

Cons

  • Confusing speed controls

  • Too expensive

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Hamilton Beach Hand Mixer with Snap-On Case

Talk about no-frills! The Hamilton Beach model even has the old-fashioned beaters with posts in the center rather than the wire ones that are now standard on most mixers. And dough hooks are not included. There’s simply one control that you push forward to both turn on and select one of the six speeds, and then push down to eject the beaters. However, this mixer gets the job done and was even faster than many at mixing sponge cake batter and oatmeal cookie dough. You have to hand wash the attachments, but cleaning is not particularly difficult even with the center post. The one extra you get is quite useful: a case for the attachments that the mixer snaps onto for neat storage.

Pros

  • Simple construction

  • Fast mixing

  • Snap on attachment case

Cons

  • None that we could find

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Black and Decker Helix Performance Premium Hand Mixer

There’s a lot to love about this five-speed hand mixer. The Black and Decker Helix is lightweight and ergonomic handle, it’s decidedly easy to hold. On whipping cream and egg whites and kneading bread dough, it was one of the fastest workers. However, in our testing, it had a fatal flaw: It spattered everywhere when we mixed up the cookie dough, spewing dough, oats, and raisins all over the counter and walls. The nylon-coated beaters are unusually designed in a helix formation. According to Black and Decker, they are supposed to mix in multiple directions, covering more ground. This may account for its speed but also for the splattering. For storage, the mixer snaps onto a case containing all the beaters that are top-rack dishwasher safe.

Pros

  • Easy to hold

  • Fast mixing

  • Dishwasher safe attachments

Cons

  • Heavy splattering

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Dash Go SmartStore Hand Mixer

At first glance, the small, lightweight, brightly coloured Dash Go SmartStore mixer with a single set of beaters seems like a toy, not a serious appliance. But although it was one of the slower performers in our tests, it was able to competently handle all the mixing tasks we threw its way; it doesn’t include dough hooks so we didn’t even attempt to knead bread. The Dash didn’t create the fluffiest whipped cream and didn’t move as easily through cookie dough as we would have liked, but it still produced beautiful cookies as well as tender sponge cakes. The handle is not particularly ergonomic and there are only three speeds, which are not easy to differentiate between. However, on the plus side, the beaters snap onto the body for storage, making the mixer easy to stash away or carry with you. If a rock bottom price is your priority and you’re never going to try your hand at bread, this mixer is worth consideration.

Pros

  • Lightweight

  • Easy to store

  • Affordable

Cons

  • Hard to differentiate speeds

  • Slow mixing

Meet the tester

Sharon Franke

Sharon Franke

Contributor

Sharon has been testing kitchen equipment for the past 30 years. Before becoming a cooking tools maven, she worked as a professional chef in New York City restaurants for seven years.

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