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The Best Hand Mixers of 2022

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Editor's Choice Product image of Cuisinart HM-90 Power Advantage Plus
Best Overall

Cuisinart HM-90 Power Advantage Plus

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 always starts off slowly, so you never get an initial spatter of flour in your face. Read More

Pros

  • Intuitive speed controls
  • Includes helpful manual
  • Dishwasher safe attachments

Cons

  • None that we could find
Editor's Choice Product image of Black & Decker MX3200B
Best Value

Black & Decker MX3200B

Operating this mixer is a no-brainer—there’s only one control that you click forward to turn on and select a speed. Read More

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Simple operation
  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • None that we could find
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Braun MultiMix 5 HM5100

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. Read More

Pros

  • Easy to hold
  • Easy to set speed dial
  • Dishwasher safe

Cons

  • None that we could find
Product image of Breville Handy Mix Scraper BHM800

Breville Handy Mix Scraper BHM800

It was one of the slower models and the only one that struggled a bit to knead enough dough for two loaves of bread. Read More

Pros

  • Dishwasher safe attachments
  • Easy to care for
  • Quiet

Cons

  • Confusing speed controls
  • Too expensive
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Hamilton Beach 62692

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. Read More

Pros

  • Simple construction
  • Fast mixing
  • Snap on attachment case

Cons

  • None that we could find

Whether you're a home cook who occasionally makes a batch of chocolate chip cookies or a serious baker who makes bread regularly, you need an electric mixer.

Stand mixers excel at hands-free mixing on tough tasks like yeast doughs or lengthy ones like sponge cakes. But electric hand mixers can give great results, too. Not only are these kitchen appliances less expensive, they’re easier to stash away instead of hogging space on your countertop.

Editor's Note

The recommendations in this guide are based on thorough product and market research by our team of expert product reviewers. The picks are based on examining user reviews, product specifications, and, in some limited cases, our experience with the specific products named.

Cuisinart Power Advantage Plus
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Cuisinart Power Advantage Plus

Best Overall
Cuisinart Power Advantage Plus
  • Size: 8.46 x 3.94 x 8.94 inches
  • Weight: 4 lbs
  • Speeds offered: 9
  • Attachments included: 2 beaters, 1 chef’s whisk, 2 dough hooks, 1 spatula, and a snap-on case for storage

From whipping cream to kneading bread, you can’t beat the Cuisinart Power Advantage Plus 9-Speed Hand Mixer with Storage Case.

This mixer mixes ingredients evenly, without the need to stop and scrape the bowl, sails through adding ingredients with ease, and can even handle kneaded yeast dough to make smooth, elastic balls 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 found, this mixer 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 a pretty noisy hand mixer, 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
  • Size: 9 x 3.8 x 7.2 inches
  • Weight: 2.05 lbs
  • Speeds offered: 6
  • Attachments included: 2 beaters, 1 whisk, 2 dough hooks

Although the 6-speed Black + Decker Easy Storage electric hand mixer isn’t fancy, it does come with great attachments. It includes two wire beaters (not the old-fashioned kind with center posts), a whisk, and dough hooks. And it more than holds its own when it comes to whipping, mixing, and kneading.

This mixer has the ability to create clouds of whipped cream and egg whites quickly. Unlike some at this price-point, it cuts right through cookie dough, and mixes in ingredients evenly. It isn't speedy at mixing ingredients for cakes or bread but still delivers perfect batters.

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 downside, as they easily 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

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Braun MultiMix Hand Mixer
  • Size: 8.3 x 3 x 8.7 inches
  • Weight: 2 lbs
  • Speeds offered: 9
  • Attachments included: 2 dough hooks, 2 MultiWhisk beaters

The Braun MultiMix wows us with its speed and performance as well as its convenience. It mixes cake batter quicker than most other hand mixers. And although it doesn’t come with a whisk, the mixing beaters deliver a highest volume while whipping egg whites.

On this model, the weight of the motor is up front and not under the handle, making it easy to hold during time-consuming tasks. However, this configuration also makes it tall, and therefore it will move less fluidly through thick dough than some other options.

The speed dial is very easy to set 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, which makes for easy cleanup with no batter to pick out of slots. Plus, all of the beaters can be safely cleaned in the dishwasher, and you get a bag to store them to prevent them from getting lost.

Pros

  • Easy to hold

  • Easy to set speed dial

  • Dishwasher safe

Cons

  • None that we could find

Product image of Breville Handy Mix Scraper BHM800
Breville the Handy Mix Scraper
  • Size: 8.5 x 3.5 x 10.25 inches
  • Weight: 3.2 lbs
  • Speeds offered: 9
  • Attachments included: 2 scraper beaters, 2 dough hooks, 2 balloon whisks

Breville’s the Handy Mix Scraper comes loaded with an impressive array of features. It boasts a light and timer that both turn on when mixing starts, with a pause button for ease of use. And the included Beater IQ senses the attachments and adjusts the speed regardless of the setting.

In spite of this, the Breville doesn't offer top notch mixing performance. It is one of the slower models and the only one we found that struggled a bit to knead enough dough for two loaves of bread. The timer feature is also not as helpful as anticipated, as the more intuitive move is to press "off" instead, causing you to lose track of time.

Although it comes with two whisks instead of one, it won't whip up particularly airy egg whites. Plus, at more than 3 pounds, it's heavy and hard to hold continuously for more than a minute or so.

With a trigger that easily releases 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.

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
  • Size: 9.4 x 5.8 x 9.6 inches
  • Weight: 3.3 lbs
  • Speeds offered: 6
  • Attachments included: 2 traditional beaters, 1 whisk, and a snap-on storage case

Talk about no-frills! This Hamilton Beach model has old-fashioned beaters with posts in the center, rather than the wire ones that are now standard. 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 is faster than many at mixing cake batter and cookie dough. You have to hand wash the attachments, but even with the center post, cleaning is not particularly difficult. The one extra that 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
  • Size: 3.8 x 10.87 x 9.8 inches
  • Weight: 2.9 lbs
  • Speeds offered: 5
  • Attachments included: 2 helix beaters, 2 dough hooks, 1 wire whisk, and a snap-on storage case

There’s a lot to love about this five-speed hand mixer. The Black and Decker Helix’s lightweight, ergonomic handle makes it easy to hold.

This hand mixer is one of the fastest workers, but unfortunately it does tend to splatter when adding chunkier ingredients to your recipe.

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 that contains all the beaters which are top-rack dishwasher safe.

Pros

  • Easy to hold

  • Fast mixing

  • Dishwasher safe attachments

Cons

  • Heavy splattering

Product image of Dash Go SmartStore SHM01DS
Dash Go SmartStore Hand Mixer
  • Size: 7.4 x 3.2 x 4.7 inches
  • Weight: 1.9 lbs
  • Speeds offered: 3
  • Attachments included: 2 traditional beaters, 1 whisk, and a snap-on storage case

At first glance, the small, lightweight, brightly colored 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 out of all of the hand mixers, it's able to competently handle all the mixing tasks you might throw its way.

The Dash doesn't create the fluffiest whipped cream and won't move as easily through cookie dough as we might like, but it will still produce beautiful cookies as well as tender sponge cakes if you give it a try.

The handle is not particularly ergonomic and there are only three speeds, which are not easy to differentiate between. However, 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

How to Choose the Right Hand Mixer for You

There are a few core attributes of every hand mixer that you'll want to consider while shopping. Here's what to look for and how to decide what's most important for your baking routine.

Size

Like in most kitchen appliances, size matters. Since this is an appliance that is meant to ease the mixing process during baking, you don't want to end up with a sore arm while holding something that's too heavy.

Consider the weight of your ideal hand mixer and what you can realistically manage. Opt for a lighter option if your arm tends to get tired easily.

Speed

Most electric hand mixers offer anywhere from 5 to 9 different speed settings for a range of recipes and tasks. While slower speeds are ideal for mixing in ingredients without splattering, high speeds are necessary for whisking things like egg whites effectively.

More speed options in a mixer means more flexibility, and frequent bakers might enjoy the versatility of diverse speed options for more delicate recipes.

Attachments

While some hand mixers include a wide range of accessories—like beaters, whisks, and dough hooks—others stick to the basics with two traditional beaters only. Deciding what attachments you need in a hand mixer depends on your baking repertoire.

If you typically just use an electric hand mixer for egg whisking and batter mixing, any standard accessories will do the trick. But if you're a frequent bread baker, you'll want to make sure your mixer includes add-ons like dough hooks.

Which Mixer Is Best: Hand or Stand?

All the hand mixers we tried were able to effectively pass each of our tests. 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 definitely required concentration to keep the dough hooks moving through the heavy load.

If these are tasks you only do occasionally, 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 on a regular basis, it’s worth making the investment and dedicating countertop space to a stand mixer.

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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