Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in a good way) about the stuff we buy (like pillows), but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing.
We’ve covered a whole cabinet’s worth of kitchen appliances, including a life-changing immersion blender, the tiny stand mixer that could, and highly approved juicers and blenders on Amazon, now we’ve gotten into the fray and rounded up the best hand mixers on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)
Top 12 Hand Mixer
- Mix with ease: With 6 speeds, including the quickest button, you can adjust this kitchen mixer to...
- Easy to handle: With 250 watts of peak power hand mixer.
- 【5 Speeds with Ejection Button】- This hand mixers with 1 to 5 different speed. Whether it is slow,...
- 【400W Powerful Motor & Fast Heat Dissipation】- The Newest Upgrade All-Pure Copper Motor,Differ from...
- Attachments - Tackle a number of kitchen tasks with two professional-style wire beaters, one whisk, and...
- Full-Size Storage Case - The hard-shell storage case keeps the mixer and all its attachments in one spot
- Handheld mixer with 220-watt motor and automatic feedback;BPA Free
- Simple on/off button; 1-touch speed control and 9 speed options
- Powerful Hand Mixer: SHARDOR Hand Mixer with heavy duty motor is more power than standard motor. So each...
- 5 Speed and Turbo Function: Multiple speed electric hand mixer will meet all of your mixing needs. Turbo...
- Electric Hand Mixer: 150-Watt Motor in 110-120Voltage with 5 speeds light weight handheld mixer can help...
- 6 PCS Stainless Steel Bowls: Come in sizes 2, 2.5, 3, 4.5, 6 and 7 Quarts. Wide, flat rim ensures a...
- Baking with Ease: With 5 regular speed and turbo function, it will meet all of your mixing needs. Turbo...
- Versatile Safe Attachments: Electric hand mixer includes 5 stainless steel attachments, two dough hooks,...
- Handheld mixer with 220-watt motor and automatic feedback
- Simple on/off button; 1-touch speed control and 9 speed options,BPA Free
- 50% more power 350 watts of power beats the ingredients and the competition. Wattage and mixing effort...
- Half the mixing effort smartmix technology delivers an in-line vertical motor design that shifts the...
- Make up to 200 cookies on a full charge. Based on 4 batches of chocolate chip cookies.
- Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery delivers optimal run time and performance. Battery Indicator Light...
In the Mix: What to Consider
Just about any stand or hand mixer will do for simple chores. Hand mixers cost less but don’t do as well at heavy-duty tasks such as mixing the dough. A few models we tested did a good job when we used their dough hooks, though.
If you’re buying a hand mixer, look for one that comes with extra attachments. A separate whisk makes whipping easier. Wire beaters are easier to clean than traditional center-post beaters. In addition, mixers with slow start-up are less likely to cause splatters.
For stand mixers, make sure you’ll have enough clearance in the “up” position if it will be sitting on a countertop below an overhanging cupboard. With most, you tilt the mixer head up to remove the beater(s) or bowl; but on some models, you crank a lever that lifts or lowers the bowl.
The Hand or the Stand
Which food-prep appliance best suits your lifestyle? Match the machine to the foods you most frequently prepare and how you like to prep. (And keep in mind you might need more than one.) Hand mixers can handle most light chores, while powerful stand mixers are ideal for heavy lifting.
HOW WE RATED
You’ll probably want to buy the highest powered unit that you can afford – especially if you are working with lots of heavy or dry dough. There is, however, a catch: the appliance industry generally likes to obscure their power ratings through the use of “watts.”
Watts (or Amps in other appliance lines such as vacuums) really tell you nothing about the power available, either at the motor itself or at the mixer head. Watts (in this case) can be defined by the amount of power or current that is drawn from the electrical grid.
This means that the beaters rotate on their axis similarly to the way the Earth rotates. Like a planetary system, the whole mixer head then rotates the opposite way, similar to the way the Earth rotates around the sun. This ensures that the sides of the bowl are scraped by the beater rather than having to do it by hand and that the ingredients become fully mixed.
ALL METAL GEARING
Although a bit noisier than other models with quieter nylon gears (sometimes referred to as “plastic” gears in various reviews), models with metal gears tend to last much longer.
That being said, there are obvious differences in quality between various brands in their manufacturing process, with some lower priced models opting for pot metal gears, while better models offer brass or steel gears with tighter tolerances.
SLOW START FEATURE
Any decent stand mixer will have this option. This basically slowly spins the motor up for the first several seconds, so that the ingredients do not fly into the air and create a flour cloud, or splatter your walls.
This speed control also allows you to maximize the torque being produced by the motor with the stiffness of the ingredients. We like to see at least 6-7 speed options. It should be pointed out that the uber-expensive Hobart N50 only has three speeds, as the motor is so powerful it can plow through almost anything in any gear.
At Food, we are more into Function over Form. But we realize some folks value the ability to match their decor, so we’ve included this as a small metric. However, you may value this more, and thus it may affect your selection criteria more so than it does ours – it just happened by coincidence that two of our top picks are available in a plethora of colors.
A heavy stand mixer has much less of the tendency to “walk” around your countertops when mixing heavy bread dough. You’ll generally want a mixer that weighs at least 20 pounds, though heavier is generally better. In the good old days of USA manufacturing, many of these appliances got this weight from their heavy-duty motors (usually tagged with Emerson or Baldor) that contained lots of costly copper wiring and lasted nearly forever.