We Tested the Best Hand Mixers for Everyday Baking—and These Are Our Favorites

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Breville Handy Mix Scraper 9-Speed Hand Mixer
Photo: Williams Sonoma

Every baking enthusiast knows that there are some recipe steps that can't be done by hand. A reliable mixer is a must for tasks like beating egg whites into fluffy meringue and creaming butter and sugar together for smooth cookie dough. However, not all kitchens have the countertop or cabinet space to store a large stand mixer. That's where a reliable hand mixer comes in. It's an affordable and convenient alternative to a bulky tabletop mixer and can perform many of the same functions with ease and efficiency.

When shopping for a hand mixer, it's important to find one that's easy to use, store, and clean. It should be light enough to maneuver with one hand and should come with a variety of speeds for added versatility and power control. Ultimately, a hand mixer should be a more portable and convenient alternative to a stand mixer while tackling many of the same tasks.

In search of the best hand mixer, we put nine of the leading models through a rigorous series of tests and assessed them on functionality, versatility, durability, and convenience. We were thoroughly impressed by the Breville Handy Mix Scraper's ability to powerfully mix ingredients while feeling smooth and comfortable in our hand. We were also impressed with the ultra-convenient KitchenAid Cordless Mixer, which manages to perform all tasks with ease, with the cordless freedom to move around the kitchen as needed. Read on for more of our findings.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Breville Handy Mix Scraper

Hand Mixer
Courtesy of Williams Sonoma

Also available at Williams Sonoma.

Pros: Despite its powerful motor, this mixer is surprisingly lightweight, quiet, and easy to maneuver. An LED light makes it easy to see exactly what you're mixing, and a built-in timer makes it easier to nail complex recipes.
Cons: Though this isn't the most expensive mixer we tested, it is on the pricier end, so this product might be more suited to serious home bakers who will get regular use out of it.

This option from Breville has everything we look for in a hand mixer and more. The sleek machine is equipped with nine speeds and a convenient digital display. A built-in timer helps achieve precision in recipes that call for timed mixing, and a built-in light makes it easy to see ingredients more clearly.

In addition to the special features, this mixer has a strong motor that powerfully incorporates a variety of ingredients, and the different speeds provide complete control and accuracy. Despite how powerful it is, we never felt like the mixer was hard to control. Even on the highest speeds it was smooth, lightweight, and quiet. This mixer easily whipped cream to stiff peaks and thanks to the rubberized beaters, it completely incorporated butter and sugar without leaving anything behind on the sides of the bowl. This mixer is efficient, functional, and versatile, and it easily surpassed the others in our tests. We love that this handy mixer comes with additional accessories like dough hooks and balloon whisks, and the snap-on case makes storage easy and organized.

  • Speeds: 9
  • Attachments: 2 balloon whisks, 2 dough hooks, 2 beaters, 1 snap-on storage compartment
  • Breville Handy Mix Scraper
    Laura Denby

Best Portable: KitchenAid Cordless Mixer

Hand Mixer
Courtesy of Target

Also available at Target.

Pros: Battery power makes this cordless option one of the most convenient on this list, and a solid base makes it easy to set down when not in use.
Cons: Aside from the two beaters, this mixer doesn't come with any additional attachments, and it must be charged in between uses.

A hand mixer should operate as a more convenient version of a stand mixer, and this cordless option from KitchenAid is by far the most convenient we tested. It has a sleek design with simple functionality, and you can easily toggle between the seven speeds with one hand. We love that the base is solid, so you can set the mixer down in between uses without fear of it tipping over. It's easy to hold and comfortable to use, and the motor is smooth and quiet even when dealing with tough ingredients. This mixer comes with two beaters that are dishwasher-safe for easy cleanup and simple storage. Overall, this is a solid choice for home bakers who want to streamline their kitchen with a more efficient gadget.

Though this mixer has a strong motor, it isn't as powerful as some of the others we tested. In our whipped cream test, we found that the cream was still liquid after whipping on the highest speed for a minute and a half, while others produced stiff peaks in the same amount of time.

  • Speeds: 7
  • Attachments: 2 beaters, 1 charger
  • KitchenAid Cordless Mixer
    Laura Denby

Best Design: SMEG Hand Mixer

Hand Mixer
Courtesy of Crate and Barrel

Also available at Crate & Barrel.

Pros: Like most SMEG products, this mixer has a sleek and functional design that makes it easy to use and attractive to look at. We found it to be surprisingly powerful, yet quiet and comfortable in our hands.
Cons: This is the most expensive mixer on our list.

It's obvious that Smeg's hand mixer is attractive, but what surprised us is how thoroughly functional and powerful this gadget is, too. The handle is designed with a textured, rubberized grip that makes it slip-free even when working with wet or greasy ingredients. The speeds are easy to use, and the handle has a built-in timer for added accuracy. The mixer is strong and powerful, but it never felt heavy or out of control, even when mixing through tough ingredients.

Overall, this is a fantastic choice for any serious home baker looking to invest in a high quality mixer. It's pricey (it's the most expensive on our list), but it easily passed all of our tests. The extra attachments—two wire whisks, two beaters, and two dough hooks—provide versatility, which makes this a go-to gadget for a variety of different tasks in the kitchen.

  • Speeds: 9
  • Attachments: 2 wire whisks, 2 beaters, 2 dough hooks

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SMEG Hand Mixer
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Best Value: Black and Decker Helix Performance Premium

Hand Mixer
Courtesy of Bed Bath & Beyond

Also available at Bed Bath & Beyond.

Pros: Not only is this an affordable mixer, it also comes with multiple attachments that add versatility to an already multifunctional gadget.
Cons: It's louder and bulkier than some of the others we tested.

This mixer performed well in both of our tests, and had no problem incorporating all ingredients, thanks to the rubberized beaters that offered a smoother mixing experience. Though it's one of the most affordable on our list, we found it to be functional, strong, and versatile. The five speeds are easy to use, with a comfortable handle and simple, intuitive design. During our tests the motor was loud but smooth and the rubberized beaters easily incorporated both thin mixtures and thick, stiff ingredients alike. This mixer took longer to whip the cream than some of the others, but we were pleased with the functionality nonetheless.

Though this machine is designed to rest easily on its base, ours toppled over when not in use. Overall this is a simple, convenient mixer at an affordable price that we recommend to any beginner or casual home baker.

  • Speeds: 5
  • Attachments: 2 beaters, 2 dough hooks, 1 whisk

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Black and Decker
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Conclusion

Overall, the Breville Handy Mix Scraper is a solid piece of equipment that combines form and function, making for a powerful mixer that's comfortable to hold and easy to maneuver. Extra features like an LED light, built-in timer, and silicone-tipped beaters provide added convenience.

Factors to Consider

Functionality

Throughout our tests, we wanted to make sure that each mixer was able to thoroughly combine ingredients without sputtering or splattering. We tested each mixer on high and low speeds, and assessed how easy it was to maneuver between power levels. We also noted if high speeds actually equated to more power, and if using more power meant the mixer was more or less difficult to control. A good hand mixer should have a powerful motor that can incorporate ingredients, from thin liquids to thick and sticky batters. We made sure that each mixer performed just as well when whipping cream as it did when mixing together stiff cookie dough.

Look and Feel

As the name suggests, hand mixers are designed to make mixing tasks easier to do by hand. If you're going to add one to your toolkit, it should be lightweight, easy to hold, and comfortable to use. A convenient hand mixer should be able to rest on its base without tipping over, so you can easily switch between tasks or set it down momentarily when needed. It should also be designed in a way that makes switching between speeds easy to do with one hand. Lastly, the product should feel smooth and manageable no matter what speed you use, from low to high. We assessed each product in this list and ranked how easy they were to maneuver with one hand, how heavy they felt and if weight puts a burden on your wrist.

The Tests

Best hand mixers with whipped cream in bowl
Laura Denby

In order to test functionality, versatility, and durability, we put each mixer to the test by whipping cream and making standard cookie dough. Whipping a liquid like cream helped us get an idea of how each mixer felt in our hands, how easy it was to switch between speeds, and how much splatter was created when mixing at higher speeds. We timed each test, and assessed how powerful each mixer was by how the cream reacted. Some mixers were able to turn the liquid into whipped cream with stiff peaks in about a minute, while others needed multiple minutes to reach stiff peaks.

Mixing thick, sticky ingredients like sugar, butter, and flour helped us assess how easy each mixer was to maneuver. Some mixers felt light and easy-to-use when mixing liquid, but were shaky and unsteady when mixing thicker ingredients. Mixing cookie dough also helped us assess how efficient each mixer was at incorporating ingredients. We timed how long it took each product to thoroughly combine the sugar, butter and flour, and assessed whether or not we could achieve a consistent, smooth dough. Throughout our testing, we used both glass and metal bowls to assess how loud the mixer and beaters were against different surfaces.

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What Didn't Make the List

Braun MultiMix Hand Mixer

Braun MultiMix Hand Mixer
Courtesy of Williams Sonoma

This mixer comes with two beaters, two dough hooks, and a cloth bag for easy storage. Nine speed settings allow for increased accuracy and control over the amount of power you want to use. However, this mixer was louder and a bit more difficult to control than some of the others we tested. Though it felt comfortable when mixing liquid ingredients, the mixer was shaky and unsteady when beating through tougher ingredients like butter, sugar, and flour in our cookie dough test. Due to the design of the speed dial you need two hands to increase speeds, which can make the mixing process less efficient. We noticed the motor got louder and louder as we increased speeds as well.

KitchenAid 5-Speed Ultra Power Hand Mixer

KitchenAid 5-Speed Ultra Power Hand Mixer
Courtesy of Kohl's

This is a strong, durable mixer that uses five easy-to-control speeds. It easily whipped cream with minimal splatter and fully incorporated cookie dough ingredients for a consistent dough. We found it to be comfortable, easy to grip, and slip-free. However, it felt a little shaky when handling the thick, sticky cookie dough. Overall, this is a fantastic mixer at an affordable price. Keep in mind that you can get one of our favorite picks, the KitchenAid Cordless Mixer, for just $45 more.

Cuisinart Power Advantage Plus 9-Speed

Cuisinart Power Advantage Plus 9-Speed
Courtesy of Walmart

This mixer comes with two beaters, two dough hooks, one balloon whisk, and a spatula—all of which are housed in a convenient snap-on storage case. It's a powerful gadget that easily whipped cream into soft, pillowy peaks, but we found that it got a bit shaky and hard to control when mixing thicker ingredients. Additionally, this machine was by far the loudest of the group, and the noise level got louder as we increased speeds. Overall, this is a durable mixer that is powerful and functional, with a simple, easy-to-use design.

Hamilton Beach 5-Speed Hand Mixer with Snap-on Case

Hamilton Beach 5-Speed Hand Mixer with Snap-on Case
Courtesy of Walmart

For a simple, straightforward, and functional mixer at an affordable price, this option from Hamilton Beach delivers. It comes equipped with dishwasher-safe accessories like two beaters, one whisk and a snap-on case for easy storage, and utilizes five speeds for versatility.

Though it doesn't have as much power or accuracy as some of the others we tested, this is a solid mixer that can handle basic baking tasks. It performed well in our tests, but was a little louder and a bit more cumbersome than the Smeg, KitchenAid, and Breville mixers. The functions are a bit more basic, which is helpful when you need to accomplish simple tasks quickly, without any extra buttons getting in the way.

Hamilton Beach Hand Mixer

Hamilton Beach Hand Mixer
Courtesy of Target

This is a simple mixer that easily incorporated the ingredients in our tests using six speeds. The functionalities are basic, and we found it to be very easy to switch between speeds while mixing. The gadget rests easily on its side when not in use. However, this mixer was very shaky and unsteady when mixing thick ingredients, and it felt heavy in our hands and created tension in our wrists.

Q+A

Q: What is a hand mixer used for?

A: Hand mixers can be used for a number of different cooking and baking tasks, from making smooth, creamy mashed potatoes to whipping egg whites into sweet meringue. A hand mixer is used to incorporate ingredients that are too stiff or thick to be mixed by hand. Unlike a stand mixer that can be bulky and take up a lot of space on the countertop, a hand mixer is perfect for quicker mixing projects that require more mobility or portability than a stand mixer.

Q: How do I choose a hand mixer?

A: Before selecting a mixer, it's important to determine what types of projects you'll use it for as well as how much you want to spend. Mixers come with a variety of different attachments and speeds at a range of prices, so you'll want to select one that's right for your budget and your skill level. If you plan on using it occasionally for basic baking tasks, then a simple, affordable mixer will do the trick. If you plan to knead stiff bread dough and mix sticky cookie dough, it's worth investing in a more expensive mixer with a powerful motor and comfortable handle.

Our Expertise

Laura Denby is a former professional chef who currently writes food product reviews for Food & Wine. Laura is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education and uses her culinary background to guide her expert product recommendations. For this piece, she researched competitor lists and performed thorough hands-on testing to determine the best hand mixers. Laura's work can also be found on AllRecipes, Food Network, Delish, Real Simple, Better Homes & Gardens, and Southern Living.

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