The Best Hand Mixers That Pros Reach for Instead of Heavy Stand Mixers
Behind every delicious, too-good-to-be-true dessert is usually a mixer that literally whipped your recipe into shape. And, while a stand mixer is a consistent crowd-pleaser for larger batches and recipes that call for continuous blending, a hand mixer is a sound choice for quick whisks and smaller quantities.
Bonus points: Its compact design makes it ideal for teeny, tiny kitchens. As much as we love a stand mixer, you have to admit they take up a lot of space.
When it comes to choosing the right hand mixer, you’ll want one that’s easy-to-use, has multiple speed settings, and can fit comfortably within your budget. But, where to begin your search? We tapped six professional bakers to share their favorite hand mixers.
How to Shop for a Hand Mixer
Ready to add a hand mixer to your cart? Here are a few things to consider when deciding between these pro-approved picks.
Unless you make the same chewy fudgy brownies over and over again — yum, but we have a feeling you’re going to want to shake things up a bit — it’s important to have a hand mixer with a variety of different speeds. As a general rule of thumb, slower speeds are best for mixing thicker consistencies, while faster settings are best-suited to thinner, wispier consistencies. While models with five speeds offer great versatility, bakers with vast repertoires of creams, cookie doughs, and cake batters might want to find a hand mixer with more speed varieties.
Corded versus Cordless
To cord or not to cord? That really is the question. While a corded hand mixer will let you blend baked goods for as long as your recipe requires, you will need to park yourself (and your mixing bowl) next to an outlet. On the other hand, a cordless hand mixer is a great option for kitchens that have minimal outlets — you just need to make sure you charge your mixer before you start to blend! Ultimately, it’s up to you and your space.
Because no one wants to pick up a hand mixer that elicits sticker shock (or any shock, really), it’s important to factor budget into your overall decision. The good news is that there are plenty of pro-approved picks under $100, so you’re bound to find one that can comfortably fit within your budget. Be sure to keep an eye out during holiday and year-end sales for major savings, which we cover in our Sales & Deals here.
Do you have one of these mixers? Another one you love? Tell us in the comments below!