I’ll say it right up front: a hand mixer deserves a spot in your kitchen. Designed to expertly blend cookie dough and aerate cake batters, today’s versions are a far cry from the rotary beaters of bygone eras. The newest models embrace technology and convenience, and are speedier and more powerful than their predecessors, easily whipping egg whites or heavy cream into lofty peaks. 

While a stand mixer reigns supreme when it comes to more complicated baking endeavors, food journalist Deanna Fox, a cooking school owner for 10 years, says it’s overkill for simple tasks. “Cakes, brownies, and soft cookie doughs all do just fine with the power of a three-speed hand mixer,” she explains. “I think a hand mixer keeps baked goods tender and makes soft pillows of cream, instead of globs that are 30 seconds away from butter. Plus, many kitchens aren’t big enough to justify a stand mixer for casual baking.” 

Though hand mixers may feel like less of a commitment, you should still choose wisely. The variety of options makes it easy to spend a little or quite a bit. The frequency with which you bake and what you bake should help dictate the type that best suits your needs. To help you decide, I tested different models, and spoke with experts across the spectrum. Here are our seven favorites on the market.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: KitchenAid 9-Speed Digital Hand Mixer

Corded / Weight: 3.94 lbs. / Attachments: Soft scrape beaters, whisk, dough hooks / Storage container: Snap-on case

Why we chose it: Comfortable yet powerful, 9–speeds tackle all types of mixes from lightweight to heavy, and a no-tip feature keeps the appliance steady on the counter. 


  • Comfortable to hold
  • Power lock secures cord in place
  • No-tip feature


  • Best to hand-wash attachments
  • 1 year limited warranty

KitchenAid’s top-of-the-line handheld option offers more than substantial power and good looks. Two turbo beaters, a whisk, two dough hooks, and a blending rod provide plenty of mixing options, plus a nifty storage bag keeps everything together. The power lock secures the cord in place on either the right or left side (your choice), keeping it out of the fray. Weighing in at just two pounds, this mixer is comfortable, impressively powerful, and available in five colors. Designed with a no-tip feature, those of us who zip around a kitchen appreciate that it stays steady when standing upright. This model stays quiet even as it breezes through cookie doughs, batters, heavy cream, and egg whites.

Best Value: Hamilton Beach Professional 7-Speed Electric Hand Mixer

Corded / Weight: 3.94 lbs. / Attachments: Soft scrape beaters, whisk, dough hooks / Storage container: Snap-on case

Why we chose it: A truly slow first speed and soft scrape beaters make this well-priced, sturdy hand mixer a winner. 


  • Comfortable
  • Slow speed is truly slow
  • Easy to insert attachments
  • Soft scrape beaters protect bowls


  • 5 year warranty
  • Snap-on case is a little cumbersome
  • Slightly heavier than some other models

With plenty of speeds to tackle a multitude of tasks, this was the first hand mixer I purchased with rubberized beaters. Even after several years, they are still perfectly intact. Ideal for use in a ceramic bowl or stockpot, it’s great for whipping up mashed potatoes and sturdy enough to distribute dried fruit through oatmeal cookie dough.

Though weighty at almost four pounds, its ergonomic grip makes it comfortable and easy to hold, and for its size, it doesn’t sound like an airplane about to take flight. I’ve used the whisk and dough hooks on more occasions than I could have imagined, leaving my stand mixer jealously watching from the sidelines. I’m a fan of its lockable swivel cord and the quick-release trigger that removes beaters. The attachments can be stored below the mixer in a snap-on case, but be forewarned: it’s a bit fiddly. Opt for this one in black over silver for fewer fingerprints.

Best No-Frills: KitchenAid 5-Speed Ultra Power Hand Mixer

Corded / Weight: 2 lbs./ Attachments: Stainless steel beaters / Storage case: no

Why We Chose It: Less is more; 5 speeds get the job done comfortably, quietly, and capably.


  • Comfortable and quiet
  • Easy to clean
  • Perfect for whipping cream, meringue, blending light batters


  • Not suitable for heavy doughs
  • No storage case
  • One year warranty

I love this little mixer—it has stood the test of time, even in a high-volume bakery. I’ve relied on this five-speed wonder for years, witnessing it whip up heavy cream and meringue on the fly, and even whirling its way through commercial-size batches of pour-and-bake pie fillings (yes, even Thanksgiving pumpkin).

The powerful motor starts slow, builds to a comfortably high speed, is easy on the hands, and quick to clean. The stainless steel turbo beaters are the sole attachments—but honestly, they are all that you need. It comes in a crayon-box worth of colors and since it’s available at a comfortable price point, this is the one I love to give as a gift.

Best Cordless: KitchenAid 7-Speed Cordless Hand Mixer

Cordless / Weight: 3 lbs. / Battery charger for rechargeable lithium ion / Attachments: 2 Stainless steel turbo beaters

Why we chose it: Cordless convenience and surprisingly powerful 7-speeds handle lightweight mixing tasks with ease. A worthwhile addition in kitchens tight on space or for those who prefer the freedom of cordless mixing.


  • Lightweight and quiet yet powerful due to a 250 watt motor
  • Holds a charge well
  • Comfortable and easy to use


  • Not suitable for heavy doughs
  • No storage case
  • Needs at least 2 hours to fully charge

For anyone with a compact kitchen or a lack of outlets, this hand mixer is indeed a dream come true. I was initially skeptical of a battery-reliant mixer, but after experimenting with two different cordless models, I was sold on this one. I like the slow stir option for keeping all your ingredients in the bowl, and for a small mixer, this does a fine job on lightweight batters (e.g. cookie doughs, brownies, 1-2-3-4 cakes).

The cordless convenience of whipping seven-minute frosting right over a double boiler makes it worth the price; ditto for meringue. A few words on the battery: Give yourself plenty of time, at least two hours, to fully charge it. (For those of us who might leave things for the last minute, there is a 10-minute quick charge option.) Pay strict attention to the battery indicator light, which lets you know when it’s time to dock it—but doesn’t leave it sitting on the charger for days on end.

Best Splurge: Dualit Professional Hand Mixer

Corded / Weight: 3 lbs./ Attachments: Beaters, balloon whisks, dough hooks / Storage container: no

Why we chose it: Powerful with a full complement of attachments make this sleek model capable of multi-tasking with ease. 


  • Stable standing on its end
  • Powerful 300 watt motor
  • Comfortable grip and flat blade beaters


  • Retractable cord tricky to wind

The powerful Dualit Professional is a sleek little number with four speeds and a 300-watt motor that means business. It’s comfortable to hold, if a little weighty, surprisingly quiet, and well-equipped to tackle numerous tasks. I’m a fan of the flat blade beaters even though they might be considered old school; they are up to most mixing, blending, and beating challenges. Bonus points for attachments, like a balloon whisk and pair of dough hooks, made of durable stainless steel. One of its most talked about features is the retractable power cord that stows away into the rear of the mixer (admittedly, not without a little bit of coaxing). The no-nonsense eject button releases attachments on cue and the flat back sits handily on the counter.

Best Details: Cuisinart Power Advantage Plus 9-Speed Hand Mixer

Corded / Weight: 3.5 lbs. / Attachments: beaters, chef’s whisk, dough hooks, spatula, and instruction/recipe book / Storage container: yes

Why we chose it: A mixer that makes power adjustments based on applied stress is complete with a perfect set of attachments and boasts a swivel cord suited for right- or left-handed use.


  • Sturdy and powerful
  • Attachments for all types of mixing
  • Comfortable for both right-handed and left-handed use


  • Retractable cord tricky to wind

Sometimes the little things make an appliance stand out, which is the case with the Cuisinart Power Advantage Plus. Speeds are illuminated by a clear LCD display, and the mixer can be navigated comfortably with one hand; a swivel cord makes it easy for both right-handed and left-handed use. I appreciate a mixer that stands squarely on the countertop without wobbling as this one does. Take note of the automatic feedback feature which provides a mechanism that makes power adjustments based on applied stress. The mixer includes a pair of beaters, a chef’s whisk, two dough hooks, and a spatula, all of which are dishwasher safe. I liked the option of mixing thick doughs with either the beaters or switching over to the dough hooks.

Though not as quiet as some hand mixers, 220 watts of power and its ease of operation cannot be overlooked. Everything is backed by a three-year warranty, and it can all be housed in a plastic storage container. I suggest opting for the white finish, which is less likely to show stains and cleans up handily.

Best Retro Design: Russell Hobbs 4-Speed Retro Style Hand Mixer

Corded / Weight: 3.19 lbs. / Attachments: traditional beaters, two dough hooks and a whisk attachment / Storage container: no

Why we chose it: A good range of speeds and a variety of attachments make this retro design model suitable for lighter mixes.


  • Comfortable “soft touch” handle
  • Good selection of attachments
  • Appealing design and color, stable standing on its end


  • Some users found position of speed buttons awkward

This quirky, old-fashioned design is comfortable to grip and offers four speeds, plus a turbo boost. Outfitted with two traditional beaters, two dough hooks, and a whisk, the attachments are dishwasher safe and the cherry red color is certainly eye-catching. Better suited to quick, lighter mixes, it is surprisingly adept for most small tasks and comes with a two-year manufacturers warranty. At this price point, it is best suited for casual bakers looking for a basic hand mixer. 

Best User-Friendly Workhorse: Hamilton Beach Magnolia Bakery 5-Speed Hand Mixer

Corded / Weight: 2.98 lbs. / Attachments: Two traditional beaters and whisk / Storage container: yes

Why we chose it: This new kid on the hand-mixer block boasts a professional grade DC Motor, 5-speeds with a Quickburst option and Slow Start Technology, and is versatile, comfortable, and powerful. Bonus points for its pleasing shade of pastel green and comfortable handle. 


  • Professional grade DC Motor
  • Comfortable
  • Appealing design and color, stable standing on its end


  • Slight wobble on highest speed

Created in partnership with the iconic Magnolia Bakery, this hand mixer tackles a multitude of tasks with ease, thanks to its powerful DC (direct current) motor, offering 15 percent more torque (the force that causes an object to rotate) than traditional AC (alternating current) motors. Avid home bakers will appreciate this mixer’s power, making it suitable for thick batters and doughs, airy meringues, whipped cream and fluffy frostings. Despite its powerful inner workings, the mixer is surprisingly quiet and comfortable to maneuver. Testers appreciated a Slow Start that truly prevented ingredients from flying out of the bowl and the Quickburst option for powering through thick mixes. The lockable swivel cord makes this ideal for both right- and left-handed users. Not only is this sweet little mixer a workhorse, it comes in a pleasing shade of pastel green and keeps attachments and the mixer itself contained within a snap on plastic storage case.

Best Multitasker: Dualit Professional Chrome Hand Mixer

Corded | Speeds: 4 | Weight: 2.87 lbs. | Attachments: Balloon whisk, flat beaters, dough hooks

Why we chose it: Powerful, sleek, and versatile, this top-quality mixer handily accomplishes a multitude of tasks.


  • Heavy duty 300 watt motor/certified for commercial use
  • Retractable power cord
  • Flat beaters, dough hooks and balloon whisk provide versatility


  • Limited 1 year warranty
  • Slightly heavy (2.87 pounds)
  • No storage container

The powerful Dualit Professional is a sleek little number with four speeds and a 300-watt motor that means business. It’s comfortable to hold, if a little weighty, surprisingly quiet, and well-equipped to tackle numerous tasks. I’m a fan of the flat blade beaters even though they might be considered old school; they are up to most mixing, blending, and beating challenges. Bonus points for attachments, like a balloon whisk and pair of dough hooks, made of durable stainless steel. One of its most talked about features is the retractable power cord that stows away into the rear of the mixer (admittedly, not without a little bit of coaxing). The no-nonsense eject button releases attachments on cue and the flat back sits handily on the counter. A go-to appliance in many commercial kitchens, professionals claim the slightly higher price point is offset by the quality of the mixer. 

Features to Keep in Mind When Shopping for Hand Mixers

Speed and Power

Hand mixers are generally categorized by their speed options, some with as few as three and others boasting as many as nine. The majority of mixers are electric, weigh in at 4 pounds or less, and are compatible with any appropriately-sized bowl. The power range for good-quality hand mixers is between 200 and 250 watts. Optimally, a hand mixer will start running slowly—a gradual build-up that prevents ingredients from splattering out of the bowl—ultimately reaching a powerful high speed. 

Higher-end models comfortably cut through dense batters and bread doughs, but it’s important to remember that hand mixers are traditionally geared towards lighter, shorter tasks than those performed by a heavy-duty stand mixer. And before you whip yours out for the first time, always read the user manual. Every one is different, so it’s best to acquaint yourself with the particulars before diving in.


Hand mixers usually include two metal beater attachments. Some models offer whisk attachments, and others might include a pair of dough hooks. For those who enjoy frothy hot chocolate or Dalgona-style coffee, look for models that offer a blending rod. Depending on the manufacturer, some attachments can be purchased separately.  


These small appliances are pretty low maintenance; since the attachments can be removed from the body, they allow for easy clean-up. While some parts are dishwasher safe, others require hand-washing. Additionally, a number of mixers are now equipped with a storage bin or sack that houses the mixer with the attachments.

Stand Mixers vs. Hand Mixers 

Consumers often assume that stand and hand mixers are interchangeable; they are not. Before purchasing, ask yourself how often you envision using a mixer and what kinds of batters you tend to favor. If you are a serious bread baker, cheesecake maker, or cookie pro who bakes several times a week, then a stand mixer might be better suited to your needs. For bakers looking to whip up the occasional batch of snickerdoodles, a tray of brownies, layer cake, or bowl of frosting, hand mixers are perfectly capable of performing these tasks. Additionally, hand mixers can work in tandem with stand mixers; for example, while a stand mixer is beating cake batter, a hand mixer can be used to mix up the frosting. 

Consider size and comfort, too: Unlike heavy stand mixers, which require prime kitchen counter real estate, hand mixers take up minimal space, are portable, and substantially lighter. If you plan to go handheld, it’s important to find a mixer that you can hold with a relaxed grip and that can work with either hand. The details will ultimately enhance your baking experience.

Corded vs. Cordless

Corded models tend to house stronger motors but will be tethered to an electrical outlet. Cordless mixers have their place, but will require advance thought because they need to be charged. Additionally, cordless mixers are easy to use whether you are right or left handed but are better suited to lighter mixes. 


Warranties vary depending on the manufacturer. It’s a good idea to see exactly what is covered by a warranty before making a purchase. Some warranties will cover damage and broken parts, others will replace a faulty mixer. 

Ask the Experts

Q: With what type of bowls can I use a hand mixer?

Stainless steel mixing bowls, glass bowls made from heat-resistant, tempered glass, and ceramic bowls are all suitable. Ceramic bowls, however, are prone to chipping and scratching and are better paired with a hand held mixer that uses rubberized beaters. Plastic bowls can be used in a pinch but tend to be too lightweight to handle mixing. Deeper bowls are preferred to prevent splashing. Remember to stabilize your bowl by setting it down on top of a slightly damp kitchen towel, increase speeds gradually, circle the bowl with the mixer, and take the time to turn off the mixer and scrape down the sides.

Q: Are hand mixers universal? 

Hand mixers vary by brand, so it is important to check the features/attachments before purchasing. Additionally, consider the type of tasks you are most likely drawn to—will you be using the mixer for whipping cream, egg whites, frostings, or are you looking for a portable mixer that can handle heavy doughs? 

Q: What is a good wattage for a hand mixer?

Hand mixers typically range on the low end from 200 to 250 watts of power. Those boasting 350 watts of power are nearly as powerful as some standing mixers.

Q: I’m baking A LOT of cookies. How long can a hand mixer work continuously? 

Remember to start at the lowest speed and work your way up. Continuous mixing time will depend on the power of your mixer and the weight of your dough. If at any time you feel that the body of the mixer is overheating (hot to the touch), or the mixer is struggling, turn it off and let it cool down before turning it back on. Generally speaking 2-minute intervals are a good rule of thumb, but always pay attention to how the machine is behaving. When in doubt, you are better off dividing big batches in half and running the mixer for less time than taking the risk of overheating.

Our Take

Capable of handling many tasks, hand mixers are often a less expensive option than a stand mixer and take up considerably less room. From whipping egg whites, heavy cream, glossy frostings, cookies, cakes, and bread doughs, hand-held mixers are available with various attachments and cover many price points. Comfortable to hold yet powerful, a hand-held mixer is a kitchen tool you will find yourself reaching for regularly.

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