Whip up everything from fluffy cake batters to salad dressings with these capable hand mixers.
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If you’re looking to shave off time in the kitchen, a hand mixer is a great investment.
Many models are now capable of handling thick batters and doughs every bit as well as expensive stand mixers, and can also be used for whipping cream, mixing different foods and even making mashed potatoes.
Not all models are created equally though, making it worth shopping around for one that is both powerful enough to complete tougher tasks and comfortable enough to hold for minutes at a time.
Here, we reveal the best hand mixers currently available to Australians, as based on real customer reviews and our own knowledge of the products.
Compact and affordable, Kenwood’s HandMix Lite Hand Mixer boasts a huge 4.7 out of 5 star rating from more than 670 reviews on Google Reviews. The little whisk makes short work of everyday baking tasks thanks to its powerful motor, five variable speeds and easy-to-use nature, making it a great choice for both busy bakers and those cooking at home.
Weighing in at 900g, the hand mixer isn’t the lightest on the market, which can make it a little clumsy to use according to reviewers. Overall though, customers rated it highly for the price, range of settings and ease of use.
KitchenAid is one of the most popular kitchen appliance brands around, making it no surprise that its Artisan Hand Mixer made this list. Arriving with nine speed settings and a beater, whisk, dough hooks, liquid blending rod and storage bag, the model is more than capable of tackling all your baking tasks.
It also arrives in four different colour options to suit your personal taste and handles extremely well, according to customers on The Good Guys site.
Sunbeam’s Mixmaster Hand Mixer is another customer favourite, with its retro design, six speed settings and powerful 235 watt motor. It comes with V-groove beaters, dough hooks and balloon whisks, which should be enough accessories to tackle most day to day tasks. The mixer also features a power boost function to help it mix through tough ingredients and has an easy to clean design, according to reviewers.
Those looking for a professional hand mixer should look to KitchenAid’s seven speed Cordless model. As the name suggests, the mixer can be used entirely cord free thanks to its rechargeable lithium ion battery, giving you more room to move in the kitchen. It can also stand on its own and boasts a ‘Soft Start’ feature which brings the beater up to the selected speed gradually to prevent ingredients from splattering.
If you’re wondering just how long a cordless model can last, KitchenAid has an answer, claiming that it can whip up around 200 cookies on a single charge.
While it is on the heavier side, there’s plenty to like about Breville’s The Handy Mix Scraper. The affordable model is equipped with Beater IQ technology, which automatically detects the attachment you’ve inserted and adjusts the speed accordingly. A mixing light makes it easy to see what you’re doing, while a pause button allows you to stop mixing temporarily while you add in extra ingredients.
The model comes with two dough hooks, two balloon whisks and two scraper beaters which are rubberised to reduce both noise and damage to your mixing bowl.
Powerful and quiet, Kambrook’s 7 Speed Hand Mixer is loved by customers for its versatility. As the name suggests, the mixer offers seven speeds, including both slow start and pulse, lending you greater power and control. The mixer ships with a beater, whisk and dough hooks and features a swivel cord that suits both left and right handers, making it a great house-warming gift.
It also comes with a unique clip-on storage case which saves on room and prevents you from misplacing your accessories, making it an all-round convenient buy.
Similar to KitchenAid’s Cordless Hand Mixer, this Cuisinart model delivers a cord-free design for added convenience. Equipped with an LED display and five variable speeds, the innovative mixer makes it easy to find the right setting for any recipe, while USB charging makes it easy to power up once you’re done.
According to the brand, the mixer can make up to 10 batches of cookies on a single charge, with the battery life lasting for around 20 minutes. It is worth noting that the mixer won’t operate in corded mode, so if 20 minutes isn’t enough, you may want to look for a corded model instead.
With its charming retro design and handy LED display, Smeg’s Hand Mixer is a great addition to any kitchen. The powerful model arrives with a wire whisk, aluminium flat beater and dough hook, while offering nine different speed settings to help you smooth batter and blend dough with ease.
While it is at the pricier end of the spectrum, customers love the model for its 50s style aesthetic and for the ease of use that its 250W of power affords.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A HAND MIXER
If you’re ready to invest in a hand mixer, it’s worth considering the following before making a purchase:
Attachments: Every hand mixer comes with beaters, but if you want to get the most out of your purchase, it can be worth looking for a model with other attachments too. Many models now come with whisks or dough hooks, allowing you to whip cream and mix dough, in addition to simply blending batters or soup.
Speed and settings: Typically, hand mixers feature around five to 10 different speed options. The greater the number of speed settings, the more control you will ultimately have over your mixing process, though additional speeds may be overkill if you’re only looking to complete basic tasks. Additional settings such as slow start, pulse and pause are meanwhile incredibly handy and worth looking out for.
Weight: While most hand mixers are relatively light, it’s still worth taking note of the overall weight. Once the motor is going and a higher speed setting is selected, hand mixers can be difficult to manage so, the lighter a model is, the more comfortable it will be to use.
Price: Like most small appliances, hand mixers can vary quite a bit in price. Cheap models are available for around $40 or less, but these models typically don’t perform well. We advise looking for a hand mixer priced at $60 or more if you want something reliable that will last for years to come. High end models are also available, though we wouldn’t recommend splashing out unless it’s an appliance you’ll be getting a lot of use out of.
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Lauren is news.com.au’s Best Of consumer technology writer. She previously worked at comparison site Finder as the senior shopping writer where she reported on everything from tech gadgets to the latest home products. Prior to cutting her teeth as a journalist, she completed a Bachelor of journalism at the University of South Australia and worked as a media advisor for JB Hi-Fi where she sold the very products she now writes about.