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advice on hand-held mixers

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rollin'jagaimo Nov 24, 2004 11:29 AM

I need some advice about hand-held mixers.

(I am certainly one of those who lust after a Kitchen-Aid mixer.... I stand in front of those 6-quart mixers for a long time whenever I visit a kitchen shop, and I pretend what it would be like to have one of my own. Can't justify purchasing one unless I start saving in a piggy bank and settle into a place with a spacy kitchen.)

In any case, I've been using a regular ol' hand-held mixer but it pooped out on me last month when I tried to whip up some cream cheese that wasn't soft enough. (Whoops.) The acrid smoke coming out of the engine was pretty traumatic.

Anyway, I'm ready to buy a replacement, and I was wondering if there was a difference between those mixers with only 1 attachment, versus a mixer with 2 attachments.

Also, what about electric cords vs cordless mixers? The cordless mixers with the rechargeable batteries, do they have a long shelf life as the ones with electric cords?

TIA.

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    Middydd Nov 24, 2004 12:24 PM

    I really like my Kitchenaid 5 speed hand mixer, got it on sale, about $50. It's much more powerful than any other hand mixer I've had.

    The beaters are nicely designed, they don't splatter like my old mixer.

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      rollin'jagaimo Nov 24, 2004 12:38 PM

      I read some reviews about this Kitchenaid handheld mixer, and it sounds like the beaters slip out of the hole after awhile. Have you had this mixer for long?

      What are some things that you don't like about it?

      (This mixer is definitely on top of my list right now... just trying to justify spending that much $$ on a handheld mixer.)

      1. re: rollin'jagaimo
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        Middydd Nov 24, 2004 01:46 PM

        I've had it probably three years, I've never had the beaters slip out of the holes. When you attach them they kind of click and lock into place, they seem really firmly attached, far as I can tell.

        There's nothing I don't like about it, it beats well, lots of power, the beaters are efficient, don't spatter, clean easily.

        I have a KitchenAid stand mixer but sometimes you just don't need the big machine. I bake three or four (sometimes more) times a week. I'd buy the Kitchenaid hand mixer again if I had to do it over.

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          Candy Nov 24, 2004 05:22 PM

          I have had a Kitchen Aid hand held for probably 12 years. It is poserful enough to handle cookie dough and yes the beaters don't fasten in tightly but it has not been a problem. I also have the KA stand mixer and both get regular works outs.

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      lb Nov 24, 2004 01:26 PM

      i heard the braun professional is great

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        Zorra Nov 24, 2004 05:50 PM

        I found a 3-speed KA mixer at Target and have been very happy with it. (I love my big KA too.) It's less expensive than the 5-speed. Three speeds might not be enough for some cooks, but I haven't felt the need for more. I've already used it twice today!

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