advice on hand-held mixers
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?
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.)
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.
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!