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Hand Mixer Recs Needed

sivyaleah Dec 10, 2006 01:23 PM

I'm in the market for a new hand mixer having lost/misplaced my old one in a move.

I have a KitchenAid stand mixer, so I don't need a hand mixer to be a major workhorse, just something to do the job for smaller tasks when I don't want to drag out the KitchenAid which actually is more often than not - since I don't tend to do large baking/cooking very often. A hand mixer will probably get more overall use during the year.

It's been such a long time since I bought one and they sure have changed a lot and I'm quite confused. It doesn't have to have all the bells and whistles, but it does have to be reliable and comfortable in my hand.

Any thoughts?

Thanks!

  1. sivyaleah Dec 13, 2006 02:43 PM

    Looks like the KitchenAid is the hands down favorite! Thanks everyone. Now it's just down to which model :-)

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      browniebaker Dec 13, 2006 01:55 PM

      The motor of my Kitchenaid 7-speed is still going strong after 11 years. One of the beaters fell apart from metal fatigue and, because Kitchenaid changed the design of their beaters, I recently bought a new Kitchenaid professional 9-speed. Works fantastically, just like my old one. The motors of the Kitchenaid hand mixers have always amply met my mixing needs.

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        jerry i h Dec 13, 2006 01:17 AM

        In case you are not already convinced. The $75 Kitchenaid is the only brand of hand held that I have ever seen in the professional kitchens I have worked in over the years. It will take the abuse from a clumsy, poorly trained prep cook; if it can take this, it will do fine in your home kitchen.

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          Shazam Dec 12, 2006 07:04 PM

          Another prop for the KA hand mixer. It's the only hand mixer I've had that didn't break or smells like burnt plastic after using it.

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            jcanncuk Dec 12, 2006 03:40 PM

            Check out the Braun Professional Series immersion blender/mixer. I had a regular Braun one that I bought from a garage sale in my student days that died and so I upgraded to the "Pro" series b/c of the bigger motor. I've had it for 2+ yrs and LOVE it. It purees my soups to perfection and is totally non-splash. It has a whisk attachment that I find works great for most tasks. When I need to do bigger batches or for baking, I use my stand mixer anyway (eg to cream room temp butter and sugar).

            1. MikeG Dec 11, 2006 01:51 AM

              There are things a whisk just can't do as well (and vice versa.) Try making cookie dough with a whisk, I dare you. LOL

              I don't use mine very often, but I have a 10+ year old 5 speed KA that's still going strong.

              1. Karl Gerstenberger Dec 10, 2006 03:58 PM

                The hand mixer is easily replaced with a whisk which has the added benefit of burning calories. Stamina can be increased by alternating between using your wrist and your entire arm. Bracing your elbow on your hip isolates the muscle burn to your wrist, and releasing the elbow loads up the arm shoulder combination. Whipped cream and egg whites are attainable goals and you're on your way to becoming an iron chef....

                Another trick tool in the realm of small electrics is the immersion blender - a great way to reduce clean up time and counter top clutter. The old blender will fit right next to the kitchen aid, the waffle iron, electric tea kettle, espresso machine, drip coffee maker, cusinart, toaster, convection toaster oven, yogurt incubator, coffee grinder....

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                1. re: Karl Gerstenberger
                  sivyaleah Dec 10, 2006 08:19 PM

                  I can't rely on my hands/arms - I have repetitive stress issues, much to my dismay as I prefer making whipped cream with a whisk. But, thanks for the long explanation of the joys of hand blending.

                  I have an immersion blender but that does not accomplish the job that a mixer does. But again, thanks for the tip.

                2. jillp Dec 10, 2006 03:56 PM

                  A third vote for the Kitchen Aid, which was also rated highest in the most recent Cook's Illustrated.

                  1. Candy Dec 10, 2006 03:44 PM

                    Kirchen Aid hand mixer. I've had one for about 12 years and it is great. I have the KA stand too but the little guy is grest to have and really does have more power than many other hand mixers.

                    1. chowser Dec 10, 2006 01:56 PM

                      I have a Kitchenaid hand mixer that works well. It's heavier than other hand mixers I've had but heavy duty enough to handle things that burned out my other handmixers. I've never had it "stop" from the dough being too hard (you know, when the motor is not strong enough to keep the mixers moving).

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                        rainey Dec 13, 2006 02:55 PM

                        I don't use a hand mixer but I remember that the KA was America's Test Kitchen's choice. The reason I took note was they singled out the shape of the handle and it's relationship to the human wrist. I found that a very compelling feature and considered actually getting one.

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