Hand Mixer Recs Needed
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.
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).
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.
A third vote for the Kitchen Aid, which was also rated highest in the most recent Cook's Illustrated.
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....
re: Karl Gerstenberger
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.
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.