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Need a hand mixer recommendation!

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Hey everyone!
I have to purchase a hand mixer because I'll be teaching some cooking classes, and don't want to lug around my stand mixer. I wouldn't use it for anything TOO heavy, but I want it to do the job for basic cake batters, cookie dough, frostings, and whipped cream.

I'm on a huge budget, but don't want to buy anything that won't get the job done... I just would rather not spend $100 when I would likely never use it other than for the classes (which I don't have too many of).

I DO have a store credit at Home Outfitters, so getting it there would be helpful (even though I know they are overpriced).

I looked at a KitchenAid one (and generally, I love KitchenAid and have all my other appliances from them), but it got poor-ish reviews.

Any suggestions of a different KitchenAid, Cuisinart, or anything else?

Thanks!

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  1. Do you mean a hand mixer with beaters, or a stick blender? Because hand mixers are a dime a dozen, IMO, and cheap. Two beaters spin at varying speeds and that's about it.

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    1. re: monavano

      I can't imagine trying to mix cookie dough with a stick blender.

      1. re: rasputina

        It would be a bit of an adventure!

        1. re: rasputina

          The reason I mention that is the price point the OP mentioned and no, I'd NEVER attempt that either!
          Hand blenders are cheap, relatively speaking.

        2. re: monavano

          No, I mean a hand mixer. Definitely not a stick blender, which I have.

        3. I like my kitchen aid hand mixer, I've had it for years without any problems. I don't use it a lot either.

          I can understand your not wanting to spend 100 dollars on something you will rarely use. Amazon has Hamilton Beach hand mixers for 25 dollars. There is also the 5 speed KA one for 50. Not sure how well it would work for cookie dough though, I've never used the 5 speed.

          The one thing I like about the Cuisinart hand mixer is the storage base to hold the beaters. Let me tell you that there have been many times where I was searching for where my beaters went.

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          1. re: rasputina

            Thanks for the tips! There is a Cuisinart one on sale in the Home Outfitters flyer this weekend (though it doesn't say the model number) but I think they are trying to just clear out the color (copper?!). It's super cheap ($25!) so I think I might check it out tomorrow to see what model number it is. I've never seen copper ones elsewhere, so that's my inkling.

            Amazon wouldn't work for me (I'm in Canada and Amazon.ca isn't better priced; better off going to the store), but I've been reading the reviews. Thanks for your feedback!

            1. re: rasputina

              I have a Hamilton Beach hand mixer that comes with two sets of beaters. One is the regular type and the other set looks like whisks.

              It has a "base" so you can stand it up and let the beaters drip over the bowl. Great if you need to put the mixed down to add an ingredient or walk away.

              1. re: cheesecake17

                Thanks! I'll take a look at that one, too!

            2. I recommend Cuisinart hand mixer. Either the 5 speeds or the 7 speeds will work for you. I have used mine for cookie dough, frosting, whipping cream.

              http://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-HM-50...

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              1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                Thanks! That is the one that I think is on sale - do you have this one?

                1. re: ls150

                  Yes, I have the 5-speed model (not the 7-speed model). It has been working great for me. I have not had the KitchenAid hand mixer, so I cannot say which is better.

                  1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                    Thank you! I actually just went out and got it. Our local Home Outfitters had it on clearance for $29 because of the color (copper), and I had a $22 credit so I hardly had to spend a dime.

                    I'm finding the slowest speed on it is very fast so I'll have to be conscious of that when I immerse it in something, but I think it'll do the job!

                    Thanks!

                    1. re: ls150

                      <I'm finding the slowest speed on it is very fast >

                      Yes, its slowest speed is considered to be fairly fast, and you can see a lot of people say that on the internet: e.g. Amazon review. Other than that, this model has been very reliable. Good luck.

                      1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                        Yes, I read that, too, and I'm cool with it - just use a big bowl and stir a bit first. :)

                      2. re: ls150

                        I have the 9-speed version of the Cuisinart:

                        http://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-HM-90...

                        It served me extremely well until I finally bit the bullet and bought a stand mixer (got it just before Amazon had to start charging sales tax in California!

                        )

                        Incidentally, both Cuisinart 7 speed and KitchenAid 9 speed are "highly recommended" by Cooks Illustrated, but the KitchenAid mixer is 60% more expensive.

                        Mr Taster

                        1. re: Mr Taster

                          Since I have a stand mixer (and love it and use it all the time), and this was just for classes, I didn't want something so expensive.

                          And hey - be happy you CAN order off of Amazon.com. I would save a lot of money if we had that here!

                          1. re: Mr Taster

                            So I have a specific question about the Cuisinart (or Kitchen Aid) hand mixers. A hand mixer is what I've always used, and I DON'T want a stand mixer, but the thing I don't like about my (probably 10 year old, cheap-o) mixer is that when I'm blending sugar and butter, it "spits" the chunks of butter out instead of doing its job and blending them. Seems that there is enough "through" space in the beaters that they don't get blended. Do the Cuisinart and Kitchenaid do a decent job on this, my most common, job? I'm willing to spend 50 bucks or so if it will be an improvement on what I've got now. Otherwise I'll continue to live with it.

                          2. re: ls150

                            Oh wonderful! You got a great deal on that!

                            1. re: rasputina

                              I know! Thanks again for your input!

                    2. I have a Cuisinart 5 speed that is over 20 YO. I am going to buy another Cuisinart 9 speed hand mixer because it also has dough hooks and a lot of power. We have to go to my niece's home in early May and will have to make 3 birthday cakes and don't want to schlep my stand mixer.....though I may. I think I have to bring along my Cuisinart processor too. My mom's 90th birthday and the family is gathering. I'm going to be making all of the family favorites for dinner.

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                      1. re: Candy

                        Sounds like fun! I went out and got the 5 speed because I got a great deal and I think it'll get the job done. I appreciate your feedback!

                      2. I don't use hand-mixer very often. I have a 7-speed KA... ONLY cuz it was $5 in a thrift store... BRAND NEW, still in plastic, with beaters and dough hooks... and price sticker of $69.99 on box. Have never even tried dough hooks... have KA stand mixer for pizza/bread dough. Have NO complaints about its performance. If it had been a cuisinart... would have still gone for it at that price.