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The best hand mixers of 2020

November 19, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The best hand mixers of 2020, tested by CNN Underscored. To find the best one, we tested nine top-rated hand mixers from brands like Breville, Cuisinart, and more. We mixed, we beat, we whisked. Ultimately, three rose to the top.

They’re less of an investment in time (setting up, cleaning and putting away) and money than a stand mixer, and the ideal choice when you just want to quickly hammer out some cookie dough, whipped cream or cake mix.

The most expensive of the hand mixers we reviewed, the Breville not only mixed ingredients the fastest out of our testing pool (making quick work of even the heaviest of ingredients), but is also equipped with features that you’d expect for a premium price, including a “headlamp” style light and rubber-coated beaters that make it the quietest of all the mixers we tested.

It’s very easy to maneuver and aptly tackles all of the basic functions — mixing, whisking, beating — though it does lack a kneading attachment and was a bit slower on certain tasks compared to the higher-end hand mixers we tested.

For mixing, we used a simple three-ingredient sponge cake recipe, with eggs, cake flour and granulated sugar, which really tested the mixer’s ability to add air to the eggs, making the cake fluffy and easy to slice.

It’s a real test of the baker’s skill and patience, and the most important tool to maintain the required stamina is a lightweight hand mixer that is easy to maneuver.

We also tested the mixers for lighter tasks as well: When we gave the Cuisinart a whirl making chocolate chip oatmeal cookies from a mix, the beater attachments on the machine handled the heavy ingredients with ease, fully mixing the bowl of oats, chocolate chips, oil and egg in roughly two minutes.

The heavier ingredients, just like the light egg whites and cake batter, stayed put in the bowl, which was not the case for several of the other mixers we tested.

Between its pro-level whipping abilities and ease-of-use, not to mention its handy storage case, the Cuisinart HM-90BCS 9-Speed Handheld Mixer proved to be the best hand mixer we tested.

The style, versatility, power and speed of the Breville BHM800SIL Hand Mixer make it akin to a sports car of the small-appliance world.

We first used it to make whipped cream and meringue with the double whisk attachments, a departure from the single-whisk mixers that made up the bulk of our testing pool.

For its higher price, the Breville does offer features we didn’t see on any other mixers, like rubber-coated scraper beaters, which (besides being quiet) didn’t have any dough clinging to them when we were done mixing.

The stylish design, exceptional power, nine settings, six attachments and even a headlamp are everything you need in a mixer — and then some — making the Breville BHM800SIL well worth its premium price.

The lightness of the Hamilton Beach, coupled with the bowl rest — grooves on the side so you can balance the mixer on the bowl while mixing, a feature unique to this mixer — made the 20-minute process of feeding sugar into eggs simple and easy.

While this mixer lost points for not having dough hooks and taking a little longer than our winners to whip, if you’re looking for a low-priced mixer to tackle most baking tasks and need a lightweight, easy-to-maneuver tool, the Hamilton Beach is a solid choice.

We really wanted to put these kitchen essentials to the test and get to the heart of what would be the priorities of someone looking for a hand mixer.

We took copious notes on which mixers handled the best — both in our hands and in the mix — and how well they were built and stood up to heavy use.

There was a little more of a struggle with the delicate process of mixing the sugar into eggs for the sponge cake, as this machine is very powerful and rattled in our hands when we tried to go slowly.

In use, it seemed a little lower on power than some of the pricier mixers we tested, and took six minutes to make whipped cream and meringue.

This lightweight hand mixer comes out of the box looking simple and stylish, with the mixer attachments lying flush against the body of the mixer.

As the Dash Mixer only comes with standard beater attachments, we used those to whisk egg whites and whipped cream, and both took just over five minutes and didn’t make any splatter.

The machine lacked the power to mix the heavy ingredients in the dough, and when we plunged the mixer into the ingredients, the dry mix poofed out of the bowl a bit, leaving cookie-mix dust all over the counter.

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