Do you want to buy hand mixers but you don’t know…
…which one you should buy? I have a hand mixer buyer’s guide for you! Some years ago I considered Standing Mixers to be the bee’s knees of baking appliances… hand mixers felt like the poor unfortunate cousins of Standing Mixers that are always waiting for the day they will become Standing Mixers.
Hand Mixer Buyer’s Guide: Look for The Base of the Hand Mixer
When you are not using your Hand Mixer, you put the side down on the counter. Unless the hand mixer’s base is large enough, it will continue to topple over! This can be very frustrating for the user. When choosing one, look for a base that doesn’t have rounded edges or curves. Ideally, the mixer’s body should slide directly down onto a completely flat surface.
There are some designers who like to be cute and add a little arch to the base of the mixer. However, this is not practical. If the surface isn’t completely flat, a small variation from that might not have profound effects. Testing is the best way to check this. Put the mixer on a flat surface and test its stability by pushing it with varying amounts of force. That’s a technical way of saying “poke the mixer”! Funny! I recommend continuing your search if it tumbles easily.
Likewise, the angle at which the power cord emerges from the hand mixer also contributes to the stability of the base. It may seem futile, but a too steep angle compromises the stability of the mixer in a standing position. Check to make sure the cords aren’t snagging in the mixer.
Hand Mixer Buyer’s Guide: Consider the Shape of the Beaters
Isn’t a beater attachment just an attachment to a beater? It turns out there’s much more to it than I thought! Last year, my husband bought us a new fridge. I was in desperate need of a new hand mixer. Purchasing appliances is something I’m very particular about, and he knows this. The sales lady at the appliance store recommended a Bosch Hand Mixer to him and made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. He bought a hand mixer impulsively and I was skeptical, but I was proven wrong. The main reason I like this hand mixer so much is the unique twist on the beater attachments.
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Hand Mixer Buyer’s Guide: Consider The Weight of the Hand Mixer
How Many Minutes Does a 7 Minute Frosting Take? What about a batter that needs to be beaten for five minutes? Even the smallest hand mixer can feel like lead after about two minutes.
Getting a Hand Mixer that is so light that it falls over when it’s looked at doesn’t help either. You know I’m exaggerating, but we’ve all seen an El-Chapo who falls down like five to ten times a day. Quite unpleasant. Especially when the batter is all over the counter and the beaters. I can’t help but sigh!sigh!sigh! I think the ideal weight of a hand mixer should be about 680 grams (1,5 lbs) without any attachments. Any lighter than that becomes flimsy. Even going down to 650 g is still possible.
A hand mixer’s weight is not always on the box, so take your scale to the store so you can weigh it there. Although it’s nerdy, it’s also kind of hard core when you think about it. Definitely. But you already knew that.
Hand Mixer Buyer’s Guide: Consider the Watts of the Hand Mixer
The market has some powerful hand mixers, but we don’t plan to use them to sail across the ocean. Alternatively, you should get a mixer with a good amount of power, so it will do the job well. In Watts, you’re talking about the amount of power going INTO the mixer, not the amount coming out. With a lower watt mixer, the gears inside your hand mixer are often of higher quality, so they require LESS power to operate.
High wattages do NOT mean greater quality! A 350 Watt hand mixer is ideal in my opinion! But ultimately, it’s up to you. So far, 350 Watts has worked the best for me. Looking for the best hand mixers? We have a list you can check.
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