Less expensive than a stand mixer, a handheld mixer is just the thing for quick tasks, like whipping cream or egg whites, as well as everyday baking. Of the 22 models we tested, these beat the rest — literally! For more heavy-duty baking, be sure to check out our stand mixer reviews.
Breville's hand mixer won our Kitchen Appliance Lab's test, earning top scores in egg white whipping, cake batter beating, oatmeal cooking mi, bread dough kneading, and more. This nine-speed model is able to recognize which attachment you've inserted (beaters, dough hooks, or whisks) and automatically adjusts its speed to the optimal level for each task at-hand.
The Oster 5 Speed proves you don't have to spend a lot to get a top-performing hand mixer. Sure, it isn't as cute as some of the other models on the market, but it was excellent at many of our tests, particularly at beating super smooth cake batter. It's also nicely compact and comes with its own storage case, so it won't hog space in a drawer or cabinet.
This top-tested model from Cuisinart is very user friendly. It has three low-start speeds so that help prevent splattering and its storage case keeps the attachments together. It's also lightweight so your arms won't be screaming in agony after whipping egg whites into stiff peaks!
The KitchenAid's Ultra Power hand mixer might be small, but it can knead dough as well as a stand mixer can. Plus, the motor is super quiet, it adds a nice pop of color to your kitchen, and it comes at a nice price.
No matter what type of baker you are ― from novice to expert ― the Braun MultiMix will suit you. It aced our egg white whipping test and cookie dough test, so you can use it to mix ingredients for delicate and heavy baked goods alike. It also has nine speed settings and comes with two beaters, two whisks, two dough hooks, and a pouch so you can keep track of all those attachments.
This model is designed to reduce the wrist and arm fatigue you feel when mi — the position of the handle allows you to keep your elbow lowered and your wrist in a neutral position. It was a pro at beating heavy oatmeal raisin cookie dough in our testing, but keep in mind: This mixer doesn't include dough hooks, so you won't be able to use it for kneading bread.
This new Oster model is great for spur-of-the-moment mi tasks that don't give you the time to allow your butter to come to room temperature. It has a built-in fan that will emit warm air onto cold butter in your mi bowl so it will gently soften ― no waiting around or uneven microwaving required. And when you don't have to warm up any ingredients, you'll appreciate this model's ability to plow through cookie dough, whipped cream, and more.
This hand mixer from Krups offers 10 speed settings with a turbo boost button for extra power. It excelled at all of our mi tests, including kneading bread. It was also among the quietest models we tested, so go ahead and whip up waffle batter before the kids are awake.
The Dualit hand mixer has a professional and so-pretty chrome look. During our testing, it easily incorporated raisins into oatmeal cookie dough and quickly whipped cream. Plus, the cord is retractable for storage.
For less serious mi tasks like boxed brownies or cake mix, we recommend this affordable model. We love that the silicone-coated attachments won't scratch bowls or cookware.