The perfect compact kitchen companion, a hand mixer is a really quick and easy tool to mix, whip and whisk up a storm. If you don’t have the space or the budget for a full-sized stand mixer or processor but want to save time on those quick baking jobs, hand mixers are the ideal appliance for you.
All hand mixers come with twin beaters that whip and mix through your ingredients. But one of the most important things to consider is how many and what kind of attachments your chosen model comes with. If you love to bake breads and pastries, keep an eye out for anything with a dough hook which makes kneading dough really simple. Balloon whisks are great for gentle, light whisking, so you can finally master that meringue. Some of the fancier accessories include choppers, graters, slicers and even citrus presses.
If you’re mixing for long periods of time, the weight, shape and grip of the mixer is really important. Something light with a good gripping material will reduce any strain on your arms when you’re whipping up something delicious in the kitchen. You’ll also want to check that the double beaters and the attachments are easy to clean to save you time. Any parts that are dishwasher safe or made from stainless steel will cut down cleaning times. Stainless steel is ideal as it’s durable and really quick and easy to wipe down.
The more speed settings that your hand mixer has, the more control and flexibility you have over your homemade creations. The pace of your mixer can make all the difference when it comes to finding the right consistency, whether you’re gently whisking up some buttercream or rapidly blending flour to make your favourite pastry dish. Some mixers come with a pulse function that uses a small burst of power whenever you need it, so you’ll never over-egg the pudding!
A storage stand is a really useful addition to a hand mixer. It keeps all of the accessories and attachments close by when you’re mixing. So if you need to turn that blend into a chop or a slice, you’ll never need to scramble around to find the right attachments. As we’ve already mentioned, hand mixers are a great alternative to stand mixers as they’re more compact, which is great if you’re struggling for room on the worktops or in the cupboards. This Dualit model has a retractable cord for simple, clutter-free storage.