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Best hand mixer 2022: for cake, cookies, and even dough

Make home baking hassle-free with the best hand mixers

Image of one of the best stand mixers, Smeg Retro 1950s hand mixer in lifestyle image being used to make bread
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Improve your home baking with the best hand mixer, an essential for thoroughly combining batter, dough and much more. In short, a hand mixer has everything you need to make tasty desserts without all the hard work, and can also brighten up your kitchen countertop with sleek designs to match your decor.

Keen bakers often opt for a hand mixer when they can't quite justify the expense of a full-size countertop mixer. While they may be missing some of the glamors of a stand mixer, hand mixers are ideal for eradicating pockets of flour and sugar, and ensuring that your mix is perfectly smooth. 

Another big advantage of many recent hand mixer models is also the venture into cordless designs, meaning that you can move around your kitchen and your mixing bowl as you wish, with nothing holding you back. 

Homes & Gardens put each of these mixers to the test in order to distinguish which models excelled. Within this guide, you will find all of the information you need to pick out the hand mixer that will truly accentuate your baking, with color schemes available to match your pick of the best stand mixers too. 

Best hand mixers

Image of KitchenAid Cordless Mixer in BlueH&G gold badge

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Best hand mixer overall

Specifications

Weight: 2.1lbs
Speeds: 7
Attachments: Beater

Reasons to buy

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Cordless
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Charges in just two hours
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A range of lovely colors available

Reasons to avoid

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Only one attachment type

The KitchenAid Cordless Hand mixer is our top choice thanks to the fact it combines aesthetics and functionality absolutely perfectly. It has the polished retro look that the brand is famous for, the convenience of being cordless, and the performance that you need to get your smaller baking tasks done efficiently. 

Why we love it

It has two sturdy beaters which sit somewhere between traditional balloon whisk and beater shapes, meaning they're good substitutes for both. That saves on storage space and delivers on multi-functions despite the lack of added attachments. It performed extremely well in our tests, acing cookie dough and cake batter, and won us over when it came to its style. 

Features

With seven speeds to choose from you can fold as well as whisk, so whether you want to keep your mix dense or fill it with as much air as possible, there is a speed setting for you. We're fans of the blue velvet color, but there are seven to choose from. Pair it with your KitchenAid Artisan in Empire Red or stay classic with a matt black or clean white. 

Our full KitchenAid Cordless Hand Mixer review has more information.  

Image of Smeg Retro 50's style hand mixer cutout imageH&G gold badge

(Image credit: Smeg)
Best hand mixer for style

Specifications

Weight : 3.94lbs
Speeds: 9
Attachments: 2 dough hooks, 2 wire whisks, 2 Optimus whisks

Reasons to buy

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Standout option for aesthetic quality 
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Great performance 
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Range of attachments
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Nine speeds to work with

Reasons to avoid

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One of the heaviest mixers 
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The most expensive option on the market
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Not great at standing upright on its own

With just one look, we think you'll find it easy to agree that this Smeg hand mixer is the essential choice for those looking to spruce up their kitchen with their purchase. Available in a series of glorious bright and pastel colors, this mixer marries together style and speed, with nine options for various baking tasks.

Why we love it

It has a full range of attachments, with two dough hooks, beaters and whisks, and each of these performed excellently in our tests. Another standout feature of excellence with this mixer is the seamless digital control panel, which also features a very handy timer. The finishing touches are all there with this mixer, from the included embroidered dust case to the iconic Smeg lettering on the exterior, and there's no doubt that this is the prettiest mixer you could opt for.

Features

As with the Smeg 1950s Stand Mixer, the nostalgic design here is the crucial feature that will entice customers. From there, there is a user-friendly display, easy controls, nine speeds to use, and non-slip feet to help the mixer stay in place on your countertop.

Our full Smeg Retro 50s Hand Mixer has more information.  

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3. Dualit Hand Mixer

Best hand mixer for quality

Specifications

Weight: 3lbs
Speeds: 4
Attachments: 2 dough hooks, 2 beaters, 1 whisk

Reasons to buy

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Replaceable parts make this a great investment
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Practical design that gets the job done
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Plug can be wound up within mixer 

Reasons to avoid

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Quite heavy to hold 
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Only two colors to choose from 

This Dualit mixer is a standout choice thanks to its practical design, genuinely useful features, and the fact it performed adeptly in our tests. Perfect for occasions where you don't need the capacity or power of a stand mixer, this pick will let you get the job done without prior fuss.

Why we love it

The main reason this Dualit mixer is such a success is its focus on practicality. There is a year-long guarantee available if you purchase it straight from Dualit, and the parts of this mixer are replaceable, meaning you can carry it with you for many years of your life. This emphasis on quality that lasts is excellent in terms of value and sustainability. 

Features

The feature that we loved the most during testing was the retractable cord, which makes storage as easy as it should be. This mixer also has a full range of attachments, and straightforward controls.

Our full Dualit Hand Mixer review has more information.  

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Best hand mixer for high-performance

Specifications

Weight: 2.2lbs
Speeds: 9
Attachments: 2 beaters, 2 dough hooks

Reasons to buy

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Dial controls give more control
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Excellent performance
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Efficient 

Reasons to avoid

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On the loud side
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Less aesthetically pleasing than rival mixers

Braun makes an impressive range of handheld appliances, including mini choppers and immersion blenders. This particular mixer, which has an ergonomic design, is a triumph in performance stakes, as it aced all of our tests with no fuss at all. 

Why we love it

The MultiMix is very powerful, with a 350-watt motor that matches some of the most popular food mixers on the market. This was very much so reflected in our tests, with this mixer breezing through all of our mixtures, regardless of the density. It also has a design that promotes easy cleaning, with a sealed body that won't let any mixture seep inside.

Features

There are two dough hooks included with this mixer too, which are excellent for mixing pastries or bread doughs. The controls are also cutting edge, using a dial turn system that you can operate with one hand, whilst you use the other to steady your mixture. Whilst it might not be the most aesthetically pleasing mixer in the world, it contends with the best when it comes to a stellar mixing performance.

Our full Braun MultiMix 5 review has more information. 

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Best multi-tasking hand mixer

Specifications

Weight: 3lbs
Speeds: 9
Attachments: Pro beater, whisk, dough hook, blend rod

Reasons to buy

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Plenty of attachments
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Lockable swivel cord
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Wide range of speed settings

Reasons to avoid

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An expensive option

If you want the best hand mixer and have a larger budget, the KitchenAid KHM926CU 9-Speed Hand Mixer is our top pick. With a cord to help pack in that extra power, and with a stunning design, we think this mixer is very much worth the splurge.

Why we love it

Why? Well, for a start there are nine speed settings. These use slow start (to prevent spills and messes) and range from speed one, which is great for folding, to speed nine, which is perfect for meringues. 

Features

Speed is adjusted using the buttons at the top of the mixer, and is clearly displayed on an LED screen. There's also a beater ejector button that keeps fingers from getting messy when you're done, and a lockable swivel cord that keeps it from getting in the way when cooking. 

Our full KitchenAid 9-Speed Hand Mixer review has more information.

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Best cordless hand mixer

Specifications

Weight: 2.8lbs
Speeds: 5
Attachments: Mixers

Reasons to buy

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Cordless design
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20 minute battery life
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Stand up design

Reasons to avoid

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No dough hook attachment

The best hand mixers are all turning cordless. There's also a KitchenAid option on the market but we like the Cuisinart RHM-100 EvolutionX 5-Speed Cordless Hand Mixer with its five speeds, stand-up display and impressive runtime. 

Why we love it

There are so many reasons to go cordless when hunting for a new hand mixer. It give you the option of making swiss meringue without worrying about finding a place nearby to plug in, and if you have a kitchen island it can sit on the counters without all the clutter of a cord. 

Features

We noted that you cannot use this hand mixer while it's charging, so be sure to charge it ahead of time if you plan on using it. 

Our full Cuisinart EvolutionX Cordless Hand Mixer review has more information.

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Best heated hand mixer

Specifications

Weight: 5lbs
Speeds: 7
Attachments: Beaters, whisk, hooks

Reasons to buy

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Heats butter while you whisk
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Not too expensive
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Easy controls

Reasons to avoid

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On the heavy side

The Oster HeatSoft Hand Mixer has one of the smarter designs in our lineup of the best hand mixers thanks to its heated technology. Gone are the days of waiting for your butter to reach room temperature with this baking gadget, which also has great mixing power. 

Why we love it

Recognizing an issue that home bakers come across far too often, this mixer warms butter as you mix it to bring it to the right temperature for incorporation by blowing warm air into the bowl as you mix. The result? Fluffier cakes and cookies, without the hassle. 

Features

It has seven speeds and a burst of power button, as well as a button to activate and disable the heated features. This hand mixer has an easily-stored case that contains all the attachments and snaps securely shut. It also includes a whisk attachment, which is perfect for whipping cream and finer mixtures. 

Our full Oster HeatSoft Hand Mixer review has more information.


How we test hand mixers

Image of mixers during testing alongside other models

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At Homes & Gardens, we know that how we test products is crucial as to whether you can trust our evaluations and our rankings. That's why we've extensively tested the hand mixers within this round-up side by side in order to truly evaluate which model was the top performer, as you can see from our photos. Our top pick of the best hand mixers goes to the Kitchenaid Cordless Hand Mixer (opens in new tab). It's designed to incorporate all your ingredients and adjusts its power by detecting the attachments you use automatically. 

There's also high praise for the Cuisinart RHM-100 EvolutionX 5-Speed Cordless Hand Mixer if you're looking for a top cordless option to allow free movement around the home as you bake. The range also features one of the best immersion blenders we tested, which is also cordless. Below you'll find more information on who tested these mixers, and why they have the expertise to tell you which model to buy.