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Best hand mixer 2021: handheld mixers for cakes and cookies

Choose the best hand mixer with our roundup of the top 7 handheld mixers from KitchenAid, Breville, Cuisinart, Black and Decker, and more

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While the best hand mixer won't take up much space in your kitchen, it will make the world of difference to your cakes and cookies. Even the most casual of bakers will find that a hand mixer comes in useful at least a few times a year, and they are relatively inexpensive when compared to the best stand mixers

A hand mixer will use a range of attachments including beaters, whisks, and dough hooks to work through flour, butter, sugar, eggs, and any other flavors of your choosing to serve up delicious treats with a lot less of the strain. 

There's also the option of buying a cordless hand mixer, which will mean you can move around the kitchen freely while baking without having to find a power point. That's a big win if you're making a swiss meringue or anything that requires mixing over a bain-marie or near the stove. 

Our top seven best hand mixer picks shows some of the top buys from the likes of Breville, Cuisinart, KitchenAid, Oster and Black and Decker, and there is an option for every budget. 

Best hand mixers 2021

Blue velvet KitchenAid 7-speed hand mixer

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1. Kitchenaid Cordless Hand Mixer

Best hand mixer overall

Specifications
Weight: 2.1lbs
Speeds: 7
Attachments: Beater
Reasons to buy
+Cordless+Charges in just two hours+A range of lovely colors available
Reasons to avoid
-Only one attachment type

While it's nice to have a hand mixer with a range of attachments, we can't say we recommend the dough hooks and blending rods if you have alternative appliances on hand. If you love to bake and want to mix up cake batter or cookie dough on the go, the KitchenAid Cordless Hand Mixer is a top choice. 

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.

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.  

best hand mixer Handy Mix Scraper Hand Mixer

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2. Breville Handy Mix Scraper Hand Mixer

Best hand mixer for easy integration

Specifications
Weight: 4lbs
Speeds: 9
Attachments: Scraper beater, dough hook, balloon whisk
Reasons to buy
+Smart scraper design+Beater IQ recalibrates speed+Comes with storage case
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive option

Fitted with smart scraper attachments, the beaters on the Breville Handy Mix Scraper Hand Mixer are designed to leave no butter un-churned. That means deliciously incorporated batters and fluffy cakes. 

The nine-speed hand mixer is easily adjusted using the dial on the top of the machine, which can be easily rolled higher or lower during use. There's also a button to pause and boost. 

best hand mixer Cuisinart - RHM-100 EvolutionX 5-Speed Cordless Hand Mixer

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3. Cuisinart RHM-100 EvolutionX 5-Speed Cordless Hand Mixer

Best cordless hand mixer

Specifications
Weight: 2.8lbs
Speeds: 5
Attachments: Mixers
Reasons to buy
+Cordless design+20 minute battery life+Stand up design
Reasons to avoid
-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. 

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. 

Best hand mixer KitchenAid KHM926CU 9-Speed Hand Mixer

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4. KitchenAid KHM926CU 9-Speed Hand Mixer

Best multi-tasking hand mixer

Specifications
Weight: 3lbs
Speeds: 9
Attachments: Pro beater, whisk, dough hook, blend rod
Reasons to buy
+Plenty of attachments+Lockable swivel cord+Wide range of speed settings
Reasons to avoid
-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. 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. 

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. 

best hand mixer Oster HeatSoft Hand Mixer

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5. Oster HeatSoft Hand Mixer

Best heated hand mixer

Specifications
Weight: 5lbs
Speeds: 7
Attachments: Beaters, whisk, hooks
Reasons to buy
+Heats butter while you whisk+Not too expensive+Easy controls
Reasons to avoid
-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. Recognising 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. 

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. 

BLACK+DECKER

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6. BLACK+DECKER MX600B

Best hand mixer for easy storage

Specifications
Weight: 3.2lbs
Speeds: 5
Attachments: Beaters, whisk, hooks
Reasons to buy
+Helix shape to add air as you mix+Smart storage case+Auto-eject for quick cleaning+Reduced start speed
Reasons to avoid
-Not dishwasher safe

The BLACK+DECKER MX600B has a pair of unique nylon beaters that are designed to offer more surface area and add more air to your egg whites or heavy cream as you whip. 

It comes in a range of fun colours, including red and green, but the black is classic too. The five speeds can be dialed up using your thumb, and there is even a turbo mode. 

You can use the helix beaters for cake mix, as well as the whisk for eggs and cream, and the dough hooks for bread and cookies. 

Best hand mixer Cuisinart HM-90S Hand Mixer

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7. Cuisinart HM-90S Hand Mixer

Best hand mixer for minimal mess

Specifications
Weight: 4lbs
Speeds: 9
Attachments: Chef's whisk, dough hooks, spatula
Reasons to buy
+Works with other KitchenAid attachments+The cheapest KitchenAid you can buy+Perfectly designed for smaller spaces
Reasons to avoid
-Limited motor strength-No bowl handle

The KitchenAid Classic Plus sells out a lot less regularly than the Artisan, and it's also the cheapest KitchenAid on the market. Available with most retailers in black and white, what it lacks in color options it makes up for in value and space-efficiency. You'll get the same wire whisk, flat beater and dough hook as you'd expect with a regular KitchenAid, but they work with the 4.4 quart bowl to make batches of cookies, cake and bread for smaller households. 

It caps out at 275 watts, which is nearly half that of some more high-end stand mixers, but for the money and the size it's a sacrifice worth making. The bowl comes without a handle, but as with all KitchenAids you can buy new bowls to customize as you see fit. 

What is the best hand mixer?  

Best hand mixer 2021

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Our top pick of the best hand mixers goes to the Breville Handy Mix Scraper Hand Mixer. It's designed to incorporate all your ingredients and adjusts its power by detecting the attachments you use automatically. 

The Cuisinart RHM-100 EvolutionX 5-Speed Cordless Hand Mixer is a top cordless option for those who want to freely move around the home as they bake. The range also features one of the best immersion blenders we tested, which is also cordless. 

How to choose the best hand mixer for you

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Speeds

Hand mixers offer anywhere from 5 to 9 preset speeds. Lower speeds are ideal for integrating ingredients without overworking a batter, and a higher speed can beat egg whites or heavy cream to stiff peaks. 

Every hand mixer in our guide has a speed setting for any task you may wish to use it for, but it's no surprise that the more premium options offer more speeds. These will give you more flexibility in the kitchen and offer a wider range of functions for keen home chefs. 

Storage

Many of the best hand mixers come with cases that contain the machine itself as well as all of its attachments in one easy and convenience space. This makes storage simple and prevents clutter when not in use. 

Weight

None of the best hand mixers are very heavy, but if you plan on using it for prolonged periods of time it's worth making sure it won't become cumbersome.. 

Attachments

Every hand mixer will come with beaters as standard, but some offer extras including dough hooks, balloon whisks and even spatulas for increased functionality. 

Considering buying a stand mixer instead? We compared hand mixer vs stand mixer to see which made a better batch of brownies. 

Millie Fender
Millie Fender

Millie has been with the Homes and Gardens team since early 2021, bringing with her a love of cooking appliances and al fresco entertaining. She writes about stand mixers, blenders, and other small appliances, and loves putting barbecues and pizza ovens to the test. Millie thinks that the kitchen is the most important room in any home, but then, she is very biased.