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Best hand mixer 2024: tested by our experts for cake, cookies, and even dough

Make home baking hassle-free with the best hand mixers, featuring our top picks from Braun, Cuisinart, KitchenAid, and more

Smeg hand mixer on a kitchen counter.
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Not everybody needs (or wants) a stand mixer. If you love to bake, but you're working with a smaller kitchen or a tighter budget, you might be better off with one of the best hand mixers, instead.

There are premium mixers with adjustable speeds and powerful motors, as well as simpler models that master the basics. Hand mixers come in neutral tones to blend into any background and brighter colors to pop against white walls. In fact, there are so many types of hand mixer that it's easy to feel spoiled for choice. 

That's where I come in. As a product reviewer, I'm part of an expert testing team here at H&G. Together, we've tested some of the best kitchen appliances money can buy, from the best stand mixers to hand mixers. I appreciate the flexibility of a cordless design for quick and easy mixing. I've narrowed it down to the eight best hand mixers to suit every style of kitchen and size of budget. 

I've scored each hand mixer on the basis of quality of mixing, quality of construction, ease of cleaning, durability, and the all-important price.  

Best hand mixers 2024 as tested by our team

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Image of KitchenAid Cordless Mixer in BlueH&G gold badge

(Image credit: KitchenAid)
Best hand mixer overall

Specifications

Weight: 2.1lbs
Speeds: 7
Power: 12V
Attachments: Beater
RRP: $99.99

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

Why you should buy it: Good looks, great functionality; outstanding power for a cordless.

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. 'The cordless element makes things even more aesthetically pleasing,' says our tester Molly. 'But don't fall into the trap if you know you're horrendous at charging things, as this mixer needs more attention than usual.' 

Why we love it
It's just great quality, our tester Molly reports. 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 meant it aced cookie dough and cake batter, despite the lack of added attachments. 

Features
With seven speeds to choose from, you can fold as well as a 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. And as you'll know if you've read our KitchenAid Artisan review, you can get it in Empire Red or stay classic with a matte 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
Power: 220W
Attachments: 2 dough hooks, 2 wire whisks, 2 Optimus whisks
RRP: $179.95

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

Why you should buy it: Excellent performance, fabulous looks.

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. 

'In terms of performance, I was doubly impressed with how powerful and user-friendly this mixer was. It takes mere minutes to do what you need it to when it comes to batter,' says our tester Molly. 'The price tag of this mixer might put some customers off, but if you love the aesthetics on offer here, then you'll be glad to hear the performance matches up.'

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 we found in our Smeg 1950s Stand Mixer review, the nostalgic design here is a crucial feature. Looks aside, we loved the user-friendly display, easy controls, nine speeds to use, and non-slip feet to help the mixer stay in place on our countertop.

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

Image of Dualit hand mixer in standalone cutout imageH&G gold badge

(Image credit: Dualit)
Best hand mixer for quality

Specifications

Weight: 3lbs
Speeds: 4
Power: 300W
Attachments: 2 dough hooks, 2 beaters, 1 whisk
RRP: $120

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 

Why you should buy it: High performance and quality, great looks. 

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. 'This Dualit mixer is high-quality, with a focus on pragmatism and straightforwardness,' reports our tester Molly.

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.  

Image of Braun MultiMix 5 cutout image on white backgroundH&G silver badge

(Image credit: Braun)
Best hand mixer for performance

Specifications

Weight: 2.2lbs
Speeds: 9
Power: 350W
Attachments: 2 beaters, 2 dough hooks
RRP: $89.95

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

Why you should buy it: Ergonomic design a triumph in performance stakes; aced all of our tests. 

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. 'I loved this hand mixer performance-wise as much as the KitchenAid; the only reason it's further down the list is the KitchenAid's looks are so much more alluring,' says Molly, our on-staff tester. 'That said, this is much more affordable.'

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. 

Image of KitchenAid mixerH&G silver badge

(Image credit: KitchenAid)
Best multi-tasking hand mixer

Specifications

Weight: 3lbs
Speeds: 9
Power: 100W
Attachments: Pro beater, whisk, dough hook, blend rod
$: 109.99

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

Why you should buy it: Nine speed settings; great power; good looks.

If you want the best corded 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. Our tester Molly was very clear that this model is just as good as our top pick, also a KitchenAid: 'You get more for your money with the additional attachments, and the controls are a little smoother to use.' Why is it further down the list? We simply find cordless hand mixers more practical to use.

Why we love it
Why? Well, for a start there are nine speed settings. These use a 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.

Image of Cuisinart hand mixer cutout imageH&G silver badge

(Image credit: Cuisinart)
Best cordless hand mixer

Specifications

Weight: 2.8lbs
Speeds: 5
Power: 180W
Attachments: Mixers
RRP: $79.95

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

Why you should buy it: Affordable; managed our tests well; cordless.

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 gives 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. 

'Though it performed well in all of our tests, it didn't quite feel like it had the push behind it that some of the contending mixers did,' says staff tester Molly. 'However, with an RRP of $79.95, it will remain in my favorite kitchen tools line-up for a long time yet.' 

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.

Image of Oster HeatSoft mixerH&G silver badge

(Image credit: Oster)
Best heated hand mixer

Specifications

Weight: 5lbs
Speeds: 7
Power: 270W
Attachments: Beaters, whisk, hooks
RRP: $59.99

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

Why you should buy it: Great mixing power; heated technology; seven speeds.

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. 

'It performed well in all of our tests, and has a solid range of speeds and the best pick of attachments from all of the hand mixers we tested,' reports our tester Molly.

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.

Breville The Handy Mix Scraper against a white background.

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8. Breville The Handy Mix Scraper

The quietest hand mixer

Specifications

Weight: 4lbs
Speeds: 9
Power: 240W
Attachments: 2 scraper beaters, 2 dough hooks, 2 balloon whisks
RRP: $150

Reasons to buy

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Quiet
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Lightweight
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Easy to use
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Easy to clean

Reasons to avoid

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Silicone beaters less effective than stainless steel

Why you should buy it: for quick, quiet mixing

While we haven't been able to get our hands on the Breville Handy Mix Scraper Hand Mixer, we've scored the specifications and read countless customer reviews. That's how we know that this hand mixer ticks all our boxes: it's easy to use, easy to clean, and easy to store. It would make a great asset to a smaller kitchen.

Why we love it
This mixer boasts nine speed settings so that you can move from a gentle whisk to a quick whir in a matter of moments. The handle is ergonomically designed for easy holding, which might come in handy if you're batch-baking and standing over bowls for hours at a time. This mixer even comes with a detachable storage compartment to house its attachments and swivel cord. 

Features
The beaters are covered in silicone to minimize noise and protect your mixing bowl. These silicone beaters act like paddles to hit the surface of your batter, rather than slicing through and adding air. You should be able to cream ingredients, but it's pretty difficult to whip. 


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