We review 23 handheld mixers, priced from $15 to $139.
Through our rigorous testing, we reveal which mixers:
- perform the best at whisking,
- perform the best at mixing, and
- are the easiest to use.
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A handheld mixer is useful for small jobs that don't require extended mixing. If you whisk egg whites, whip cream, or make cake batters, then a handheld mixer is a handy appliance to have in your kitchen. They’re compact and efficient, have minimal accessories, and are easy to store.
Some even come with dough hooks, but while they can combine the ingredients they lack the grunt to knead the dough. We didn't test to see how well they can handle a pizza dough as they have received poor results in previous tests. If you want an appliance that does this, then you might want to invest in a larger benchtop mixer. See our review of benchtop mixers for more information.
Following performance and ease-of-use testing, the What to Buy models stand out because they combine perfect performance with high ease-of-use scores. These models are comfortable to use, their controls are positioned well, and they’re also fairly easy to clean.
Most handheld mixers can stand upright, so if you’ve prepared the ingredients all you’ll need to do is stop the mixer to add them as required. They’re easy to manoeuvre around all parts of the bowl to thoroughly combine the ingredients.
Price doesn’t necessarily guarantee a superior product, as even the cheaper models get the job done well. Less expensive mixers can still be a good option if you plan to use one only occasionally.
We also have results for compact benchtop mixers that detach to become a handheld mixer.
For more information on Benchtop appliances, see Kitchen.
Brands and models tested
- Abode Abode Hand Mixer (707D)
- Bodum Bistro Electric Hand Mixer 11151
- Breville EM3
- Breville EM6 Wizz Mix Plus
- Breville the Handy Mix BHM100 #
- Breville the Handy Mix Digital BHM510 #
- Breville Wizz digital mix hand mixer BHM500
- Cuisinart HM-90BCSA Power Advantage plus
- Cuisinart Powerselect 5-speed hand mixer CHM-5SSA
- GVA Hand mixer GVA 2620E
- Kambrook KHM10
- Kenwood HM330 Hand mixer
- Kenwood HM791
- KitchenAid 7 Speed Hand Mixer KHM720
- Russell Hobbs Graphite Hand Mixer RHMX400 #
- Russell Hobbs Hand mixer RHMX1 #
- Sunbeam JM3200
- Sunbeam Beatermix JM3250
- Sunbeam Beatermix pro JM5900
- Sunbeam Mixmaster Compact MX5900
- Sunbeam MixMaster Hand Mixer JM6600 #
- Target Essentials Hand mixer TESHM30 #
- Tiffany HM504
# Newly tested models
How we test
Our Home Economist, Fiona Mair, conducted the following two tests, which were weighted equally to calculate the overall performance score.
Ease of use
- Whisking She uses the beaters to whisk egg whites to form stiff peaks. Where supplied, she also uses the wire whisk.
- Mixing The beaters are used again to assess how well the handheld mixers combine dry and wet ingredients, to form an even and smooth cake mix.
Fiona assesses the handheld mixers on how easy it is to use the controls and read the labelling, inserting and removing mixing tools, and standing the mixer during preparation, as well as cleaning parts and the main unit, and storing it. She also looks at their general comfort, considering balance and control, hand grip and strain on the wrist during operation.