Our expert testers
There's no doubt that our home economist Fiona Mair knows her way around a kitchen and has endless knowledge about kitchen appliances. With 30 years of experience she's seen lots of new technology enter the kitchen space. She is a whiz in the kitchen and knows how to put any appliance through its paces to see if it's worth a spot in your home.
Our test officer Chantelle has also joined the team so we can put more and more popular kitchen products like hand mixers to the test.
How we choose what we test
With a range of products on the market, what makes us choose one hand mixer to test over another? As with most of our product testing, our aim is to test the most popular models on the market and what you're most likely to see in stores.
We survey manufacturers to find out about their range of models, we check market sales information and we also check for any member requests to test specific models. From this information we put together a final list that goes to our buyers. They then head out to the retailers and purchase each product, just as a normal consumer would. We do this so we can be sure the products are the same as any consumer would find them and not 'tweaked' in any way.
How we test
Fiona conducts two main performance tests:
- Whisking egg whites – we use the beaters to whisk egg whites to form stiff peaks. Where supplied, we also use the wire whisk attachment.
- Beating a cake batter – the beaters are used to assess how well the hand mixers combine dry and wet ingredients, to form an even and smooth cake mix.
We no longer test the dough hooks, when supplied. In previous tests we've found that hand mixers don't have the power needed to knead dough.
Ease of use
Fiona assesses ease of use by checking how easy it is to:
- use the controls
- read the labelling
- insert and remove the mixing tools
- stand the mixer during operation
- store the unit with its accessories
- clean the hand mixer.
She also assesses the general comfort, balance and control, hand grip and strain on the wrist during operation.
Test criteria explained
The overall score is made up of:
- Performance (60%)
- Ease of use (40%)
Our test lab
We maintain a kitchen lab that is up to date with the latest reference machines and calibrated measurement tools for our testers to bring you the right results.