If you whisk egg whites, whip cream or make cake batters, a hand mixer is a handy appliance. We lab test and review the latest models to help you find the best hand mixer for you.
Whether you want a basic hand mixer or one that comes with more accessories, our test covers a range of them so you can be sure to find one that works well for you. Our expert testers give every hand mixer a thorough workout to help find the models that:
We also give you good and bad points for each model and tell you how much noise they make. Our Recommended rating will help you quickly see which models come out on top.
List of brands we tested in this review.
This is the manufacturer's recommended retail price. Prices are generally always flexible, so shop around both online and in bricks-and-mortar shops for options.
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We recommend hand mixers that score at least 90% overall.
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Whether the mixer comes with a separate whisk attachment. If so, this will be used in the whisking test.
A Similar model is identical in most aspects except for a few. This means that a majority of its test results are identical so you can reasonably expect to get the same results from the model we tested, but for those aspects which aren't identical, we'll note these as "Not Tested" in the Compare tables.
A Tested model refers to a model that is still current and available in the Australian market. You should be able to order this model through your local retailer, or find it online.
These models can't be found in retailers or online or are no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second hand websites, or in second hand dealers. Test methods may change over time, so criteria which can't be directly compared will contain an N/A.
An Identical model is exactly that. Performance characteristics will be identical and the only difference will be something trivial such as colour, which won't have an impact on performance.
These are models we haven't yet tested but that are available.
The performance score is the average of the whisking egg white and mixing cake batter scores. We didn't test the dough hooks, as we've found in previous tests that hand mixers don't have the power required to cope with kneading the dough. The performance score accounts for 60% of the overall score.
How easy it is to use the controls, read the labelling, insert and remove mixing tools, stand the mixer during preparation, store the unit with accessories and clean. We also assess general comfort, balance and control, hand grip and strain on the wrist during operation. The ease of use score accounts for 40% of the overall score.