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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. Our buying guide will tell you what features to look for, and how we test explains our results.
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 see quickly which models come out on top.
List of brands we tested in this review.
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We recommend hand mixers that score at least 90% overall.
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If 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.
A Discontinued model cannot be found in retailers or online and is no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second hand websites or in second hand dealers.
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.
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.
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