A hand mixer is a portable, compact version of the full-sized stand mixer that's meant to perform all of your basic baking prep needs. Lightweight and made for easy gripping, a hand mixer allows you maximum freedom of movement with the least amount of effort. All you have to do is lift the hand mixer, press the buttons and give your arms a rest from mixing, kneading and beating by hand, while waiting for the mixer to do its magic. And since you can easily maneuver a hand mixer, you're sure to cover every inch of your mixing bowl so that all ingredients are thoroughly mixed and nothing goes to waste.
You can also carry the mixer easily, to use with any container. This saves you the trouble of having to transfer ingredients from one bowl to another, meaning you can prep everything you need for that perfect cake batter without having to move away from your counter.
If you need a handy yet affordable kitchen appliance to whisk, whip, blend or beat efficiently, then it's a hand mixer you'll want!
Clean-up is a no-fuss experience with a hand mixer, too. Simply pop the whisks or beaters off, soak in warm water and mild detergent then dry. Wipe down the mixer itself, and it's ready to store anywhere, as hand mixers take up much less space than any other regular kitchen appliance. Some models even have retractable cords for neater storage.
Kitchen Warehouse stocks and sells only the best names in hand mixers, from the likes of KitchenAid, Cuisinart and Sunbeam. All of our hand mixers have detachable beaters and whisks. Depending on the model, our hand mixers come with available attachments that can perform a wider range of functions, aside from the basic beating and whipping. These include:
Whisking egg whites
Mashing potatoes and other fruits/vegetables
Creaming and mixing baking ingredients
Hand mixers from Kitchen Warehouse all feature variable speed settings powered by high-performing motors, to make completing kitchen tasks a breeze for you. We offer a full manufacturer's warranty for each of our hand mixers, so that you are assured of both a convenient and guaranteed investment for your kitchen!
What's the difference between a hand mixer and a stand mixer? Which one should I buy?
A hand mixer and a stand mixer perform the same basic functions. They are used to blend, whip, whisk, knead or beat ingredients, specifically for baking purposes.
The main difference between a stand mixer and a hand mixer is in size and capacity. Stand mixers are meant to perform more heavy-duty tasks, such as kneading big batches of bread dough. They are more durable, able to perform tasks for a longer period of time. A stand mixer is ideal for people who often bake or those who regularly bake for a large number of people.
What should I look for when buying a hand mixer?
Since your hand mixer will be with your for a long time, it's wise to shop around before deciding on one. We carry several models that are sure to suit your baking needs. To help you make a good purchase, here are the things about a hand mixer you should check:
Weight — a mixer that is too heavy will negate the point of your buying one in the first place. Choose a mixer that's not too heavy, but that's not too light, otherwise you might have some problems with control. You should be able to hold your mixer comfortably for at least 10 minutes. A mixer weighing between 800 grams to 1 kilogram is ideal for most people.
Comfort — hand mixer models with handles that slant upwards towards the front of the mixer are designed to ease the strain on your arms. Some models also have swivel cords, convenient for left-handed people. The handle should be comfortable to hold, preferably with a non-slip grip.
Speeds and Switches — a model with an on/off switch ensures maximum safety. All mixers here have variable speeds, the slowest being useful for combining dry ingredients and the faster speeds for aerating egg whites or beating frosting. The number of speeds on a mixer is dependent on how much baking you do, and on what kind of food items you make. Controls should be accessible, and you should be able to switch speeds smoothly.
Attachments — the kind of attachments you'll want depends on what functions your hand mixer will be doing most. For example, if you're baking bread a lot, dough hooks are a must. The basic beaters usually do the simplest mixing tasks well enough. Look for attachments with long arms, to prevent splattering and to make sure you can mix all ingredients thoroughly.
Cleaning — new attachments made of thin, curved, stainless steel wires are easier to clean than the old, thicker beaters and whisks. Hand mixers with touch-pad controls and seamless bodies are more convenient as they require less effort to clean. You'll avoid having food stuck between buttons and cracks, and will only have to wipe them down.