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8 Best Hand Mixers of 2022

These top-rated picks can tackle cookies, bread, whipped cream and more.

Best Hand Mixers of 2019, According to Kitchen Appliance Pros

We updated this story in August 2022 to ensure all picks tested and vetted by the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances and Innovation Lab were available, in stock and correctly priced.

Less expensive and more compact than a stand mixer, a handheld electric mixer is just the thing for whipping up an easy baking recipe or your favorite holiday dessert. A hand mixer is an important tool for any home cook or baker because it will whip, blend and mix a variety of foods — everything from mashed potatoes to buttercream frosting to egg whites.

While an immersion blender, food processor and blender can perform similar tasks to a hand mixer, like whipping eggs or emulsifying a dressing, there are still plenty of tasks that a hand mixer does best. Beating up light and fluffy frosting is just the beginning of what you can do with this tool. With a hand mixer, you can whip heavy cream and coconut milk into a fluffy coconut whipped cream to top coconut cream pie, create glossy soft peaks of egg whites for rainbow meringue sandwiches or cream butter and sugar for pumpkin spice cupcake batter.

Our top picks:

In the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances and Innovation Lab, we put hand mixers to the test both in the Lab and at home by testing a range of tasks. ​​During testing, we assess the ease of use, overall quality and cleanability. Of the 22 models we have tested, these eight beat the rest — literally. Below you will find picks starting at $23, here are the best hand mixers you can buy now.

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          Best Overall Hand Mixer
          Handy Mix Scraper
          Best Value Hand Mixer
          Hamilton Beach
          Softscrape 6 Speed Hand Mixer
          Hamilton Beach
          Most Popular Hand Mixer at Walmart
          Power Advantage Plus 9-Speed Hand Mixer
          Most Popular Hand Mixer on Amazon
          Hamilton Beach
          6-Speed Electric Hand Mixer
          Hamilton Beach
          Best Hand Mixer for Bread Dough
          Ultra Power 5-Speed Hand Mixer
          Most Versatile Hand Mixer
          MultiMix 5 Hand Mixer
          Fastest Hand Mixer
          Hand Mixer with HeatSoft Technology
          Best Cordless Hand Mixer
          Cordless Hand Mixer
          How we test hand mixers

          During our most recent test in the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances and Culinary Innovation Lab, we tested 22 hand mixers in the Lab and at home. ​​We mixed oatmeal cookie dough, beat yellow cake mix, kneaded white bread and whipped up egg whites and heavy cream. We assessed overall quality, variety of speeds, the ease of attaching the beaters, the comfort of holding hand mixers, the ease of using the controls and the cleanability.

          We also consulted online reviews to see which hand mixers consumers were loving or having difficulties with. When making our picks, we also considered how intuitive each model was to use, as well as ergonomics and any useful features or included attachments.

          What to consider when shopping for a hand mixer

          ✔️Comfort: A heavy hand mixer can tire your hand quickly. Look for lighter hand mixers with a comfortable grip if you intend on hand mixing a lot of recipes. We suggest going to a store to try lifting and holding the hand mixers on display, if possible. We recommend lightweight models like KitchenAid Cordless Hand Mixer or Cuisinart Power Advantage Plus 9-Speed Handheld Mixer.

          ✔️Accessories: All hand mixers come with detachable beaters, but only some hand mixers include with detachable whisks, dough hooks or even an immersion blender attachment. While additional attachments may make a model more expensive, they will give your hand mixer additional uses. It's also helpful to look for a hand mixer that comes with a storage container to house all the accessories so that you don’t lose any of the attachments between uses.

          ✔️Cord vs cordless: If you don’t have easy access to outlets in your kitchen, you may want to consider a cordless hand mixer. While you do have to remember to charge it regularly, a cordless model (or a swivel-cord model) allows ease of use by both right-handed and left-handed people.

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          Eva Bleyer is the reviews analyst in the Kitchen Appliances and Innovation Lab where she tests and writes about kitchen appliances, gear, culinary products and more. She graduated from New York University with a B.S. in food studies, nutrition and public health and is a trained chef from the Natural Gourmet Institute. At Good Housekeeping, Eva has tested everything from kitchen scales to ranges to juicers and hand mixers.

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