Hand mixers are an important tool when it comes to baking. When I was young, I use to think that why to have a hand mixer if I am already having a stand mixer but when I personally started cooking myself and specifically baking then I realized its importance. With the passage of time with the baking and handling its tool, I came up with some of the conclusions which would help you to decide the best one for your kitchen. So, before making any decision, give this article a quick read.
Hand mixers are handy as their name tells themselves. The core purpose of it is to beat, whip, or mix the ingredients smoothly. They are used for making frosting, sauces, salsas, soups, cakes, butter, cookie, and much more.
Now, let’s move towards the key points to consider that are based on my personal and professional experiences.
1. The Weight:
As it is a hand mixer, so it needs your hand to be used for beating or mixing. Therefore, its weight matters a lot. An ideal hand mixer should weigh around 1.5 to 2 pounds. The reason to have a lightweight mixer is that whenever you will beat any mixture or make frosting that requires more time, the lightweight one will not freeze your hand.
The heavyweight hand mixer would be definitely going to make it harder to resist with the mixer for as long as 5 or more minutes. Too light or too heavy both are not suitable. The light one will maintain its balance and heavy would be too difficult to handle for a longer beating.
2. The Shape That Makes A Hand Mixer Comfortable:
There are multiple different shapes of hand mixers available in the market. Some have a long neck, some have handles, some are long, some are short, hence multiple options are available in the market. What I personally suggest is the hand mixer that has a handle to hold the mixer providing you with a strong grip. Another favorite of mine is the long neck one that can easily be used in any deep container or directly into the cooking vessel.
Check before buying the hand mixer whether it is comfortable to hold and use. Sometimes a perfect-looking thing also becomes imperfect when we use it. Check the gripping especially, is it comfortable or not.
3. The Stability Of The Base:
A strong base is a key for any of the appliances. Consider a hand mixer that has a wide base and holds a strong grip when put on the kitchen counter. A small base makes it easy to fall and it can even create a mess and damage as well.
So, a hand mixer with a strong and wide base is more convenient to use. A small base may seem more attractive to you but do not be fooled by the looks. Looks are not that much important, the important thing is their long life and stability. So, go for the wide and strong base for an easy beating and mixing procedure.
4. The Wire Length:
Before buying a hand mixer or any of the electric appliances make sure to check where is your kitchen socket and where you are going to use your hand mixer or any appliance. The distance between both of them should be enough that it can be used easily. If your socket is a little away, make sure to check the wire length before buying the mixer. It should be long enough that you can easily attach it to your socket point.
As I personally faced this problem. My socket was behind my oven and it requires a little longer wire to plug in my hand mixer. Initially, I faced a lot of problems using it, then afterwards I had to change the position of my oven which had affected the overall look of my kitchen. I had to compromise on my kitchen setting for using the hand mixer.
There could be other alternatives as well like using an extension wire or a socket other than the kitchen. But a little longer wire can make your life much easy.
5. The Price:
There are a number of different hand mixers with different price ranges. Do not select a hand mixer or any appliance on the basis of being too cheap or too expensive. It is not necessary that an expensive product is going to work perfectly or the cheapest one is not going to work properly. Do not be fooled by the price.
Before selecting it, decide your budget and find the one within that range. Try to select the product from a well-known company because they are a reliable source to invest in, you can claim them when needed or their customer services are available to solve your any problem regarding the product.
6. The Speed:
I faced this problem with my very first-hand mixer, that its slowest speed was of fast speed. Whenever I needed to mix my mixture at a slow speed, I had to do it with the hand whisk first then the mixer. So, before buying it, check its slow speed and even the fastest speed that either they are really being slow and fast or is it just written there only.
The slow speed option should be slow and the fast should be fast. This may lead you to mix any of the mixtures easily and conveniently.
7. The Wattage Power:
When I was new in the kitchen appliance world, I use to think that the higher the wattage power, the powerful is the appliance. But after some research, I found that it is not like that. It does not mean that the higher wattage is going to give you the highest quality result. It only means that it requires this much amount of wattage to function. It has nothing to do with the actual performance.
An ideal hand mixer would require around 200 watts and above watts to function. Mine is 350 watts and it functions so well. Even though there are such products that require fewer watts to work and are made of high quality and gives an excellent result.
A hand mixer with different attachments like a whisk, beater, or blade. They all are used for different purposes. So, any company that offers them with different attachments would be a good option to go for. It will make your mixer more versatile.
9. Read Customer Reviews:
Make it a thumb rule of your life to research before buying any product. The easiest way to find the actual worth of the product is to know it from the people who are already using it. You can ask it in person or simply read the customer’s feedback to know the actual qualities and flaws of the product.
We really hope this will help you out to buy a hand mixer. If you will consider these points, you will definitely be able to buy good quality and comfortable hand mixer.