With a smaller footprint than a traditional stand mixer, hand mixers are not only way more compact and versatile, they’re also generally much more affordable than a clunky stand mixer. Whether you're whisking eggs, mashing potatoes, or kneading dough for a batch of homemade treats, an electric hand mixer makes those repetitive (and tiring!) tasks way easier.
We decided to take matters into our own hands and have our team of editors put these top-rated models to the test. Over the course of a 1-year trial period, our editors tested the below models by mixing up a variety of whipped dishes (egg whites, frosting, etc.) and baked treats (we’re talking cookies, peanut butter brownies, and even focaccia and banana bread).
Best Hand Mixers
- Best Overall: Breville Handy Mix Scraper Hand Mixer
- Best for Lefties: KitchenAid 5-Speed Ultra Power Hand Mixer
- Most Intuitive: Cuisinart Power Advantage Plus 9-Speed Hand Mixer
- Quietest Model: BLACK+DECKER Helix Performance Premium 5-Speed Hand Mixer
- Most User-Friendly: KitchenAid 7-Speed Digital Hand Mixer
- Amazon's Underdog: Hamilton Beach 6-Speed Electric Hand Mixer
- Best Cordless: KitchenAid 7-Speed Cordless Hand Mixer
How We Chose
Over the course of our testing period, we asked our editors to respond to the below criteria while evaluating these appliances:
- What baking tasks is this hand mixer best for?
- How easy is the hand mixer to use?
- How many speeds/settings does the hand mixer have?
- How noisy is the hand mixer?
- How comfortable does the mixer feel in your hand?
In addition, we also asked editors to provide feedback on their favorite and least favorite features, as well as their thoughts on how these hand mixers performed in comparison with their older models. We scoured consumer reviewers from retailers like Amazon and Williams-Sonoma, and we also cross-checked our picks with the experts over at Good Housekeeping.
After more than 100 batches of baked treats made, a whole year of testing, and a LOT of chocolate chip cookies later, here are the best editor-tested and -approved electric hand mixers for all of your baking kneads.
Learn more about how we test products, from the questions we ask our testing team to the types of products we feel are actually worth testing to the overall time we put into our testing process.
Breville’s Handy Mix Scraper is the smartest hand mixer you’ll ever use. Equipped with an electronic sensor that automatically scrolls through nine speeds to ensure consistent mixing, this intuitive kitchen appliance is up to virtually any baking task.
We love the quiet silicone-tipped beaters that hit every nook and cranny of the mixing bowl for consistent, lump-free dough.
Tester: Erica Murphy
Key Takeaway: “This mixer feels really sturdy, so it’s great for pretty much anything. I had no problem mixing up cookie dough, and I think it could easily handle bread dough as well. The best thing about this mixer is that it comes with scraper beaters. This is a real time-saver when whipping up icing, brownies, and more liquid batters.”
Featuring five speeds and endless versatility, this KitchenAid Hand Mixer is backed by over 10,000 positive reviews from users. We especially love that users can lock the cord into either the left or right side of the mixer unit to approach baking projects from any angle. Lefties, rejoice!
Tester: Christine Anderson
Key Takeaway: “I use this mixer for literally all of my baking needs. I have made pumpkin pie, every kind of cookie and cake, whipped egg whites, melted chocolate for peanut butter balls, pie crusts of nuts and ground wafers, and so much more. If you’re a baker, this is seriously all you’ll ever need.”
With nine different speeds, a one-touch speed control, and a simple on/off button, Cuisinart's Power Advantage Plus Hand Mixer is one of the most intuitive models we tested. We also love the included snap-on storage container to help keep mixer accessories organized.
Tester: Scott Simone
Key Takeaway: “This mixer’s nine speeds range from the slow and steady to is-this-a-jet-engine-type fast. It’s super simple to choose one with the digital reader and easily accessible buttons on the handle. It’s extremely quiet, comfortable in the hand, small, and easily maneuvered.
I also really love the storage container that comes with the mixer — it easily and cleanly stores the attachments!”
This versatile hand mixer from BLACK + DECKER strikes a nice balance for the everyday baker. With five speeds plus a turbo boost feature at any speed interval, durable reinforced nylon beaters, and an ultra quiet yet powerful 250-watt motor, BLACK+DECKER's Helix Performance Hand Mixer can handle virtually any baking task, from kneading to whipping.
Tester: Zarah Kavarana
Key Takeaway: "In addition to whipping up the occasional cake and brownie batter, my main use for this hand mixer has been making the super fluffy, TikTok-famous Dalgona coffee. A hand mixer is a must if you want to get the foam extra airy, and this one makes the process quick and completely effortless."
A slight upgrade from the aforementioned 5-speed model, this 7-Speed Digital Hand Mixer from KitchenAid is perfect for high-volume baking tasks, especially during the holidays. A user-friendly Soft Start Feature brings the beaters up to your desired speed gradually to help prevent spills and splatters.
Tester: Bridget Clegg
Key Takeaway: “My KitchenAid mixer worked like it was brand new during the handful of times I’ve made treats this year — most recently helping me turn cream and sugar into whipped cream for an apple cobbler. I know I’ll be able to rely on its smooth moves and graduated speed settings for turning all the root veggies into mashes at Thanksgiving this year!”
A best-selling hand mixer on Amazon, this 6-speed electric pick from Hamilton Beach is also the most budget-friendly product on our list. With a 275-watt motor, six speeds (including a slower first speed and quick burst button), and a convenient snap-on storage case to keep all of the attachments in one place, this pick is a great value.
Though we didn't get to test this hand mixer ourselves, the key takeaway among Amazon reviewers is that this is a super lightweight, compact mixer that easily fits into kitchen cabinets for storage, thanks to its handy snap-on case.
One of the most common gripes about kitchen appliances like hand mixers is the reality that their attachments and cords can easily get tangled up with other gadgets. Luckily for you, KitchenAid has introduced a cordless, rechargeable hand mixer with seven speeds and endless versatility.
On a full charge, this mixer can make up to 200 chocolate chip cookies (or four individual batches). Designed with a lithium-ion battery that fully charges in under 2 hours, this cordless hand mixer will save you the headache of untangling various cords every time you start a new home baking task.