The best hand mixers and blenders

Whether you’re a regular Star Baker or more of an enthusiast, a good hand mixer will be an invaluable ally in the kitchen, for everything from cake batters to light-as-air souffles

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If you’re taking your first tentative steps into the world of mixers, it can seem an unnecessarily confusing one. How can a hand mixer cost anywhere from a fiver to triple figures? Why a hand mixer and not a stand mixer? What’s the deal with the different attachments? 

Well worry not, our budding Delias and Jamies — we’re here to help.

The price, first of all, will all depend on how many functions, features and attachments you need from your mixer, and on your own budget. They can start from around £5 for a basic supermarket model, but be wary of false economy here, we’ve chosen mixers ranging from just over £15 to around £80. If you’re a particularly keen baker, especially if you’re looking to make dough, and you have the scope to spend more, you could consider going for a stand mixer instead.

But back to the task at hand: depending on what you’ll be using your hand mixer for most often, you’ll need a range of tools. Look for a model with a fixable bowl for the best of both worlds, but with the ability to clear some space when not in use, which isn’t an option with a standalone mixer. 

To streamline your methods, and your cupboard, look for a hand mixer with a blender attachment included for chopping, blending, pureeing, and all manner of prep work. A mixer with the option for a balloon whisk attachment is a good bet for anyone making aerated recipes like souffles and meringues, although standard flat beaters can be just as good so this isn't an absolute necessity.

After that, it’s all about how it feels. Anyone who’s attempted hand-whisking before will know that it can be a tiring job, so unless you’re Arnold Schwarzenegger, or at least hitting the weights a few times a week, look for a lightweight model that won’t wear you out. And if you’re a bit of a butterfingers (figuratively or literally, depending on how messy a baker you are), look for one with great grip to avoid slippage.

1. VonShef Professional 300W Hand Mixer

Light as air, and versatile as an egg, this VonShef mixer is great for everyday

Specifications
Best for: Daily baking
Power: 300W
Speed settings: 5
Colours: Black, silver, cream
Reasons to buy
+ Three useful attachments + Very light and comfortable 
Reasons to avoid
- Not the most powerful 

If you find yourself dipping into the recipe books a few times a week, this useful lightweight mixer is a great buy. With two beaters, two dough hooks and a balloon whisk included as attachments, it can manage all sorts of tasks, including bread-making, making it a must for the adventurous cook. And, good news for tired arms everywhere, it’s very lightweight, so you can keep going for longer when whisking meringue mix. If you are looking for a sturdy, versatile hand mixer that can switch easily from job to job, this is a great all-rounder.

2. Bodum Bistro Hand Mixer

A classic design that cuts down on clutter

Specifications
Best for: Stylish kitchens
Power: 200W
Speed settings: 5
Colours: Red, black, cream
Reasons to buy
+ Classic design + Wind-in cable 
Reasons to avoid
- A bit weighty 

A good-looking model from a trusted kitchenware brand, this Bodum hand mixer is a must-have for stylish cooks. Not only does it boast classic good looks and sleek branding, its cord rolls up inside the casing for easy, clutter-free storage, so it’ll look just as good on the top as in the cupboard. It comes with three detachable parts including a dough hook, all dishwasher safe for easy cleanup, and a soft-grip handle for comfortable mixing. If you have other Bodum accessories or gadgets in your kitchen, adding this one into the mix is a no-brainer.

3. Russell Hobbs Easy Prep Hand Mixer

For quick and powerful prepping, trust Russell

Specifications
Best for: Powerful mixing
Power: 500W
Speed settings: 5, plus turbo boost
Colours: White
Reasons to buy
+ Very powerful + Integral storage 
Reasons to avoid
- Only one colour choice 

Packing an impressive 500W of power, the Russell Hobbs Easy Prep is far and away the most powerful mixer on our list, and as such the best for tough mixing jobs. If you regularly make dough and other heavy-duty mixables, this is the one, with 5 speed settings including a turbo boost (perfect for pulsing) making short work of most ingredients. The mixer also has integral storage for beaters and dough hooks and a clip for its own cable, so everything can be kept together, saving on space and stopping things going walkabout. 

4. Kenwood k-Mix Hand Mixer

With its handy stand and small stature, the k-Mix is great for small kitchens

Specifications
Best for: Compact kitchens
Power: 350W
Speed settings: 5
Colours: Black, white, red, cream
Reasons to buy
+ Compact with storage + Comfortable to use
Reasons to avoid
- Release can be hit-and-miss 

If you’re low on worktop or cupboard space, this little mixer is our recommended choice. It comes with a stand to hold the mixer and all its attachments neatly upright for tidy, clutter-free worktops. Its wattage is enough to handle most tasks without causing spillages, with a pulse function for quick blasts, but arguably its best feature is that it’s supremely comfortable to use, with a SureGrip handle and easy-access controls. The Kenwood k-Mix Hand Mixer is our top pick for the best hand mixer for small kitchens.

5. Swan Retro Hand Mixer

A lovely-looking mixer at home in any retro kitchen

Specifications
Best for: Retro kitchens
Power: 350W
Speed settings: 5
Colours: Grey, cream, blue, green
Reasons to buy
+ Attractive vintage styling + Easy to clean 
Reasons to avoid
- Won’t be to everyone’s taste 

If you like your appliances to match your retro aesthetic, look no further — this downright darling hand mixer from Swan is incredibly retro, with its ‘50s diner feel and unexpected range of attractive colours giving it the edge over monochrome competitors. It’s not all about the looks though; the stainless steel hardware is very easy to keep looking clean and sharp, and it has a turbo function for tough-to-mix ingredients. With 5 speed settings too, this vintage inspired hand mixer boasts enough features to get most baking and cooking mixing tasks done.

6. Duronic HM4 Silver 5 Speed 400W Hand Mixer

This lightweight mixer is a must-have for quick-to-tire chefs

Specifications
Best for: Achey arms
Power: 400W
Speed settings: 5 (plus turbo function)
Colours: Silver
Reasons to buy
+ Light and powerful + Clever storage 
Reasons to avoid
- Only one colour 

Its considerable 400W of power and clever storage feature give this Duronic mixer a slight edge over many of the models on this list, making even stiff ingredients a breeze to mix and clearing up after even easier. No doubt its best feature, though, is its weight (or lack thereof) — if your stamina isn’t the best when it comes to mixing, and you tend to come out of baking sprees feeling tired and sore, go for this easy-on-arms lightweight mixer.

7. Zyliss Quick Whisk Rotary Hand Whisk

This manual hand mixer is easy to turn, safe to use, no trapped fingers

Specifications
Best for: Kids
Power: Up to you!
Speed settings: N/A
Colours: White
Reasons to buy
+ Easy and safe to use for kids + Faster than an ordinary whisk 
Reasons to avoid
- Not the most robust 

If you have little ones that like to get involved in baking or cooking, this manual whisk is an excellent buy. The lack of a motor means it’s pretty cheap when compared to the electric mixers on our list, so it’s worth purchasing as a second mixer, great for leaving them to it while you see to your own recipes. It also means that, unless your little ones are incredibly determined, there’s no risk of them trapping their fingers or suffering other motorised-beater-related injuries. A great, safe way to let children join in in the kitchen.

8. Andrew James Professional Hand Mixer

For small spaces and student digs, this versatile value mixer does nicely

Specifications
Best for: Students
Power: 300W
Speed settings: 5 (plus turbo function)
Colours: Red
Reasons to buy
+ Great value + Three useful attachments 
Reasons to avoid
- Heavy to hold

With three handy attachments — universal beaters, dough hooks, and balloon whisks — the Andrew James Professional Hand Mixer makes light work of a myriad of tasks, making it a great all-rounder for any kitchen. It’s our best budget buy hand mixer, offering impressive performance for a pocket-friendly price, so it’s perfect for students who like to experiment in the kitchen, and for first-time movers who don’t want to spend a fortune just yet.