How ‘Handy’ is a Hand Mixer?

Use the 7-Spd KitchenAid Hand Mixer Just Once and You’ll Know!

 When I was in my early twenties, I realized that I could eat fantastic food without having to go to a restaurant.  Of course, I already knew that, but I didn’t really put it to the test until I had to pinch the proverbial penny.  I learned everything I could by recreating recipes that were family favorites, as well as creating my own. My love for cooking lead me to spearheading a catering business and an intimate, log cabin restaurant, and it was during those years that I used many different kitchen appliances – especially blenders, stand mixers and hand mixers. They make my life a lot easier!

I remember the days when the hand mixer was an integral part of the stand mixer.  Mom had a Sunbeam stand mixer, and when she didn’t want to drag out the big guns, all she had to do was detach the head from the stand, and voila!  Instant hand mixer.  Granted, it was heavy, but it did the job.

Today, kitchen gals and guys have a bunch of options, including the KitchenAid 7-Spd Hand Mixer .  KitchenAid endears itself to all cooks because of its quality – they also offer products in a boatload of fabulous colors! My personal favorite is Candy Apple Red – it smacks of Corvette’s from ‘the old days’ and looking incredibly cool if you happened to have one.  I didn’t.

The Pros: the KitchenAid 7-Spd Hand Mixer is break resistant, shock resistance and scratch resistant; that doesn’t mean those things won’t happen, but you’d really have to abuse it and I don’t think you will.  I’ve had my KitchenAid hand mixer for many years, and it’s my ‘go to’ small appliance when I have to whip up a batch of cookies or some real whipped cream.  The power is great and the beaters are designed to mix the stiffest dough or something easy like pumpkin custard – that’s a good thing, if you like to add ‘goodies’ to your cookies.  Like M & Ms. Or English toffee.

The Cons: I prefer to have at least 10 speeds, if not 12 – when you’re trying to incorporate air into egg whites or cream, higher speeds come in handy.

The KitchenAid 7-Spd Hand Mixer features a lightweight housing, a beater ejection button, variable speeds, contoured grips, stainless steel blades and push button controls.  I like that it’s lightweight – if you have a cooking project that requires a lot of beating for a good amount of time, you’ll appreciate that your hand doesn’t feel like it will fall off.

The KitchenAid 7-Spd Hand Mixer is a little on the pricey side, and I’m not sure that I would spend $79  on it.  However, you can ‘surf’ a little and find a better deal – just shop around. (Editors Note: Amazon currently have the candy apple red – KitchenAid 7-Spd Hand Mixer for under $60.00).

How does the KitchenAid 7-Spd Hand Mixer stand up to other brands?  

Pretty well, I think.  Most brand names offer a hand mixer, and you can get one for a good price.  Just remember that the motor needs to accommodate thick cookie dough – if the motor isn’t strong enough, the hand mixer will burn out quickly.  The best competitor of the KitchenAid 7-Spd Hand Mixer is the Cuisinart Hand Mixer – both are fantastic brands and they do the trick. 

With the KitchenAid 7-Spd Hand Mixer, you’ll have a workhorse in the kitchen and you’ll be turning out some incredible treats in no time! 

Article contributed by April Jones publisher of kitchen-blender-reviews.com – a resource for kitchen blender reviews and smoothie recipes.  She first discovered green smoothies at the recommendation of a close friend and it has developed into a fun hobby teaching others how to get started. Her site has a large variety of smoothie recipes for snacks and meals. For more recipes, kitchen reviews, and random cooking tips, join her free newsletter.

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Comments

  1. This is the first set that is dishwasher safe.

    I am spoiled rotten by so many other Circulon pots and pans that I have used over the years. And again, the pots work great.My sister has the Elite line, my mom Circulon 2, and my grandma the Classic which have the silicone handles.No sticking, pretty easy to clean… excellent quality you would come to expect from Circulon products

    William Hull.
    Circulon Cookware Lover

    This is a “MUST HAVE” cookware set for your home.

  2. I thought I would post another comment on this explaining that I am sorry it was meant for the cookware post and I didnt realize that I was on the post for the hand mixer

    Thank You
    William hull.
    Circulon Cookware Lover

  3. I find the stand mixer takes up a great deal of cabinet space in my kitchen and have substituted the smaller hand mixer for convenience. I do have a friend that designed her own kitchen and had a large island for family cooking. She designed a cabinet door that was specifically designed with a pull out and up shelf for the stand mixer. If I had that much room I too would like a stand mixer.

  4. Nice small mixer. Great for fast cooking. Nice color and design.