Best Cheap Hand Mixers
KitchenAid and Cuisinart may rule the realm, but a good cheap hand mixer can deftly tackle most basic tasks, according to scores of reviewers.
What We Considered
While hand mixer reviews are prevalent on sites such as Better Homes & Gardens, The Spruce, Chowhound, and Consumer Reports, they give only cursory attention to mixers in the Cheapism price range. That reality forced us to rely on customer reviews posted on sites such as Amazon, Walmart.com, BestBuy.com, Target.com, HomeDepot.com, and Abt.com. These comments proved invaluable for providing firsthand information about how cheap mixers perform over time. According to home users, our picks are worth every penny despite minor annoyances like very fast starts and minimal, if any, noticeable variance between speeds.
We Looked At
With the exception of the two models we've labeled "think twice," consumer consensus proclaims that the hand mixers on our list meet expectations for mundane mixing chores. While none generate the love lavished on more expensive mixers, users are satisfied with the overall performance of our picks, most of which earn an average of at least 4 stars out of 5 across consumer review sites.
The three best cheap mixers garner compliments for mixing prowess, from basic jobs like creaming butter and sugar to more taxing demands like working a stiff dough. The other good cheap mixers likewise earn high marks from reviewers. For instance, the Sunbeam label commands loyal followers who report on Amazon that the Mixmaster 2525 is a powerful little number that nimbly works through cake batters and frosting.
Experts are unimpressed with the mixing abilities of the Proctor Silex 62535Y, and users agree. With an average rating of 3.2 out of 5 stars on Amazon, this model takes heat for bogging down when beating anything as heavy as mashed potatoes. The Oster 7-Speed Clean Start not only suffers from painfully slow action and beaters that don't always stay in place but is also prone to breakage, according to consumer feedback on Walmart.com and the manufacturer's website.
The speed of the beaters affects a mixer's performance. Slow speeds are good for blending, particularly when working with dry ingredients, while whipping requires full speed ahead. The ideal mixer gets off to a pokey start, to minimize splatter and keep ingredients in the bowl, and then can be counted on to adjust power delivery at measured intervals best suited to the tasks at hand. Experts at America's Test Kitchen argue that the number of speeds is less important than the differentiation between them, and five is usually sufficient. All the hand mixers we researched offer at least five speeds -- in theory.
Alas, minimal distinction between speeds is the bane of most cheap hand mixers. Numerous users of the five-speed Proctor Silex 64507/62509RY bemoan the lack of differentiation among speeds, describing them simply as extremely fast. Reviews of the Sunbeam Mixmaster 2525 report that the beaters whir fast or faster, despite the nominal six levels. Alone among our picks, the Oster 2500 wins acclaim from consumers who say it starts off slow and steady.
Consumers looking for more precise mixer speeds will have to turn to models tagged slightly beyond our price ceiling. For example, the popular Cuisinart HM-90S (starting at $67) is fitted with nine speeds, which, according to reviews posted on Walmart.com, are clearly distinct -- starting with three very slow, low speeds and gradually building to a crescendo that whips ingredients into a frenzy.
Hand mixer attachments may vary, but all mixers come with two ejectable beaters. In the budget segment, beaters generally are chrome-plated with a post in the middle, a design that can be difficult to clean. Some users also report the beaters may flake or rust. Pricier mixers, like the Cuisinart HM-90S and Oxo On Illuminating Digital, often include post-free, stainless steel beaters. The low-cost Hamilton Beach 62650 comes with traditional and post-free wire beaters and the Black & Decker MX3200B provides wire beaters exclusively, a choice that disappoints some users. They grouse on the company website about flimsy wires that barely manage to whip potatoes.
Some cheap hand mixers are graced with extra attachments. A single wire whisk for whipping egg whites and cream is a handy add-on packaged with the Hamilton Beach 62650, Black & Decker MX3200B, Oster 7-Speed Clean Start, and Cuisinart HM-90S. Many of our top picks, including the Black & Decker MX3200B, Oster 2500, and Betty Crocker BC-2205C, also come with dough hooks. Although editors at The Spruce say hand mixers aren't powerful enough to knead bread and are tiresome to hold for that long anyway, users don't necessarily agree. We read many reports about successful bread-making sessions with these inexpensive small appliances, although it's possible they were set aside when the dough was ready for kneading.
A storage container is another welcome extra. The Hamilton Beach 62650 comes with a plastic case that attaches to the bottom of the mixer and holds the beaters and cord. The Black & Decker MX3200B and its accompanying attachments fit inside a supplied container. The Oster 7-Speed Clean Start includes a small carrying case for the mixer and attachments.
A sturdier mixer than its price might suggest, with metal housing as opposed to the more common plastic, the Hamilton Beach 62650 boasts enough power to get through all but the stiffest doughs and batters.
Six speeds and power burst up to 290 watts.
Traditional and post-free wire beaters, plus whisk.
Bowl rest and snap-on storage case.
Average of more than 4 stars from hundreds of users.
Heavy compared with competing models.
Slowest setting runs too fast, some users say.
Storage case may not fit well.
Alone among cheap mixers, the Oster 2500 5-Speed Hand Mixer has a low speed that is actually fairly slow -- good for gentle mixing and reducing messy mishaps. The light weight and ergonomic shape make it easy to hold.
Strong 240-watt motor with Burst of Power feature.
Two dough hooks in addition to the two beaters.
Slow starting speed minimizes chances of splatter.
Weighs just 1.7 pounds.
Reports of rusting beaters.
May not stand at rest on its own.
May not last for years with heavy use.
With plenty of heft, the Betty Crocker BC-2205C is fine for everyday mixing chores. Consumers consider this hand mixer a good deal for the money.
250 watts; 300 at peak power.
Seven speeds, including power burst.
Two dough hooks in addition to the two beaters.
Sturdy feel and soft handle.
Slowest speed runs too fast, reviewers grumble.
Minor griping about difficulty inserting and ejecting beaters, despite beater-eject button.
Some reports of limited durability.
The Sunbeam Mixmaster 2525 is a basic mixer that turns in a good performance, but reviews suggest it won't last forever.
220 watts, plus Burst of Power button.
Comfortable to hold with soft-grip handles.
Bowl and heel rest.
Minimal difference between six speeds, according to reviews.
Fast even on low.
Some reports of short life span.
The Black & Decker MX3200B is powerful enough, but some reviewers consider the beaters problematic.
Six speeds plus power boost.
Peak power of 250 watts.
Two dough hooks and a whisk in addition to wire beaters, plus storage case.
Bowl and heel rest.
Light enough for comfort.
Some complaints in reviews about flimsy, rusting, and flaking beaters.
Life span may be limited.
Low speed too fast for some tasks.
The light weight and compact build of the Proctor Silex Easy Mix 62507 (black) and 62509RY (white) score big with users. For some, the cheap price is worth the risk of a short life span.
Light -- just 1.5 pounds -- and easy to hold, even for children.
Fine for whipping and beating cream, potatoes, and cake batter.
Compact size, easy to store.
Very low price.
100 watts of power, insufficient for stiff dough.
Little variation between the five speeds.
Life span may be limited, according to reviews.
Oster 7-Speed Clean Start FPSTHMBGB-S Review
Despite the respected brand name, many reviewers are disappointed with the build quality of the Oster 7-Speed Clean Start, especially given the price.
270 watts of power, with Burst of Power feature that peaks at 320.
Comes with two beaters, two dough hooks, and aerator whisk.
Included storage case.
Beaters don't stay in and bang together while mixing, reviewers complain.
Slow whipping even at the highest speed.
Too heavy for some users.
The Proctor Silex 62535Y might suffice for small jobs, but it strains to mix anything else, and some users report that it gives out completely in short order.
Lightweight and easy to hold.
Two chrome beaters.
Okay for very light-duty tasks.
150-watt motor gets bogged down in cookie dough, users report.
Little variance among the five speeds.
Other Products We Reviewed
Oster Inspire Review
Positive Oster Inspire reviews combine with a relatively impressive set of features and a very low price to make this the best budget hand mixer. The Oster Inspire (starting at $18, Amazon) comes in two colors with different model numbers: black (2577) and white (2534). At 250 watts, it has more than enough power for all but the thickest of batters. This model held its own in a test by the Good Housekeeping Research Institute of hand mixers at all price points, ably kneading heavy bread dough.
Standard beaters, dough hooks, a balloon whisk, and a drink rod included with this mixer add versatility and allow users to choose the right tool for the best results. Target customers who have posted Oster Inspire reviews on the retailer's website consider this mixer a steal given the number of attachments and features for the price. These include a power burst button and a retractable power cord, which makes for easy storage and prevents a loose cord from hanging out of a cabinet or falling onto a wet surface.
Although Oster Inspire reviews show that this mixer performs well and includes all necessary features (and then some), no budget mixer is without drawbacks. Take the retractable cord, for instance: In mixed reviews on Amazon, some consumers complain that the cord is too short and won't retract all the way unless you fiddle with it on the way in. More common are gripes about speed. The six possible settings suggest a fair amount of variation, but some reviewers say they're all too high, and even the lowest one sends ingredients flying out of the bowl. Then again, other reviewers assert that the cord is plenty long enough and the low speed just fine. They attribute messes to bowls that are too shallow or remind fellow reviewers not to start the mixer unless the beaters are touching the bottom.
Despite some frustration, many users report satisfaction with the mixer's performance, saying it meets basic mixing needs. There aren't many other mixers with high ratings and so many features at this price.
Food Network Digital Hand Mixer Review
The main feature that comes up in Food Network Digital Hand Mixer reviews and sets this model apart from the pack is its digital display. The Food Network Digital Hand Mixer (starting at $35, Amazon) uses an LCD screen to display the speed settings, rather than text next to the speed control, which can wear off with frequent use. The display is advertised as large and easy to read and one reviewer confirms that on the Kohl's website. Other buyers favor the sleek, modern look of the digital display over less stylish, manually controlled mixers. This mid-range model also offers a choice of 10 speeds, compared with five or six on our top budget picks, promising greater versatility and precision.
Although other features merit mention in Food Network Digital Hand Mixer reviews, they can also be found at a lower price point. This mixer does include an attachment storage bag, for instance, but the Hamilton Beach 62650 likewise comes with a storage case and costs around $20 less. You'll find dishwasher-safe beaters on many cheaper mixers and the extra attachment -- a whisk -- is hardly unique. In fact, manufacturers often include more than one additional attachment with less expensive models.
Most consumers who have posted Food Network Digital Hand Mixer reviews on Kohls.com award this model high ratings and say they would recommend it to others. However, one deems the quality poor and reports that the mixer stopped working after eight months, while another notes that the black body is tough to keep clean.
Overall this seems to be a standard mixer with a couple of slight technological enhancements that put it out of the budget range. If you're searching for a gadget to complement a modern kitchen and need a maximum number of speed settings, this may be a mixer to consider. Otherwise you can score a high-performing model with even more attachments for less money.
Hamilton Beach 64650 Review
Hamilton Beach 64650 reviews warn: Don't be seduced by the low price tag on this hand/stand mixer. On paper the Hamilton Beach 64650 (starting at $29, Amazon) is appealing enough in price and features that it's achieved best-seller status on Amazon. In addition to functioning as either a hand or a stand mixer, it comes with a 4-quart mixing bowl, beaters, dough hooks, and whisk. However, users have multiple complaints about this mixer, including durability and a tendency for the 290-watt motor to die when mixing thick batters.
Like the hand mixers on our list of top picks, this combination hand/stand mixer has six speed levels and a power burst button. Overall Hamilton Beach 64650 reviews on Amazon are, well, mixed. Many consumers say batters stir up smoothly, while others report that this model doesn't mix well in standing mode and is very heavy to use in hand mode. In general this doesn't seem like the most user-friendly mixer. Reviewers point out its faults: It lacks a locking mechanism to hold the head on the stand, the bowl spins if you don't hold it in place, and the lowest speed starts out too fast to keep ingredients in the included bowl. One consumer gripes about the design, pointing out that the short stand makes it hard to add ingredients even when the bowl is pushed to the side.
One final concern is durability. Several users posting Hamilton Beach 64650 reviews on the Target website mention that the motor died within a year of purchase (one specified two months) or after being used for heavy batters. Additional reviewers air similar gripes on Amazon. One user reports that this cheap mixer broke after nine months and only about 10 uses.
All that said, this model claims many satisfied customers. Just don't expect it to handle the heavy-duty tasks you'd normally entrust to a stand mixer. It's no more powerful than the best budget hand mixers.
Well-liked by users for its slow start, sturdy build, quiet operation, and color options, the KitchenAid Ultra Power KHM512ER runs like a hand mixer should.
Available in 12 colors.
Post-free stainless steel beaters.
Beater-eject button and swivel cord to accommodate lefties and righties.
Low speeds sufficiently slow.
Some users say the highest speed lacks oomph.
Some report trouble getting the beaters into the mixer.
Consumers who pooh-pooh the idea of a light-up hand mixer and note the 200-watt motor are pleasantly surprised at the practicality and performance of the Oxo On Illuminating Digital Hand Mixer.
Digital controls and six distinct speeds.
LED display and headlight to illuminate work bowl.
Two stainless steel balloon beaters and two dough hooks.
Wrap-around cord and beater-eject button.
No storage case for accessories.
Beaters seem short to some users and a little hard to insert into slots.
Embraced by experts and consumers alike, the Cuisinart HM-90S is a sturdy mixer for the money with a broad range of speeds and enough power even for stiff cookie dough.
220-watt motor automatically adjusts to maintain desired speed.
Nine distinct speeds, including three low speeds for gentle blending.
Two extra-long stainless steel wire beaters, two dough hooks, whisk, spatula, and snap-on storage case.
Comfortable in the hand.
Swivel cord and beater-eject lever.
Three-year limited warranty.
Beater wires seem thin.
Pizza dough may be a challenge.
Cord can be difficult to store inside case.