10 best electric hand mixers

We tested gadgets for the times a humble wooden spoon just won't cut it

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Hand mixers can be a godsend for beating cake batter, whisking up egg whites and cream for puddings and even kneading dough. Check the one you get is comfortable to hold and comes with all the attachments you need. Also think about how easy it is to clean and store and whether you may in fact benefit from getting a stand mixer instead.

1. Swan 5 Speed Hand Mixer: £22.34, ocado.com



If you just want a simple and powerful machine to whisk up the occasional celebration cake, you can’t go wrong with this. We mixed away to our heart’s content, bunged the attachments in the dishwasher, et voila, a fabulous sponge greeted us from the oven an hour or so later.

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2. Braun Multimix 3: £69.99, braunhousehold.com



Boasting more attachments than any other hand mixer out there, this covers all your whipping, kneading, blending and chopping needs in one package. The attachments release easily and we like the way the weight is directed into the bowl, so it doesn’t feel too heavy in your hand.

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3. Sabichi Black Gloss Hand Mixer: £9.95, sabichi.co.uk



If you’re a student or just don’t want to part with more than a tenner then this is the best of the budget offering. It has five speeds and releases the whisks nice and easily. It doesn’t feel like it’s great quality, nor is it hugely powerful, but it does the job.

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4. Kenwood kMix Hand Mixer: £44.99, amazon.co.uk



This is exceptional at mixing, whisking and kneading and is much quieter than most too – great for times when you want to hold a conversation at the same time. It’s also easy to clean and store away and we like the soft grip handle, which makes the weight (it is heavy at 1.5kg) easier to bear.

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5. Bodum Bistro Hand Mixer: £32, tesco.com



The range of bright colours that this mixer comes in makes it a cheerful addition to any worktop and it’s also a great all-rounder, brilliant at whipping, kneading and mixing. Although it’s the heaviest we tried, it’s nice and quiet and, handily, the cable can be retracted into the base for easy storage.

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6. Morphy Richards Accents Hand Mixer: £49.95, johnlewis.com


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This is a heavy mixer but it’s comfortable to hold and you’ll quickly get the knack of releasing the attachments. It’s equally good at whisking, mixing and kneading and there’s a turbo boost button for when you need a quick boost of power. We liked how easy it is to clean, too.

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7. KitchenAid Hand Mixer: £99.99, lakeland.co.uk



If you can’t quite justify buying one of KitchenAid’s Bake-Off-famous Artisan stand mixers, this one has all the retro looks and top notch quality, without the price tag or the large worktop footprint. The nine speeds make it great for tasks requiring a little precision, too.

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8. Judge Twin Blade Hand Mixer: £24.99, dennyandsons.co.uk



It might not have as much oomph as some, nor does it feel quite as durable, but if you don’t need all the bells and whistles and aren’t going to be using it daily, this is particularly good for the money. We like the six speeds, including the turbo boost, and it’s incredibly simple to use.

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9. Dualit Hand Mixer: £54.99, lakeland.co.uk



Dualit might be best known for making classic toasters, but its mixers are seriously good, too. This is comfortable to hold and stores away easily, thanks to the retractable power cord with even the plug fitting into the main unit, and we couldn’t find fault with its beating, whipping or kneading actions.

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10. Russell Hobbs Aura 3-in-1: £22.49, russellhobbs.com


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This option comes with three attachments for whisking, beating and kneading and the easy eject button makes it a breeze to switch from mixing a batter to whipping some cream. It’s also quiet, comfortable and there’s plenty of attention to detail, including a storage pouch for accessories.

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The Bodum Bistro is a great all-rounder and it looks fabulous too. Kenwood kMix Hand Mixer is heavy, but it ticks every other box and is particularly quiet.


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