What’s the best hand mixer? Cuisinart or KitchenAid? Which one should you get for yourself, your mom, or grandmother for Christmas so they can do their baking this holiday season? Let’s talk about their individual merits and what makes them great.
I’ll start with Cuisinart. I’m going to give them points on this first point because the motor is enclosed in a metal housing for extra protection and durability – no fears about it getting damaged if there are flour/gelatin spills in your kitchen drawer! They only have a power cord that plugs into an outlet. Their different blades and beater attachments are very easy to switch around and clean. The flat beater is my favorite for cookie dough, whipped cream, and general mixing duties. The 12 speed instruction booklet offers a lot of great recipes for you to start with.
KitchenAid comes in second place because it has the same power, speed, covered motor, etc as Cuisinart but it does have a few extra attachments. It also has a mini dough hook included. The only real drawback is that it doesn’t have one power cord which means you have to plug it in to the wall outlet. Also, the attachments come in different colors and colors are important when deciding which one to get! If you are color blind, I’d highly doubt you’ll be able to tell them apart at a glance since they all look the same.
Cuisinart receives bonus points for consistency from year-to-year model and for having a warranty that covers such things as motor burnouts (overheating) or grinding noise (motor bearings out of whack) for 2 years.
KitchenAid does not have a warranty for the motor and only 1 year for parts.
The next thing that’s a personal opinion is how long it lasts on one battery charge. They both last about 15-20 minutes, but I’ll give Cuisinart the nod since they last longer and we have a lot of our ingredients pre-measured out when we start cooking. We don’t have to worry about them dying half-way through our recipe. If you want to know how long one charge lasts, the user manual has a chart in it that tells you how long the speeds will last per batter size. It’s very telling that it shows a range of time instead of just giving an exact amount.
If I had to choose between the two? I’d go KitchenAid over Cuisinart mainly because of cost and color choices, but Cuisinart is definitely a close second!
How Many Watts Is The KitchenAid 9-Speed Hand Mixer?
A lot of people ask me this question and I have no idea what the answer is. The model number (KSM150PSWH) says it can handle 500 Watts if you’re using it on its highest speed, but I don’t think that’s possible since the motors are not built to handle that much power. It seems like they should have had a little warning sign or something on the back of the box saying “do not exceed 500 Watts.” Common sense would tell you that that would be damaging to both your mixer and/or your body!
The reason for this question is because there is a HUGE difference between a hand mixer, stand mixer, and countertop stand mixer.
Which Hand Mixer Has The Highest Wattage?
- KitchenAid KSM150PSWH (500 Watts)
- Cuisinart 681-096 (500 Watts)
- KitchenAid KSM150PSWH Mixer (w/o attachments) (500 Watts)
- Mae Chefmate 4.5 QT W/O Attachments and Beater Attachment (1000watts!!!)
- Fisher & Paykel 55-918SIX Classic Stand Mixer, 900Watt Stand Mixer, with Accessories (600watts but only 1 speed!)
Is A Higher Wattage Hand Mixer Better?
I can say this with confidence. YES!
Higher power = better mixing, better blending, and faster speeds. The speed and wattage are inversely proportional to each other (think of them as opposite forces). If one increases the other lowers, but not necessarily by the same amount. It’s also cheaper to run your hand mixer on high speed than it is to use it at a lower speed. This is because appliances don’t care if you’re using them at their highest setting – to flip a pancake or mix batter – they just wear out quicker on slower speeds.
What Type Of Motor Is In A Hand Mixer?
A hand mixer uses a DC motor, which means that the motor turns on from voltage applied from an electrical outlet.
What is the highest voltage that these motors can handle? Typically not more than 110 volts. Some can handle up to 240 but only if there are no other appliances in use on your circuit.
Are Hand Mixers Easy to Use?
Yes and no. Solid metal beaters will make any job easier, but I would suggest buying them only if you know you’ll be doing a lot of mixing because they tend to get worn out faster than the flat beaters. And don’t forget general cleaning… that’s the quest of every cooking enthusiast!
What Hand Mixer Should I Buy?
There are certain things that you should look for. First of all, make sure that the hand mixer you’re buying has a rubberized grip at the bottom because it’ll help ensure that it doesn’t slip and slide across your countertops. Next, make sure that it has a flat beater instead of a dough hook (they’re great for cookies!) because hand mixers with bigger motors tend to have more speed levels and attachments options so you can really get creative with what you do in the kitchen. It shouldn’t have a dough hook on it… you can buy a separate one that screws onto the front of the hand mixer.
Last but not least… make sure it has a good warranty. We all know how much we spend on kitchen appliances and to spend good money on something that might break after a year or two would be really discouraging! Look for something that is at least 1 year, but ideally 2 years of coverage on everything from the motor to the attachments.
Is KitchenAid hand mixer worth it?
Yes! Definitely worth it. It’s pretty reasonably priced for a hand mixer that can do all the fancy stuff like kneading and making dough. I mean, it’s not as sturdy and heavy duty as a stand mixer but if you even just want to make some cookies or cake batter, you’ll love it! Just make sure you follow the instruction manual on how to use all the accessories properly!
Is the KitchenAid KSM150PSWH Hand Mixer worth it?
Yes! Yes it is!!! You get so many attachments, everything works smoothly and quickly. The power is adequate and depending on what exactly you’re mixing, this hand mixer will last a very long time.
Should I get the 9-Speed or 10 speed hand mixer?
I prefer the 10-speed. It doesn’t have as many speeds but they are long enough and powerful enough to handle any recipe – even heavy duty ones. If you’re using a mix using a lot of eggs, flour or anything else that requires a lot of mixing and kneading, then the 9-speed would be better.
What is the difference between the KSM150PSWH and the KSM150PSSI?
The only difference I can see is that the KSM150PSSI has ball bearing technology instead of durometer. I’ve used the one with ball bearings before, by now they’re old enough to have bearings worn out – which is not really uncommon.
Is The KitchenAid Hand Mixer Reliable?
I have had my hand mixer for about 7 years now and it has not broken down once. I don’t see why it won’t last for a few more years.
Is KitchenAid 9 Speed Hand Mixer worth it?
Yes! It’s worth every penny and it doesn’t take up too much space on the countertop either! I mean, how many times have you had your hand mixer come apart from the beaters and the head got stuck in your cake batter or whatever? KitchenAid won’t let that happen… thanks to the excellent design!
I can confidently say that hand mixers are great! They’re affordable, they’re easy to store, they’re easy to clean and they work great. You can’t expect them to last forever but they will last you a while!
Thanks again and see you next time!