Hand Mixer Showdown


It’s Cuisinart vs. KitchenAid in this head-to-head match-up of hand mixers. We pit two of the biggest selling models in a side-by-side comparison to see which one is the reigning champion.

Both manufacturers offer a 5-, 7- and 9-speed model, with prices that vary between $40 and $100 online. We settled on the 7-speed models for two reasons. A 5-speed seemed too slow for heftier jobs, and we think you shouldn’t have to spend more than $70 to get a decent hand mixer.

We evaluated the Cuisinart Power Advantage™ 7-Speed Hand Mixer (HM-70) and the KitchenAid 7-Speed Hand Mixer with Stainless Steel Turbo Beater™ II Accessories (KHM7210) in the nine different categories listed below. Read on to see which product performed best in each evaluation and overall.

Attachments

Cuisinart HM-70

Half-inch longer beaters and a wider balloon whisk that incorporated more air gave Cuisinart a slight edge over its rival. A spatula is also included. Not too shabby, but we would have liked to have seen dough hooks. Unfortunately, neither model includes them at this price point.


Controls

Cuisinart HM-70

The KitchenAid controls were a bit confusing. The layout was not intuitive. We frequently mistook the beater ejection button for the on/off switch. Ouch! With the Cuisiart, all the buttons were in the right places, and the numeric digital readout left no doubt as to the speed setting.


Design

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We preferred the stylish looks of the KitchenAid with its sleek and compact design. The rubberized grip and lockable swivel cord were nice touches. Both mixers are available in white and red, but the KitchenAid model is also available in –black, silver and cream.


Ergonomics

KitchenAid KHM7210

The smaller handle of the KitchenAid was easier to grasp and hold for long periods, especially for smaller hands. The rubberized grip felt comfortable and prevented slippage.


Noise

KitchenAid KHM7210

You’d expect some level of noise from any hand mixer, but we were pleasantly surprised by how relatively quiet the KitchenAid model was; nearly 10 decibels less than the Cuisinart. You can practically put the baby down to nap and make a cake at the same time.


Performance

Cuisinart HM-70

To determine performance, we creamed butter, beat egg whites, whipped cream, and blended batters—both thin and thick—in side-by-side comparisons. While the KitchenAid pulled its weight creaming butter and blending batters, it just couldn’t keep up with the Cuisinart when it came to whipping egg whites and heavy cream.


Power & Speed

Cuisinart HM-70

Both models performed well at low speeds, but at top speed, the Cuisinart delivered the goods—enough gusto to save us from pulling out the big stand mixer. We particularly liked the electronic sensor that automatically adjusts the power level when mixing thick batters. Testers felt the KitchenAid needed just one more level to keep up.


Price

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Prices exclude taxes and shipping and vary by color. For example, the white Cusinart, model we tested retails for $60.

Pricing information is based on the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) as of January 5, 2015 and is subject to change.

Excludes taxes and delivery fees.


Warranty

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Cuisinart offers three times the warranty coverage of KitchenAid. To view the details of each warranty, click on one of the images above.


And the Winner is…

Cuisinart HM-70

Power is the name of the game when it comes to hand mixers, and despite its beautiful design, the KitchenAid model left us longing for a little more. KitchenAid’s clunky controls also hurt its chances. Once we factored in the lower price and more generous warranty, the Cuisinart Power Advantage™ 7-Speed Hand Mixer (HM-70) wins by a knockout.

KJ Editors
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