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Cuisinart HM-90S Power Advantage Plus 9-Speed Handheld Mixer with Storage

Pros: We give the Cuisinart HM-90S top marks for being powerful yet quiet and effective at mixing all types of batter and dough. Features include its 9 speeds and snap-on storage compartment.

Cons: We found that this model sometimes starts with too much power, resulting in splatter.

Summary: Your best bet: a top-of-the-line model by a trusted company. The Cuisinart 90S has all the power and features that users love for a price that is lower than similar models.
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Breville BHM500XL Handy Mix Digital Hand Mixer

Pros: This rugged hand mixer's 16 speed settings make it especially versatile. Includes extra conveniences like a no-tip heel and a backlit screen with timer.

Cons: We found that even the lowest of its 16 speeds seems to move too fast. This makes some mixing, especially with the whisk attachment, messy.

Summary: Though the Breville is durable and offers features that make it easy to use, other models we tested are less messy to use.
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KitchenAid KHM926CU 9-Speed Digital Hand Mixer wit...

Pros: A lightweight, versatile hand mixer by the trusted KitchenAid brand. We love that its 9 speed settings include a Soft Start feature to reduce messes.

Cons: This model's locking mechanism for attachments seems flimsy, making it feel wobbly, especially when mixing thick dough.

Summary: The KitchenAid hand mixer has similar features as other models, but a higher price. The Cuisinart is more durable and a better value.
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Hamilton Beach 62650 6-Speed Classic Hand Mixer

Pros: A basic, inexpensive hand mixer with a bowl rest and snap-on storage unit that help make mixing jobs neat and easy. At 290 watts, it has more power than costlier models.

Cons: A basic model with fewer features than other hand mixers we tested. Fewer speed settings also make it less versatile.

Summary: A no-frills hand mixer by a trusted name in the kitchen appliance industry. Though it is affordable, the Oster 2500 is a better value.
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Oster 2500 Inspire 240-Watt 5-Speed Hand Mixer

Pros: We give the Oster 2500 Inspire top marks for its effective mixing abilities and low price. Its lightweight design and 5 speeds make basic mixing jobs easy.

Cons: This no-frills model may not be strong enough for complex mixing jobs. It lacks any features to keep it from tipping over between mixing times.

Summary: Best bang for your buck: though the Oster 2500 doesn't have the bells and whistles that some models have, we found that it does a great job for a value price.