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Which hand held mixer do you recommend?

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I gave away my 4.5 qt KA stand mixer in order to get the 6 qt. It is so large, that I now need a good, sturdy reliable hand held mixer. I can't decide what to get. KA is certainly not as good as they used to be (I can tell that with my new stand mixer), so I'm uncertain if I should go with the 9-speed KA hand held mixer. The Cuisinart also gets mixed reviews. I'm looking for recommendations from what you all use. Thanks in advance.
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I use the KA hand held mixer. Although it is ten years old so I'm not sure if a new one would be made as well as this old one. It has been very reliable so far.
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Thanks. I, too, am afraid the new KA products will not be the quality of the old ones. My old 4.5 qt KA stand mixer was a power house in perfect condition when I gave it to my brother a couple months ago - it was around 25 yrs old. My new 6 qt KA stand mixer is obviously not the quality of the old one - you should hear the difference in the sound of the motors between the two. So sad - I believe Whirlpool is the new owner of KA, and they obviously don't care about quality.
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I have a 15 year old KA heavy duty and a new pro 6. My new one is just as good as my old one.
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I have the new vesion of the KA hand mixer and it's not only awesome, but quiet too! I love so idk why it wouldn't be good?? Just letting you know.
post #6 of 12
I just brought a Sunbeam from Amazon ($24.99 if you go with black, red is more for some reason). It has a 250 motor and is strong enough to get through a Wilton class buttercream recipe without any problems (I brought it b/c I started teaching Wilton and didn't want to lug my KA Stand mixer to class). I can't speak for how long it lasts, but it seems sturdy enough and the price was right.
post #7 of 12
This month's Consumer Reports magazine coincidentally has an article rating hand mixers.

The Kitchenaid Architect Series comes in first. But it's $80. Next in line is Cooks 10 speed (JCPenny brand) for $30. Then Kitchenaid Ultra Power 5 for $50.

Unfortunately, they rate Sunbeam way down at #16.
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post #8 of 12
I have the 9 speed KA and have had it for a couple of years now and have not had a problem with it. I've made many a batchs of stiff icing and royal icing with it.
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post #9 of 12
I have an Oster hand mixer and I love it. It was recommended to me by another friend who bakes and it even has it's own little carrying case which helps keep all the beaters together. http://www.amazon.com/Oster-Inspire-2529-6-Speed-Storage/dp/B0008F6LNC/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1286806441&sr=8-3

I don't know how "heavy duty" it is but I make cake mix and small batches of BC with it (small being 2lbs of sugar or less). If I'm going to make larger batches of anything I use my KA stand mixer.
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post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thank you, everyone! I need to buy this in the next couple of weeks. Thanks again for the input.
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I hope this is related, but does anyone have any input on the stand mixers that are the same power, etc, as the hand mixers? I need a hand mixer but the stand mixers seem more suitable for me as I usually work alone. I have two kitchenaid stand mixers. There are some well rated mixers for $50 to $100. The Rival comes out the best in ratings while the Sunbeams have complaints about not enough power. Does anyone have experience with them? I am just reading amazon and consumer reports.
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