Breville Hand Mixer

Last updated date: July 12, 2019

DWYM Score
9.7

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We looked at the top 1 Hand Mixers and dug through the reviews from 11 of the most popular review sites including New York Times Wirecutter, Epicurious, Foodal, Kitchen Sanity, Good Housekeeping, Home Verge, Digital Trends, The Spruce Eats, Listamazing, Kitchen Guy'd and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Hand Mixer you should buy.

Overall Take

With this model, you can switch between all nine speeds quickly to tackle everything from folding batter to creaming butter. The current speed level appears in the digital display for accuracy, and there's a build-in flashlight to help you mix. The mixer also automatically adjusts its speed to match the various attachments available. A built-in timer shows how long the mixer has been in use, and our testers especially love how quiet mixer is and that it comes with storage for the cord and attachment. In our analysis of 85 expert reviews, the Breville Breville Hand Mixer placed 1st when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note August 21, 2019:
Checkout The Best Hand Mixer for a detailed review of all the top hand mixers.

Expert Summarized Score
10.0
11 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.2
173 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
It can quickly switch between nine different speeds to handle a range of tasks like creaming butter, mixing chunky doughs, or gently folding batters without straining. Extra features—a timer, a pause button, and a light that shines into the bowl—save time and take some of the guesswork out of a high-stakes bake. The Breville was the easiest mixer to use and clean, with a handy quick-release for beaters and a snap-on storage case to neatly consolidate its attachments.
- New York Times Wirecutter
September 24, 2018 | Full review
The Breville has 9 speed options, all of which are noticeably different from each other. It mixes at both low and high speeds effectively. You change the speed via a scroll, and the new level will appear on the digital screen. At high speeds, the mixer remains steady and doesn't fly out of your hand around the bowl. It even has the ability to sense the specific attachment you're using (whisk, beater, hook) and calibrates its speed settings to fit the specific task.
- Epicurious
April 11, 2018 | Full review
The count-up timer displays precisely how long the mixer has been running. This is ideal as some pastry recipes are very precise about how long something needs to be mixed.
- Foodal
December 4, 2018 | Full review
There’s a count-up timer on the top of the unit that records exactly how long you’ve been mixing things for precise baking. When you pause the timer, the mixer pauses too and remembers its speed for when you’re ready to resume things.
- Kitchen Sanity
January 3, 2019 | Full review
This nine-speed model is able to recognize which attachment you've inserted (beaters, dough hooks, or whisks) and automatically adjusts its speed to the optimal level for each task at-hand.
- Good Housekeeping
December 13, 2018 | Full review
This hand mixer can detect what you attach to it, whether it be egg beaters or whisks. This is due to it’s IQ intuitive interface. On the interface, in the form of an LED screen on top, it will display how much time is remaining that you set it to, and you can even pause this time if needed.
- Home Verge
It has a “smart” interface that is able to detect what kind of attachment you’re using, and the mixer will adjust the speed accordingly to ensure whatever you’re mixing will be perfectly blended. The 240-watt DC motor is relatively quiet when used at the lower speeds, while still delivering high torque.
- Digital Trends
The scraper beaters are coated so you can beat right against the side of the bowl with less noise. There’s a count-up timer so you can keep track of the mixing time for recipes that require a specific mixing length.
- The Spruce Eats
December 24, 2018 | Full review
More convenient than ever, this is one of the best portable mixers that has Beater IQ intuitive interface that can detect the type of attachment you are using and automatically adjust the speed all by itself.
- Listamazing
September 23, 2017 | Full review
Breville’s the Handy Mix Scraper comes loaded with an impressive array of features. To operate it, you press “on” and then select one of nine speeds. As soon as mixing starts, a light shines down on the bowl and a timer starts counting up. There’s a pause button so that if you interrupt mixing to stir or add ingredients, you can keep track of your mixing time.
- Reviewed
February 20, 2019 | Full review
It has a countdown timer, which is really convenient when you’re working with a recipe that requires precision, and a light so you can easily check your food while it’s being blended.
- Kitchen Guy'd
January 1, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like
The silicone tends to peel off after extended hard use
- Foodal
December 4, 2018 | Full review
The Breville BHM800SIL is not a budget option. All these features come at a cost, so this model is more expensive than some of the competition.
- Kitchen Sanity
January 3, 2019 | Full review
It is quite on the expensive side for looking like just an ordinary hand mixer.
- Home Verge
It was one of the slower models and the only one that struggled a bit to knead enough dough for two loaves of bread.
- Reviewed
February 20, 2019 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

How do you maximize speed for whisking and power for kneading from the same handy mixer? The Breville BHM800SIL Handy Mix Scraper with intuitive ergonomic control and Beater IQ automatically adjusts power to suit what you're mixing. Features an intuitive 9 speed selector, plus boost, with an easy to use scroll wheel is electronically controlled to spin at a precise speed no matter what the load. Accessories include 2 scraper beaters, 2 dough hooks, and 2 balloon whisks which are housed in a storage case which clips under the unit so nothing gets lost. Pause function holds your setting while you prepare or add ingredients. Quick release trigger and swivel cord also featured.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Breville Hand Mixer
Overall Score: 9.7
Expert Reviews: 11
2. Cuisinart Power Advantage Plus Handheld Mixer
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 10
3. KitchenAid 9-Speed Digital Hand Mixer
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 9
4. OXO On Digital Hand Mixer
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 10
5. Proctor Silex 5-Speed Easy Mix Hand Mixer
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 8
6. Power Advantage 5-Speed Hand Mixer
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 4
7. Oster Inspire 5-Speed Hand Mixer
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 10
8. VonShef Cream Hand Mixer Whisk
Overall Score: 7.4
Expert Reviews: 3
9. Hamilton Beach Power Deluxe Hand Mixer
Overall Score: 7.4
Expert Reviews: 9

An Overview On Hand Mixers

Since the handheld rotary egg beater was patented in 1884, professional chefs and home cooks alike have looked for the best appliance for mixing ingredients. Whether you are whipping heavy cream, beating eggs or blending a cake mix, choosing the best hand mixer for your needs takes consideration.

First, determine whether you need a hand mixer. If you frequently mix items in smaller amounts, a hand mixer is ideal. There is no need to pull out and clean up a cumbersome stand mixer for scrambled eggs or meringue to top a pie.

How you plan to use your hand mixer can also help determine what attachments can benefit you most. If you only pull it out of the cupboard once in a rare while to make a special breakfast or meal, a pair of standard beaters might be sufficient. If you want to whisk eggs or whip cream, a whisk attachment is a useful addition. Extra-long beaters might be nice if you want to use the mixer in a deep bowl. Dough hooks are ideal if you are a frequent baker who likes to make bread and other dough-based recipes.

Consider the comfort and ergonomics of a hand mixer when shopping for the right one. The handle should be comfortable and easy to grip to avoid cramping or fatigue when using it, especially when you are preparing multiple recipes. The weight of the mixer could make it more or less comfortable and easy to use as well.

Settings and switches are other factors to think about. Considering how you will use the hand mixer can help you make this determination. For instance, if you mostly whip up boxed brownies or pancake batter, a hand mixer with two or three speeds is likely sufficient. However, if you want to cream butter, blend thick batter or mix up chunky mashed potatoes, you might want to look at mixers with multiple speeds and settings (the Breville version offers an easy screen display).

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The brand name can also come into play when choosing between hand mixers. Some brands have a reputation for quality and have been shown to stand the test of time. For instance, KitchenAid is quite literally the first name in mixers designed for home cooks. The KitchenAid 9-Speed Digital Hand Mixer includes multiple attachments, such as dough hooks and a blending rod. Oster is another brand known for durability. The Oster 2500 Inspire 240-watt five-speed hand mixer is powerful and versatile enough to easily tackle common mixing tasks, yet its ergonomic design and contour grip offer comfort and ease of use.

Any cook will affirm that cleanup can be the most daunting part of preparing a meal or baking a special treat. Find out what is involved in taking the mixer apart and cleaning the different pieces. Can you pop out the beaters and tuck them into the dishwasher, or is it complicated to disassemble and put back together? The easier a hand mixer is to use, clean and put away, the more likely you are to use it again and again. For instance, the Cuisinart Power Advantage Plus nine-speed hand mixer comes with its own storage case. The mixing attachments and the power cord tuck inside of the see-through case while the mixer itself snaps on to the top, making storage a  breeze. Bonus: You never have to dig through a cluttered drawer to find your attachments.

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Of course, the price of a hand mixer is important to take into account. Determining how much you want to spend before you begin shopping and then making a list of your non-negotiable features, as well as any extras you would like to have, will give you the information you need to find the right hand mixer for your kitchen.

 

DYWM Fun Fact

By the early 1900s, commercial bakeries were using massive 80 quart-capacity mixers. Several years later, Hobart Manufacturing Company was testing a scaled-down (but still large) version when an executives wife called it “the best kitchen aid” she had ever used. That’s how the KitchenAid brand name that is still used widely today came to be.

Eventually, companies were able to scale mixers down even further to create increasingly portable and affordable alternatives to stand mixers, which we know as hand mixers.

 

The Hand Mixer Buying Guide

  • Even if you have used multiple hand mixers, take the time to read the owner’s manual or instructions that accompany your new mixer. There might be important warnings, significant details or awesome features that you would otherwise miss out on.
  • Unplug your mixer when you are not using it as well as when you remove, install or replace attachments. Doing so could prevent you from injuring yourself or damaging the device.
  • Start at zero when inserting the beaters or other attachments into the bowl. Move up the speed one level at a time to avoid breaking the mixer, overbeating ingredients or making a mess of your kitchen.
  • Use lower speeds for thicker or harder recipes, such as creamed butter or biscuit dough. Reserve higher speeds for liquidy ingredients, like eggs, cream or thin batter.
  • Always remove any attachments before attempting to clean them. Keeping the body of a hand mixer away from water is an important way to prevent damage.

  • Never allow children to use a hand mixer unattended. Although it might seem like a small, rather simple gadget, improper use could result in damage to the appliance at a minimum or injury at the worst.
  • You can use a hand mixer to shred cooked chicken. Place boneless pieces of cooked chicken in a large mixing bowl. Insert the mixer into the bowl, turn it on and mix away! The beaters will slowly but surely shred the meat to the perfect consistency to use in your favorite recipe.
  • Another creative way to use your hand mixer is to make your favorite coffee beverages at home. Pour the desired amount of milk or cream into a large mug or glass measuring cup. Heat it in the microwave for 30 to 45 seconds. Using a single beater attachment, froth the warm milk to your desired consistency and add it to your coffee.