Cuisinart Power Advantage Plus Handheld Mixer

Last updated date: July 12, 2019

DWYM Score
8.7

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We looked at the top 1 Hand Mixers and dug through the reviews from 10 of the most popular review sites including Foodal, Business Insider, Consumer Reports, New York Times Wirecutter, Digital Trends, Home Verge, BestReviews, Family Living Today, Nonna Box and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Hand Mixer you should buy.

Overall Take

The 220-watt motor makes this mixer perfect for heavy-duty tasks. The speed controls are intuitive, and the slow-start feature also prevents splattering. Our testers like that the spatula, chef's whisk, dough hooks and beaters store easily into the snap-on case. While this mixer wasn't the quietest of the bunch we tested, the cost, ease of use, attachment options and performance still make this a top pick. In our analysis of 84 expert reviews, the Cuisinart Cuisinart Power Advantage Plus Handheld Mixer placed 2nd 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
8.8
10 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.5
896 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The Cuisinart HM-90BSC Power Advantage Plus 9 Speed Hand Mixer is, in one word, amazing. A motor with feedback analysis, extra long beaters, 3 speed settings with a SmoothStart feature, and a one step power switch makes this hand blender stand out among the rest.
- Foodal
December 13, 2018 | Full review
The Cuisinart HM-90 Power Advantage Plus hand mixer is ideal for heavy-duty tasks thanks to its 220-watt motor. You can control the nine speed options with the same hand that's holding the mixer so you can use your other hand for other tasks, such as holding the bowl. There are three slow start speeds that keep ingredients from splattering. The device comes with a spatula, chef's whisk, dough hooks, and beaters that store easily in the snap-on storage case. This mixer also comes with a three-year limited warranty.
- Business Insider
September 8, 2017 | Full review
Mixing performance is Very Good. We judged it Very Good for convenience.
- Consumer Reports
This little machine is an effective hand mixer that evenly blends cookie dough and quickly whips fluffy meringue.
- New York Times Wirecutter
September 24, 2018 | Full review
The mixer features nine different speed settings, with three of the settings offering a low-start feature to prevent splattering. You can easily adjust speeds while using the mixer, thanks to 1-touch speed control.
- Digital Trends
This Cuisinart hand mixer comes with all the perks that the other hand mixer from Cuisinart has; it contains BPA-free parts, it comes with a quiet 220-watt motor, everything can be stored easily, and it comes with a SmoothStart feature, so that there is no messy experience at the start.
- Home Verge
The on/off switch and speed controls are intuitive to use, and the mixer always starts off slowly, so you never get an initial spatter of flour in your face.
- Reviewed
February 20, 2019 | Full review
Comfortable to hold and easy to handle. Soft-touch speed buttons minimize mistakes.
- BestReviews
February 1, 2019 | Full review
Nine different speed settings including 3 “no splatter” settings give this hand mixer a wide range of versatility. With that many speeds, you’re bound to find the exact speed needed for your recipe. It also features a 220-watt motor and an automatic feedback feature that keeps the machine mixing at the speed you set it on.
- Family Living Today
January 9, 2019 | Full review
Storage case makes it even better. It prevents the risk of accessories being lost. Stainless steel body ensures you don’t need to spend extra time cleaning your hand mixer. Just remove the accessories with a single touch and clean them easily.
- Nonna Box
January 26, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like
The only down side to this is every time the HM-90BCS is turned off, the speed resets instead of staying at the initial setting.
- Foodal
December 13, 2018 | Full review
You need to be careful when you first turn it on
- Business Insider
September 8, 2017 | Full review
We judged it Fair for noise.
- Consumer Reports
It isn’t as easy to use as the Breville, because it lacks things like a light and a timer, but it can still churn through most recipes.
- New York Times Wirecutter
September 24, 2018 | Full review
The one flaw that this hand mixer has is that there is no real distinction between the nine speeds. Some of the adjacent speed settings perform very similarly, and this can really confuse homeowners that know how fast they need to beat their batter, but aren’t sure which setting to use with the 90BCS.
- Home Verge
The only drawback is that this is the noisiest model we worked with, although it is certainly nowhere near as loud as a blender or a hairdryer.
- Reviewed
February 20, 2019 | Full review
No "boost" button. "Slow start" is faster than some anticipate.
- BestReviews
February 1, 2019 | Full review
The only concerning factor has been the weight of the device. It’s over 4 pound and some might find it hard to handle at the start. However, heavier option also means that the device is durable and has a powerful motor that’ll last for a lifetime.
- Nonna Box
January 26, 2019 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Introducing a hand mixer that's as easy to put away as it is to operate. The Cuisinart Power Advantage Plus 9 Speed Hand Mixer performs any task a recipe calls for, and then tucks into its own storage case. Once it has mixed heavy batters, whipped up fluffy meringues and kneaded homemade bread dough, just clean it up and put it away. Extra long beaters, chef's whisk, and dough hooks fit into a clear case, and the mixer snaps on top. Plenty of power, perfect control, and compact storage. That's a mixer anyone can love.

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.