KitchenAid 9-Speed Digital Hand Mixer

Last updated date: July 12, 2019

DWYM Score
8.6

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We looked at the top 1 Hand Mixers and dug through the reviews from 9 of the most popular review sites including BestReviews, Home Verge, Digital Trends, The Spruce Eats, Village Bakery, Kitchen Guy'd, The Smart Consumer, V The Best 9 and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Hand Mixer you should buy.

Overall Take

Complex recipes that require specific mixing settings are no problem for this KitchenAid, which has a speed for everything. We like the soft-start feature, so even if you choose a high speed, the mixer will start slow and build up to avoid splattering. With five colors available, you can pick the best option for your kitchen. In our analysis of 83 expert reviews, the KitchenAid KitchenAid 9-Speed Digital Hand Mixer placed 3rd 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
8.5
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.9
1,621 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Inexpensive. Available in five colors. Stainless steel "turbo" accessories.
- BestReviews
February 1, 2019 | Full review
The main feature of the KHM926CU is that it comes in nine speeds. Speed one is for chunky ingredients and recipes where you stir slowly. All the other speeds in between are for mashed potatoes, creams and picky recipes that call for specific settings. Speed nine is for stirring meringue. It tells you which speed it is currently set to with a digital bar on the interface.
- Home Verge
This hand-held version of the popular KitchenAid stand mixer has an impressive nine speeds, allowing you to easily combine large ingredients with slow stirring, or blend watery ingredients with fast whipping. Speed one is perfect for combining chunky foods, while speed nine is ideal for whipping meringue. This hand mixer is well known for being easy to use, as it has a Soft Start™ Feature, which gradually brings the beaters up to your selected speed setting to help minimize splattering.
- Digital Trends
The soft-start means that even if you choose a high speed, the mixer will start slow and build up, so you won’t fling ingredients out of the bowl. The cord locks into place on the left or right side of the mixer to keep it out of the way, no matter which way you face or where your outlets are.
- The Spruce Eats
December 24, 2018 | Full review
The soft grip handle gives you a firm, comfortable grip to prevent your hand from tiring out, and the cord can be locked onto both the left and right sides of the mixer so you can choose the perfect position for your needs. It comes complete with an assortment of Stainless Steel Beater II accessories, which are easy to remove, thanks to the ejector button; and since they’re dishwasher safe, cleaning up is a breeze.
- Village Bakery
February 6, 2019 | Full review
Cleaning is a breeze: Given its unique construction, cleaning this item is a breeze. And yes, given the removable beaters, you can easily clean it!. It saves on storage space: If storage space is something you have in scarcity in your kitchen, the upward storage will save the space.
- The 10 Pro
January 16, 2019 | Full review
This KitchenAid model has nine speeds depending on what you’re making, so for recipes that call on you to keep the ingredients nice and chunky you choose speed one, for creaming butter or mixing bread batter you choose speed six and for whipping up a delicious meringue, it’s speed nine.
- Kitchen Guy'd
January 1, 2019 | Full review
The KHM926CU is a lightweight option that only weighs about two pounds, so you will have no issues holding it upright for a long period of time. This hand mixer has nine different speed options that range from an extremely slow option that is great for mixing dry items to a faster option that is great for creating whipped cream. Since it is hard to mix ingredients at a fast speed, the mixer has a soft start option that allows you to set the hand mixer to start out slowly and speed up as the ingredients are incorporated.
- The Smart Consumer
February 26, 2018 | Full review
The mixer features a soft grip handle that aids in providing a comfortable mixing experience. In addition to this, the mixer is user-friendly and work perfectly. Despite the quality features, it is one cost-effective hand mixer beaters that you will rely on for quality services.
- V The Best 9
January 1, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Occasional problems with faulty attachments and stripping of the plastic gears.
- BestReviews
February 1, 2019 | Full review
Beaters wobble during use.
- Home Verge
Some users said that it wasn’t as powerful as they hoped it would be
- Village Bakery
February 6, 2019 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

The 9-Speed Hand Mixer, with Exclusive Accessory Pack, offers endless opportunities in one hand-held countertop appliance. This Exclusive Accessory Pack includes 2 Stainless Steel Turbo Beater II Accessories, Stainless Steel Pro Whisk, 2 Stainless Steel Dough Hooks, Blending Rod and a Storage Bag to neatly protect and organize everything. The perfect go-to small appliance for mixing, kneading, whipping, blending and so much more.

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.