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Hand Mixers vs. Standing Mixers

Hand Mixer or Standing Mixer: Which Do You Prefer?

Hand MixerHard as it is to believe, until recently I didn't own a standing mixer! While everyone else was talking about the color of their KitchenAid, I was at work with a good ol' hand mixer. Now I have the Breville 12-Speed stand mixer, which I positively love for its hands-off efficiency. But there are times when I reach for the hand mixer, simply because I can't be bothered to lug out its much heavier counterpart. Which do you prefer?

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danakscully64 danakscully64 5 years
Why just 1? It depends on what I'm making, but I lean towards my KitchenAid Stand Mixer (because it's so pretty). For certain things, I use the hand mixer.
amber512 amber512 5 years
I have only used a hand mixer, but I'd love a standing one. They make things sooo much easier, but unfortunately they are ridiculously expensive!
Katie-Sweeney Katie-Sweeney 5 years
I only have a standing mixer, so that is all I use. I keep it tucked away on my kitchen counter.
hex913 hex913 5 years
I prefer a stand mixer, and I just got a brand new Kitchen Aid for Christmas! It's my first stand mixer, I've been using a hand mixer since I moved out of my parents house and I'm so happy to use a stand mixer again!!
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 5 years
I don't know which one produces better results, but I only have a hand mixer because I associate standing mixers with taking up space, being heavy and having lots of parts you need to clean by hand. Whenever I'm so pressed for time that I can't stand next to the mixing bowl, I make my husband be my stand mixer hee hee
Soniabonya Soniabonya 5 years
I have a stand mixer and a hand mixer. I have limited shelf and counter space but moved things around in my apartment to accommodate my bigger kitchen tools (mixer, processor, bread maker?!?) When I baked before the KA stand mixer, I did everything old school by hand (unless I managed to borrow my moms old Cusinart mixer). Took forever! Limelindsey, I completely agree with you, I was often sad I couldn't make something because even with all the hand work, it wouldn't come out correctly. I love my stand mixer. The hand mixer is a bit awkward for me. Stand mixers are awfully expensive, but my family pooled together to buy me one for Christmas last year. I bake faster. They eat quicker. Works perfectly.
fuzzles fuzzles 5 years
I'm an absolutely craptastic sweets baker. I can screw up store-bought refrigerator cookies. Seriously. About the only time I use a mixer-and it's Mom's hand mixer-is on holidays for mashed potatoes. So, both are pretty much lost on me!
limelindsey limelindsey 5 years
I only have a hand mixer. I don't bake enough, don't have the counter space for, and frankly can't really afford a fancy stand mixer. The thing that drives me crazy is all the recipes that call for a stand mixer! I wish they gave alternate instructions for those of us (and I'm sure there are many!) who do not have stand mixers. It's really disappointing to find a recipe that I really want to make, only to read through the instructions and find that it requires a piece of equipment that I don't possess.
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