The 3.5-quart capacity is enough for a full batch of cookies. Head is easy to unlock and tilt for adding ingredients or scraping the bowl. Offers 10 speeds, including slow start feature that gradually increases speed. Smooth gliding switch is pleasant to use. Compatible with standard KitchenAid attachments.
We found it a little underpowered when kneading large batches of dough.
Attractive retro styling. The 2.5-quart capacity is good for whipping cream and small batches of meringue. Weighs only 3.3 pounds. Handy lever moves bowl aside for adding ingredients or scraping. Suction cups on base add grip. Powerful motor. Dishwasher-safe bowl and attachments.
Motor sometimes seemed too fast and strong for the small, light unit.
Sturdy design. Operates at a powerful 800 watts that can handle all your recipes. Features a 3-function key with LED display. Offers a splash guard that helps to add ingredients without making a mess. Comes with a dough hook, flat beater, and whisk. It has anti-slip feet to stay steady.
Needs to be stopped to scrape the sides.
Planetary mixing action is more efficient than double beater designs. Has a 4-quart capacity for versatile projects and a 300-watt motor. Tilt-head design allows for easy scraping and adding ingredients. Includes splash guard along with dough hook and flat beater. Offers 7 speeds.
Plastic construction is more fragile than pricier brands.
Detachable hand mixer connects to base with revolving bowl for time-consuming tasks. Offers 6 adjustable speeds with burst mode. Has a 270-watt motor. Lever moves bowl for more thorough mixing. The 4-quart bowl is dishwasher-safe. Offers bowl rest feature to avoid drips.
Not well suited for mixing despite the included dough hooks.
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