290 of 293 people found the following review helpful
on June 16, 2000
Prior to buying this hand mixer, I always seemed to end up cooking in qalley type kitchens, without the counter space or storage for a stand mixer. Plus I seemed to burn up the motors on any hand mixer I ever bought. I thought I simply asked unfair performance from hand mixers. About the time I burned up the motor in my third hand mixer I saw an ad in a cooking magazine for the then new to the market KitchenAid hand mixer.
So I went out and checked it out. Here are the reasons I bought this hand mixer: a) it was made by KitchenAid; b) it looked like it was easy to clean; c) When compared to the more expensive model with additional speeds, I thought the five speeds would meet my needs; d) It had a "nice feel" to it - it was light weight yet seemed substantial, and well built and well designed.
I have used this mixer ever since, I think it's been about four years (maybe longer), and it has always lived up to my expectations. The five speed model when I bought mine did not come with a dough hook attachment, so I cannot speak to its ability to handle yeast dough; however, it has unfailingly whipped and mixed every concoction I've put it in without any signs of strain. It is easy to clean with its seamless design, as the editorial points out. I enjoy using this mixer, and highly recommend this mixer as a very well designed basic, efficient, and reliable hand mixer.
125 of 127 people found the following review helpful
on November 1, 2001
Wow, I can't believe how great this mixer is. I bought it mainly to knead dough. The dough hooks worked just as well as a stand mixer that I had. They didn't hesitate at all. The mixer has a sensor inside that will compensate for the current to make sure it doesn't bog down. I kneaded on setting 4 for 2 minutes and the dough was better than when I used to do it by hand, and it was also better than with the Farberware stand mixer I had. I never got the impression that it was straining at all. It was also pretty quiet. It felt solid in my hand but not heavy enough to make it tired. It is a well-built product. The owner's manual has several recipes that look pretty good and even a few bread recipes.
I enthusiastically recommend this mixer to anyone who wants to knead dough.
89 of 91 people found the following review helpful
on June 3, 2003
I bought this mixer as a mothers day gift for my wife, to replace an old, inexpensive mixer with a broken beater. We both use it a lot, and it is beautifully designed and manufactured, quiet and powerful, a real pleasure to use.
I followed the advice of one of the other reviewers and ordered the whisk beater separately from Kitchenaid, and I'm very glad I did. The beaters that come with the mixer are very sturdy and work very nicely on heavy mixtures like cookie dough, but don't move enough air into the mix to whip cream or egg whites efficiently. It has nothing to do with the mixer not being "fast" enough. With the whisk, which is the correct tool for the job, whipping cream is very quick and easy with this fine mixer. I also find it gives me a very nice, light, frothy mix when making French toast batter, something I would normally whisk by hand with much more effort.
I would have given the mixer 5 stars if the whisk had been included. However, with the great price offered here for the mixer (not much more than the really junky, low end hand mixers), I didn't feel bad about paying for the whisk separately. The combination is still an excellent value for such a nice small appliance.
56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
on December 23, 2000
When it was time for me to buy a new hand mixer, I went to many stores to evaluate which one would be best. I knew I needed one with heavy-duty power to get through cookie doughs, but also one which was comfortable yet not too heavy for me to hold. I also looked at the beaters since many models of hand mixers have very flimsy, oddly shaped beaters. Finally, I decided on the KitchenAid Hand Mixer since it felt just right in my hand, and it had a heavy-duty motor and excellent beaters. There is also a dough hook, but I have never used it. My hand mixer has 5 speeds, plus a power-boost feature. One new feature, to me, is the sliding mechanism for changing speeds, rather than a clicking in place mechanism. However, I found it very easy to adjust to this type of speed control. This hand mixer also comes in other models with fewer or more speeds, but I find that 5 speeds is all I need for quick mixing tasks when I don't want to use my KitchenAid stand mixer.
41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on September 20, 2002
Standing mixers are beautiful, but they don't fit my budget or tiny urban kitchen. This little beauty makes a great compromise, and far surpasses any mixer I've ever owned. My toddler and I bake regulary, and make bread every week, and this machine handles everything perfectly (as a bonus, it's also extremely quiet -- kids can find the noise made by bigger mixers scary). For just a little more than one of those cheap mixers that splatters and constantly gets stuck, you can have something that works quickly and efficiently, and includes an indispensible dough hook. Simply the best.
35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on September 13, 2002
Two years ago I bought one of these hand mixers and used it and used it. . . batch after batch of cookie dough. . . A year and a half later I broke one of the beater connections (through my own mishandling) so I phoned KitchenAid to see if I could PAY to have it repaired. . . I described the problem. They insisted on sending me a NEW mixer and with the new mixer, they sent a postage paid box to return the old mixer. . . I don't know if this was a fluke or what. . . BUT, now all new appliances, large and small in my house are KitchenAid.
31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on April 17, 2003
I'm a truck mechanic for the state of CA and I pay very close attention to quality and workmanship on everything I touch. I bought this for my wife when it popped up in my Gold Box as a special buy. And I can tell you this thing is built like every other procuct I know of bearing the KITCHENAID name! The workmanship quality & workmanship is awesome!!
The best part is when my wife first used it. I had talked her into making turkey, ham & cheese croissants and had found a recipe for the made from scratch dough on the net using yeast. She said this was too much for this hand mixer to handle once the dough started rising but she'd try it. I watched as she became more and more amazed, and that mixer never strained even once!! This is one Product "Made In USA" (Ohio) that still reflects quality and then some.
So now she uses this mixer for even the simpler tasks and I've heard her boasting to her friends about this jewel too! We're now considering selling our non Kitchenaid stand mixer. If you don't own this mixer, give your old/existing portable mixer to charity (like I did) and BUY IT NOW! If you don't own a portable mixer, you should buy this 'Cadillac' of a mixer, and don't waste time/money on inferior less expensive ones. You'll be grateful you did! It's built as reliably as a Sherman Tank!!
37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on July 28, 2001
I like this one. Best features: 1:- rounded design is easy to wipe clean, with no awkward nooks and crannies to catch cookie dough 2:- well-weighted and balanced, with perfect "heft" to balance even heavy doughs, yet not forearm-straining 3:- rests solidly in vertical position, even with dough on the mixers; not tippy at all 4:- simple design with no fussy features 5:- high quality construction 6:- relatively quiet 7:- perfectly placed thumb control, and finally, 8:- cute! My only objection is the lack of an area to wrap the cord around for quick storage.
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
I love to bake, and so when I registered for wedding gifts, I saw an ideal opportunity to own a quality mixer (as opposed to the many cheap versions I've used in the past). I liked the basic appearance and features of this KitchenAid version, and after reading reviews of it here, I added it to our registry. This little mixer is tough and makes baking a breeze. The beaters appear delicate, but despite being lightweight, they can handle heavy dough without having the batter stick. The best thing about this mixer is the noise level--I have NEVER heard a mixer that is this quiet, making it pleasant to use even at the highest speed. This is an excellent quality mixer at a reasonable price, and it should be able to meet all of your baking needs.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on April 16, 2003
This hand mixer works very well for batters and doughs, without bogging down and without whining.
The only limitation of the KA handhelds is that their maximum speed is on the slow side. Whipped cream and egg whites don't build up as fast or firmly as you sometimes need (it is hard to get firm, dry peaks in egg whites like for meringue).
While I have the 5qt KA stand mixer (and love it!), I was disappointed in the slowness of the hand mixer. Until I got the wire whisk attachment (about 16$ from appliance parts supplier). This made all the difference. I can now whip a half pint of cream and 2 egg whites in under a minute!
I gave this (and it's twin models) 4 stars. It would be a 5 if the whisk attachment (which is needed) were included.
I still love my hand mixer... still going strong after 4 years. I did get the dough hooks for it (i am a bread baker of 30 yrs) just for the fun of testing its dough handling capacity. The verdict: the dough hooks for this mixer are subpar in their kneading ability... any dough with any firmness to it represents a challenge in maintaining control of the mixer in your hand as the kneeding action is very uneven and jerky. Not ergonomic at all. If you make bread on a regular basis, i would advise using a stand mixer or a reputable bread machine -- i use a Zojiruchi bbcc-v20 for that)