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318 of 326 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2013
I am a Retired Chef and I used this mixer in my volunteer event for Valentines Day that I do and it made 160 biscuits with great ease. It was the fold action of the on and off that was the best. Some of the ladies that used the mixer said that they wish that their kitchen aidi had a fold switch like this mixer. I have used it and it is just like a kitchen aid only half the price and it mixses and blends like I need for my recipes. What I really like the most is that it iws light weight and that I am able to carry it to different places with out breaking my back. Would recommend this mixer to my friends.Chef Rick
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169 of 173 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2013
I am taking culinary classes for baking and I quickly realized that if I was going to actually learn anything, I needed to practice at home, and to do that, I needed a "planetary" mixer.

In class our mixers range from industry grade KitchenAid to Volrath to Hobart -- with the last two being the machines that do the the severe high yield cookie and bread dough jobs.

This was an intro class, and we did a little of everything, but I was most interested in bread. Since I am very serious about learning to bake, I began to explore and price planetary stand mixers. Since I am on a strict budget and not absolutely positive that I would continue the class, my goal was to find an "entry level" stand mixer with the planetary mixing action.

To be clear, planetary refers to the action of whatever mixer utensil is at work in the bowl. For instance, if you are using the paddle tool, the paddle will be spinning in the bowl much in the same way an egg beater spins, however, there is a second motion in which a separate gear orbits the bowl as the paddle spins -- so, there is a double action with a planetary mixer.

I bought this at $79, based on the reviews and I honestly felt that it would be fine for practice and that eventually if my passion for baking continued, I would just run this into the ground for the time being. I sort of took the attitude that if things didn't work out, I wasn't out a huge investment and if it broke, well, it WAS the cheapest mixer I could find...

BUT. WOW!

I am NOT a baker but a novice baking student and I can honestly tell you that I have been beating the heck out of this thing and I cannot kill it!

At home I have made 14 dozen lean dough french rolls, 8 dozen enriched dough rolls, 7 Pear Frangipane Tarts and several cookie batches.

Now I mainly want to talk about the bread since there is a lot of static on here about how this mixes bread dough and the reason I think that this little mixer needs some respect is because -- as I practiced, I DIDN'T know what I was doing. I was kneading dough with the bread hook way too long and often at a higher speed.

However, bread dough can be very forgiving in the oven and all came out fine -- but the amazing thing is that I abused this mixer out of ignorance and it just kept going.

The bread recipes each called for 18 oz. of flour with one (Lean French) using 100% Bread Flour the other (Enriched) with a 12/6 oz. split of bread and AP flour.

Due to my inexperience and some experimenting. I sometimes kneaded the dough for up to an hour when only 10 or 15 minutes was needed. This made the mixer very warm and I could hear it labor on occasion, but even now it works as well as the day I took it out of the box. It is made of plastic with a metal bowl and suction cup feet. It isn't any louder than the mixers at school. It has a 3.5 qt. stainless steel bowl which is a little small, so although it was good for me to practice, I will eventually upgrade to a higher capacity mixer. However, at 300 watts -- which is a little low, power-wise -- it never seemed to struggle as I assumed it would. It would start to labor a bit and then recover as if it shifted gears.

This mixer turned out to be a pleasant surprise and even after I upgrade, I will be keeping this little guy around as both a back-up and a secondary mixer if I get on a roll. If you are a hardcore baker with intense high yield formulas, you should probably
pass.
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107 of 113 people found the following review helpful
on June 18, 2012
We got this product so that we can use it to make pizza,bread,doughnuts,cakes,cookies etc... And its easier and quicker rather than using a hand blender. The quality is really good and its easy to use. My husband loves it!!!
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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
on October 28, 2012
This mixer is wonderful for the price. For the home cook/baker it will do whatever job you need a mixer for. Amazon was grerat with their tracking and fast delivery.
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110 of 123 people found the following review helpful
on November 22, 2013
I know this isn't a Kitchenaid, but it does the job and has the same mixing action. I was hesitant to buy this, especially when I saw the low star review on here, but then when I looked at what the reviewer had written, it had nothing to do with the product and they didn't even have one. I am glad I looked around to find other reviews.

First of all, it depends on what you are looking for. If you want a great mixer that everyone oohs and ahhs over by looking at it, well this isn't the one. Though it is fine to look at, it is plastic and isn't eye candy like the Kitchenaid. It is also much lighter weight, which I appreciate it is easy to move around. It has suction cups that really work well on the base and the unit stays put. It has a plastic casing and doesn't look like it would be sturdy, but I have read a lot of reviews that say it holds up well.

One thing that is a slight con, is that it does scratch easily, so be careful if you are storing it somewhere to be gentle with it.

So far, I have used it for a lot of things to test it out, and everything mixed well and came out perfect! I have a heavy two beater stand mixer that was expensive and is great to look at, but this mixing style beats that one by far. It mixed everything well and my batters, and royal icing came out lighter and better than ever.

Some people have said that it is hard to scrape the sides with this type of mixer, but if you have a spray bottle of water handy, just give a light spritz of the dry ingredients on the side, and they will mix in, no scraping necessary.

The performance was great, I am very pleased with it. Even though it isn't as big and heavy as the other mixers, I prefer that actually because it is easier to move around and to store. The size is perfect for me, and my heavy stand mixer is going to be quite lonely.

Very pleased, and would buy again.
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98 of 109 people found the following review helpful
As an avid baker, with arthritis, I needed a stand mixer to handle bread dough, cookie dough, cake dough, and everything else. Thankfully, Hamilton Beach works well, is easy to use (and clean), has all the power I need, and their 3 attachments (whisk, mixer, and dough hook) all work well. And it was a fraction of the cost of every other stand mixer I was looking at. Overall, I haven't had any problems with it. I appreciate the suction cupped feet that keep it grounded even when mixing a stuff dough, and the 6 speeds that seem able to handle anything.
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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2013
I would recommend this mixer to anyone. Love the orbital mixer and every inch of the bowl is covered. Don't have to scrape the bowl during mixing. The price is right for the quality of the mixer.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2013
This is a great mixer with a lot of power and with 3 different beaters. This has more power than a Kitchen Aid and a lot quieter. I love it.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2014
This is a great mixer! I've had it about 30 days now. I bake bread almost weekly and mix the dough with absolutely no problems. We mix cookies...mash potatoes...with absolutely no hesitation.

Now, to address the "elephant in the room". The advertising for the Hamilton Beach 6-speed Stand Mixer has an interesting piece of fluff that might be misleading: "Same mixing action as KitchenAid stand mixers." Taken in the most literal reading, this is absolutely true--it does, indeed, mix with the same action as a KitchenAid. However, judging from other reviews for the Hamilton Beach 6-speed stand mixer it appears that people interpret that statement to mean something like, "A good cheaper alternative to a KitchenAid stand mixer that will do everything I need it to do." That would be in the realm of fantasy and not reality.

Right out of the box this mixer comes prepared for action. It comes complete with a dough hook, mixing paddle, and wire whisk. I've used all three and they work reasonably well. There is no provision for KitchenAid type accessories like pasta roller, meat grinder, etc. The 300 watt motor just wouldn't handle that kind of load. Included is the stainless steel mixing bowl that fits into the base and locks in place. The 3.5 quart mixing bowl works well, and, while it is not as sturdy as a KitchenAid mixing bowl, it is well suited for the Hamilton Beach 6-speed stand mixer.

One of the things I like about this stand mixer is it's small counter footprint. We live in an apartment with a "pullman kitchen" (i.e. tiny...almost microscopic). This fits nicely on our counter top without weight and size of a KitchenAid. Easy to move around as needed, and the suction cup feet anchor it firmly in place.

The controls are well placed on the side of the mixer, and easy to use. One large knob for setting any of six mixing speeds. Above the mixing speed selection knob is a handy speed guide for typical mixer uses--from dough to whipped cream. To the left and just above the speed selection knob is the release button for raising and lowering the mixing head. Care should be exercised in raising and lowering the mixing head as the area just above the release button is a pinched finger hazard area. Using common sense to inform you about raising and lowering the mixing head should be enough to prevent a problem.

The 300 watt motor is powerful enough for most of your mixing chores. Remember, this isn't a KitchenAid--which is really more of like a commercial unit. I mix dough for 2 pound bread loaves about once a week. I start with wet ingredients, sugar, and yeast. Adding my first cup of flour I mix using the paddle mixer from speed 1 to 3 until those ingredients are well mixed. Stop the mixer at that point and take off the paddle and install the dough hook. I then add half of my remaining flour and mix again using speeds 1 to 3 until the ingredients are well mixed. Finally, I add the rest of the flour and mix again starting with speed ONE and stepping it up slowly to speed THREE or even FOUR. Using this method I don't find the motor slowing down or any of the burning motor or grinding nylon gear noises noted by other reviewers.

We use this mixer several times each week and it works very nicely for us.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on January 31, 2015
My husband got me a chessy little handheld mixer for christmas one year, and it worked fine for about two years, when it gave up right in the middle of a cheesecake I was making. So I decided since I was dabbling in a little more baking than before, I wanted to go with a stand mixer this time, and I didnt want to spend an arm and a leg.
I just used it tonight to make three loaves of banana bread! They turned out great! I love how easy the mixer is to use, clean and store. Its definitely a winner in my book. Happy with my purchase!
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