The tool I use most often in my kitchen is an electric mixer. If you make baked goods from scratch – whether out of necessity to keep your family safe, or out of choice – an electric mixer is essential.
Hamilton Beach sent me two of their latest models – a handheld mixer and a stand mixer – to put to the test in my kitchen and they are offering the pair of mixers to a lucky winner here! Do you get as excited about kitchen gadgets as I do? If so, be sure to check the rules to enter below.
The first mixer I tried was the Hamilton Beach SoftScrape 6-speed Hand Mixer. While I most often use a stand mixer for baking, handheld mixers can be very useful for simple batters, so I put this to the test with pancake batter. The first thing I noticed was the power on this machine – no wimpy power here! In fact, even on the lowest speed there was a great deal of power; the downside to this is splatter – I needed to use a towel to keep the splatter away.
It comes with three attachments, regular blades, a whisk, and the SoftScrape blades that allow you to get right up to the edges.
My favorite feature of this mixer is the case – the attachments and the cord all fit neatly into the case and the mixer sits on top. Storage is very convenient – no more searching for attachments in an over-crowded utensil drawer.
The Hamilton Beach 6-Speed Stand Mixer boasts a mixing action that is the same as a KitchenAid mixer. By that they are referring to the construction of the beater blade which whirls around the bowl to the edges. But one of the most noticeable things about this mixer is its small footprint:
It is both narrower and shorter than most stand mixers, making it ideal for those in a cramped kitchen – and it is small enough to be stashed away on a shelf (for those who don’t need to use it every day). The mixing bowl is just 4 quarts – again, for those smaller mixing jobs. The bowl locks into the base easily, and the tilt action makes it very easy to add ingredients to the bowl.
One of my favorite things about this mixer is the suction feet that allow the mixer to hold steady (without added weight) even when mixing thick batters. I decided to really test this one with a thick dough for a pizza crust. It did struggle a bit with the very thick dough (one that my KitchenAid would have sailed through), but it did the job nicely. No platter with this machine, and the suction feet ensured that the mixer stayed put.
This mixer comes with a flat beater blade, a whisk, and a dough hook (if you’re baking gluten-free you won’t need that last one).
How to enter the giveaway:
One lucky winner will win both of the mixers discussed above. Keep one for yourself and give one away (or keep both, it’s up to you!)
First entry: Enter by leaving a comment below with your favorite thing to make/bake using a mixer.
Second and third entries: Follow me on twitter (@colettefmartin) and/or on facebook (allergenfreebaker). If you are already a loyal follower, leave a second and third comment here noting that you are (so that I can be sure to count those entries).
The deadline to enter is May 21st. The winner will be announced here on May 22nd.