Thursday, May 15, 2014

Hamilton Beach Electric Mixer Review and Giveaway

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.

42 comments:

Lisa Brown said...

I love making cheesecakes of all kinds. I would make one with this mixer.
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Tara said...

Hi, mi son and I love to make allergy friendly breads, muffins and cupcakes.

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I like making pancakes for my kids.
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hsw said...

Pick me, pick me! I love to make pancakes with hand mixers and with stand mixers I love chocolate cake. I have to say, my current hand mixer (we got it for our wedding) is broken (it has a crack in the case) so I may have to buy this one if I don't win the contest!

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freebiequeen15 said...

I love to bake snickerdoodle cupcakes

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1froglegs said...

I like to bake dough, not only because homemade dough is so good, but also because our kids get a kick out of it rising.

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Erica Best said...

i love make pound cake

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Rebecca Crimi Laczkowski said...

Definitely love making bread with mine!!

Felicia U said...

i love love love making marshmallows!

munchiesjustforme said...

Making buttercream frosting is so good! And I'm about to follow ya!

Mamabird said...

I love making lemonade cake with a mixer. Just discovered your book and have just finished reading it. What a gift from God!

Angela . Yeremenko said...

I would make tiramisu cake!

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Carolyn Gonzalez said...

I love making cupcakes and frosting

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christina dutra said...

my favorite thing to make is banana brownies! they are so good.

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Lilyana Cruz said...

I would like to make a chocoflan or Flan de Cajeta.
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Lilyana Cruz said...

I would like to make a chocoflan or Flan de Cajeta.
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Betsy said...

I love making paleo lemon poppyseed bread. It's delicious!

Betsy said...

And I follow you on Facebook! That's how I learned about the giveaway!

Cassandra Eastman said...

I love to bake! My favorite things to bake are Cinnamon Rolls, Domino Cookies, and Chocolate Cake!

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