Manually whipping up cake batters and bread dough requires some serious elbow grease. Although there are a few mixer substitutes available, if you’re in the market for a device that reduces your workload and gives your wrists some much-needed rest, electric mixers are definitely the way to go.
It’s not all sunshine and rainbows though. Even with a little help from your trusty mixer, whipping up a stiff batter can sometimes feel a bit too much like hard work. Some hand mixers, especially the heavier ones, require major handholding and cause vibrations that can get tiring after a while.
That’s where a lightweight hand mixer can come in handy. Lighter hand mixers help alleviate some of the arm-aching that goes hand-in-hand with an electric mixer.
As with many appliances, the motor is one of the heaviest components of a hand mixer. This is the crucial component that determines how easily, and quickly, you can get the mixing and whisking done. When you opt for some of the lightest hand mixers available, there will almost always be a trade-off between motor power and comfort.
It’s not all bad news though, depending on the model or brand you choose, some of these mixers can do a fairly good job of mixing and kneading. Some, however, are unsuitable for stiff batters and dough and best suited to beating eggs or frothing milk. These machines are not really what you call cake-making material!
If mixer weight is a big issue for you, and you’re fine with losing out on a bit of power, then this article will help you find the right (light) hand mixer for you.
The Best Lightweight hand mixer: My top 5 picks
After logging the weight of over 30 different hand mixers, I have shortlisted the 5 best light hand mixers available right now. This list includes a combination of both the lightest mixers I discovered, as well as mixers that are still fairly light but don’t completely forsake motor power in order to shed the pounds.
Wynboop MINI Cordless Mixer
Weight: 0.8lbs (0.36kg)
Let’s start with the lightest hand mixer I discovered. Of all the mixers I looked at, the Wynboop MINI Cordless Hand Mixer is one of the smallest, and lightest, mixers I discovered.
The Wynboop Mini is a battery-operated machine that charges through a USB cable making it a portable and cord-free kitchen appliance. This hand-held mixer is fitted with a 20-watt motor and 1500mah lithium battery that offers you 15 minutes of mixing time before the battery needs to be recharged.
Plenty of bakers agree that the Wynboop Mini has the ability to produce enough torque to whisk eggs and cream, mix butter, blend milkshakes, and make fruit purees and frothy milk for lattes. That said, having only a 20-watt motor, this machine does have some serious limitations. That tiny motor renders it unsuitable for heavy-duty mixing like cake or cookie batters. You also won’t be able to mix or whisk large quantities either or you will risk burning out the motor or shredding the gears.
A plastic body with whisking sticks are made with food-grade stainless steel. The Mini does score points for the hollow design of the hand-held part which gives a comfortable mixing experience.
Toogel Stick Mixer
Weight: 1.8lbs (0.8kg)
An electric mixer with a unique design, Toogel boasts a slightly bigger 80-watt motor. The exterior is BPA-free plastic while the attachments are made with quality stainless steel.
This is one of the few hand mixers that has a unique 3-way adjustable head. You can hold it straight or rotate it to a 90° or 135° angle for the desired position with a press of a button.
The Toggle electric mixer is bundled with three attachments – whisk, beater and drink mixer – to make your lattes, dips, smoothies and cocktails.
This is a more powerful and versatile mixer compared to the Wynboop Mini, yet still manages to only weigh 1.8lbs. Because of this, you can use it to do more than whisk eggs or whip cream. Mix cake and pancake batter is relatively easy and quick using the Toogel.
While the Toggle Stick mixer is a thing of beauty with an anti-slip grip, it does only have two-speed modes available, so doesn’t offer you much control over the mixing speed.
Nevertheless, with the improved functionality and user-friendly features, the Toogel is a better option for someone who does the occasional bake.
KitchenAid 9 Speed
Weight: 2lbs (0.9kg)
If you thought stand mixers are the only claim to fame for KitchenAid, you’re mistaken. The company also produces quality electric mixers with varied features, motor, and speed settings.
The 9 speed hand mixer is an upgrade for the 5 and 7-speed mixers, although they all come with the same 85-watt DC motor. It might not be the most powerful machine on market, but this mixer still produces enough torque to mix and whisk small batches of cookie batter and frostings.
Of course, being a KitchenAid hand mixer, this appliance has to come in a few colors to match your kitchen color palette. The 9 Speed currently comes in five different color options. The color choice is great, but one of my favorite features of this KitchenAid hand mixer is its soft start feature. This enables you to start with a gentle stirring of ingredients before moving on to high-speed mixing or creaming.
Unlike the 5 and 7-speed variations, the KitchenAid 9 speed is bundled with 3 additional attachments including a dough hook, pro whisk, and a blending rod.
Although on the pricey side, this mixer is perfect for anyone who isn’t keen on buying a stand mixer for now. So, go ahead and whip egg whites, cream butter and sugar, blend smoothies, mix cake batters and even knead the occasional bread dough.
Cuisinart HM-50 Power Advantage
Weight: 2.2lbs (0.99kg)
Another top-rated brand, Cuisinart has created a hand mixer with all the bells and whistles that rival KitchenAid’s offerings.
Armed with a powerful 220-watt motor this hand mixer delivers on any baking-related prep tasks you can think of. For reference, the Classic series of KitchenAid stand mixers have a 275-watt motor, so this handheld mixer packs a serious punch.
Cuisinart offers 4 attachments which include a dough hook, chef’s whisk and extra-long beaters. You receive a complementary spatula and a recipe book to get you started on baking some delicious pastries. The HM-50 Power Advantage also comes with a storage case to store the accessories and protect the hand mixer from dust and damage.
The hand mixer features a smooth start similar to the KitchenAid 9 speed. This lets you mix everything at 3 low speeds to prevent a splattering of dry and wet ingredients.
After you whipped cream and beaten cookie batters, clean the attachments in the dishwasher and store them away in the handy provided case and stow it away until the next time.
Braun HM5100 MultiMix
Weight: 2.2 lbs (0.99kg)
Okays, so Braun MultiMix is definitely not the lightest hand mixer you will find. In fact, this electric mixer weighs just as much as the Cuisinart HM-50.
While it might not be the lightest mixer, it has some clever design to compensate for the extra weight. The inline vertical motor design puts the weight of the mixer over the bowl, making mixing and kneading significantly easier compared to other stand mixers with similar features.
Although it might not be the lightest hand mixer, the Braun Multimix HM5100 is my top pick. That clever inline motor design makes mixing a breeze and it also has one of the largest hand mixer motors currently available.
Equipped with a strong and powerful 350-watt motor, it offers triple the power of popular mixers like the KitchenAid 9 speed. You can adjust the mixing speed using the speed dial and easily swap accessories with the press of a button.
The Braun Multimix comes with a unique attachment — the multi whisk that acts as a beater and whisk along with the sturdy dough hook. You can mix everything from artisan bread to brownies and crepes.
What’s your favorite?
Here you have it, a shortlist of what I believe are the best lightweight hand mixers money can buy. Whatever you are looking for, there’s something for everyone on this list. From super-lightweight mixers which are great for whisking eggs and making smoothies to the most powerful machine that that comparable to the compact stand mixer.
Of course, the right lightweight hand mixer you buy will depend on how you plan to use it. The Toogel is useful for small-batch mixing while the Braun Mutlimix is a handy tool for frequent bakers who make different types of batters and in large quantities.