10Rate Announces its Top 10 Hand Mixers for 2012 - Cuisinart and Hamilton Beach Win Best Quality and Best Value Awards

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10Rate.com editors and reviewers rate and review the 2012 best hand mixers on a scale of 1 to 10.

Oster 2500

The Oster 2500 earned third place in overall ranking on 10rate's Top 10 Hand Mixers list.

Available in a bold red as well as standard black and white, this KitchenAid hand mixer gives a satisfactory mixing performance with its five speeds. For the power its motor provides, the machine is relatively quiet.

10Rate reviewers and staff selected 10 of the best hand mixers for 2012, assigning each a numerical rating as well as awarding three models that stood out for quality, value, and budget. Testing and consideration for this Hand Mixers Top 10 list was given based on this set of seven criteria:

1. Wattage of motor
2. Number of speeds
3. Cleanliness when mixing
4. Weight and handle grip
5. Durability and strength of beaters
6. Ease of cleaning
7. Available accessories like whisks, dough hooks, and milkshake mixers
8. Value and price

The annual Best Hand Mixer 2012 awards list was headed by the Hamilton Beach 62676, winning the Best Value spot and an 8.5 out of 10 rating. The review noted several strengths of the hand mixer as follows: “The special slow setting is gentle enough not to splatter flour or other light mixtures all over the countertop. Its handy attachments, the wire beaters, whisk, and milkshake stirrer, all fit conveniently in a snap-on storage case. Even more handy is the compartment that holds the power cord and keeps it from dangling on the counter and in your food.”

10rate's editors also gave the Best Quality hand mixer award to the Cuisinart HM-70 in the second place spot. Also with a rating of 8.5 out of 10, the review boasted, “The white handle is easy to grip, whether you’re right- or left-handed, and a shiny chrome band around the base adds an attractive touch. The accessories, the beaters, whisk, and spatula, are dishwasher friendly. Starting out at the lowest setting for a gentle stir, it slides easily into higher speeds with a simple lever.”

Additionally, the Best Budget award from the Top 10 Best Hand Mixers list went to the Proctor Silex 62535, for which 10rate noted, “The beaters tend to get clogged with heavier substances like cookie batter. Still, there are several features to like with this model. The beaters are large, sturdy chrome. You can rest the mixer against the bowl when you step away or to give your hand a break. The mixer is very lightweight, however, with an ergonomic handle. Best of all, it doesn’t splatter food all over the counter with its lightest speed.”

Hamilton Beach and Cuisinart were both featured for multiple models each in 10rate's Hand Mixer Reviews. Though the brand itself was only featured for a single model, a Kitchenaid Mixer, the KHM5APWH Hand Mixer, earned a respectable 7 out of 10 rating for which the review had this to say: “Available in a bold red as well as standard black and white, this KitchenAid hand mixer gives a satisfactory mixing performance with its five speeds. For the power its motor provides, the machine is relatively quiet. The plain ergonomic design is one of the nicest aspects of this model: Lightweight and easy to grip, your arm doesn’t get tired from holding it a long time. When you do need to set it down, it rests securely on its heel, and you can position the beaters over the bowl to catch any drips.”

10rate.com conducts reviews in various product and services categories and publishes “Expert Top 10 Lists for Everything in your life.” The company's web site strives to “Make it Easy” to select from the hundreds of choices there are in the product and service market place. All products and services are thoroughly researched by the company's expert editors prior to receiving a rating on a 1-10 scale. In addition to product reviews the company's editors write guidelines, buying guides and articles on various topics surrounding each product or service category covered to help educate the consumer.

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