When I went to the International Home and Housewares Show earlier this year, I made some friends at Hamilton Beach. They offer a 6 speed stand mixer and asked if I’d try out their product and give my thoughts on it. Until recently, I thought mixers were just for people with large kitchens and/or lots of storage space. It was a great gift to add to a wedding registry; something I’d want but never buy for myself.
One of the selling points for the mixer is that it has same mixing action as KitchenAid stand mixers: a 300 watt motor, but at a substantially lower price. After reading that, I immediately asked if there were attachments available for the Hamilton Beach mixer. Unfortunately the Hamilton Beach was simply a mixer.
Side by side, the Hamilton Beach 6 speed mixer is more compact that a KitchenAid stand mixer. It definitely has a more modern look than the iconic KitchenAid mixer. It’s lightweight, which is helpful if you need to pull it out of cabinets or off shelves. I did prefer Hamilton Beach’s speed control in it’s dial format. It was very easy to increase or decrease the speed while the mixer was running.
I tested it out by making some Italian style crackers, ciappe, for an upcoming party. I have found mixing dough for bread-based foods a little challenging at times; you definitely don’t want to overmix the dough. The Hamilton Beach motor was impressive – it did a really nice job kneading the dough together quickly, while keeping the mixer stable. I would say the motor was the most impressive piece of the entire machine. The three mixing attachments: a beater, dough hook and a whisk were lightweight coated metal and plastic.
So, how did the crackers come out? Well, not well enough to share the recipe. But you can’t blame that on the Hamilton Beach mixer!
Since the Hamilton Beach 6 speed mixer is rectangular in shape, it was easy to clean and store amongst other small appliances. However, as someone with limited kitchen space, if I’m going to get something to automate my cooking, I need it to be multifunctional. I waited until my forties to get my first KitchenAid mixer, and I know they don’t come cheap (shhh… I bought a refurbished one!). I was choosing between a Hamilton Beach and a KitchenAid stand mixer, personally, I’d hold off, sell some stuff on Craigslist to get some extra cash, and wait for a coupon to get the KitchenAid model. For people who want to throw their ingredients in a bowl, flip a switch, and then walk away, then you’ll love the Hamilton Beach 6 speed mixer. For the more experimental cooks out there, you might feel limited.
Hamilton Beach 6 Speed Mixer. $129.99 MSRP