Let’s Talk Mixers – Hamilton Beach

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Hamilton Beach provided me with these mixers for the purpose of review and another set to giveaway to my readers.  All opinions are my own.

I have big news to share with y’all!  Big, big news!  I’m now a Hamilton Beach Brand Ambassador.  Do you know what that means?  It means I get to try out some much needed new kitchen appliances.

That’s right, a couple of times a year I’ll get to share some of the appliance wealth with my readers.  I’m super excited to get to try out and then giveaway some awesome new Hamilton Beach appliances.  Before this I don’t think besides a toaster, that I’ve ever had a Hamilton Beach appliance.  That’s probably due to the fact that my family has been making industrial kitchen equipment for over a hundred years now.  There are some benefits to new appliances and in household sizes.

Today let’s talk mixers.  Now y’all know I absolutely love to bake and cook, but truly love to bake.  This means you either develop massive mixing biceps or you use a mixer to do all the hard work for you.  Depending on what I’m making decides what method I use.  When I was about ten, my grandfather bought my mom an industrial stand mixer.  Think of it like a commercial mixer on crack.  At the time it was the best you could buy at about $1000, 25 years later this mixer is still going strong. 

Do you know of anyone that’s had a mixer that still works after 25 years of use?  I certainly don’t.  This mixer is the only mixer I’ve ever used besides an industrial KitchenAid at Le Cordon Bleu.  And I hate to say it but that KitchenAid was a PITA to use.  Bulky, awkward and just not user friendly.  My old reliable mixer is extremely no fuss to use and I really do love it. 

Hamilton Beach 6 Speed Stand Mixer When Hamilton Beach offered to send me a 6 Speed Stand Mixer and their newest SoftScrape 6 Speed Hand Mixer with Case I was definitely intrigued.  I was pretty darn skeptical that they’d be able to hold a candle to my beloved first mixer.  I mean honestly, what could compare?  My mixer has a pretty big bowl, so with it I can make double and even triple batches of my favorite treats.  The only thing it doesn’t have and I wish it did is a snap on ingredient spout.  You know so you can easily add things to your mixer without having to turn it off.

Hamilton Beach Collage So far I’ve made this amazing dark chocolate swirl coffee cake and my Crock Pot Samoa Schnecken with my Hamilton Beach 6 Speed Stand Mixer, but let me tell you what I like about it.  First, I like the fact that its compact, light and square.  My industrial mixer is almost as heavy as Seven and since its got a huge bowl, its not something I can leave on the counter in my kitchen everyday.  So that means every time I need to bake, I have to lift it out of the cabinet and get it on the counter.  The big bowl is made out of thick steel and the motor housing is pretty darn heavy too.  The Hamilton Beach 6 Speed Stand Mixer is incredibly light and easy to maneuver.  The bowl, while not as big as my other mixer is pretty good sized and light.  The mixer body is very compact and square, it takes up a lot less space.  It also has suction cups on the base to hold it in place while in use. 

Second, it’s really quiet.  Like we’re talking the difference between a roaring jet engine and an electric car.  It’s literally that much of a difference in sound.  This might not be a big deal to most people, but Seven says baking is scary.  :)

Third, it seems to be just as strong as my industrial mixer.  It handled my thick coffee cake dough with no problems.  It didn’t jump around on the counter and didn’t struggle at all.  The motor also didn’t get hot, even though I ran it for about 10 minutes at a fairly high speed.

The one thing, so far, I don’t like about the Hamilton Beach stand mixer is that when you lift up the arm of the mixer there isn’t a spring pulling it up.  The first time I opened the arm, I expected it to spring up and lock into place like my industrial mixer.  It didn’t and I ended up with a pinched finger.  Now that I know the mixer arm isn’t weighted, I won’t have that problem again.

Hamilton Beach SoftScrape 6 Speed Hand Mixer with Case Crop Last night I was finally able to give the SoftScrape 6 Speed Hand Mixer with Case a try when I made some cookies.  Let me say I detest having to stop mixing things to scrape down the bowl, it’s just a pain.  I try to avoid it whenever possible, even to the point that I’ll fully mix a recipe and then scrape and stir in the dry bits at the end.  I absolutely love that the Hamilton Beach SoftScrape 6 Speed Hand Mixer takes care of this chore for me.  No more stopping in the middle of a recipe to scrape in the dry edges on the bowl. 

Another thing I like about the mixer is it has multiple attachments like regular beaters and also a whisk.  So you don’t have to drag out your stand mixer to make a bit of whipped cream.  They all get stored in the handy dandy storage case that snaps onto the bottom of the mixer.  This way you won’t lose those attachments either.

Gale Gand's Lunch Choc Chip Cookies Last thing I love and its different from any mixer I’ve seen is the power boost button.  This little button if you press it no matter what speed you’re on will give your mixer a little extra oomph to power through a tough spot.  I tried it out when my cookie dough got a little thick and it just powered right through.  Definitely a nice feature.

So who’s ready to win a mixer?  I will be drawing two (2) winners from the entries below, one (1) winner for the Hamilton Beach 6 Speed Stand Mixer and one (1) winner for the Hamilton Beach SoftScrape 6 Speed Hand Mixer with Case.  Contest will run till May 30, 2014 and is open to residents of the United States for those over 18 years of age.  You can enter using the rafflecopter form below.  Winner will have 24 hours to answer winning email, if not another winner will be drawn.  Good Luck!

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66 comments
Lisa Brown
Lisa Brown

I don't have a mixer, would love to own one; i mix everything by hand :)

hburmeister
hburmeister

My stand mixer broke, this would be a great replacement

njharmonyg at aol dot com

GwendolynMulholland
GwendolynMulholland

I want to win so I can give it to my baby sister who is always making the cupcakes for all the birthday parties and doesn't have a stand mixer!! 

linda_landes
linda_landes

I would love to win i haven't did any baking in a long time :)

buckeye6141
buckeye6141

For i can give give it to my sister she's the cook in the family

DenisePetersen
DenisePetersen

I really, really, really need a new mixer so I can bake again - especially makiing chocolate chip cookies and brownies!

Deb55106
Deb55106

I want to win as I need a new mixer so bad, I am using my Mom's!

amadisonmom
amadisonmom

Oh my gosh a new mixer would be amazing!  My little old mixer is slowly dying on me.

Thenoiseofboys
Thenoiseofboys

My son has food allergies and I am baking and cooking more than ever!  This would be so helpful! 

atticgirl76
atticgirl76

I'd like to win a mixer because ours is ancient and I could really use a new one.

jesicah
jesicah

I need a stand mixer that is easier to use!

AshleyDonald
AshleyDonald

I would love one for all the baking I do!

DawnMonroe
DawnMonroe

My daughter loves to bake and has been hinting for a stand mixer. This would be a great house warming gift for her.

JakeBray
JakeBray

I want to win this for my mother

michelle.frg
michelle.frg

My KitchenAid is on its last legs. Every time I make something more challenging than brownie batter, I smell the motor burning. I think it might be time to upgrade...

AddSomeStitches
AddSomeStitches

I want to win a mixer because I looove to bake, and life is really hard in the baking department without a mixer. I can't tell you how awful it is to make cookies or cake batter without a mixer. It hurts my arms! 

ShawnaOBrien
ShawnaOBrien

I want to win a new Hamilton Beach Mixer because I Love to bake with my kids, but mixing everything by hand is too much for me. This would be wonderful to win especially with Summer here as we do lots of baking in the Summer. Thank you for this great review and giveaway! Your dark chocolate swirl coffee cake looks Amazing!!!

Noreen
Noreen

A gift for my mom

dianna1
dianna1

I just don't have one-- and it would make things just a lot easier to get done

hmitkowski
hmitkowski

I want to win because I have never owned a mixer ever :(

boardingblazer22
boardingblazer22

I've always wanted one. I would do more baking for sure!

sr132209
sr132209

I want to win this for my mom she really deserves this but cant afford it she even watches my daughter while I am at college. Shes a really winderful mom and grandma

PamelaHalligan
PamelaHalligan

I want to win a Hamilton Beach mixer because my I don't have a well performing mixer.

peng1pete
peng1pete

I've been doing a lot of baking lately, with my handheld mixer. I suppose I'm getting better arm muscles but I can barely lift my meringues out of the oven after that workout!

kiahnbentsmom
kiahnbentsmom

I need a new mixer because I let my cousin use mine at Easter and never got it back.

JeneeDay
JeneeDay

I bake a lot, and right now I 'wisk' everything.  Sometimes I can't get the batter (or whatever it is) fluffy enough or mixed well.  A mixer would be rad!

egholtrop
egholtrop

I don't have a stand mixer and I think it would be super handy for all the baking I do.

kalona522
kalona522

i don't have a stand mixer and i would like one!

DisneyBride
DisneyBride

I have a cheap, old hand mixer from my bridal shower.
I bake and cook a LOT, so this would be awesome!

RambleSAHM
RambleSAHM

Because it would make my life so much easier! I love to bake with my boys and it would be so quick to let a machine mix it up! 

CandaceFowlerChira
CandaceFowlerChira

I'd like to win because my mixer is very old.  I often suspect it was the first one ever invented.  lol.

LizzieSingleton
LizzieSingleton

I want to win so that I can do more baking for my family.  I hate hand mixing

Laila @FrontRowMama
Laila @FrontRowMama

Would you believe I've never made a cake? I would love to win a mixer so I can make my first cake! 

BethLarrabee
BethLarrabee

My sisters mixer is held together with duct tape and aluminum foil...I would love to win this for her!

mennonitemomma
mennonitemomma

I need to unsubscribe to all these comments to this awesome giveaway!

Giantsis
Giantsis

I don't have ANY mixer so this would be GREAT to add to my little kitchen! No mixer has limited what I'm willing to make, sadly.

shan910
shan910

The suction cups on the bottom are such a fun feature! Good stuff!

1froglegs
1froglegs

We don't currently have a stand mixer. We make dough all the time, but it would be so much easier with a stand mixer.

Danalee Davis
Danalee Davis

I do not own a good mixer. I would appreciate winning. Thank you for the chance.

SDStephenson
SDStephenson

The hand mixer I have now is not that great.

HeatherSidwell
HeatherSidwell

I would love to win either because I don't have an electric mixer. I always air it with a spoon.

AbedabunDawn
AbedabunDawn

I would like to win this new Hamilton Beach Mixer because I do not have one.


SandraCalixto
SandraCalixto

I don't have a stand mixer and would love one. :)

mennonitemomma
mennonitemomma

A really good handmixer, I would use it in a small cabin that we are remodeling.  

Arealurbanmom
Arealurbanmom

Now that's a pretty cool blender. Perfect for smoothies on the summer :) I would love to win this to make cool dishes for my family.

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