As of 2015, hand mixers manufactured by KitchenAid, Cuisinart and Sunbeam consistently rank as the top products based on ratings from buyers and consumer research organizations. Top-rated mixers typically offer multiple speed settings, fast, powerful mixing functionality, and beaters that are easy to clean.
For frequent bakers, the most versatile hand mixers come with interchangeable attachments, such as dough hooks for kneading, spatulas or paddles for stirring, and rods for mixing drinks. Mixer ratings are also heavily influenced by how quickly, neatly and evenly they blend, because the unit's ability to keep the mixture contained prevents messes and preserves ingredients. A quiet, high-powered motor is valued for stiffer mixtures that require more force during blending.