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Bodum Bistro Electric Hand Mixer

*Est. $60
Reviewed
September 2012
by ConsumerSearch
Bodum Bistro Electric Hand Mixer

Pros
  • Lightweight
  • Retractable cord
  • Non-slip grip
Cons
  • Loud
  • Lowest speed not slow enough
  • Not enough variation between speeds
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The Bodum Bistro Electric Hand Mixer is best for lightweight ingredients and those who prefer aesthetics over performance. It comes in four attractive colors and has a modern style and feel. It has five speeds, but there isn't much variation between them. The mixer comes with beaters, a whisk and dough hooks. It has a two-year warranty.

Performance

Doesn't compare to top-rated mixers. Although the Bodum Bistro hand mixer performs well in one professional test, reviewers complain that the mixer doesn't offer enough variation between its five speed settings and that the lowest setting is much too high. The lack of truly slow speeds causes splattering and makes thick batters and dough more difficult to mix.

Ease of use

Clunky and awkward. Reviewers love the convenience of the Bodum's retractable cord, which makes it easy to store. However, some owners say the cord can get stuck when being retracted. Users say the mixer is otherwise easy to use. The housing is made of rubberized plastic, which gives the unit extremely good grip, but some say it feels a bit weird in the hand. Although it only weighs 2.4 pounds, a few reviewers say the mixer feels "clunky and out of balance." The Bodum Bistro hand mixer has dishwasher-safe attachments and a flat bottom, allowing it to stand steadily on a countertop.

Appearance

Sleek, modern styling. Editors at The Wall Street Journal say the Bodum hand mixer is "far and away the most stylish mixer we tested." Owners agree, saying it has a modern and stylish design that complements their kitchens. This hand mixer is available in four colors: black, red, green or white.

Noise

Very loud. Reviewers say the Bodum Bistro, like most hand mixers, is quite noisy. One professional test measured its audible output at 75 decibels -- one of the loudest models tested. An owner at Amazon.com says the mixer sounds like it's grinding rocks, which is a "really loud annoying sound."

The bottom line

The Bodum Bistro Electric Hand Mixer is stylish and very attractive, but it can't compete with top models like the Cuisinart Power Advantage 7-Speed Hand Mixer (*Est. $60). Its lowest setting isn't slow enough, some users complain, and it splatters a lot on start-up. Furthermore, reviewers say there isn't a lot of variation between the mixer's five speeds.

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Our Sources

1. The Wall Street Journal

Very Good The Wall Street Journal test-kitchen puts a number of hand mixers to the test by whipping cream, beating eggs, creaming butter and making both cookie and pizza dough. Editors say the Bodum Bistro Electric Hand Mixer is the most stylish model tested and is comfortable to hold for long periods. It's loud, however, and the lowest speed isn't slow enough.

Review: The Best Hand Mixers, Laura Moser, Dec. 3, 2011

2. Choice magazine

Good The Bodum Bistro Electric Hand Mixer is tested by Australia's Choice magazine and compared to 16 other models, most of which aren't available in the United States. Hand mixers are rated and compared for their overall performance at mixing and whipping jobs.

Review: Handheld Mixers Review, Rebecca Gatto, May 2012

3. Amazon.com

Good The Bodum Bistro Electric Hand Mixer earns an above-average overall rating of 3.8 stars (out of 5) from more than 30 owners at Amazon.com, but comments belie ratings. Users like the attractive design and retractable cord but say there isn't enough variation between speeds and the lowest setting is much too high.

Review: Bodum Bistro Electric 5-Speed Hand Mixer, Contributors to Amazon.com

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