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Cuisinart HM-90S 9-Speed Handheld Mixer Review

Est. $70
Reviewed
December 2014
by ConsumerSearch

Best hand mixer

Pros
  • Nine speeds
  • Easy to use
  • Digital display
  • Included storage bin
  • Dishwasher-safe attachments
Cons
  • Power may surge when starting

Bottom line

The Cuisinart HM-90S 9-Speed Handheld Mixer is a good option for those who don't have room to store a bulky stand mixer. It has a powerful 220-watt motor and comes with a storage case that holds the included attachments: beaters, whisk, dough hooks and a spatula. It has a three-year warranty.

Breaking it down

Performance

Powerful mixer; fast "slow" start. Experts and owners say Cuisinart HM-90S 9-Speed Handheld Mixer excels at beating cookie dough and kneading bread dough -- two of the most taxing jobs for any mixer, much less a hand mixer. A few say the dough hooks aren't very effective and that it takes just as long as kneading the dough by hand; although, to be fair, a hand mixer is not the best choice for mixing bread dough. If you are a frequent bread baker, you should consider a stand mixer instead. The Cuisinart HM-90S has a slow-start function to eliminate splattering on start-up, but owners say it leaves much to be desired. Quite a few say that it actually starts very quickly, then slows down, then speeds up again. However, this isn't a deal-breaker for most and they've found various ways around it. Like most mixers, the HM-90S gets mixed reviews for noise.

Ease of use

Lots of love for the storage case. The storage case is probably the most popular feature on the Cuisinart HM-90S 9-Speed Handheld Mixer. All of the attachments fit neatly inside and the hand mixer snaps into the top of the container, making the unit easy to move and store, reviewers say. Some owners are confused that the cord is not detachable since, in photos, the cord is not shown in the case. However, all you have to do is just fold the cord up, tuck it in, and snap the mixer in place. There can be a bit of a learning curve to attach the mixer to the storage container, but once you figure it out, it's simple to do. All of the HM-90S's attachments are dishwasher-safe. Reviewers also like the easy-to-use touch controls and digital display.

Appearance/durability

Hefty, but not too heavy. Owners say that in spite of its light weight (4 pounds) the Cuisinart HM-90S 9-Speed Handheld Mixer feels very solid, yet it's not tiring to use, even when mixing thicker ingredients. Many note it's attractive, sleek appearance and love its small footprint. We review the white model here, but it also comes in brushed chrome. The HM-90S gets very good reviews for durability as well. It comes with a three-year warranty, but Cuisinart is frequently panned for its poor customer service.

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Our Sources

1. TheSweetHome.com

Lesley Stockton tests two hand mixers along with six stand mixers, and ultimately recommends the Cuisinart HM-90S 9-Speed Handheld Mixer for those who don't need a stand mixer. She says it's super powerful, but she had to turn out bread dough and knead it by hand for a few minutes to get a smooth ball.

Review: The Best Stand Mixer, Lesley Stockton, Dec. 10, 2013

2. Good Housekeeping

Editors at Good Housekeeping compare 15 models of hand mixers by mixing batter and kneading dough. The Cuisinart HM-90S 9-Speed Handheld Mixer tops the list. The testers say it excels at beating cookie dough and kneading bread dough. They like that attachments are easy to insert and are dishwasher-safe.

Review: Hand Mixer Reviews, Editors of Good Housekeeping, Not Dated

3. ConsumerReports.org

The Cuisinart HM-90S 9-Speed Handheld Mixer is one of 15 hand mixers included in ConsumerReports.org's latest roundup. Each hand mixer is rated for whipping time, mixing, convenience and noise. The hand mixers are then ranked against other hand mixers.

Review: Cuisinart Power Advantage Plus 9-Speed , Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

4. Cook's Illustrated Magazine

The Cuisinart HM-90S 9-Speed Handheld Mixer is tested along with six other hand mixers by editors of Cook's Illustrated. Each model is rated on its design, and its performance in heavy mixing, light whipping and moderate mixing.

Review: Handheld Mixers, Editors of Cook's Illustrated, Dec. 1 2014

5. Amazon.com

The Cuisinart HM-90S 9-Speed Handheld Mixer earns an overall rating of 4.3 stars out of 5 from more than 410 owners at Amazon.com. Users say the mixer is quiet but powerful and can handle most mixes with ease. Several say that the slow-start function doesn't actually start off slow, however.

Review: Cuisinart HM-90S Power Advantage Plus 9-Speed Handheld Mixer with Storage Case, White, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2014

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