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Cuisinart Power Advantage 7-Speed Hand Mixer HM-70

*Est. $60
Reviewed
September 2012
by ConsumerSearch
Cuisinart Power Advantage 7-Speed Hand Mixer

Best hand mixer

Pros
  • Balanced
  • Electronic controls
  • Smooth-start feature
Cons
  • Prone to splattering
  • No dough hook

The Cuisinart Power Advantage 7-Speed Hand Mixer is a powerful 220-watt hand mixer -- a good option for occasional mixing duties. It comes with beaters, a whisk and a spatula. It's loaded with modern features and has a three-year warranty.

Performance

Good for light jobs. The Power Advantage is the top pick in one leading cooking magazine's latest roundup of hand mixers. Editors say it's "powerful enough to whip and beat almost as quickly as a stand mixer." Editors at Good Housekeeping aren't as impressed, however. They say the mixer performs excellently at "easy" tasks such as mixing cake batter and whipping cream, but it doesn't handle cookie dough as well as other models.

Owners, on the other hand, give the mixer top marks. It's the highest-rated hand mixer at Amazon.com, where it earns an overall rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars from nearly 230 reviewers. Likewise, a majority of owners at Cooking.com give it 4- or 5-star ratings. Users say the mixer is powerful enough for most mixing jobs and makes fast work of everything from cake mixes to cookie dough. A few point out that it does what it's meant to do well, but some mixes -- like bread dough -- are better suited to a stand mixer.

Ease of use

Lots of handy features. Reviewers say the Power Advantage is especially easy to use. Users are particularly fond of the digital LED display and electronic speed settings. Several also comment on the slow-start feature, which is designed to eliminate splatter when first incorporating light ingredients. While it definitely comes in handy, some say it doesn't work as well as it should. One user at Cooking.com explains that it starts fast and then slows to the first speed. Several say this hiccup causes significant splattering upon start-up. A few owners suggest waiting until the mixer has slowed down -- which only takes a second or two -- before placing the beaters (or other attachment) in the bowl.

Reviewers say the attachments are easy to remove, work great and are dishwasher-safe. One caveat: The Cuisinart hand mixer doesn't come with a dough hook, nor does the company make one that will fit this mixer. On the other hand, the Cuisinart (like most hand mixers) isn't well suited to kneading bread dough.

Appearance

Solid look and feel. Owners are impressed with the solid look and feel of the Cuisinart Power Advantage. Furthermore, it is compact enough to store in a cabinet or drawer. It only comes in one color -- white.

Noise

Average noise levels. As with most mixers, professionals and owners alike have mixed opinions about the noise level of the Cuisinart. One user at Amazon.com says, "It sounds much like a jet engine or a vacuum cleaner, but certainly much quieter than either." Others aren't bothered at all by the sound and say the mixer is relatively quiet.

The bottom line

The Cuisinart Power Advantage 7-Speed Hand Mixer is a top-rated choice because it's powerful for a hand mixer and makes light work of mixing cake batter and whipping cream. It only comes in one color, though, and tends to splatter a bit upon start-up. It doesn't perform as well with thick mixes and bread dough, however. If you make bread regularly, experts say a stand mixer, such as the KitchenAid Artisan Series (*Est. $350), will serve you better.

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Our Sources

1. ConsumerReports.org

Excellent Editors at ConsumerReports.org compare the Cuisinart Power Advantage 7-Speed Hand Mixer against 18 other models. Testers use each model to whip cream and meringue and mix cookie batter. A useful chart also provides ratings for convenience and noise and identifies which attachments are included.

Review: Hand Mixer Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, June 2012

2. Good Housekeeping

Excellent The Cuisinart Power Advantage is included in Good Housekeeping's latest test of 15 hand mixers, but it doesn't rate as highly as other models. Editors say it mixes cake batter and whips cream with ease, but it isn't as good at handling cookie dough and doesn't come with a dough hook.

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

3. Cook's Illustrated Magazine

Very Good Editors at Cook's Illustrated magazine evaluate the Cuisinart Power Advantage 7-Speed Hand Mixer and six other models. They whip egg whites, make whipped cream, incorporate sugar into butter and mix cookie dough. Mixing speed is assessed by whipping mashed potatoes with yellow and blue food coloring to see how long it takes them to turn green.

Review: Hand-Held Mixers, Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine, December 2009

4. Amazon.com

Good The Cuisinart Power Advantage 7-Speed Hand Mixer is the top-rated hand mixer at Amazon.com with an overall rating of 4.1 stars out of 5 from about 230 owners. They say it performs well on cookie dough, cake batter and many other tasks. Some say it spatters too much, and about a dozen consumers report mechanical problems.

Review: Cuisinart HM-70 Power Advantage 7-Speed Hand Mixer, Contributors to Amazon.com

5. Cooking.com

Good The Cuisinart Power Advantage hand mixer receives the highest overall rating of 5 stars from more than 30 owners at Cooking.com. Reviewers agree that the mixer is powerful and the digital readout makes it easy to see your current speed. Many love the soft-start function, but a few say it still splatters a lot.

Review: White Power Advantage 7-Speed Hand Mixer by Cuisinart, Contributors to Cooking.com

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