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Cuisinart Power Advantage Plus 9-Speed Hand Mixer

*Est. $80
Reviewed
September 2012
by ConsumerSearch
Cuisinart Power Advantage Plus 9-Speed Hand Mixer

Pros
  • Easy to use
  • Digital display
  • Dishwasher-safe attachments
Cons
  • Must scrape bowl to mix thoroughly

The Cuisinart Power Advantage Plus 9-Speed Hand 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.

Performance

Powerful mixer with a couple glitches. The Power Advantage Plus tops Good Housekeeping's list of best hand mixers. Editors say the mixer excels at beating cookie dough and kneading bread dough -- two of the most taxing jobs for a hand mixer. Their one complaint is that they had to scrape the bowl to help the Cuisinart mix batter thoroughly, although this is true of all hand mixers.

Owners at Amazon.com say the mixer is powerful enough to handle most ingredients with ease. One user, who has made many loaves of bread with the machine says, "It always ploughs through them." On the other hand, a few say the dough hooks aren't very effective. Although the mixer seems to handle bread dough, it takes just as long as kneading the dough by hand. Experts say that stand mixers are a better option for frequent bread bakers.

The Cuisinart Power Advantage Plus 9-Speed Hand Mixer has a slow-start function to eliminate splattering on start-up. Owners say it leaves much to be desired, however. One user says, "It starts up at like a 3 speed then quickly goes back to a 1 speed." Some owners say that to avoid splattering, they start the hand mixer and let it slow down before placing it in the bowl.

Ease of use

Storage case keeps attachments together. The Cuisinart Power Advantage Plus 9-Speed Hand Mixer comes with a storage case for all of the attachments; it attaches to the base, making the unit easy to store, reviewers say. However, editors at The Wall Street Journal say they had a hard time getting the storage case to snap on to the unit properly. A few owners at Amazon.com had a similar experience, noting that the cord gets in the way. The hand mixer earns high marks for its dishwasher-safe attachments that are easy to insert. Reviewers also like the easy-to-use touch controls and digital display.

Appearance

Hefty, but not too heavy. Owners say the Cuisinart hand mixer has a very solid feel but isn't too heavy. Furthermore, it has attractive styling and comes in two colors: white and brushed chrome.

Noise

Quiet. Users say the Cuisinart Power Advantage Plus 9-Speed Hand Mixer is fairly quiet. As one owner says, "On lower speeds (1 to 5), it makes merely a vibrating noise. Even when I work with particularly stiff dough, it still doesn't make a whole lot of sound."

The bottom line

The Cuisinart Power Advantage Plus 9-Speed Hand Mixer is a workhorse that plows through most mixes with ease. It compares to the Cuisinart Power Advantage 7-Speed Hand Mixer (*Est. $60), but it has more speeds and comes with dough hooks and a storage case. The latter is reviewed more often, however, and earns a higher overall rating from a larger number of owner-reviewers.

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Our Sources

1. Good Housekeeping

Excellent Editors at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute compare 15 models of hand mixers by mixing batter and kneading dough. The Cuisinart Power Advantage Plus tops the list. Editors say it excels at beating cookie dough and kneading bread dough. Attachments are easy to insert and are dishwasher-safe.

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

2. The Wall Street Journal

Very Good The Wall Street Journal tests the Cuisinart Power Advantage Plus hand mixer, along with a number of other models. Reviewer Laura Moser says it's easy to handle and doesn't spatter food on high settings as some mixers do. She likes the extra-long cord, but has trouble snapping the storage case onto the mixer.

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

3. Choice magazine

Good The Australian version of the Cuisinart Power Advantage Plus is included in Australia's Choice magazine test of 17 handheld mixers. Models are rated for their performance at whisking and mixing. Most of the products tested here aren't available in the United States, however.

Review: Handheld Mixers Review, Rebecca Gatto, May 2012

4. Amazon.com

Good The Cuisinart Power Advantage Plus hand mixer earns an overall rating of 3.8 stars (out of 5) from about 65 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 Power Advantage Plus 9-Speed Hand Mixer with Storage Case, Contributors to Amazon.com

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