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Hamilton Beach Eclectrics 63221 Review

Est. $190
Reviewed
December 2014
by ConsumerSearch

Best basic stand mixer

Pros
  • Great mixing performance
  • Dishwasher safe accessories
  • Head locks in upright position
  • Quiet
Cons
  • Not best for kneading; heavy dough
  • May wobble/spatter on highest speeds

Bottom line

The Hamilton Beach Eclectrics 63221 is a solid, less-expensive option if you just need a basic stand mixer and want one that performs well in most mixing tasks. It has a 400-watt motor and a 4.5-quart mixing bowl and comes with three attachments -- a flat beater, whisk and dough hook. However, it's not the best choice if you bake a lot of bread. The bowl and attachments are all dishwasher safe. It has a long, three-year warranty.

Breaking it down

Performance

A solid, basic mixer. Although the Hamilton Beach Eclectrics 63221 stand mixer can't compete with top-ranked models from the likes of KitchenAid, owners and professional reviewers say it makes easy work of everything from cake batters to whipped cream and meringues. It's not the best choice for heavy, thick cookie dough or for kneading bread as it tends to strain and bog down with thicker ingredients. However, for basic mixing, experts say it offers a lot of bang for the buck. In one professional test it earns Excellent ratings for whipping time and mixing; and a rating of Very Good in kneading. It's also very quiet, both experts and users agree.

Ease of use

Mixed reviews. Some facets of the Hamilton Beach Eclectrics 63221 are very simple and intuitive, others not so much. Reviewers love the tilting head that locks in the upright position, and owners say the speed settings are easy to see and the handle on the mixing bowl is a nice touch. One professional test organization gives it a rating of Very Good for convenience However, several expert testers say the release button is awkwardly placed. We also saw complaints that cleanup is a chore because the mixer sometimes splatters on high speeds and there are too many crevices to clean.

Appearance/durability

Stylish but large. Like most full-size capacity stand mixers, owners say the Hamilton Beach Eclectrics 63221 will take up a good bit of real estate on your countertop, and, at 26.3 pounds, it's heavy to lift. However, it does come in four attractive colors -- red, black, sterling, and white -- which makes leaving it out on the counter a good option -- if you have the counter space for that. We saw very few complaints of durability, and owners say this stand mixer is very stable at all but the highest speeds. However, users and at least one expert reviewer do say it wobbled or "walked" at bit when pushed to its limits. The Eclectrics 63221 comes with a three-year warranty.

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Our Sources

1. ConsumerReports.org

The Hamilton Beach Eclectrics 63221 is tested by editors of ConsumerReports.org in this latest roundup. Performance tests include whipping time, mixing, kneading, convenience and noise. Models are ranked in order of results.

Review: Hamilton Beach Eclectrics 6322[1] , Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

2. Good Housekeeping

After testing a dozen mixers, the editors at Good Housekeeping say the Hamilton Beach Eclectrics 63221 gives you the "biggest bang for the buck." They note that it excels in a variety of mixing tasks, but there are lots of crevices to clean and the button to raise the head is difficult to access.

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

3. TheSweetHome.com

Lesley Stockton tests the Hamilton Beach Eclectrics 63221 along with five other stand mixers, in a variety of mixing tasks. It's a basic machine that just mixes; tending to rock, strain and walk on heavier mixtures. However, it was the quietest mixer she tested.

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

4. Amazon.com

The Hamilton Beach Eclectrics 63221 earns an overall rating of 4.4 stars out of 5 from more than 475 owners. Reviewers love the metal construction and splash guard, and it's a very good performer. Some complain that it is not a good choice for kneading bread or mixing thick cookie dough.

Review: Hamilton Beach Eclectrics 63221 All-Metal Stand Mixer, Sugar , Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2014

5. Walmart.com

In about 85 user ratings and reviews, the Hamilton Beach Eclectrics 63221 earns an overall rating of 4.5 stars out of 5; 92 percent would recommend the product to a friend. Owners say it's a great value; performing very well for the price. Some note that it wobbles at high speeds.

Review: Hamilton Beach Electrics 4.5-Quart Stand Mixer, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of December 2014

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