1) Black & Decker PowerPro MX350
UPSIDE Sturdy construction; storage case for beaters; angled handle minimizes wrist strain.
DOWNSIDE Notched underbelly may trap food and is difficult to clean; only five speeds; awkward speed control switch.
2) Cuisinart Power Advantage 7-speed HM70
UPSIDE Slow-start feature prevents splattering; easy-to-clean extra-long beaters and digital display.
DOWNSIDE Flimsy whisk attachment.
3) KitchenAid Professional 9-speed KHM9P
UPSIDE Electronic sensor automatically adjusts mixer speed; slow-start feature prevents splattering; easy-to- clean beaters and digital display; angled handle minimizes wrist strain.
4) Hamilton Beach 6-speed mixer 2695N
UPSIDE Inexpensive; snap-on attachment-storage case; bowl and hand rests minimize wrist strain.
DOWNSIDE Notched underbelly may trap food and is difficult to clean; splatters even at slowest speed; flimsy ejection/speed control button.
USE YOUR HANDHELD MIXER TO MAKE THIS RECIPE
*Prices and other details were accurate when we published this article in October 2008.