Mixing ingredients by hand is time-consuming work that you can avoid with the high-speed power of an electric whisk, otherwise known as a hand mixer. It’s okay to admit that a machine is better at mixing than we are. But there are tons of products on the market, and it’s tricky to pick the best electric hand mixer for your kitchen. If you’re looking for the best mixer for bread dough, cake batter, frosting, cookies, and everything in between we recommend a strong one with a high maximum speed to get all jobs done.
One of the bestselling products comes from KitchenAid. It’s a great hand mixer with only one downside, a hefty price tag. We set out to find a perfect, money saving alternative. After testing over 30 new products and are happy to say that we have a winner! It’s called the Proctor Silex 62507 and offers very similar features to the KitchenAid, plus an affordable price. Both machines are high-quality, five-speed beaters that can easily handle a variety of kitchen tasks. Let’s see how they compare head-to-head!
The KitchenAid KHM512OB electric whisk hand mixer runs on a powerful 145 watts, comes with durable stainless steel beaters, and has a wide variety of color options. KitchenAid is well-established as a brand, and this beater has a nice following of loyal fans. If you’d like to have a pink or lavender electric beater with a touch of extra power and lots of beating attachments, you might prefer the KitchenAid.
It’s definitely a great product but keep in mind that the popular KitchenAid brand name also comes with that not so popular brand price tag. After lots of testing, we can say this: The KitchenAid shares several important stats with the Proctor Silex 62507, which also is a great electric whisk and on top of that very affordable. As always, the choice is yours – both products will get the job done extremely well.
The Proctor Silex 62507 beater has the same powerful five-speed capability as the KitchenAid beater, is a similar size and weight and has a unique and very handy bowl rest feature. It’s a great value, but comes with chrome beaters rather than stainless steel and is only available in the color black. Neither one of those points are a major downside, but they’re still worth pointing out.
The Proctor Silex also requires a slightly lower wattage than the KitchenAid beater, which might be a dealbreaker for someone looking for an ultra-high-power electric beater (or a dealMAKER for someone who wants more energy efficiency and savings). But if you’re not concerned about looks and are more concerned with usefulness and value, the Proctor Silex should fulfill your mixing needs just as well as the KitchenAid. We definitely recommend giving the Proctor Silex a try.
The KitchenAid hand blender has five speeds for a multitude of mixing needs. Use the low number one or two-speed setting to combine dry ingredients, incorporate nuts or chocolate chips into a batter, or to mash soft ingredients like potatoes. The middle speeds work well for creaming butter and sugar, adding eggs to batters and doughs, finishing up beating a completed mix, and whipping. The high speeds can thoroughly mix thin batters, beat whole eggs or egg yolks, and whip ingredients more intensely. Our review team differed on whether either of these beater products were too fast or not fast enough; at the end of it all, we thought they both worked just fine.
The Proctor Silex beater works great for mixing and also as a five-speed blender. Like the KitchenAid, it can handle a variety of beating and whipping needs for all kinds of food. Why are five speeds better than three or one? Well, being able to increase the beater speed in smaller increments results in a smoother mix and less mess. Imagine trying to work chocolate chips into a batter at the same speed as you’d beat an egg--chips would go flying! It would be chaos! And that’s why good beaters come in many different speeds. We found that the KitchenAid’s lowest speed was slower than the Proctor Silex’s lowest speed, which gives even more control.
The KitchenAid beater comes with two stainless steel beaters that are dishwasher safe. Stainless steel holds up well under pressure, doesn’t rust, and lasts a long time. The beaters have a unique design: they lack center shafts, which helps prevent clogging when dealing with heavy batters. They also have a more whisk-like design than traditional beaters, which decreases splatter and the possibility of over-mixing. These beaters can be ejected easily with the push of a button.
The Proctor Silex beater has two chrome beaters that are dishwasher safe. Chrome is a less expensive than stainless steel but still holds up very nicely. These beaters have a sturdy traditional design, but if you’re worried about your beater’s longevity or want an updated beater design, you might prefer the KitchenAid’s stainless steel beaters. For most people, the Proctor Silex is a great choice, though. The beater also has handy push-button beater ejection, just like the KitchenAid beater.
The KitchenAid beater runs on 145 watts. This is a touch more powerful than the Proctor Silex beater, so it may handle stiffer ingredients a little better than our budget beater recommendation. The power of the beater works great for almost all uses. Note that some extremely thick bread doughs can be too much even for the best handheld beaters. In those cases, we recommend looking into a countertop stand mixer.
The Proctor Silex beater runs on 100 watts. Though less than the KitchenAid’s wattage, this is enough power to mix any standard recipe. If you don’t expect to be mixing a lot of tough ingredients, the Proctor Silex should perform just fine for you. Keep in mind that if you make lots of cookies or things like thick frostings, you might be better off either sticking with beating by hand or investing in a heavy-duty stand mixer.
The KitchenAid beater does not have a bowl rest feature. If you haven’t wanted one before, you might not care to have one now, but if you dislike trying to balance the beater on its end, a bowl rest will come in handy. Personally, we really liked the bowl rest feature on the Proctor Silex once we used it.
The Proctor Silex beater has a small “lip” so it can be rested on the edge of a bowl while you add more ingredients or check your recipe. It’s simple and very useful. You don’t have to worry about batter dripping on the counter in between mixings. This feature works best with larger bowls--smaller containers might lose balance.
The KitchenAid beater features a swivel cord that can be “locked” to one side or another to keep the cord out of the way while you’re mixing.
The Proctor Silex beater does not have a swivel cord. Instead, it has a regular cord that still works well. We know, exciting!
With 13 color options, the KitchenAid beater is available in a rainbow of shades. If you want your beater to “pop,” you might like Majestic Yellow, Hot Sauce, or Crystal Blue. This may also make the KitchenAid a more fun gift to the chef or baker in your life since you can give them a very uniquely colored implement that will attract a lot of interest.
The Proctor Silex beater is only available in black, so if you want a more uniquely colored beater, you may prefer the KitchenAid. But if you want your beater color to match the color of your first attempt at baking cookies, you’ve come to the right place. This deliciously affordable beater keeps things simple, and we appreciate it.
The KitchenAid beater measures 3.5 x 8 x 6 inches. It stores easily in a drawer or cupboard in between uses.
The Proctor Silex beater measures 3.4 x 7.9 x 6.5 inches, or basically the same size as the KitchenAid.
The KitchenAid beater weighs two pounds. This is a pretty average weight for an electric hand mixer and should be light enough for most people to handle easily.
The Proctor Silex beater weighs 1.7 pounds. It isn’t significantly lighter than the KitchenAid beater, but for some people, a third of a pound can make a difference.