Any corner of the kitchen (or house!) becomes fair game for cooking and baking with the KitchenAid cordless hand mixer. And our Test Kitchen staff is totally obsessed!
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Raise your hand if your kitchen is short on outlets. I know you can’t see me, but my hand is sky-high. Thanks to my kitchen island, I’m lucky to have plenty of counter space. There’s only one problem: It’s off the grid. That means when I want to use an electric appliance, I need to make room on another countertop where space is at a premium.
If your kitchen is like mine, you could pay an electrician the big bucks to hardwire your island (it’s certainly crossed my mind), or you could start a collection of cordless appliances. The baker in me was especially excited about the KitchenAid cordless hand mixer. So, I gave it a go in the Test Kitchen to find out if this handy gadget is as great as it sounds.
What is the KitchenAid Cordless Hand Mixer?
The KitchenAid cordless hand mixer is a follow-up to the perennial brand’s popular corded hand and stand mixers. (Psst! Read our full review of the stand mixer.) As the name would suggest, this appliance has no cord and is powered instead by a rechargeable battery.
Released a few years back as part of a broader cordless appliance collection, the cordless hand mixer could very well be the mixer of the future as it untethers home chefs and bakers from their outlets and even their kitchens.
KitchenAid Cordless Hand Mixer Features
The KitchenAid Cordless 7 Speed Hand Mixer is basic in the best way. So basic, in fact, that it doesn’t have a key component of most models: a permanent cord. In its place, you’ll find a rechargeable battery that detaches and plugs into the wall via a power cord. Easy-to-read indicator lights signify how much juice the battery has.
All other features are similar to other standard hand mixers. There are two dishwasher-safe beaters and an eject button to detach them easily. There is also a slide button that allows the user to adjust between the seven speeds. Low speeds are marked by short lines, and the lines increase in length as the speed increases.
Notably, no matter how fast you want your whisks spinning, they’ll start slowly before incrementally increasing speed, thanks to the mixer’s soft-start function. This means no more splattering cake batter or heavy cream!
Even the shape of the appliance is intentional. The flat bottom of the base allows the mixer to be placed upright on a countertop or table without smearing batter, dough, icing, etc. onto the surface.
How We Tested It
From years of testing products for our Test Kitchen Preferred series, I have product testing down pat. When I got my hands on this hand mixer, I knew immediately how I wanted to put it through the paces. I decided to use it to mix cake batter, butter, frosting, egg whites and chicken.
Construction & Specs
First, I checked out the mixer speeds, which are controlled by a slider mechanism. The speeds aren’t numbered but rather signaled by lines that increase in length based on the speed.
I found the mixer to be easy to use with intuitive features. There’s an eject button to remove the beaters, as well as a rechargeable battery with charge indicator lights. Aside from the lack of a cord, the features and buttons are very comparable to those you would find on a corded model. Notably, though, it doesn’t come with a storage container or case.
The unit is of average weight. I’ve used models that are heavier and lighter, but even so, the mixer felt sturdy in my hand—it wasn’t cheap-feeling at all. The flat bottom further enforces its sturdiness. It sits upright on any surface without threat of tipping.
Despite having seven speeds, the highest of which is quite powerful, the machine was super quiet. The beaters do their thing inconspicuously; the duo has standard whisks that are easy to clean. As for the base of the appliance, it’s super sleek, comes in seven colors and, of course, lacks a cord.
We started off easy with cake mix, butter and icing. The hand mixer flawlessly incorporated all the ingredients of a cake batter with no issue. When it came to the icing, the food dye was streaky upon first addition, but after a bit more mixing, the coloring was incorporated adequately.
Next up: egg whites. Hand mixers are never going to be the go-to for stiff peaks, and this one was no exception. It readily whipped the whites into soft peaks; however, this appliance probably wouldn’t do the job for a meringue-obsessed baker. That being said, it performed just as well as the other hand mixers did with egg whites.
Lastly, we tried mixing chicken. Huh? Well, believe it or not: It’s our best-kept secret for quickly shredding meat, such as pulled pork and chicken, and one of our favorite unexpected uses of a KitchenAid mixer. We found the best success shredding the cooked boneless, skinless white meat on a low-speed setting. It’d be better for a hearty pulled chicken sandwich or a chunky chicken salad, as some of the pieces remained on the larger side.
- Short charge time
- Low-battery indicator light
- Powerful, with seven speeds
- Flat bottom for standing
- Solid stainless-steel beaters
- Soft-start feature
- Might be too heavy for some users
- No storage container
- Pricier than corded counterparts
How long does KitchenAid Cordless Hand Mixer last?
The KitchenAid Cordless 7 Speed Hand Mixer takes about two hours to charge to completion. From there, it’ll last for 45 minutes of rigorous mixing before it needs to be plugged in again. That’s more than enough time for multiple batches of cookies, cake and its frosting, etc.!
What Other Reviewers Had to Say
So, what’s the word on no cord? Other users, beyond those on our Test Kitchen team, seem to be just as impressed with this smart appliance.
Amazon reviewer Susan put the KitchenAid product through the paces in her own kitchen. “My mixer arrived yesterday, and I decided to give it a challenging first try,” she explains. “I charged it until it was ready to go, and I made a fresh peach pound cake. For those who bake, a pound cake takes a significant amount of mixing. Also, in this recipe, there is no liquid except for the eggs (liquid comes from the fruit at the end of the recipe). It worked like a champ and had no problem at all mixing a very thick batter.”
Another user, Mark Hughes, was understandably a little dubious about the efficacy of a mixer like this, but alas he was won over. “I was skeptical of a cordless mixer. But I was wrong,” he says. “It’s a fantastic item and has rendered my countertop mixer nearly forgotten.”
Similarly, Jose R. Martinez was wowed by just about every aspect of the product. “This is the best hand mixer I’ve ever owned,” he says. “It is quiet and makes less mess than other mixers. It whips up egg whites quickly and holds a charge for long enough to make two cakes and whipped cream. Love it!”
We’ve officially tested 10 types of hand mixers and narrowed them down to four favorites. The KitchenAid cordless hand mixer handily made the cut. Unsurprisingly categorized as the “best cordless hand mixer,” this product stacked up to all the corded counterparts, such as competitors from Breville, Sunbeam and Braun. Plus, it has the added bonus of not requiring an outlet during use.
When comparing it to other cordless hand mixer models, such as those from Cuisinart, Farberware and Chefman, that we haven’t tested firsthand, KitchenAid is the most expensive. However, that cost difference is made up by the longer charge time (the aforementioned appliances only run for 20-30 minutes), chic color options and, in some cases, more speed settings.
Just as I suspected: Cordless is king! (Well, so is KitchenAid, but we’ve known that for a while now.) At just under $100, this quality, sturdy hand mixer performs well and is easy and so convenient to use. Plus, the nifty cordless tool comes in seven colors, so it’ll coordinate with your kitchen. Form and function? We’re all for that.
Just keep in mind, though, that this isn’t a replacement for a heavy-duty stand mixer. Save your thick bread doughs and your stiff meringues for the hand mixer’s static countertop cousin.
Where to Buy the KitchenAid Cordless Hand Mixer
Get your hands on a KitchenAid cordless hand mixer by purchasing one from Amazon, the KitchenAid website, Walmart, Home Depot and other popular vendors. It’s time to untether yourself from outlets! What do you say?