Few kitchen appliances are as useful, versatile, and time-saving as a hand mixer. Whether you want to mix, blend, whip, or beat ingredients into shape before cooking and baking, a hand mixer can do all the hard work for you, and they’re considerably less expensive than stand mixers. They’ll also give you more control in the kitchen. Before you buy, here are a few things to keep in mind: 1) What type of accessories are included in your mixer, and do they come with some kind of storage case? 2) The weight of the mixer will really start to matter if you have a job that takes more than a few minutes, so aim low. 3) A higher wattage typically means the mixer works harder so your wrist doesn’t have to. Here are our recommendations.