From easy to evaluate features such as size and weight to the functions offered and the possibility of extending them, the differences between hand mixers and bowl mixers are many enough to significantly influence the purchase decision. Find out in this article which of the two products is best for you.
Have you decided it's time to add a mixer to your kitchen, but you're not sure if it would be better to choose a hand version or one with a bowl and countertop stand? Although it performs essentially the same basic function, there are enough differences between the two product categories to need to know exactly which option is best for you. Use the information below to identify the right format and invest wisely in a quality device.
In general, hand mixers cost less than the bowl versions, prices starting from 30 – 35 lei and reaching up to 800 – 900 lei. By comparison, the costs for purchasing a model with a leg start from 55 – 60 lei and slightly exceed 4000 – 4500 lei, in the case of premium, professional versions. If you expect to use it occasionally and in general for creams and whipped cream, we therefore advise you to focus on a hand model, efficient and affordable.
Dimensions and storage
Due to its small size and the ease with which it can be gathered and stored in the closet or even in a drawer, the hand mixer is much easier to approach by people living in dormitories or homes with crowded kitchens.
It does not involve permanent placement on the counter and you can place the work bowl anywhere, even on your feet, which makes it much easier to adapt to small spaces or medium or large kitchens, which are overloaded during holidays or special events.
The light weight and small size also make them suitable for those who live in the host or rent and move frequently, taking up little space in luggage and being easy to transport.
By comparison, bowl mixers are generally heavier, which is an advantage in the category, because a higher number of kilograms means better stability during the processing of dense compositions. If the hand options weigh on average 1-2 kg, in the case of those with a bowl it is good to expect 3 to 5 kg. Although desirable, the heavier weight is still a disadvantage when it comes to moving the product from one place to another.
Because they include the support structure on the counter and the bowl, these models also take up even more space, being a recommended purchase for medium or large kitchens, whose work surface allows the permanent installation of such a device. A bowl mixer is harder to store and certainly can't be slipped into a drawer, requiring a roomy closet when you want to release the countertop.
Level of experience and household
Although both are equally easy to use, the hand mixer is best suited for people with less experience in the kitchen, who are just beginning to test cakes, creams, pastries, etc. The reasons are simple: they are cheaper, offer fewer options for processing ingredients and do not bother you if they are forgotten in the closet.
The bowl mixer, on the other hand, is part of the category of household appliances that you start thinking about when you already have some culinary experience, you have tested a variety of recipes of all kinds and you can easily list many dishes, which you often cook and for which you would need it. It costs more, takes up space, gives you a wider range of operations and is the kind of appliance you buy when cooking is an important part of your life.
Basic operations and accessories
In both categories, the basic accessories are considered: the bowl – which you receive, if you buy a stand-alone mixer, or you have to buy it separately or use one from home, if you choose a hand model; paddle for soft mixes, target for liquid compositions and hook for medium and high density doughs. It is therefore easy to assume that you can successfully address the three categories of mixtures with either of the two types of devices.
In reality, the hand mixer is perfect for liquid compositions (creams, whipped cream, pancake dough, cake or pandispan, etc.), whose mixing does not involve high resistance, quite good for medium density doughs and less suitable if you want to make bread or cake. The reason is to replace the rigid mechanical arm with your own arm, which must keep the mixer still while working.
If you are among the people who want to knead pizza dough, buns, bread, cakes, etc. we therefore recommend that you look for a bowl version, ideal for the level of stress involved in this type of composition.
Because the hand mixer is designed as a simple device, few models will give you the opportunity to add additional accessories, the most popular being the knife arm that turns it into a blender. By comparison, the foot versions can be transformed almost into food processors, the best bowl mixer being able to play the role of meat grinder, pasta rolling and cutting device, vegetable and fruit cleaner, blender with which you can makes cream soups and smoothies, sausage filling machine, etc.
Models that allow you to expand your work options are of course a bit more expensive and do not always include the complete set of accessories, which you will sometimes have to buy separately. But, unlike hand versions, these products can cover almost all the mechanical food processing actions you need in a kitchen where cooking is common.