The KitchenAid company is well-known as the kitchen mixer experts— they were after all the first company to create a stand mixer. Not everything requires quite that much power, however. For those smaller jobs, they have created a line of hand mixers.
This seven-speed mixer reflects KitchenAid’s iconic art-deco styling and comes in several color options. It weighs just two pounds (0.9 kilograms) and runs relatively quietly.
KitchenAid KHM7210CU 7-Speed Digital Hand Mixer Review: Main Features
Hand mixers (sometimes known as electric egg beaters) are handheld appliances that take the hard work out of whisking and whipping. Their basic layout hasn’t changed much over their history. You’ll generally find a pair of counter-rotating beaters below an ergonomic handle with easy thumb controls. KitchenAid has clearly taken the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach to the ergonomics.
Seven Speeds + Ejector Button
Many older hand mixers feature only a few speed options (or even just one). For this one, though, KitchenAid has gone all out and given us seven digitally selected speeds to choose from.
The manufacturer’s recommendation is to use low speeds to stir chunky ingredients like chocolate chips and high speeds to whip heavy cream or meringue. Mid levels can be the right option for things like mashed potatoes and cookie dough. The main point is you’re not lacking for options.
An interesting feature of this product is that it always starts at speed one. You press the ‘up’ button to increase from there. This prevents it from kicking ingredients out of the bowl as soon as you fire it up.
The trouble is if you start and stop often, you have to go through the revving process every time. You may find yourself forced to alter your mixing habits with this device. If you think you’d get annoyed by that feature, you may want to check out their five-speed hand mixer instead.
Surprisingly, even at its top speed, this mixer isn’t as powerful as some on the market. Be prepared to spend a little extra time whipping up your cream with this KitchenAid.
The other thumb button on top is the ejector for the beaters. It makes them easy to pop out for washing or for the kids to lick clean.
KitchenAid’s engineers added a handy feature to their electrical cord. It can swivel left or right at the point where it meets the device. That way, if you’re left-handed, you just pop it to the left and it’s out of your way. It locks in place in either direction.
This is far from a groundbreaking innovation, but is a nifty little feature.
This model of KitchenAid hand mixer also includes an attachable whisk. It looks just like any hand whisk, but attaches to one of the beater ports to make whisking a breeze. And hey, if the electricity happens to go out, it still works perfectly well as a hand whisk.
Note that this is used as a single attachment. Don’t try to operate the whisk with a beater still attached in the other port.
Materials and Cleaning
The beaters and whisk that come with this product are made of stainless steel. They should be equally comfortable going through the dishwasher or being hand washed. Just make sure they’re dry before storing them away.
The body of the mixer contains its electric motor, so it should never be fully submerged in water. Make sure you unplug it before cleaning. Then wipe the plastic surface down with a damp cloth and allow it to air dry.
The KitchenAid KHM7210CU 7-speed digital hand mixer is covered under a one-year warranty.