Hand-operated mixers are great for small batches or when you don’t want to deal with a motorized stand mixer. But they’re also the best option if you plan on making smaller amounts of batter or dough, frequently need to mix in small containers, or are limited on storage space. If you fall into any of these categories, we suggest checking out our roundup of the best hand and compact stand mixers.
Hand-operated mixers use a hand crank or gears to create mixing action. They’re among the most affordable types of stand mixer and can be found for as little as $50. Some models even come with attachments that let them be used like a food processor (or other handheld appliance). If you're looking for something that's affordable, durable, and versatile, have a look at some of our top recommendations below.