Hamilton Beach 64650 290 Watts Hand & Stand Mixer Reviews

Hamilton Beach 64650 290 Watts Hand & Stand Mixer

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AEI80DW-O Entry #12: Beat It

Mar 31, 2010 (Updated Apr 1, 2010)
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Pros:Numerous speed options, Good selection of attachments, Effective mixing capability, Easy to Clean and Store

Cons:Not very durable.

The Bottom Line: The Hamilton Beach 64650 Stand Mixer is a must-get for any occasional baker.


Buying baked goods straight from a bakery was an unhealthy habit of mine. My kitchen is cleaner and the end-product almost always tastes better if I skip the do-it-myself procedure.

The downsides to buying in, you ask? It’s often much more expensive and a lot less fun.

I realized, in recent years, that baking my own chocolate chip cookies or cheese cake can be quite enjoyable when there’s nothing else to do. Want to take your mind off work for an hour or two and relax? Try baking. Besides, the extra savings from buying your own ingredients can help pay for the electricity when you plop down on the couch in front of the TV and start snacking.

For the past few years, I have hand mixed my cake batter and cookie dough. I finally realized that I needed a serious stand mixer about half a year ago, when I came across a delicious-looking sponge cake recipe that required whipping egg whites until they peaked. If you’ve ever tried whipping egg whites by hand, you would understand my frustration when I couldn’t get the egg whites to form that peak after 40 minutes of egg white whipping.

After searching for a while at my local Macy’s, I decided to purchase the Hamilton Beach 64650 Stand Mixer for $49.99.


Features and Design

The Hamilton Beach 64650 Stand Mixer has 6 speeds, using 290 Watts at its peak. I would say the second speed of six is about the speed I normally whisk at by hand, but the Hamilton Beach 64650 Stand Mixer has a moving headpiece that circles around the bowl as the beater swerves in the opposite direction. Needless to say, it is much more effective at blending and mixing even at the same speeds. There is also a QuickBurst button on the handle that effectively gives you an extra power boost. I don’t recommend using this option for very long, since it taxes the mixer heavily.

There is a base plate that locks the 4 qt. bowl in place, which frees up a hand so you don’t have to hold it still. The attachments include a whisk/beater and double dough hooks. I was quite puzzled by the double dough hooks because it seems quite redundant. If nothing else, it is one more thing to clean after every use.

Both the bowl and attachments are made of stainless steel, which is dishwasher safe. I had no problems attaching and detaching the add-ons and they were all very easy to clean.

The Hamilton Beach 64650 Stand Mixer can also be used manually as a hand mixer. In my experience, it was too heavy with the handle. I recommend using your normal whisk if you want to beat by hand, unless you don’t mind the extra weight.

In terms of storage, I like to repackage my Hamilton Beach 64650 Stand Mixer in its original box packaging since I only use it once every couple of weeks. The whole cleanup process takes less than 20 minutes and the box should fit into your closet with no problem. If you prefer keeping the mixer out, it doesn’t take up much space. However, I do recommend covering the mixer to keep its shiny chrome finish.


Effectiveness

I’ve noticed a decrease in the maximum speed since the first time I used the Hamilton Beach 64650 Stand Mixer. However, it is still mixing my dough and cake batter thoroughly. I have used it around 15 times to knead my cookie dough and cheesecake batters.

The only foreseeable problem with the Hamilton Beach 64650 Stand Mixer is that its engine does not feel durable. In only 15 uses, the speed is noticeably slower. Even though the Hamilton Beach 64650 Stand Mixer is effective in mixing, its durability is questionable.


Final Thoughts
 
If you occasionally bake and need the extra mixing power, the Hamilton Beach 64650 Stand Mixer is a great choice. It offers plenty of speed options and attachments, mixes thoroughly, and is easy to clean and store.

However, if you bake very often and with large amounts, the 4 qt. bowl may not be large enough and the mixer itself might not be durable in the long-run. I would recommend, in that case, a more expensive and professional stand mixer for your baking needs.



This is my Home and Garden entry into the Around Epinions In 80 Days Write-Off.


Recommend this product? Yes


Amount Paid (US$): 49.99


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