MIXERS

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Mixers in Montenegro 

Whether you're a rookie or a semi-pro in the kitchen, a reliable mixer is essential for tackling a host of food prep tasks.

Hand mixers are ideal for lighter jobs and smaller batches–it's far easier to whip up two egg whites with a hand mixer, rather than haul out the heavy equipment. Stand mixers are the go-to appliance for heavier chores such as mixing big batches of cookie dough and kneading bread dough.

Our tests show considerable differences in how well particular models of hand and stand mixers perform. And while manufacturers stress wattage and number of speeds, neither figure necessarily translates into better performance.

The Hand or the Stand

Which food-prep appliance best suits your lifestyle? Match the machine to the foods you most frequently prepare and how you like to prep. (And keep in mind you might need more than one.) Hand mixers can handle most light chores, while powerful stand mixers are ideal for heavy lifting.

Hand Mixers

These are best for light-duty tasks such as whipping cream or egg whites, mixing cake batter, and mashing potatoes. But just know that they are not as good as some stand mixers at mixing dough.

Most of the top-performing hand mixers have wire beaters without the thick center post found on traditional-style beaters. The wire beaters perform well and are easier to clean.

One definite plus is that hand mixers are easy to store and don't require any counter space.

Stand Mixers

A stand mixer can do everything a hand mixer does, but is more capable at mixing cookie batter and bread dough. One major drawback: They're heavier and take up counter space. Plus you have to clean the bowl.

Some use two beaters, which spin against each other. Others use one beater, which spins in one direction and moves around the bowl the opposite way. Light-duty models typically have stationary beaters and a bowl that sits on a revolving