Mashed potatoes are a simple dish which is great when prepared correctly. There are a dozen ways to mash them, but if you want a really fluffy and smooth result you should choose a hand mixer. Not only is it easier than using, for example, a fork or potato masher, but it makes sure your potato puree doesn’t have lumps and is mixed evenly.
So, here are several of the best hand mixers for mashed potatoes for you to consider. I’m also going to give you some tips on how to make mashed potatoes taste even better than ever.
Choosing a Hand Mixer
When choosing a hand mixer you want something that is durable and powerful. It is very useful if the mixer has different speed settings, so you can lower the speed while adding milk or butter and increase the speed to unite everything. Some mixers come with various types of beaters, and if the beaters are bigger they are also easier to clean. It is even simpler if the appliance has a release button. Some of the more elite mixers come with a bowl stand (similar to stand mixers) on which you can rest the mixer.
Recommended Mixers for Potatoes
1. Black+Decker Mx3200B
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Here’s the most budget-friendly choice. But don’t be fooled though, this mixer has enough power to fulfill your daily needs, and, of course, make great mashed potatoes. It comes with two wire beaters, two dough hooks and a whisk which are all dishwasher safe. It also has 6 speeds and a Turbo function which instantly increases speed to maximum.
This is a great working mixer with enough power, and it also doesn’t beat the bowl like the older types of mixers did. I think this one is a best buy, you get a great appliance for a smaller amount of money.
Next, we have a hand mixer with 10 speeds and also a turbo boost. It has the same accessories as the previous one, 2 beaters, 2 dough hooks and a whisk. But, the beaters are coated in silicone to avoid scratching the bowl. The silicone also makes it quieter to use. On the other hand, for that reason, hand washing the beaters is recommended.
This mixer is really quiet when working. The speed is adjusted with a simple slide, and it even has a timer with pause function to easily keep track of the mixing time. All of that contributes to a powerful unit which makes great mashed potatoes with ease.
Look! No more digging through your drawers looking for your beaters and accessories!
This is a premium unit made by Cuisinart. It has a simple on/off button and 1-touch speed control with 9 different speed options. The first 3 speeds are build up gradually to prevent splattering. It comes with beaters, dough hooks, whisk, and a spatula packed in a case. You also get a free instruction and recipe book.
This mixer is great looking and the case is very useful. It has more than enough power and at the same time is very lightweight. It is very popular and a best seller on Amazon.
Check out the video to see why!
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It is probably impossible to have a best mixer list like this without including a Kitchen Aid product. So, here it is!
A powerful hand mixer that is super easy to handle. It comes with a similar package as others, but in addition to 7 speeds has a Soft Start feature, which brings the beaters slowly up to speed to additionally reduce splattering. The cord can be locked to either side of the mixer so it gives you better approach to the bowl. The unit also has a rubber grip handle to increase comfort while using.
This unit is very user-friendly. It doesn’t make your arms tired while mixing. The beaters insert and eject easily and everything is super easy to clean.
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This one is possibly the best looking mixer on this list. It is certainly the smartest. This mixer is very powerful with its 240W motor, and it also comes with a storage case. The thing that separates it from others is that it detects the type of attachment you are using and adjusts the speed to the best range.
The beaters are also covered in silicone to make mixing quieter and also to prevent bowl scratching. It has a nice LCD screen to help you precisely measure mixing time. The unit has a built-in mixing light to view ingredients while mixing.
The reason I like this one is that the beaters are thick and strong, and so are the dough hooks. The controls are very easy to use, and you get double whisks included which can be very useful sometimes.
Of course this one is great for making mashed potatoes, but it can do so much more. On the other side, the price is higher compared to others, so if that is one of your concerns you can get a great appliance for a smaller amount of money.
Bonus Tips for Making Great Mashed Potatoes
While your choice of machine is important, here are some other tips that will help making mashed potatoes easier and better.
The first thing is choosing the right potato. It is better to use potatoes like Russets or Yukon Gold. They are great because of the higher starch content. Avoid waxy types of potato, because they have less starch and don’t break down and absorb dairy properly, so you end up with a gummy puree.
The next important thing is to salt the water in which you are cooking potatoes. Like pasta, they absorb the water, and if unsalted, it will leave potatoes tasting bland. I personally add some minced garlic to the water too!
It is best to cover them in this salted water and then heat and cook them for them to cook evenly.
When mashing, I usually add (a lot of) butter, milk or cream. For the best puree, heat the butter and milk a little, because if they come directly from the fridge they won’t blend in properly.
In conclusion, a good hand mixer is always going to give better results when making mashed potatoes than any manual method. Especially if you like lump-free potatoes.
Hand mixers have multiple benefits, not only is your meal tastier, a hand mixer saves time in the kitchen, which is important. Take everything I suggested into consideration and choose the right one for you.
There are other more manual ways to get lump-free mashed potatoes too. Check out this guide to mashing potatoes with a food mill. Potato ricers are also often used to make fluffy, potatoes without lumps!
Do you have any other tips for making great mashed potatoes at home? Please leave them in the comments below. Also, I would appreciate a social share if you found this article helpful!
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