When you’re picking a hand mixer, several factors will come into play. Your budget is one of them, but you also need to think about what you need to use it for. Like most electric kitchen tools, hand mixers are available in a range of different powers, from around 150 watts and upwards. The more power in your motor, the more likely it is to be able to deal with stiff mixtures without grinding to a halt. You’ll also want to check out how many speeds it has. Not everything requires max power—sometimes you might want to turn a lighter hand to your work to, say, avoid over whipping cream, so look for something that offers you these options.