How To Get Your Mix On Without Emptying Your Wallet
I have this weird affinity for products that look like other products. My mother has a toaster that looks like an old radio, and I love it more than anything. I don’t know why it is, but it’s just this weird thing that clicks in my brain. If you can make one item look like another one, I want both almost immediately. I’m apparently just a little weird that way.
I fell in love with the Hamilton Beach 63325 6-Speed Stand Mixer right away. It had nothing to do with the functionality of it, I just love that it looks like a coffee maker while being a stand mixer. I can’t be the only person who sees it. Anyway, this is a stand mixer, and it isn’t even going to come close to making coffee unless you’re baking some kind of espresso cake, but it looks like it could.
Sleek and Simplified
All the buttons and controls for the 63325 are nestled on the side of the mixer in one location. They look good there, and it streamlines the look of the rest of the mixer. It’s boxy shape is very different from the curves you usually see on a mixer, and that really sets it apart. That doesn’t mean any of those aesthetics makes it work better, but it totally catches my eye.
Price Is Right
This puppy is less than $80, and yet it has all the bells and whistles of some mixers I’ve seen for as much as $200 more. I’m not sure how they swing it, but I’m still pretty impressed. At that price, it doesn’t even have to be your only mixer. If you just want one that is lighter weight and can be used when you don’t want to lug out your big, expensive, heavy one, this should do the job just fine.
A lot of the less expensive stand mixers use two beaters, like you see on hand mixers. As you get to higher end models, the primary tool for mixing looks a lot more like a paddle then a whisk, even though there are still whisk attachments available. The difference is a lot of extra mixing control by using one tool rather than two, and it actually works out to be less annoying stuff to clean. I’m on board for that.
Dense Or Light. Whatcha got?
Less expensive mixers tend to be better with lighter substances like egg whites than they are with heavy stuff like kneading dough. That shouldn’t be the case with this one. It has all the attachments to get through even the densest dough for when you’re baking your favorite bread, and the 300 watt motor should be enough to help you power through it and save your already tired hands.
Less Effective On The Slower End
The 63325 is great at mixing, but precision is not necessarily it’s forte. If you’re looking for the perfect speed on the low end of the spectrum, you might not be completely happy here. Just about every mixing speed this baby has gets up a little faster than what gentle bakers might be happy with, and you may not get the soft touch you’re looking for even on the lowest setting.
No Swivel Wivel
The bowl doesn’t have a lot of give, so when the mixer is moving it’s pretty much stuck in the position it’s in. It doesn’t give a lot of room to add ingredients to the bowl and it can’t really be adjusted while it’s working so you can make that happen. A lot of the higher end mixers have off-center bowls or locations that make it easier to add ingredients while everything is in motion, but it doesn’t seem to be possible here.
Not Huge, So Be Prepared
If you’re cooking or baking for a lot of people, the bowl this one has to offer may be a bit small. It’s not tiny, but it’s not big enough to work through a whole lot of dough or batter. It should be just fine, though, for smaller batches or gatherings.
Ok, short story time. I’m kind of dumb and not very coordinated. When I was first using my old mixer, I wanted to mix in the stuff on the sides so I stuck the spatula into the bowl while the beater was moving and got my hand knocked around a little bit. My pride was hurt more than my flesh, but it still stung in every sense.
After a while, I figured out that because the mixer used planetary mixing methodology, it would scrape the sides all by itself if given enough time. This Hamilton Beach has planetary mixing action too, but it’s not perfect and you’ll still have to scrape the sides of the bowl from time to time to make sure everything gets completely mixed in.
Even With The Quirks, You Still Have My Attention
No, it’s not perfect. But it’s also not terrible. In fact, it’s far from it. The price is so right, it doesn’t have to be a forever mixer. It can just be an “as needed’ mixer for when you don’t have a ton of stuff to get ready. I think it sounds like a great idea, and I don’t see anything dangerous or terribly unsavory on the con list to shoo me away.