Two of the other beaters at this price point have a center post flanked by four C-shaped tines — the same design as your grandmother’s mixer — as opposed to the Cuisinart’s open-wire design that’s angled to be self-cleaning, so you can mix even thick doughs without scraping out the beaters. And our testers agree with America’s Test Kitchen: Beat it, old-school beaters! The major downside of that old-school design? Because they’re too wide and angled only vertically, the moment you try to mix anything thick, like butter or dough, everything sticks to them, clogging them up. And that means you have to stop the mixer and scrape them clean at least once or twice, instead of simply continuing on with your recipe. (There is one other $ mixer with open wire beaters like the Cuisinart, the VonShef 5-Speed, but its more vertical design also made cookie dough stick.)
The Cuisinart doesn’t come with any other attachments (except a small white scraping spatula, which...sure? Maybe some beginning bakers will appreciate it), but unless you’re baking bread on the regular, you probably won’t miss the dough hooks included with other mixers at this price point. It also doesn’t come with a convenient way to store its attachments, but because it has only the two beaters and the spatula, we’re sure you’ll be able to find them a good home in a drawer.
Like all of our picks, the Cuisinart’s cord swivels left or right and locks in place, so no matter your dominant hand, you won’t have to deal with a cord nudging up against your elbow (although, TBH, our left-handed testers found no real difference between these mixers and the few without swivel cords). Speaking of its cord: Like most small appliances you might buy, it’s UL-listed for both the US and Canada, which means it meets certain safety requirements. At 2.6 pounds, it’s on the lighter end of its category, and its slim, ergonomic handle and body design made it easy (and even kind of fun!) to use.