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The Sunbeam Hand & Stand 5-Speed Mixer gives you the choice of using it as a hand mixer or stand mixer, which can be helpful when you want to, say, cream a batch of mashed potatoes in the pot you cooked them in. Aside from your choice of whether you want the mixer in black or white, that’s where the versatility ends.
We used the same bread dough recipe for each mixer, including this mixer, which doesn’t use planetary-style rotation. Instead, it uses center-style rotation, which means the beaters rotate in place while the bowl turns. Although the manufacturer claims the mixer can only handle two-and-a-half cups of all-purpose flour along with other ingredients in a recipe, this Sunbeam mixer kept up with some of the best stand mixers on our lineup and created a decent dough in its 3-quart stainless steel bowl. Not every bit of dough was incorporated, but what did make it into the ball of dough was smooth and elastic.
Just as the other Sunbeam machine did, this mixer pushed all of the chocolate chip cookie dough to the sides of the bowl and left dry ingredients in the center of the bowl. However, this machine needed less babysitting than the other center-style agitation mixers.
The six speeds are similar to each other, but the lowest speed wasn’t low enough to not spray flour all over, and the highest speed, combined with the beaters, wasn’t enough to whip egg whites. In fact, after the allotted time of whipping, the egg whites only increased by double. Like the other less-expensive, center-style mixers on this lineup, there are no added features like a splashguard or timer, but the removable bits and pieces are dishwasher safe.
The only attachments you get with this electric mixer are traditional beaters and dough hooks. There are no optional attachments, so this mixer can’t replace other kitchen appliances.
In addition to the one-year warranty that protects you from defective parts and workmanship on your mixer, the manufacturer also offers customer support via phone and a contact form on its website. You can also access the user manual on the mixer maker’s website.
Although this Sunbeam mixer wasn’t able to effectively whip egg whites into stiff, dry peaks with its traditional beaters, it was powerful enough to knead dough with its two dough hooks. It offers a bit of versatility, though, because you can remove the mixer from the base.