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Sunbeam Hand & Stand Review

Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been replaced by another product.

Our Verdict

This Sunbeam mixer implies versatility with its ability to be both a hand mixer and stand mixer, but the performance suffers from the rigid center-style agitation. It managed to knead bread dough well, but it could have trouble with bigger or heavier recipes.

For

  • This basic mixer kneaded dough well for its center-style agitation.

Against

  • The mixer does not include a whisk attachment and does not aerate well.
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Sunbeam Hand & Stand image: One of the best features of this Sunbeam model is its removable mixing head.

Sunbeam Hand & Stand image: One of the best features of this Sunbeam model is its removable mixing head.
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Sunbeam Hand & Stand image: This stand mixer has a removable head that turns into a classic hand mixer when you want more control.

Sunbeam Hand & Stand image: This stand mixer has a removable head that turns into a classic hand mixer when you want more control.
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Sunbeam Hand & Stand image: Weighing only three pounds, this is the lightest mixer in our lineup.

Sunbeam Hand & Stand image: Weighing only three pounds, this is the lightest mixer in our lineup.
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Sunbeam Hand & Stand image: This mixer has a head tilt and head removal feature on its side.

Sunbeam Hand & Stand image: This mixer has a head tilt and head removal feature on its side.
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Sunbeam Hand & Stand image: There are six speeds on this mixer from lowest to highest. You can also use the boost feature to speed up the power slightly.

Sunbeam Hand & Stand image: There are six speeds on this mixer from lowest to highest. You can also use the boost feature to speed up the power slightly.
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Sunbeam Hand & Stand image: The manual is clearly labeled, making this mixer easy to use right out of the box.

Sunbeam Hand & Stand image: The manual is clearly labeled, making this mixer easy to use right out of the box.
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Sunbeam Hand & Stand image: This mixer comes with two styles of beaters on this model.

Sunbeam Hand & Stand image: This mixer comes with two styles of beaters on this model.

Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been replaced by another product. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.

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.