The Cuisinart Power Advantage HM-50 is part of the mixer
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, hand mixer
models like the Power Advantage HM-50 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
All mixers made whipped cream; whipping time reflects how fast they did so.
Proficiency at mixing cookie dough.
Convenience considers factors such as ease of using controls and inserting and removing beaters.
About This Brand
Cuisinart is a perennial big player in the world of small appliances, though it is a relative newcomer in the mixers market. The company sells two models, a 5-quart and a 7-quart version, available in three colors, and they are available at many department stores, specialty stores, and online retailers.
Features & Specs - Cuisinart Power Advantage HM-50
Dough hooks Use for kneading yeast bread doughs.
Whisk Best for whipping cream or egg whites.
Interchangeable beaters Noted when beaters can be put into either socket.
Wire beaters These are easier to clean than conventional center-post beaters.
Slow-start This feature prevents ingredients from spattering when starting the mixer.
4 stars for no slow startup. I use this for everything requiring mixing. It is powerful enough for cookie dough and carrot cakes. The beaters are thin and light, but work great and quickly. This model does not have a slow startup and first speed will sling stuff out of the bowl. I quickly learned to first blend by hand with no power and then start up slowly. This is a terrific mixer with a three year warranty. The Cuisinart HM-70 adds a slow startup and chefs whisk(whipping cream), the HM90 adds dough hooks and a nifty attachment case. All of these models have a 220 watt motor and the same beaters so I don't see how the CU ratings could vary so much.I suggest HM70 or HM90 for the nominal price differences. Suggest your visit cusinart.com
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By T. Allen Morggan
from Nashville, TN
(27 of 27 customers found this review helpful)
Good, with minor flaws
Doesn't sit up well
Lowest speed too fast
No retracting cord
This hand mixer is a singificant improvement over the last two I've purchased, which were both awful. It is very powerful and I like the wire-style beaters. Whipping up a perfect merengue takes just seconds. It has good torque for heavy mixtures as well.<br /><br />Some cons: It's a little heavy, kinda noisy, and doesn't sit up well by itself when you set it on the counter (it will, you just have to pay attention). My biggest complaint is that the lowest speed on the blender is still not low enough to prevent ingredients from flying out of the bowl when you start mixing or when you need a lower speed for more delicate ingredients. This is where most hand mixers come up short, and though this one is better than the others I've had, it still needs work.<br /><br />I would also prefer a retractable cord, but honestly I've never had a kitchen appliance with a retractable cord that really worked all that well, so...