The Cuisinart Power Advantage HM-70 is part of the mixer
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, hand mixer
models like the Power Advantage HM-70 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-70
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.
I love to cook and enjoy spending a few hours a week in the kitchen. I have used this mixer quite a bit since buying it on sale at Christmas. Before buying it, I spent a bit of time taking this mixer out of the box and comparing it point for point for the comparable KitchenAid version sitting beside it at the store. I chose this model over the KitchenAid for <br />-the longer, stronger beaters <br />-strong motor and<br />-the much longer 3 yr. warranty. <br />I feel a company will guarantee a product for the length of time it feels it won't lose money in replacements.<br /> <br />Since buying this mixer I have LOVED it - no regrets! It is very powerful, beating heavy batters and cooked potatoes without effort - the whipped potatoes are very quick to make and are so light and fluffy! The longer beaters were a must as I was tired of stiffer dough climbing up the beater bars and not being able to use deeper bowls due to the shorter beaters that most hand mixers have. <br /><br />Having the two models side by side, I discovered that the beaters are much sturdier than those of the Kitchenaid version. I worried that the beater release placement would be a problem, but it hasn't been. <br /><br />The swivel cord is quite convenient, allowing me to switch hands if necessary while simultaneously pouring and beating, and the cord doesn't provide unwanted tugs on the main body or get caught on the mixing bowl like mixers with fixed cords can give. <br /><br />The weight of it has not been an issue - it feels sturdy but not overly heavy. The placement of the weight in the housing case seems to be balanced correctly so it wants to stay in the correct position while working. While researching online, I discovered this mixer is belt driven while the Kitchenaid has nylon gears. Nylon gears weigh less but can be stripped with too much resistance.<br /><br />I haven't been bothered by a noise issue that has been reported but expect a mixer to make some noise - I can still talk and listen while working with it. At the store, I didn't notice a appreciable difference in noise between the two brands. <br /><br />I DO wish the back of it were flatter so as to be able to rest upright more securely...but it hasn't ever fallen over. The included wire whip is helpful with making whipped cream and meringue (and appeared to be identical to the Kitchenaid version) but the spatula added to the box is poor quality. It doesn't come with bread hooks but I have a bread maker so wouldn't use that feature anyway.<br /><br />I looked at a sister model with more speeds but now am glad I didn't get the more expensive model - I have more than sufficient speeds and power to do what I need. <br /><br />Clean up is quite easy - before unplugging it, I just lean over in the sink and spin the beaters in a cup of water, then wipe the housing down. The smooth digital pad doesn't trap food like a push button model does. It's small enough to find a spot on my undercabinet turn table. I noticed a newer version that has a clear plastic base that contains the cord and beaters and the housing sits snugly on top - that's intriguing!<br /><br />I rely heavily on other owners' reviews before buying...hope this helps your decision!