The Hamilton Beach Eclectrics 6322 is part of the mixer
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, stand mixer
models like the Eclectrics 6322 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
Either SS (Stainless Steel) , P (Plastic) or G (Glass).
Bowl size (qt.):
Manufacturer's claimed bowl volume, to the next highest half-quart.
Weight of mixer, bowl, beater/s, and cord, to the nearest one-half pound. Weight may be important if you plan to move the mixer in and out of a cabinet for storage.
About This Brand
Hamilton Beach sells mixers in its Eclectrics line. These come in five colors and are sold at most kitchen-appliances retailers. The company also sells a commercial line of mixers, which are sold at specialty retailers and online through Amazon.com and others.
Features & Specs - Hamilton Beach Eclectrics 6322
Detachable hand mixer Mixer "head" comes apart from the stand to be used as a hand mixer. Typically found only on light-duty stand mixers.
Detachable hand mixer
Single beater style A single beater, whisk, or dough hook rotates in one direction and moves around the bowl in the other direction. This is in contrast to two-beater style mixers, with beaters similar to those of hand mixers, with a rotating bowl.
Single beater style
Whisk For mixtures that need air incorporated, such as meringues (egg whites), whipped cream, mousse, and some types of cakes and custards.
Takes power attachments Many models offer optional accessories such as food grinders, or pasta makers. These attach to a power port on the unit.
Takes power attachments
Two loaf capable Our Kneading score considers performance making one-loaf of bread. We attempted to make two-loaves if appropriate for the mixer, and list those that handled the task with little or no difficulty.
I bought this after trying the Kitchen Aid Professional model. The Kitchen Aid had an unbelievably loud whine and the motor started smoking during the first batch of bread dough! I sent it back and did a consumer reports search for a better one. This is the one that came up and I was sold on the quiet rating of it.<br /><br />It was indeed quiet, which was great, but this too felt like it was going to fall apart making bread! The hook would briefly bind while kneading and the top got hot, but it didn't smoke like the Kitchen Aid. I had gotten so used to hand kneading during my down time without a mixer, I just decided to save myself a couple hundred bucks and go old school.<br /><br />If you don't make bread, this is a great mixer.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
from Ithaca, NY
(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Excelllent Product - Great Value
Cakes & Cookies
I'm very pleased with the performance of this mixer. I would buy it again.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By Disappointed Consumer Reports user
from Palo Alto, CA
(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)
Know what "mixing" means before buying
Does Not Mix Well
I make cakes from scratch several times a year. My husband used to make chocolate chip cookies several times a year - until we bought this mixer based on Consumer Reports recommendation. On slow speeds this mixer does not mix. Unmixed material stays in the center of the beater as well as on the sides of the bowl. If you use the pour guide/splatter shield, you can't reach in to scrap the bowl, even with the beater stopped. To get this mixer to actually mix the ingredients requires using speeds high enough for creaming, much higher than the slow mixing speeds called for by my cake recipes. Even on chocolate chip cookies, supposedly the test CR used for mixing, my husband complains of the same lack of mixing. We're going to have to buy another mixer. I hope CR will change their mixing test to look at actual mixing.