Upgrading kitchen tools can help simplify meal prep & reduce cooking time. The simplest of kitchen tools, a hand mixer can be super useful whether you want to whip up a cake batter or combine ingredients for a recipe. The less bulky and more handy version of the traditional blender or a stand mixer, a hand mixer is a go-to for students living alone or for small families. It uses gears to help rotate the blades of a beater to automate the job of continuous stirring, whisking or beating. In some appliances, the beaters can be replaced with dough hooks to let you create your own dough for bread, pizza or puff pastries. Electric handheld mixers usually come with multiple power or speed settings so you can adjust according to your needs. Whipping cream for instance, requires a different speed setting that making a brownie batter. Easy to use and easier to clean, most hand mixers come with removable beaters that can be washed in a jiff. Some of the parts can even be dishwasher-safe. Working with a hand mixer also takes up very little counter space, and makes a great addition to small kitchen spaces. Plus, the included storage case makes it easy to stow away, when not in use.