Everyone knows what mixers are for. Beat, mix, knead the dough with them much faster and more convenient than by hand. But why are there so many types, what is each of them better suited for, and what does a planetary mixer have to do with planets? The answers are in this article.
The hand mixer is extremely simple. Hidden in a compact housing, the electric motor turns a pair of nozzles.
The mixer must be held in your hands, lowering the nozzles into a plate or pan. The rotation speed is changed by the regulator.
The hand mixer is simple and inexpensive. At the same time, it greatly facilitates the whipping of creams and the preparation of drinks.
But its power is limited. When used for a long time or when mixing viscous liquids, such a mixer may overheat. And thick dough or frozen berries may not be able to do it at all.
The hand mixer has other disadvantages as well.
It is necessary to manually move the nozzles inside the container so that the mixing (or whipping) goes on evenly.
Careless contact of the rotating nozzles with the walls of the container is fraught with breakage. You can damage both the blades and the container.
Failing to tilt the nozzles, you can spray the stirred mixture all over the kitchen.
One hand is always busy with the mixer. If you need to hold the container, then both hands will be occupied. It will not work to add or pour something in the process.
You can not leave the mixer on and do other things.
Almost all hand mixers have interchangeable nozzles. The most common are two types of nozzles.
A pair of whisks is used for whipping and mixing. They are convenient to whip cream, eggs and creams. It is also better to prepare drinks with the help of these nozzles.
Hooks are used to knead the dough. But with a tight test, they can not cope.
Other types of nozzles are less common. The mixer can be equipped with a blender attachment for grinding and a blender attachment with a bowl. This allows the mixer to be used for making smoothies, patés, sauces, etc.
Mixer with bowl
Apparently, some hostess once got tired of holding the mixer on weight. She fixed it over the bowl on a stand and went about her business. The simplest stationary mixer looks just like a manual one, mounted on a stand.
If necessary, the mixer can be removed and used as usual. At the same time, the price of the device remains low.
The main disadvantage of such devices is the same low power. Since the base is a conventional hand blender, the dimensions and weight of the motor are limited.
If you simply put the mixer on a stand, then only the part that is directly under the nozzles will mix. The rest of the liquid will begin to stick to the sides of the bowl. Therefore, in most stationary mixers , the bowl itself rotates . In this case, the nozzles are not in the center of the bowl, but slightly offset to the edge. So when the bowl rotates, almost its entire volume is used.
But there is often a gap between the nozzles and the bowl. Therefore, it is not easy to knead a dense dough in such a blender. Part of the dough sticks to the sides of the bowl. It will have to be cleaned periodically.
At first glance, a planetary mixer is no different from a large stationary mixer – except that there are not two nozzles, but one. But the difference becomes visible immediately after switching on. In a planetary mixer, the nozzle rotates simultaneously around its own axis and around the center of the bowl. Just like a planet (hence the name).
The shape of the nozzle allows it to pass close to the bowl. Together with the principle of movement, this allows the nozzle to “go around” the entire bowl without missing a single area. You can knead a dense dough and not worry that half of the flour will be on the walls.
It is generally accepted that planetary mixers are the best of their kind (due to the ability to mix the entire volume of the bowl).
The design of the planetary mixer contains only one drive. It is technologically more advanced than a mixer with a rotating bowl. But the planetary drive itself is quite complicated and is not used in budget models.
The drive that rotates the bowl is simpler. It is often found on low-cost low-power models that are not suitable for kneading dough.
It is worth noting: there are powerful stationary mixers with a rotating bowl. They are not much inferior to planetary ones – but they cost about the same.
A hand mixer is simple and inexpensive, but low-power and not always convenient. The model with a stand allows you to free your hands, but it also takes up much more space in the kitchen with the same power and capabilities. A stationary mixer may have more power, but is not suitable for kneading dough, as it does not affect the entire volume of the bowl. The planetary mixer is the most versatile, but expensive and bulky.