When it's too chilly to step outside, there's nothing better than a baking project. Tackling a recipe for gooey brownies, buttery croissants, or cheesy biscuits isn't just a delicious distraction, it's an excellent way to warm up the kitchen and the rest of the house. And while a powerful stand mixer simplifies the project, it's not the only way to whip, fluff, and, well, bake.
A hand mixer can open up a whole new world of baked goods at a fraction of the price of its free-standing counterpart. And right now, home bakers can get the affordable appliance for even less than usual: Black & Decker's Helix Performance Premium Hand Mixer is on sale for $20 at Bed Bath & Beyond.
To buy: Black & Decker Helix Performance Premium Hand Mixer, $20 (originally $30) at bedbathandbeyond.com
Powered by a 250-watt motor, the Black & Decker mixer is designed with five speeds to easily mix batter, fold in cheese, and whip up fluffy cream. To keep ingredients from splattering out of your bowl, it has a reduced starting speed. Meanwhile, extra-thick doughs are no match for its turbo boost feature.
The gadget's reinforced nylon beaters have a notable helix design that mixes ingredients in multiple directions, meaning it's faster and more thorough than traditional models. What's more, the Black & Decker mixer includes two dough hooks and a wire beater to whip meringues, cream butter, and knead cookie dough. And when you're ready to clean up, remove attachments with a handy auto-eject button and store everything in a snap-on storage case.
Bed Bath & Beyond shoppers confirm how powerful and easy to use the appliance is, saying it's a convenient alternative to a heavy full-sized mixer. Many also compliment the lightweight build, which doesn't tire out their hands while mixing.
"Not too big or heavy, just the right weight for me," one said. "This mixer is a welcome addition to my kitchen, especially with the storage case that holds all the beaters—no more searching through drawers!"
Others write that the specially designed beaters make a major difference in their mixing, with one saying, "The helix beaters are wonderful. The protected coating saves my bowls from being scratched."
The Black & Decker hand mixer typically costs an affordable $30, but right now you can snag one for just $20. Head to Bed Bath & Beyond now and add it to your cart.
This story originally appeared on Food & Wine.