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In head-to-head competitions, stand mixers always outperform hand-held mixers. The most obvious difference is the amount of force force. A decent stand mixer can knead bread dough, but even the best-quality hand mixer fails miserably at this task. A stand mixer also frees up the cook to take on other tasks. If you can afford to spend several hundred dollars on a good stand mixer, we recommend that you do so.
If you can’t justify such a big investment, a hand-held mixer is more than adequate for many day-to-day tasks. When making cake batters and cookie doughs, whipping cream or beating egg whites, we’ve found that a hand-held mixer can yield the same results as a stand mixer, just a little more slowly. In addition, a hand-held mixer is compact and easily transported. If your workspace or budget is restricted, a hand-held mixer can prove most valuable, especially if you’re willing to knead dough by hand or stand over the bowl while the mixer does its work.
Victorinox (formerly Victorinox Forschner) 6-inch Straight Boning Knife: Flexible
The nonslip grip and narrow, straight blade let testers remove the smallest bones with precision and complete comfort. Perfectly balanced with enough flexibility to maneuver around tight joints. The low price was a bonus.
|★ ★ ★||★ ★ ★||$19.95|
Wüsthof Classic Boning Knife
Hefty in weight, this knife was a solid performer when removing poultry bones, and the handle was easy to grip, even when covered in chicken fat. Piercing silver skin was a challenge since the tip wasnt sharp enough and the long narrow blade produced slightly jagged cuts.
|★ ★||★ ★ ★||$99.95|
|Recommended with Reservations|
Mundial Boning Knife: Flexible
The sharp tip performed well when removing silver skin, but it was too flexible when maneuvering around poultry joints, leaving testers feeling a lack of control. The heavy handle was slightly unbalanced and became slippery once covered in poultry fat.
|★ ★||★ ★||$19.95|
Shun Gokujo Filet Knife
Designed to replicate a samurai blade, this expensive knife was a disappointment. It struggled to pierce the silver skin, although long cuts were smooth and even. Minimal flexibility and extreme curve got in the way when maneuvering around joints. The smooth handle was hard to grip and slippery.
MAC Boning KnifeChef Series
The large, cumbersome handle reminded testers of an outdoors knife for fishing and hunting. The blade was too wide to maneuver around joints and it struggled to pierce silver skin. Unlike other knives, this boning knife could only slice in one direction, making intricate cuts around joints difficult.
Messermeister San Moritz Elite Flexible Boning Knife
The blade was so flexible it led to erratic cuttings; testers said the knife was hard to control. The blade was not sturdy enough to maneuver around joints and the lightweight handle felt flimsy and unbalanced.