Summary: I have used a black and decker mixer before and it lasted at least 15 yrs so I really wanted another one. This one is very similar but the blades don't beat so good. I prefer the blades that are flat and kinda cut thru whatever I am mixing better than these blades. They seem to take longer to mix than the older kind of blades but it is okay. I have a large Kitchen Aid that mixes big things.
Summary: We have been dealing with this hand mixer for years, and will finally replace it this Christmas. It is too powerful and splatters us and the kitchen whenever we try to use it even on the lowest setting. The beaters also go in funny, and you have to make sure that you get the on the correct side. Just a pain in the patooty!
Summary: This mixer is probably overpowered, but I love it for it's versatility. Better overpowered than underpowered, I say. It's served me well for a few years, and I use it two or three times a week: for egg whites, cookies, whipped cream, banana bread, etc. One of the wire beaters fell apart, though. So I'm trying to find replacements, but it looks like they're on backorder. Hopefully B&D got the hint and is making beaters worthy of such a powerful machine.
Summary: No slow speed and the blades literally fell apart in less than a year--while mixing banana bread. Replacement blades--$22. I think I can get a year out of the cheaper brands so that's what I'll try next time!
Summary: As others have noted, this is a very high RPM mixer. While it isn't very useful for the sort of stirring tasks you'd normally use a manual whisk for, it is without a doubt the best tool I've ever found for whipping/frothing (whipped cream, egg whites, etc.), emulsions (sauces, soups, dressings, fondues), etc.