There are two types of electric mixers: handheld and stand.
- The motor in a handheld mixer isn't as powerful as the one in a stand mixer. A handheld mixer is great for beating eggs, whipping cream and mixing all but the thickest mixtures such as stiff cookie dough or yeast dough.
Stand Mixer - Has a more powerful motor than the handheld mixer. Since the mixer is attached to a stand, your hands are free while it mixes. It often comes with added attachments, including a dough hook.