The best egg beaters will have smooth action, ergonomic handles, and fit into your budget.
There are many new egg beaters on the market, but many vintage versions can be used with proper maintenance.
It is best to shop for egg beaters in person or to order from a company that has a good return policy. The best egg beater turns very smoothly and has beaters that won’t click together at any point. The only way to ensure this is to crank the beater for several seconds on order to identify any hesitation in the action or extraneous noises. A good beater will run smoothly, even at high speeds.
Even if you plan only to use the egg beater on rare occasions, choose the most comfortable design you can find. There are two handles on an egg beater: the holding handle and crank. The holding handle is usually designed as a horizontal bar or round knob at the top or side of the beater. The crank may have a knob or cylinder shaped handle.
Most egg beaters are made to whip liquids and light batters. Although some individuals use them for heavier mixes, it is typically not recommended. Usually, an electric mixer or mixing spoon works better than an egg beater for thick substances. Even so, there are some that are sturdier than others. Typically, metal gears and large beaters work better for thicker substances, so look for these characteristics if you intend to use your egg beater for heavy batters.
Vintage egg beaters are popular with many egg beater enthusiasts because of their sturdy fabrication. Older egg beaters can be found at antique stores, at yard and garage sales, or through online auction sites. The drawback to vintage beaters is that the design may not be ergonomic. Although the beater gear may work well, it may be difficult to hold for long periods of time.