Even though I have a stand mixer, there are just some times that you need a good hand mixer. The problem with most mixers I've used is that the center posts on the beaters sometimes get clogged up with dough/batter, and if you're not careful, it works its way up into the vents for the motor... not a good thing, because it's not exactly easy to clean out! The Cuisinart HM-50 5 speed mixer solves this problem by getting rid of that center post; there's nowhere for the dough/batter to get caught up. The beater attachments are also fairly long, so the batter would have to work itself up ridiculously high for it to come anywhere near the motor anyway. I do like that this mixer is strong enough to handle even the stickiest of doughs (which my old Hamilton Beach mixer never could handle) without getting bogged down. The only issue I really have with this mixer is that the low speed isn't really very low or slow. It starts off too fast, which is somewhat of a problem when trying to beat something light or powdery (cake/pudding mixes, creaming sugar into butter, etc). The best solution I've found is to use a very large bowl (8 qts) which is deep enough and wide enough to contain any wayward ingredients.