We received the KitchenAid 6-speed hand mixer ("The Architect") as a wedding present from our wedding last October. When we were creating our wedding registry, we knew we needed a hand mixer and did lots of research. We went to consumersearch.com to research all of the various appliances that we needed. When researching hand mixers. this site voted "The Architect" as one of the best hand mixers available! We loved the features and components that was offered in the product description, but we really fell in love with this product when we got the chance to use it after receiving it as a present from a friend. We used it to make all of our Christmas cookies, and the beater attachment worked really well! We have yet to use the blending rod, but are excited to use it this summer while making smoothies! We also thought that the eject button worked well (in past experience, pressing the eject button was awkward and the beaters always ended up in our batter!). We also liked that the mixer wasn't loud while we were using it. We bake infrequently, so the fact that it only has six speeds is perfect for us.