We wanted a basic hand mixer, so we put this one on our wedding registry. It's a nice basic mixer with many speed options and is designed well. However, I have never gone past speed one and make a huge mess every time I use the mixer. I am always nervous to use the mixer when using a lot of flour. I do like the "case" that the mixer comes with. It makes it easy to store and access everything in the cupboard. Mixing Performance This machine mixes well, if you can keep the contents in the bowl. Be sure to use a bowl with high sides and try to put the flour in first and then the wet stuff on top. Speed one is powerful enough for almost everything. For whipping cream, I use up to speed 3. Ease of Cleaning Easy to clean. Just rinse and wash or throw in the dishwasher. The ejector button is sometimes difficult to get to work. Ease of Use Easy to put together and use. A retractable cord would make it better though. Design Design of the mixer and the fit of it in the hand is good. The stand that comes with it is nice for storage.