A stand mixer is, as its name suggests, a mixer that stands on your countertop. It usually comes with a mixing bowl matched to fit the mixer. The most well-known stand mixer is the KitchenAid Stand Mixer
, which is loved for both its functions and the myriad color choices available. Stand mixers are heavy and packed with powerful motors.
Hand mixers are lightweight, portable devices that let you easily move your mixing operation to any spot in the kitchen, and allow for mixing in any of the larger bowls you may own. They're great for quick tasks, and easily stow in a cabinet or large drawer.