Simplicity, functionality, and quality are the three words which describe the Oxo Egg Beater.
Overview and purpose
I love kitchen tools, really I do. I particularly love finding a tool does its job well, and won’t break the bank. That’s what I call value. Enter the Oxo Egg Beater. This is a modern version of your grandmother’s hand cranked egg beater. You know the kind that had a large handle attached to a geared wheel which spun two beaters in opposite direction. I loved using those things, but they had a few drawbacks.
First they were heavy for their size. Second you had to keep the thing suspended while using it in order to keep the beaters off of the bottom of the bowl. And third they were noisy.
Oxo has taken a fresh look at this tool and made some noteworthy improvements. So much so that it has become my go to tool when it comes to laying down the law on eggs, or light batters, or meringues, or even whipped creams for that matter.
The eggbeater’s uses
I know that everyone is going crazy about multi-use, or multi-tasking, kitchen tools. And while I’m willing to cede the point that they certainly have their place in a kitchen, something should be said for a tool that does one job and does it well.
The Oxo Egg Beater is a single use tool. Quite simply put it mixes things up while incorporating air. Mixing, whipping, and scrambling pretty much sums up what the egg beater does. Besides when buy a Swiss Army Knife of a kitchen tool you will probably find that it does most things decently, and nothing great. The egg beater does its simple task great. Also the more things one tool does the more complicated it is to use. Let’s keep things simple shall we? Grabbing the handle and turning the crank is simple.
Oxo egg beater’s features
There are a host of features which separate this egg beater from your grandmother’s, and make it superior to using a wire whisk.
- This tool has excellent build quality, is made well, and has a good feel in the hand.
- Oxo’s signature Good Grips handle lets you control the tool with much less effort.
- Silky smooth operation is immediately noticeable as soon as you turn the crank.
- The tool is incredibly quiet. No clanking of beaters together here.
- A wire protector runs along the bottom, below the beaters so that you can rest the tool on the bottom of the bowl without interfering with the beater’s operation.
- The beaters separate as a unit from the geared handle. Just toss them into the dishwasher for cleaning, or do what I do which is gives the eggbeater a few turns in some hot soapy water. Either way is super simple.
- The beaters also can be removed individually, because you know somebody is going to ask to lick them.
- The tool is lightweight. The use of high grade plastics cuts down on the overall weight of the tool without sacrificing quality.
I hear you out there. “My electric beater is so much faster and easier to use.” you say. I think not. I beat two egg whites to soft peaks in 1.08 minutes and to stiff peaks in 1.23 minutes. It would take you longer than that to find the beaters to your electric and plug it in.
And speaking of plugging in, this is a green tool. There are no cords, no outlets needed, and no restrictions on where to use it. I like that.
A couple of drawbacks
This tool is not the answer to all of your mixing needs. It takes two hands to operate. For those of you who are thinking as I did about turning the bowl while holding the mixer stationary, just move the egg beater around the bowl. But the two handed operation leaves out making mayonnaise or aioli. I’ll have to work on that.
Another check in the “not for use” column is heavy batter, dough, or batter with pieces of say chocolate, blueberries, etc. There isn’t enough clearance in between the beaters and the frame work to allow these ingredients to pass. Consequently the egg beater gets jammed.
Price and availability
The Oxo Egg Beater is priced at $19.99, and it is available locally at Cost Plus/World Market stores in the Lafayette area, like I need an excuse to go there.
The price and function of this tool represents an unbeatable (pun intended) value in my opinion.