A mixer is a kitchen appliance that is used to mix ingredients together. A hand mixer is a handheld mixer that lets you get into every nook and cranny of the bowl to ensure that all the ingredients are being blended together well. It is commonly used in households as well as in commercial kitchens when making batter for pancakes, or when deep frying, as in the case of tempura or chicken. It has different attachments that allow you to mix ingredients that are difficult to do so manually, like when making dough for bread. These mixers also help when making the batter for cakes, cupcakes and other types of desserts, especially when making whipped cream as heavy cream needs to be beaten fast and continuously to introduce air into it, to make it rise and form into peaks. This, and other kitchen appliances like a blender, food processor, stand mixer, smoothie maker, and branded ones like a Cuisinart food processor, KitchenAid stand mixer, KitchenAid mixer attachments, Bosch mixer, KitchenAid ice cream maker, and the like, may be purchased from kitchen and restaurant supply stores.