Best Paint & Plaster Mixing Paddles - UK Reviews

In this article we review, the top 5 rated paint and/or plaster mixing paddles. These are one of the most under used products in the UK market. I think not that many people know about them, even though they are extensively used by painters and plasterers up and down the UK.

best mixing paddle for paint and plaster

If you have never used one before, then you can see what one looks like in the image above. Now the reality is that not every home needs one of these. However if you are doing any type of renovating, or you are a professional, then splash out £5-10 and buy one of these time saving devices.

These can be used to mix ​paint, plaster, cement slurries and textured coatings. You simply attach these to your drill using the chuck. As such they take the effort out of mixing and also do a much better job of mixing.

Now like any product, different types of mixing paddles are used for mixing different mixtures. The one that you use for paint will be different to the one, that you use to mix much heavier cement.

Video on How to Pick the Right Mixing Paddle​

Just below, you will find an excellent video on how to pick the right paddle, depending on what you are going to mix. It is certainly well worth a watch, before buying anything.

Professional Mixing Paddle

Some people don't want to attach a paddle to their drill. They would rather just get a portable style of hand held mixer. These cost around £60 on average and they stop you having to worry about burning out your drill.

As they are specifically designed for the job, they also tend to work a lot better. The Nordstrand 1,600 watt shown in the image below, is a good example of that.​

Nordstrand 1600W Pro Portable Hand-Held Mixer

This is a heavy duty mixer, with 6 speeds and suitable for mid viscosity liquids, including plaster, cement, mortar, glue, adhesive and paint.

For now though let's have a look at the attachment paddles for drills.​

Top 5 Rated Mixing Paddles

Just below you will find an easy to view and read table, where we have placed the paddles in order. The order we have used is the highest buyer rated first. In other words we have placed the best paddles closest to the top, in order of how buyers judged their quality to be.

We have also included average UK prices, but be aware that these are always subject to change. Always check on the exact date and time when you are making any purchase. The ratings we update on a regular weekly basis.

You can click on each image to see a larger version. You can also click the "Read More" button, where we have done a more detailed and extensive mixing paddle review.​

Rank

Name

Image

Rating

Price

1

Silverline DA43 Mixing Paddle, 100 x 600 mm

no 1 rated mixing paddle

 4.5

£5

2

Silverline 868687 Mixing Paddle Zinc Plated, 60 x 430 mm

no 2 rated Mixing Paddle

4.4

£4.50

3

Silverline 868535 Mixing Paddle Heavy Duty, 140 x 600 mm

no 3 rated mixing paddle

4.4

£8.50

4

Silverline 633730 Mixing Paddle Zinc Plated 600 x 100 mm

no 4 rated mixing paddle

4.2

£11

5

Silverline 282512 Mixing Paddle Zinc Plated 100 x 580 mm

no 5 rated mixing paddle

3.8

£5

As I mentioned earlier, there are quite a few cement mixers to pick from. Above we have shown you the five, that get the highest buyer ratings. You can also see from this, that the Foxhunter tool brand, is by quite a way, the most popular choice.

Mixing Paddle Summary Reviews

Underneath, we have completed short and concise reviews, on these top 5 products. That way you can see at a glance, which one is the best choice for you.

No 1 Choice - Silverline DA43 Mixing Paddle, 100 x 600 mm

Average Price = £5

no 1 rated mixing paddle
  • Suitable for mixing paint, plaster, cement slurries and textured coatings
  • Maximum speed is 600 RPM
  • Hexagonal shank
  • Measures 0.1 x 0.1 x 0.6 cm
  • Suitable for chuck sizes 10 mm or larger

No 2 Choice - Silverline 868687 Mixing Paddle Zinc Plated, 60 x 430 mm

Average Price = £4.50

number 2 rated mixing paddle
  • Suitable for plaster, resins and paint
  • Maximum speed is 700 rpm
  • Hexagonal head
  • Measures 6 x 6 x 43 cm
  • Suitable for chuck sizes 10 mm or larger

No 3 Choice - Silverline 868535 Mixing Paddle Heavy Duty, 140 x 600 mm

Average Price = £8.50

number 3 rated mixing paddle
  • Suitable for mixing plaster, cement slurries and textured coatings including artex, adhesive screed, mortar, paste, paint
  • Maximum speed is 500 RPM
  • Hexagonal shaft
  • Measures 0.2 x 0.2 x 0.6 cm
  • Suitable for chuck sizes 13 mm 3-jaw chucks

No 4 Choice - Silverline 633730 Mixing Paddle Zinc Plated 600 x 100 mm

Average Price = £11

number four rated mixing paddle
  • Suitable for mixing paint, cement slurries and textured coatings
  • Maximum speed is 550 RPM
  • Measures 59.5 x 12 x 12 cm
  • M14 Thread

No 5 Choice - Silverline 282512 Mixing Paddle Zinc Plated 100 x 580 mm

Average Price = £6

no 5 rated Mixing Paddle
  • Suitable for mixing paint, plaster, cement slurries and textured coatings
  • Maximum Speed is 580 RPM
  • Has a hexagonal shank
  • Measures 62.5 x 10 x 10 cm
  • Requires a 10 mm or larger chuck

Paint and Plaster Mixing Paddle Buying Guide

People buy these for a whole variety of purposes. They can be used for:

  • Mixing plaster
  • Mixing fillers, mortar or cement
  • Mixing screed or concrete
  • Mixing paint
  • Mixing epoxy and polyurethanes
  • Mixing skim coats
  • Mixing tile adhesive

What Type of Drill Should You Use With a Mixing Paddle?

This will depend entirely on what you are trying to mix. A cordless drill is ideal for the lighter paddles, and for mixing epoxy, polyurethanes and paint. When it comes to mixing the heavier solutions like plaster, or cement based products, you will need a more powerful drill.

The recommendation is that a heavier drill should have at least a 650 RPM capability. Any drill smaller than this would not be wise to use, as it would very quickly burn out the motor. The drill will also need to have variable speed.

Which Mixing Paddle Should You Buy?

Most of the paddles on our top 10 list can be used to mix paint, plaster, cement slurries and textured coatings. They almost all have hex shanks, and that means a better grip in your chuck.

If you only need one for mixing paint, or glues then a smaller paddle will do the job nicely. You can use this type of paddle with an ordinary drill, and many of the smaller cordless drills.

If however, you plan on using this to mix plaster, or mortar then you will need the larger suitable paddle, as shown in the top 5 table above.​ To be able to drive these paddles around in heavy mixtures, you will need a pretty powerful drill.

I would recommend a corded drill, but some of the 18 or 20 volt cordless will also do the job.​

Enda McLarnon
 

I enjoy writing about tools and gadgets of all kinds. As an electrician and with many years working in the building industry, I have used my fair share of all the leading tool brands. On this website I share my experiences of these along with my colleague Geoff.

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