The task of mixing usually rolls down to the least experienced person on site, but it still has to be done correctly. While most mixing paddles only work with a single specified material, the uniquely flexible StirWhip – which looks like it's modeled after some rare sea creature – can be used with everything from paint to masonry cement. Unlike rigid paddles, its pliant fingers can get into the corners and edges of a container. Also, the StirWhip is the first mixer that can fit through the 2-inch hole in the lid of a 5-gallon bucket. It's made of a nylon material that's easy to clean and comes in 18-inch and 8-inch models.
¦ Price: $9 to $11. 800-262-0211. www.praziusa.com.