Some of the most exciting purchases you’ve ever made for your kitchen can easily be a stand mixer, particularly if you bake a lot. As this is such an appliance, most people just want to make sure they have the space, money, and desire for such a machine before they take the plunge. Here’s a stand mixer list to help you pick the right one.
KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer
You certainly are not shocked to read that my top preference is KitchenAid. Of course, it is highly attractive due to the iconic style and the option of all those beautiful colours. But it really shines when the machine does get to work. It is the fastest and most powerful stand mixer out there, very simply.
The Artisan with a 5-quarter bowl is the largest and most powerful of the KitchenAid tilt-head mixers offered, and it is also the most common model for the brand. It has enough strength for just about any kitchen, with its ability to handle dough for 9-dozen cookies or 4 loaves of bread, or 7 pounds of potatoes.
Like all stand mixers from KitchenAid, it has 10 speeds and a hub to attach some of the optional attachments, such as a slicer / shredder and a ravioli maker, making it highly versatile. The stainless steel bowl has a handle, and the nylon-coated flat beater and dough hook are dishwasher-safe.
Breville Scraper Mixer Pro Stand Mixer
This mixer has 12 speeds and a 10-minute timer with a motor-protective auto-off feature and load-sensing technology. A pause function stops the mixer momentarily, and also pauses the timer. Instead than a flat metal paddle, this mixer comes with a scraper beater that scrapes the bowl’s bottom and sides so there’s no need to stop the mixer to make sure it’s all mixed up.
Speeds are controlled with a dial, while the speed selected is indicated by an LED strip. The timer is seen at another LED display. The tilt head locks in place, and handles to make raising and moving the mixer easier. The base stores the cord.
This mixer comes with a paddle scraper, a whip wire, a dough hook and a shield to pour. This comes in three colors.
Cuisinart Precision Master SM-50
The Cuisinart Precision Master stand mixer is a perfect choice for all-around performance, with an appropriate price tag. A strong motor can accommodate two loaves of hot, hard bread dough, and combining cookie dough and whipping egg whites is a fine work.
The Cuisinart kneaded two loaves of dough in 10 minutes with absolutely no trouble in our bread test. It did a great job on cookie dough, easily and well mixing all ingredients, and when we added chocolate chips, they perfectly blended in. And our whipped white egg check worked. This is packed with 12 power levels and you get some serious energy for aerating items like egg whites or whipped cream on the maximum one.
This stand mixer provides some excellent extras: the “low” setting is very low, which helps to avoid getting filled with flour while adding dry ingredients, and the 5.5-quart stainless steel bowl is the largest of all the mixers we’ve used. The bowl also has a robust handle which is useful in extracting a bowl full of batter or dough from the base.
It comes with a whisk, dough hook and paddle and a frozen dessert maker, meat grinder, pasta roller and cutter tool, and pasta extruder can be bought separately. You get a option of six colors, which is fantastic compared to just one mixer but far less than the KitchenAid Artisan.
KitchenAid KSM75SL Classic Plus Stand Mixer
Featuring ten speeds to fit all your mixing needs, this KitchenAid stand mixer has a gray finish and a matching large 4.5 quarter polished stainless steel bowl–enough to mix in one go three bread loaves, six dozen cookies or even six pounds of mashed potato. With its tilt head configuration, the bowl can be easily accessed and ingredients added if necessary.
Featuring a powerful 475 watt motor and ten speed settings from slow mix to super-fast mixing, this mixer also features a soft start mechanism to prevent your ingredients from ending up on the countertop rather than remaining in the bowl when mixing starts.
It comes with a 6 wire whip, coated flat beater and covered dough hook and if you want even more flexibility from this stand mixer you can buy more than 10 optional attachments to make pasta, grind food and so much more.
Kenmore Elite 89208
When it comes to mixer results, the 10-speed Kenmore Elite 89208 stand mixer checks all boxes and aces our tests for whipping cream, mixing cookie batter and kneading bread dough. Our testers found the controls easy to change and use. Compared to some of the other mixers in our studies, it’s a little bit on the noisy side, but you might not mind, because mixers are working in such short bursts. It comes with two bowls of stainless steel, a 5 quart bowl and a 3 quart bowl and you can put them in the dishwasher. It comes in red, black, and stainless.
Sunbeam Heritage Series Stand Mixer
Although Sunbeam is not the first name you would consider when someone mentions stand mixers the company has been manufacturing them for a long time and this unit has features that are not found in more well-known brands. This has 12 variable speeds to reduce splashing, so you can do a soft launch. Rather of centering, the bowl is offset, so it’s easier to apply ingredients when mixing — no need to turn the head to dump ingredients into the pot. For three separate mixing acts the mixer has two beaters that spin independently, and the bowl also spins.
This kit includes chrome beaters, dough hooks, and kneading paddles to give your dough or batter a perfect consistency, no matter what recipe you make. Though this machine can knead bread dough or thick cookie dough, it is not as strong as more expensive versions and may be struggling with some recipes.
(source: foodsharkmarfa.com, toptenreviews.com, thekitchn.com, thespruceeats.com)