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The best stand mixers make baking bread, cakes, cookies, pies, and more an enjoyable endeavor.
The best stand mixer is the KitchenAid Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer with Pouring Shield.
The iconic KitchenAid has a powerful motor and available attachments like a spiralizer and pasta press.
Homemade baked goods bring families together. The smell of bread, cake, or cookies baking often punctuates our fondest childhood memories. And, the companion of any good baking project is a high-quality stand mixer. Stand mixers make quick work of the hardest dough kneading tasks while also offering an array of secondary uses that inspire the chef in all of us.
The main considerations when buying a mixer are your budget, how much space you have on your countertop, and what you want to do with your unit. The mixers on our list range from $40 to $300, and you generally get what you pay for.
Also, if you plan on making bread on a daily basis, you will need a more durable mixer. If you are interested in making pasta, sausage, ice cream, or using your mixer for other non-standard uses, make sure you choose a model that offers an array of accessories.
Here are the best stand mixers you can buy:Best stand mixer overall: KitchenAid Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer with Pouring Shield Best stand mixer for beginners: KitchenAid K45SSOB 4.5-Quart Classic Series Stand MixerBest stand mixer for moderate use: Hamilton Beach Eclectrics 63227 All-Metal Stand MixerBest stand mixer for bread: KitchenAid Professional 5 Plus Series Stand MixersBest budget stand mixer: Sunbeam FPSBHS0302 250-Watt 5-Speed Stand MixerBest stand mixer overall
The KitchenAid Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer with Pouring Shield is designed to take on just about any project from mixing honey to kneading bread dough.
Pros: Lots of colors to pick from, pouring shield, durable 325-watt motor
Cons: Lacks advanced features
If you are an experienced home baker, you will appreciate the KitchenAid Artisan mixer. You can mix the dough for nine-dozen cookies or four loaves of bread in one batch with the 5-quart stainless steel bowl. You are certain to find an Artisan mixer in a color that matches your kitchen since there are more than 50 options available, including Empire Red, Ice, Bordeaux, and Pistachio.
The Artisan comes with a one-piece pouring shield, six-wire whip, coated dough hook, and a coated flat beater. Also, with KitchenAid's 59-point planetary mixing action, there are 59 touch-points for every rotation the wire whip, beater, or dough hook makes around the bowl. This ensures fast and thorough mixing.
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Since it can handle basic mixing tasks and has an inexpensive price tag, the KitchenAid 4.5-Quart Classic Series Stand Mixer is a smart choice for novice bakers.
Pros: Tilt-up mixer head, 10 speed settings
Cons: Only has a 250-watt motor
KitchenAid does not make cheap mixers, but the KitchenAid K45SS Classic Series mixer is an affordable alternative. It comes with a wire whip, 4.5-quart bowl, a coated flat beater, a 250-watt motor, and a coated dough hook. There is also a multi-purpose attachment hub that takes fifteen optional attachments for making ice cream, grinding, rolling dough, and much more.
The K45SS is one of the quietest mixers on the market due to its smaller motor. A knob on the side of the appliance lets you shift between the ten speeds. If you are mixing flour or other dry ingredients, they may go flying if you do not have a pouring shield. This model does not come with one and does not do slow start mixing. Also, you may want to purchase a bowl with a handle since the bowl that this unit comes with does not have one.
$299.99 FROM KITCHENAIDBest stand mixer for moderate use
Compared to the heavy-hitting KitchenAid mixers, the Hamilton Beach Electrics All-Metal Stand Mixer holds its own for lighter tasks at an affordable price.
Pros: Three-year warranty, good value, 12 speed settings
Cons: May have trouble with tough jobs, like making bread
As the name suggests, the Hamilton Beach Electrics All-Metal Stand Mixer is made out of die-cast metal. It comes with a dough hook, two-piece pouring shield, wire whisk, flat beater, recipes, and a helpful user manual. The motor is 400 watts with twelve speed settings. This is a tilt-head mixer that measures 9 by 14 by 14 inches when the head is down. When you put the head up, it is about 18-inches high, which should still fit under the cabinets in most American homes.
Not only does the pouring shield keep ingredients from mucking up your kitchen, the shield, attachments, and bowl are all dishwasher safe for easy cleanup. One of the advanced features is high-performance electronics that keep the power constant at every speed.
$199.97 FROM AMAZONBest stand mixer for bread
The KitchenAid Professional 5 Plus Series Stand Mixer is the most powerful mixer on our list with a 450-watt motor, which makes it an excellent option for heavy-duty baking tasks.
Pros: 67-point mixing, most powerful mixer on our list, several advanced features
Cons: Loud and heavy
The KitchenAid Professional 5 Plus comes with a stainless steel mixing bowl that fits 5 quarts of dough and features a handle. The ten-speed motor has overload protection and slow-start mixing. Installing the attachments is simple using the flip-up hinged hub cover. The bowl stays secure with the easy-lift lever. A wire whip, flat beater, and a spiral dough hook all come with the unit. And, it is available in thirteen colors, such as Cobalt Blue, Metallic Chrome, Onyx Black, and Empire Red.
I own and regularly use the original Professional 5. It has served me well for the last 15 years, and you will find even older variants in use. The Professional 5 has held up as I use it to make two loaves of bread per week. Mixing pie ingredients, cookie dough, and other easier jobs are a piece of cake (pun intended). The Professional 5 Plus is an improvement on an already terrific and durable product.
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If you are a casual baker who has always wanted a stand mixer but don't have hundreds of dollars to spend, the Sunbeam 250-Watt 5-Speed Stand Mixer is for you.
Pros: Light, inexpensive, two mixers in one
Cons: Emits an odor, few accessories
The Sunbeam stand mixer is a small wonder. It is a two-in-one hand mixer and stand mixer. You simply detach the head from the base for lighter tasks, such as mashing potatoes. This model features a 250-watt motor with five speed settings.
It comes with a three-quart stainless steel bowl and chrome dough hooks and beaters. At 12 by 8 by 13 inches, it is easy to store and does not take up much space on your counter. The unit is made of plastic and may not be right for bread dough and other tougher tasks. For the price, you should also have realistic expectations when it comes to long-term durability. Most manufacturers suggest you use the low setting for kneading dough.
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We tested several KitchenAid mixers for our guide to the best KitchenAid mixers, so we have hands-on experience with those models. For the ones we haven't personally used, we considered capacity, wattage, and attachments.
Capacity: Often manufacturers measure the capacity of the mixer bowl by how much it can hold when completely full. Since you wouldn't want to use a mixer brimming with batter, the capacity for home users is slightly less than advertised. If you're not regularly baking for large crowds, a 5-quart mixer will do the trick. Consider a 6 or 7-quart model if you need more space.
Wattage: The more wattage a mixer has, the more powerful it will be. Lower wattage models might be able to occasionally handle heavy mixtures, but the stress on the motor can cause it to wear out sooner. Frequent bread bakers, or anyone who regularly makes sticky and heavy doughs, need a motor with higher wattage.
Attachments: Dough hooks, wire whisks, and flat beaters are standard mixer attachments, but some models can accommodate even more. We highlighted the mixers that work with pasta presses, spiralizers, and other add-ons.
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