Whether you regularly bake your own bread, toss your own homemade pizzas, or have a sweet tooth for cupcakes, brownies, and meringues, a stand mixer takes the hard work out of baking, leaving you with less to wash up and more time to savor your culinary creations. Here’s what you need to bear in mind before buying yours.
- Versatility: The bare minimum that you can expect from a stand mixer is an attachment that whips, another that beats, and a third that kneads. Some mixers come with the option to buy extra accessories that use the mixer’s motor to perform additional functions, from blending smoothies and spiralizing vegetables to mincing meat and making ice cream. This extra functionality tends to come with a higher price tag, but if you’re a keen home cook, you can save money in the long run as you won’t need to buy multiple appliances.
- Mixing Bowl: Your mixer is meant to make life easier, so make sure you check out the mixing bowl that comes with it—especially if you struggle with heavy bakeware. Stainless steel is lighter than glass, and some glass bowls also come with measurement marks, which can make the process easier.
- Power: The wattage of your mixer will determine how quickly it can turn your ingredients into a fine mixture. We recommend mixers with at least 250 watts of power to ensure you won’t need to manually mix sticky or hard-to-blend ingredients. For the ultimate at-home chefs, there are options with high-powered motors that run at 550 watts.
Our Picks for the Best Stand Mixers on Amazon
Top Pick: Cuisinart SM-50TQ Stand Mixer, Turquoise
12 Speeds for Precision
This kitchen appliance comes in multiple colors, including a gorgeous shade of blue that gives it a cool retro feel. It also features a 500-watt motor and a 5.5-quart stainless steel bowl.
Runner Up: Aucma Stand Mixer
Comes in Seven Colors
The large capacity stainless-steel bowl on this appliance comes with two handles, making it easy to maneuver. An integrated splash guard with an access hatch allows for less mess.
Versatile Pick: Cuisinart SM-50BC 5.5-Quart Stand Mixer
Lots of Extra Accessories
This device comes with a dough hook, whisk, and mixing paddle. It also has an outlet for compatible attachments, including a meat grinder, spiralizer, ice cream maker, and pasta maker.
Budget Pick: BIWHALE Stand Mixer
Great for Dough
This powerful pick offers high wattage, a tilt-head design, a range of attachments, and a durable stainless-steel bowl at a great price.
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