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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

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Runner Up: Aucma Stand Mixer

Versatile Pick: Cuisinart SM-50BC 5.5-Quart Stand Mixer

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Budget Pick: BIWHALE Stand Mixer

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