Weight If you’re short on counter space and will be hauling the stand mixer in and out of storage, be aware that some of them can be very hefty. Looking at the full array of test models we had for this round up, the Kenwood Chef XL Titanium stood out from the crowd with its low, square design.
The controls and mechanisms on this stand mixer were a pleasure to use, with smooth actions, sprung loaded movements and satisfyingly solid attachments. The whisk, hook and beater were hefty and fitted well into the head, plus if you want to get more adventurous there are many interesting accessories to fix to its additional high or low-speed ports.
For a high-volume, powerful helper around the kitchen this is as good as it gets, and we’d be happy to have the Kenwood Chef XL Titanium on hand for bakes, batch cooks and so much more. The handled, stainless steel bowl has a whopping 6.9-litre capacity, which is big enough to whisk almost 2 liters of cream to airy perfection in minutes.
Set aside a rainy afternoon for a bulk baking session and this will be your trusty sidekick, powering its way through pastry, bread and batters. We also loved how it blended perfect mash for a freezer stock-up, tackling a bag’s worth of steamed spuds with ease.
This stand mixer from Monster has a decent 1000W motor, so should be able to cope with tough dough and whiz air into sponge and meringue mix. We suspect that over time the black plastic casing could pick up a few scrapes, but this model seems well put together and is certainly light enough to be stashed away.
The 3.5-litre bowl can’t cope with huge quantities, but if you’re making occasional cakes or mixing dough for one or two loaves, it does the job perfectly well. However, if you’re also in the market for a blender, this will look after smoothies and soups as well as the usual stand mixer duties, and may take up less room than two separate machines.
Combining generous capacity and power, this budget stand mixer is a good choice if you want something functional and care less about wowing with a statement piece. In tests, we tried various recipes that put the dough hook, beater and balloon whisk to good use and found it coped with everything we threw at it, although we had to push dry ingredients down into the mix at times.
Kenwood’s mix is available in a range of color and metallic finishes, but we think it really suits this special edition chrome casing. Thankfully, it’s easy to wipe clean as with this sort of bling, finger marks and splashes really show up.
Washing your stand mixer ’s attachments by hand can be a real pain, so we looked for dishwasher-safe accessories to make cleaning less of a headache. If you have any questions, suggestions for future reviews or spot anything that has changed in price or availability, please get in touch at email@example.com.
We reviewed mixers from top brands such as Cuisinart, Hamilton Beach, and Kitchen for their ability to whip egg whites into stiff peaks, combine cookie dough, and knead loaves of bread, so all you have to do is pick the right recipe. Some of the best stand mixers from Cuisinart and Kitchen even have the option of additional attachments, which you can buy separately.
This is a tilt-head mixer, so you simply tip the head back to get to the generously large 5-quart stainless steel mixing bowl. With its powerful motor, the Kitchen Artisan muscled through 10 minutes of kneading bread dough like it was nothing at all, and the result was a smooth, shiny and precisely blended ball of dough with virtually no leftover bits sticking to the sides of the bowl.
The result was a great volume of pouf, stiff-peak egg whites that could be used to create an elegant meringue. The mixer comes with a dough hook, whisk, paddle attachment and splash guard.
On a whimsical note, you can choose from more than 40 colors (some are the same hue, but matte or shiny) to add flair to your kitchen decor. There are a few drawbacks: This does not include a timer, you get only a one-year warranty and there is no overload shut-off protection if the machine is working too hard, which could cause the motor to burn up.
(Image credit: Amazon) The Cuisinart Precision Master is the best value stand mixer For all-around value with an acceptable price tag, the Cuisinart Precision Master stand mixer is a great choice.
It did a fine job on cookie dough, incorporating all ingredients quickly and well, and when we added chocolate chips, they blended in nicely. It is equipped with 12 power settings and on the highest one you get some serious energy for aerating things like egg whites or whipping cream.
This stand mixer offers some excellent extras: The “low” setting is truly low, which helps avoid getting doused with flour when adding dry ingredients, and the 5.5-quart stainless steel bowl is the biggest of all the mixers we reviewed. You get a choice of six colors, which is great compared to mixers with only one, but far fewer than the Kitchen options.
(Image credit: Target) This is the cheapest Kitchen mixer you can buy, but it has the same great performance The Kitchen Classic Plus performed very well in all our kitchen tests, whipping up stiff egg whites, blending chocolate chips gently into cookie dough without breaking them and kneading bread dough until it reached just the right consistency.
The Outer comes with standard attachments, including a mixing paddle, a whisk and a dough hook. That being said, it's lacking in a few features which would justify a higher price, including a large-capacity bowl and locking attachments for extra security.
(Image credit: Home Depot) If you're looking for ultimate versatility, the Sunbeam Mix master 12-Speed hand and stand mixer is a great option. The Sunbeam Mix master comes with two durable glass bowls, but it's not up to more demanding tasks like kneading bread.
Home stand mixers span an exceptionally wide price range. For an appliance that gets used as often as a mixer, a higher price tag can sometimes make a remarkable difference in performance, durability and quality.
If you’re like most people, you no doubt wash your stand mixer attachments, wipe down the outside of the machine and call it a day, at least most of the time. In case you have a new stainless steel mixing bowl with residue that won’t come off with regular washing, Kitchen suggests spreading olive oil inside the bowl, letting it sit for a while, and then washing it with hot water and detergent.
You can also scrub the residue off with a mixture of lemon juice and salt or a baking soda and water paste. We also tracked down Lynnette Nielsen, bakery manager at Dick’s Fresh Market in Bountiful, Utah, who has worked as a commercial baker for almost 40 years.
Two mixers could not handle that much dough, so we kneaded half that amount and made note of it in their reviews. We awarded top grades to mixers with the smoothest and most resilient dough, and the cleanest bowl since that means everything was properly mixed.
Using the paddle attachment, we made a batch of basic cookie dough in each mixer, then added chocolate chips. Among other things, we noted whether the mixer lets you begin slowly to keep ingredients nicely in the bowl and avoid a flour shower, and whether we could incorporate chocolate chips without grinding them into sprinkles.