We combed through dozens of best -selling stand mixers to see which tools not only garnered top-notch ratings, but also have thousands of reviews from people who've actually used them. Its celebrated Artisan Series 5-Quart Stand Mixer is a kitchen classic, designed with ten speeds and a powerful motor to easily whip, knead, and mix ingredients.
It features a 300-watt motor and the same planetary mixing rotation as a Kitchen to thoroughly incorporate ingredients into batter and dough. Choose between seven different speeds, including a gentle folding setting; the gadget’s non-slip feet keep the mixer from rocking as it works.
Additionally, the Hamilton Beach comes with a splash guard, dough hook, whisk, and flat beater for a variety of baking projects, and its four-quart stainless steel bowl is dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning. Thousands of shoppers, including hundreds who gave the mixers five stars on Amazon, swear by the appliance’s effectiveness.
Weighing only five pounds, the little gadget is easy to lift on and off the counter, but still packs a punch with its 25-watt motor. More than 2,900 Amazon shoppers have given the Dash Stand Mixer a perfect rating, saying it’s ideal for simple baking projects.
If you’re ready for a top-of-the-line mixer for superior baking, Ankarsrum’s Original Kitchen Machine is an excellent choice. Made of incredibly sturdy chrome and steel, the 600-watt mixer is strong enough to mix heavy dough and feasted breads without overheating.
Additionally, the Ankarsrum’s unique motor-in-base design gives several advantages: It keeps the mixer from rocking as it works, makes it much easier to add ingredients to the bowl, and means the machine fits conveniently under overhead cabinets. What’s more, the base turns on its side to transform into a wide variety of other kitchen tools, including a juicer, a blender, a meat grinder, and a pasta maker.
The Ankarsrum Original Kitchen Machine is so popular that it’s earned a noteworthy 4.7-star rating from hundreds of reviewers who say the device is powerful, durable, and high-quality. “After burning up my third Kitchen for home use, mainly bread making, I gave up,” a reviewer who is a professional baker wrote.
New bakers who want fluffy dinner rolls or stunning layer cakes should start with a versatile, reliable mixer. The machine is Amazon’s choice for stand mixers and features a heavy-duty motor and easy-to-use speed dial for exceptional results.
From slowly mixing in chunky ingredients like nuts to quickly whipping egg whites, ACMA’s stand mixer is flexible enough for a wide range of recipes. Its double-handed stainless steel bowl is roomy enough for big batches, and the appliance comes with a beater, dough hook, and whisk for all your baking projects.
For a phenomenal machine that even professional bakers turn to, check out Kitchen’s Commercial Countertop Mixer. Built to hold up to 16 cups of flour, this appliance is big enough to handle even your most substantial projects with ease.
Unlike its Artisan line, Kitchen’s commercial model has a bowl-lift design, where the mixer head remains stationary. You’ll find tons of happy customers who’ve left reviews on Kitchen’s site, including one who said, “I have a cottage baking business and make a lot of products, especially artisan bread, and needed a large capacity mixer that can handle six to eight loaves at a time.
The mighty appliance features a 660-watt motor, a tilt-head design, and even a pouring shield to prevent splatters and messes. Amazon reviewers say the stand mixer is a great size for big baking projects and compliment the machine’s thoughtful design features.
It also comes with a variety of attachments, including a chef’s whisk, dough hook, and a flat mixing paddle. Users confirm that the Cuisinart appliance is sturdy, precise, and able to tackle a wide range of recipes.
Its 3.5-quart stainless steel bowl is outfitted with a handle for convenient pouring and can hold enough dough for five dozen cookies. “I’m an everyday cook, but I didn’t need my large and heavy mixer,” one SUR La Table customer wrote.
Meg’s sleek stand mixer features the brand’s characteristic bright colors and retro ’50s style, in addition to impressive engineering. “It can start at a low speed, which means there is less mess especially when using flour or icing sugar which can usually make a dust cloud when using a hand mixer.
Stand blenders can be a godsend in the kitchen, particularly if you like to kick-start your day with a smoothie, or if soup is a staple in your household as the nights draw in. But the trick is to find a model that, on top of being efficient and thorough (no-one wants to find a lump of banana still lurking in their smoothie), suits the size and demands of your kitchen, and isn’t so loud as to draw complaints from the neighbors.
We tested 15 stand blenders in all, from the basic and budget to the high-tech, using the same smoothie concoction (1 beetroot, carrot, handful kale and 500ml water) to determine the overall quality and effectiveness of the blender and its all-important blades and motor. Overall, we were looking for stand blenders which could efficiently and effectively blitz our vegetable mix into a glossy smoothie, without any leftover lumps.
We also took the blender’s size, ease of use, jug, volume, design, speed and functionality into consideration. Stand blenders come in all different shapes and sizes with a range of specifications and price points, so it’s best to evaluate the overall demands of your lifestyle and kitchen, and also the space you have available.
Some of the more advanced machines tend to be bulkier and heavier, with larger jugs and stands. It’s also worth identifying whether you need a straightforward blender, purely for the sake of blending smoothies and soups, or whether you’d like additional functions such as ice crushing, the ability to blend hot ingredients, or the power to pulse ingredients such as nuts and seeds.
It was also one of the quietest blenders we tested, living up to its ‘Quiet Mark’ seal of approval. Sage specializes in this kind of pioneering functionality, and The Super QC lives up to expectations.
It has all the makings of a professional-level piece of kit but has been designed with the home user in mind: simple pre-set functions, an in-built timer, handy tools for scraping down the jug, a personal blending cup attachment and more. As with many Meg products, this vintage-look blender has an attractive and eye-catching aesthetic, but we were happy to discover the functionality is as impressive as the design.
This model created one of the silkiest smoothies of all blenders tested, with no sign of leftover sediment in the finished drink. Its ergonomic handle means it stores neatly, as does the fact the cable can be tucked away in a cord tidy.
With a price tag below £100, the Teal Perfect mix is one of the cheapest blenders we tested, but its powerful motor means it is incredibly fast, efficient and adept at tackling the task in hand. What this sleek-looking blender lacks in multiple functions it makes up for in solid performance and ease of use.
It functions as well as more expensive models on the market, so much so it blitzed our tester smoothie so thoroughly you could be forgiven for thinking the drink had been made in a juicer, rather than a blender. For its price, this BEK soup maker is powerful, robust, good-looking and great value for money.
There’s no denying this blender is an expensive investment purchase, but it comes laden with so many functions you could considerably slim down your appliance cupboard to make way for it. This model’s extensive repertoire also covers drinks, sauces, dips, spreads, soups, batters, dough, baby food and desserts, all using the same blades and jug.
As you’d expect from an appliance brand often used in professional kitchens, it creates an impressively blended and well-mixed smoothie. People with small kitchens might be reluctant to buy a separate blender and food processor and this electric machine solves that particular problem.
If your primary reason for buying a blender is to make smoothies, this pocket-friendly, pint-sized machine will serve you well. The stainless steels are powerful enough to work through frozen fruit, plus they can make sauces and baby food if you do want to use this blender for other kitchen tasks.
We tested 15 stand blenders overall, from the basic and budget to the high-tech, using the same smoothie concoction (1 beetroot, carrot, handful kale and 500ml water), to determine the overall quality and effectiveness of the blender and its all-important blade. If you have any questions, suggestions for future reviews or spot anything that has changed in price or availability please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to the multiple attachments and large capacity of the bowl, they excel at making cakes, kneading dough, whipping and whisking, and work far more effectively than food processors in this respect (although the two are sometimes confused as they have a similar ‘spinning’ motion). Versatility Stand mixers can work hard with the right attachments, which include everything from pasta rollers to sausage makers.
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.