KitchenAid Pro Line Series 7-Qt Bowl Lift Stand Mixer
KitchenAid Pro Line Series 7-Qt Bowl Lift Stand Mixer

Our Rating: 9.3/10

Not only does it have the largest capacity bowl among residential stand mixers, the KitchenAid Pro 7-Qt is powerful enough to mix dough for up to 14-dozen cookies without flinching. The specially designed motor is extremely efficient, meaning it can run longer and harder than other models with less heat buildup. Owners attest to this, saying that it can knead quadruple batches without any hint of motor lag.
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Est. $350 Estimated Price
KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Qt Mixer
KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Qt Mixer

Our Rating: 8.7/10

Thousands of owners praise the KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Qt Mixer for its versatility and sheer power. From whipping cream to kneading bread dough, this machine can handle most any task thanks to the 59-Point Planetary Mixing Action which ensures all ingredients are incorporated every time.
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KitchenAid Classic Series 4.5-Qt Tilt-Head Stand Mixer
KitchenAid Classic Series 4.5-Qt Tilt-Head Stand Mixer

Our Rating: 8.7/10

It doesn't get much more classic than the clean, white KitchenAid Classic Series Mixer. In what has become an essential kitchen appliance across the country, it's hard to beat the performance of a KitchenAid model, and this classic version doesn't disappoint.
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KitchenAid Classic Plus Series 4.5-Qt Tilt-Head Stand Mixer
KitchenAid Classic Plus Series 4.5-Qt Tilt-Head Stand Mixer

Our Rating: 8.4/10

If you're looking to mash six pounds of potatoes in a single batch, look no further than the KitchenAid Classic Plus stand mixer. It's guaranteed to get the job done. But that's not all: owners love using this appliance to make everything from cookies, bread, and cakes, to dips, frostings, and herb butters.
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Hamilton Beach Eclectrics All-Metal Stand Mixer
Hamilton Beach Eclectrics All-Metal Stand Mixer

Our Rating: 8.1/10

If you're not buying into the KitchenAid hype, the Hamilton Beach Eclectrics All-Metal Stand Mixer is worth a look. As the name suggests, it's constructed entirely of metal, so it's built to last. Hamilton Beach also backs this appliance with a 3-year warranty so you're covered should you encounter any issues while getting to know your machine.
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WHAT MATTERS

When selecting your perfect stand mixer, these are the most important things to keep in mind:

Performance

A standard stand mixer mixes flour, eggs, and butter into a smooth batter without struggle; the best ones can do all this and knead wet, thick bread dough with ease.

Scale: Sluggish, Effective, Workhorse

Ease of use

Some stand mixers need coaxing to get the job done—requiring you to guide the bowl around while scraping the sides to ensure the batter is fully mixed. However, top-quality mixers are off and running with a simple touch of a button.

Scale: Needs babysitting, Some coaxing required, Watch it work

Appearance

With so many brands and colors to choose from, it’s easy to find a mixer you’ll happily display—good thing too, because lifting it in and out of a cabinet can be quite a chore.

Scale: Nothing fancy, Mediocre, Statement piece

Value

This is an investment, so expect it to last. Not only should it withstand normal wear and tear, your mixer should also include a decent warranty (at least one year). Also consider the reputation of the customer service department; if your mixer malfunctions, you’ll want to deal with a reliable company.

Scale: Not worth the price, Decent value, Worth the price

 

OUR INSIGHT

Here's a bright idea:

Always add ingredients as close to the side of the bowl as possible, and when mixing liquid ingredients, start at lower speeds until the mixture thickens. This will help avoid splashing and kitchen messes.

Interesting Fact:

7 pounds: the weight of potatoes you can mash in a 5-quart mixer bowl.

We love this...

Color crush: The imperial black KitchenAid Artisan Series mixer has a matte finish that looks sharp on any countertop. And of course it’s equipped with all our favorite KitchenAid features including 10 speeds and a user-friendly tilt-head design which allows for easy removal of the beater and other parts. Check it out

OUR GO-TO SOURCES FOR MIXERS

We did the homework, but if you want to check our math, visit the expert and user sources below.

Consumer Reports

As a trusted source for their thorough and thoughtful testing, Consumer Reports does not disappoint with stand mixers. Experts evaluate the performance of mixers in their National Testing and Research Center and identify key features to consider when making the investment.

Cook’s Illustrated

Editors at Cook’s Illustrated dust off the recipe index to test mixers with a keen eye to essential kitchen tasks including whipping, creaming, and kneading. They also evaluate each model on design and ease of use.

Amazon.com

More than 1,000 mixers are sold at Amazon, where there are abundant reviews to peruse. Owners offer valuable feedback on hard-to-measure features like durability.

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