When selecting your perfect stand mixer, these are the most important things to keep in mind:
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
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
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
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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.
7 pounds: the weight of potatoes you can mash in a 5-quart mixer bowl.
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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.
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.
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.
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.