No matter if it's your foray into the kitchen or you’re already a seasoned kitchen rock star, having the right tools at hand makes all the difference. From whipping cream to mixing dough to handling food prep, mixers do most of the heavy lifting for you, leaving you more time to enjoy your time in the kitchen and eating your masterfully prepared dishes. We rounded up the best mixers out there to help get you started.
Best Overall: KitchenAid Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer
With 10 speeds and a size that’s not too large or too small, the KitchenAid Artisan mixer delivers a package that’s just right for most cooks and kitchens. It adjusts easily from a rapid whip to a slow stir and comes with a 5-quart stainless-steel bowl. It also comes with three attachments and a hub that can accommodate up to a dozen other attachments.
Best Value: Hamilton Beach 6-Speed Electric Stand Mixer
The Hamilton Beach 6-speed electric stand mixer uses the same planetary mixing action as pricier models but at a fraction of the price. The 3.5-quart stainless-steel bowl provides ample room to do everything from whipping cream to kneading dough. It also has a tilt-up head for easy access to the bowl, a fold setting to add ingredients slowly, and three attachments.
Best Retro Design: Smeg 5-Quart Stand Mixer
The distinctive retro design and variety of colors make the Smeg retro-style stand mixer stand out on any countertop. In addition to its 5-quart stainless-steel bowl, the mixer comes with several extras, including a pouring shield, dough hook, wire whisk, and flat beater. It has 10 speeds to choose from and antislip feet for added stability.
Best Power: Cuisinart 5.5-Quart 12-Speed Stand Mixer
With 800 watts of power, the Cuisinart 5.5-quart, 12-speed stand mixer delivers more power than you’ll likely need. It makes quick work of heavy-duty recipes. Its large capacity stainless-steel bowl provides plenty of space for mixing, kneading, and whipping. It can connect to optional attachments that allow you to perform all tasks, including blending, processing, juicing, and grinding meats.
Best for Small Spaces: KitchenAid Artisan Mini Series Stand Mixer
If you’re short on space but still want a stand mixer, opting for a compact mixer like the KitchenAid Artisan Mini provides the space-saving design you need with the power you want. It measures less than 13 inches tall and deep, saving valuable counter space. However, it has enough capacity in its 3.5-quart stainless-steel bowl to mix up to five dozen cookies in one batch.
Best for Light Tasks: Dash Everyday 6-Speed 2.5-Quart Stand Mixer
If you mainly use your mixer to whip up small batches of cookies, mix the occasional cake batter and whip cream, consider the Dash Everyday 6-speed stand mixer. Its compact size makes it easy to stash under kitchen cabinets and in tight spaces. In addition to its 2.5-quart stainless-steel bowl, it comes with two dough hooks, two beaters, and a locking tilt-head.
Best Electronic Control: Breville Scraper Mixer Pro
This 12-speed mixer offers full electronic controls, making it easy to switch from folding or kneading to beating to whipping. The Breville Scraper Mixer Pro also has a unique double-sided scraper beater that prevents splatters and keeps the sides of the bowl scraped down hands-free. The programmable timer takes the guesswork out of your favorite recipes.
Best Multifunction Mixer: Litchi 5.3-Quart Stand Mixer
Do you need several appliances in one? The mixer on the Litchi stand mixer is only the beginning of what you get with this versatile option. It comes with a 5.3-quart stainless-steel mixing bowl and a splash guard for neat whisking, beating, whipping, and kneading. It also comes with a blender, meat grinder, pasta maker, and sausage stuffer. The 650-watt motor makes prep work easy.
Best for Making Bread: KitchenAid Professional 6-Quart Stand Mixer
Bowl-lift design makes it easier to make your favorite bread recipes in the KitchenAid Professional stand mixer. It comes with a PowerKnead spiral dough hook, 575-watt motor, and 67-point mixing action for even mixing and incorporation. The 6-quart stainless-steel bowl has ample capacity for making enough dough for up to eight loaves. The mixer also has a power hub that works with 15-plus option attachments.
Best Hand Mixer: Cuisinart Power Advantage Plus Handheld Mixer
If you’re short on space or interested in portability, consider Cuisinart’s Power Advantage Plus. This handheld mixer has 220 watts of power and a tidy storage case for stowing the included beaters, spatula, whisk, and dough hooks. SmoothStart provides three low initial mixing speeds to prevent messy splatters.