What every best Mixers has:
- Variable speeds.
- A sturdy chassis.
- Sufficient power.
Reviewers continue to sing the praises of the KitchenAid Artisan, long a juggernaut in the stand-mixer market. The Artisan is able to handle thick bread dough or whip delicate frosting with equal ease, and owners say its tilt-head design makes accessing ingredients a cinch. Durability is fantastic, with models going strong for years; reviewers unlucky enough to have a problem report attentive customer service. And if you're picky about kitchen décor, the Artisan comes in nearly three dozen colors.Buy for $259.99
If you're a baker on a budget, reviewers say it's hard to find a better value stand mixer than the Hamilton Beach Eclectrics All-Metal Stand Mixer. At roughly half the price of many competitors, the Eclectrics excels at common tasks such as whipping and mixing, according to experts. The head lock, handled bowl and pour shield add to ease of use, owners report. Its three-year warranty is also more generous than the one-year warranties common on other stand mixers.Buy for $174.99
Hand mixers can't fully replace heavy-duty stand mixers, but reviewers say the Cuisinart Power Advantage Plus 9-Speed Hand Mixer is mighty close. Unlike many of its competitors, the mixer can handle occasional thick cookie and bread dough, but still does a good job with easier jobs such as mixing batter, beating eggs and whipping butter or cream. The included beaters, whisk, dough hooks and spatula can be kept in an included snap-on case and clean up easily in the dishwasher.Buy for $63.99
If you're short on space and money, reviewers say the compact Hamilton Beach 6-Speed Classic Hand Mixer is more than adept with occasional baking tasks at a price that won't break the bank. The mixer handles eggs, cream, cake batter and even smaller batches of thick dough with ease, owners say. A whisk and two beaters -- classic, not wire-style, which some bakers prefer -- come with the mixer can be stored in a snap-on case.Buy for $29.00