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In this thorough review, Lesley Stockton, an experienced cook and researcher, put in more than 30 hours of testing of a number of popular stand mixers. She consults experts, looks at roundups and reviews, and tests the mixers herself as well. Ultimately, she chooses a best overall pick and a runner up pick for larger batches. Hand mixers are tested in a separate report that is just as well-researched.
The editors of Consumer Reports test 16 hand mixers and 24 stand mixers, rating them on whipping speed, mixing, convenience and noise. They are then ranked according to performance, and given a rating out of a possible 100. Recommended mixers and Best Buys are also noted.
Aside from Consumer Reports, this is the most thorough test of hand mixers that we spotted. Starting with seven mixers and some simple mixing tasks, Emily Johnson ultimately narrowed it down to four to see if the finalists would hold up to tougher jobs. She ends up recommending three, a top choice and two less-expensive runners up.
After putting an undetermined number of stand mixers through their paces at the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances and Technology Lab, these nine ultimately rise to the top. While notes are scant, this is a source with plenty of credibility; if they say these are the best performers, they are.
Testers with Reviewed research 27 stand mixers and ultimately test nine of them. While they conclude that all offer solid performance, they still pick a best overall and best value model. Reviews are highly comparative and note pros and cons for all models. Elsewhere on this site, hand mixers are covered.
For this thorough review, editors research the best qualities of stand mixers, and based on that, ultimately choose 11 models to test. In addition to power and performance, they looked at ease of use and features. Three top performers are named, including a "style-conscious" option that also did well in tests.
Linda Thomson offers a good, well-documented roundup of Top Ten Reviews' stand mixer testing. While it's not clear how many mixers overall were tested, the three top picks are also popular models in other roundups. Reviews are thorough, noting both pros and cons for each model.
There are thousands of mixers available through Amazon, including hand mixers, stand mixers and professional-grade mixers. KitchenAid stand mixers generally receive high ratings, with Cuisinart, Sunbeam and Hamilton Beach also rating well. Many reviews are very detailed, and some reviewers even go back after months or years to update the review on the product's long-term durability.
Walmart also carries a good selection of stand and hand mixers, with less-expensive models from Hamilton Beach, Oster and Sunbeam getting a lot of quality reviews. You can even narrow your search by brand.
Bed Bath & Beyond carries high-end and mid-range mixer brands including KitchenAid, Cuisinart, Bosch and OXO. Reviewers rate products on a 5-star scale and say whether they would recommend the product, but reviews are typically much briefer than those found at Amazon.