A stand mixer can easily be one of the most exciting purchases you ever make for your kitchen, especially if you bake a lot. Since this is such an investment piece, most people really want to make sure they have the space, money, and need for such a machine before taking the step.
If you make a good choise and buy the best stand mixer that you can afford, this small appliance can last you wery long, ensuring that you really do get your money’s worth, not to mention that it will add so much to what you can do.
Some top rated models have attachments that you can purchase, ranging from sausage stuffers to pasta makers. This article goes over some of the best options on the market today to help you make the correct decision for your kitchen.
BEST LIGHT DUTY STAND MIXER
If you need an occasional helper for bakingbread, cakes, and other lighter items or whipping up something, you can’t go wrong with the Breville BEM800XL Scraper Mixer Pro 5-Quart Die-Cast Stand Mixer.
Although I would not recommend it for more than bread kneading once now and then, this machine will perform very well for the home chef. Its scraping function is unique among its peers.
Although priced higher than many of the other lighter duty models, its auto load sensing and auto timer features give you more for your money than many other comparable examples kitchen appliances in this price range.
BEST MEDIUM DUTY STAND MIXER
This category is a difficult one, and it came down to the Cuisinart SM-55 5 1/2-Quart 12-Speed Stand Mixer and the KitchenAid 5-Quart Artisan Series Mixer. In the end, I awarded the medium category to the KitchenAid. Although the Cuisinart’s motor is rated much higher on paper than that of the KitchenAid, I tought they have similar power capabilities in the real world.
While I appreciated Cuisinart’s three-year warranty versus KitchenAid’s one-year, reviewers said that the Cuisinart’s customer service was sometime problematic to deal with, and that they had to pay shipping both ways to have their machine serviced or replaced.
KitchenAid’s warranty service seems to have none of these issues.
I also appreciated the massive variety of different colors in which the KitchenAid KSM150 5-Quart Artisan Series comes in, and the many special attachments that are available. Although I gave my wote towards the KitchenAid, I am sure that you’d be happy with either model.
BEST HEAVY DUTY STAND MIXER
This was by far the hardest category in which to decide my top pick, but in the end, I had to choose just one.
The Verona / Magic Mill DLX Mixer / Electrolux Assistant / Ankarsrum Original (don’t say that too fast) is by far my favorite stand mixer for baking a copious amount of bread.
With nearly 12 pounds of dough capacity, which can be tapped into on a daily basis without fear of burning the motor up, this is the best mixer for bread baking by far. The next step up, which would be the Hobart N50-60 5-Quart 3-Speed All Purpose Bench Mixer, costs significantly more, and most folks aren’t prepared to pay this much for a home machine.
Our other favorite option was the KitchenAid Proline 7-Quart. This one is especially helpful if you want to use KitchenAid’s full line of accessory attachments such as the grain mils, meat grinders, food processors, and so on.