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Stand Mixer Review


Published on Learn what to look for when buying a stand mixer. Top brands and features of stand mixers are reviewed. Learn what to look for when buying a stand mixer. Top brands and features of stand mixers are reviewed.

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  • 1.
    • Stand mixers are a great addition to anyone’s kitchen. I used to have hand-held mixer which was … ok … if all I wanted to do was to quickly beat some egg whites, but I really started cooking (pardon the pun) when I invested in a heavy duty stand mixer.
  • 2.
    • If you have multiple ingredients to add or a heavy batter, then a stand mixer is definitely the way to go.
  • 3.
    • Why Choose a Stand Mixer?
    • A stand mixer allows you to operate hands-free so you can occupy your hands with collecting and adding all the different ingredients to your mixture. There are numerous brand names, models and price ranges to choose from.
    • Don’t waste your time looking at them all.
  • 4.
    • Consider what you want to use the stand mixer for and that will help eliminate some of them. For instance, if you’re only going to use it once in a while for light cake mixes or small batches of cookies then you might be able to get away with a lighter, less expensive model.
  • 5.
    • The first step in choosing a stand mixer is to decide what you’re going to use it for and how often. If you are looking for something to use for light batters and whipping a few times a month then a less expensive, less robust model may be your choice.
  • 6.
    • If you’re planning on using it frequently, need a large capacity bowl or want to use it on heavy batters or bread dough then a mixer with a stronger motor would be more cost effective for you.
  • 7. Features to Consider
    • Easy Cleanup
    • I love to cook and bake but dread the cleaning up afterwards. Anything that makes cleaning up easier and faster is a blessing. If you feel the same, then look for bowls and attachements that can be put in the dishwasher. An extra bonus is a machine with a splatter guard on the bowl.
  • 8.
    • A good choice is a splatter guard with a pouring spout. Not only does it stop the splatter on to the machine motor and the counters when you’re adding dry ingredients but it also gives you a clear opening to pour the ingredients in
  • 9.
    • A handle on the mixer bowl is also a nice option. It makes it convenient to pour and to clean.
  • 10.
    • Mixing
    • Some bowls turn with the beaters in a stationary position, other bowls lock in place and the beaters move around the bowl. I have used both and have found that the turning bowls not only don’t mix as well but you spend a lot of time scraping the sides trying to get the mixture into the middle.
  • 11.
    • The machines that have bowls that lock in place have beaters that are designed to move around the bowl to different quadrants, require less to no scraping and mix better.
  • 12.
    • Size and Décor
    • There are two different types of sizes to keep in mind when purchasing a new mixer. The first is the capacity of the bowl. If you are using it occasionally or with the average, every day recipe then a 4 to 5 quart bowl will be fine. But if you frequently do larger batches then you might want to consider a 6 quart or higher capacity bowl.
  • 13.
    • The second size to keep in mind is where you’re going to store it. Whether it’s in a cupboard or on the counter make sure the dimensions of the mixer fit. They come in different heights, weights and lengths.
  • 14.
    • If you’re going to store it on the counter then you might want to choose a color that fits the décor of your kitchen. Some brands have multiple colors to choose from. The Kitchenaid Artisan series has the most choices in colors.
  • 15.
    • Stability and Motor Performance
    • Stand mixer motors range from about 200 to over 1000 watts. If you are doing a lot of heavy batters or bread dough then you will want a stronger motor so you don’t burn out your machine.
  • 16.
    • If you get a mixer with a strong motor you will also want stability. The last thing you want is the machine to move around on the counter. Some brands take care of this with the weight of the machine, others use suction feet for stability.
  • 17.
    • Go to
    • for reviews on the top brands of stand mixers.
    • You will find specific features and the pros and cons of the mixer.