Using an electric mixer ensures light and airy cake layers, fluffy whipped cream, and icing that is velvety smooth — plus it's speedier than stirring umpteen times. Stand mixers free you to do other tasks while they do the work. Here are the top-tested picks from the GolfHr Institute Kitchen Appliances and Technology Lab.
It's the ultimate countertop showpiece for a reason: There's nothing the Kitchen Aid can't do! It comes with great basics and you can add accessories like a , or .
Proof that you don't have to break the bank to get excellent results, this Hamilton Beach was among the most affordable models we tested and earned a high score in nearly every test.
This comes in 25 colors, including yellow pepper and cobalt blue. In our testing, it was exceptional at all mi tasks and was especially easy to use. Plus, it includes a beater, whisk, dough hook, and pouring shield.
If you're looking for a slightly smaller stand mixer, is the model for you. It features a four-and-a-half-quart bowl with a beater, whisk and dough hook attachment (but can also accommodate accessories like a , or ).
boasts lots of unique user-friendly features, including 12 variable speeds, LED-lit controls, an LCD screen with a timer, and a scraper beater. It was excellent at beating cake batter and cookie dough in our test, but it's only designed to knead one loaf of bread at a time (and most recipes are for two loaves or more).
With lots of helpful features and excellent mixer performance, the is highly recommended. It excelled at mi cake batter and whipping air into cream in our test and comes with a standard paddle, dough hook, whisk and splashguard.
If you're looking for a large capacity bowl and are willing to pay the premium price, the comes highly recommended. It was a standout at mi cake batter and whipping air into cream in our test and comes with a standard paddle, dough hook, whisk, and splashguard.
Offering the most bang for your buck among all mixers we evaluated, the is a good value, so long as you're not a dedicated bread baker. It was, however, great at beating cake batter and cookie dough and whipping air into cream and egg whites and comes with flat beater, dough hook and whisk.
The. It was still a top performer in our test, however, and certainly worth considering if you bake in large quantities.
is nicely priced and has lots of helpful features, including an LED lamp that illuminates over your mi bowl, three- and five-quart bowl options, and a tilt-back head that snaps into place. It was great at beating cake batter and cookie dough, whipping cream and kneading bread dough in our test.
The GolfHr Institute Kitchen Appliances and Technology Lab evaluated stand mixers for how well they mixed cake batter and cookie dough, kneaded bread dough and whipped cream and egg whites. We also looked at ease of use, checking the thoroughness of the owner's manual, how you assemble the beaters and mi bowl, how simple controls were to work and, of course, how simple it was to clean.