The Best Stand Mixers for All Your Baking Needs

These lab-tested picks take the cake.

11 Best Stand Mixer Reviews 2018 - Top Rated Electric Stand Mixers
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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.

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KitchenAid
KitchenAid Artisan Design Series 5-Qt. Tilt-Head Stand Mixer KSM155GBSR
amazon.com $279.99

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 . 

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Hamilton Beach
Hamilton Beach 7 Speeds Stand Mixer 63391
amazon.com $84.00

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. 

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KitchenAid
KitchenAid Artisan Series Stand Mixer #KSM150PS

$255

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.

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KitchenAid
KitchenAid Ultra Power Stand Mixer #KSM95

$260


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 ).

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Breville
Breville 5-Quart Die-Cast Stand Mixer #BEM800XL

$300

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).

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Cuisinart
Cuisinart 5.5-Quart Stand Mixer #SM-55

$310


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.

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Cuisinart
Cuisinart 7-Quart Stand Mixer #SM-70

$350

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.

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Hamilton Beach
Hamilton Beach All-Metal Stand Mixer #63221

$180

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.

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KitchenAid
KitchenAid Bowl Lift Professional 600 Series Stand Mixer #KP26M1X

$360

The KitchenAid Bowl Lift Professional 600 Series Stand Mixer is one of the largest and most powerful mixers on the market, but its performance paled a bit next to the smaller (and more affordable) models in the KitchenAid mixer family. It was still a top performer in our test, however, and certainly worth considering if you bake in large quantities.

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Kenmore Elite
Kenmore Elite 5-quart Stand Mixer #89208

$220

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.

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How We Tested

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.

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