Using an electric mixer ensures light and airy cake layers, fluffy whipped cream, and icing that's velvety smooth — plus it's speedier than stirring umpteen times and much easier on your biceps. Stand mixers free you to do other tasks while they do the work.
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 easy it was to clean. Here are the models that beat out the rest — and ahead we'll also explain the difference between some of the bestselling KitchenAid mixers you may have been eyeing lately.
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It's the ultimate countertop showpiece for a reason: There's nothing the KitchenAid can't do! Turn to our test's champion for so-smooth cookie dough, cake batter, and perfectly whipped egg whites. It comes with great basics plus you can add accessories like a , or . Not to mention there are 12 fun color options to choose from. Seriously, when it comes to mi power, this five-quart classic is unparalleled.
This Hamilton Beach was among the most affordable models we tested and earned a high score in nearly every evaluation. Our Kitchen Appliance pros were impressed with its ability to both whip delicate egg whites into stiff peaks and quickly (and evenly) knead bread dough. It comes with a handle on top to make lifting the head super easy, plus it suctions to your countertop so it'll stay in place when you're mi. All attachments are dishwasher safe.
If you're looking for a smaller stand mixer, this KitchenAid is the model for you. It's 25% lighter and takes up 20% less counter space than the classic but doesn't compromise on performance: From whipping egg whites into stiff peaks to plowing through heavy oatmeal raisin cookie dough, it aced our lab's mi tests. The Mini features a three-and-a-half-quart bowl with a beater, whisk and dough hook attachment (and can still accommodate all those fun accessories).
Breville's sleek silver model boasts lots of unique user-friendly features, including 12 variable speeds, LED-lit controls, an LCD screen with a timer, and a scraper beater. And rather than just offering numerical speeds, Breville's assigned specific tasks (do you want to cream vs. beat vs. aerate?) to each of their settings, making this a great mixer for novice bakers who aren't always certain which level's best.
This Kenmore Elite mixer's innovative design — with a unique 360-degree splash guard and a pour-in top — will keep your walls and countertops spotless. In tests, it whipped egg whites into stiff peaks and evenly kneaded dough. Our experts found it easy to add ingredients without stopping the mixer and loved the heavy-duty glass mi bowl.
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.