A good mixer can help you make anything from a simple loaf of bread to a double-layer cheesecake. We've gathered our picks for the best mixers currently available, to help you select a suitable option for your kitchen.
Best Overall Stand Mixer
KitchenAid 4.3L Classic Stand Mixer
- Very quiet motor
- The bowl and the attachments are easy to clean
- Sturdy construction and 5-year warranty
- The bowl doesn’t have any handles, which makes putting it in the locking mechanism and taking it out again a tiny bit more difficult
- Some customers commented that the attachments don’t quite reach the edge of the bowl and that they’ve needed to push the ingredients inwards with a spoon
This mixer comes with a 4.3 L stainless steel mixing bowl, a standard six-wire whip, a flat beater, and a dough hook. All of these attachments mean that there are a variety of different recipes that you can try out with this mixer.
Speaking of recipes, the manual that comes with this mixer provides you with all of the settings and controls that you need to know before you get started, optimal speeds and mixing ratios, and even a good number of different recipes that you can try out.
The mixer has 10 speeds, and most of the attachments are dishwasher-friendly except the six-wire whip that needs to be hand-washed, or it’ll get damaged. You also have a food processor attachment port at the front as well as a locking mechanism at the side that you can use to unlock the mixer. To remove the bowl when you’re done, you just tilt the mixer upward.
Best Budget Stand Mixer
Sunbeam Mixmaster Combo Pro Hand & Stand Mixer
- Can serve as both a handheld mixer and a stand mixer
- 5 variable speeds
- Makes quite a loutd noise
- There is no beater eject button
The sunbeam comes with a 250-watt motor, which isn’t as silent as many other models, but it can provide you with plenty of power. To help you with this, you also get a pair of chrome beaters for your standard mixing needs, as well as a handy dough hook attachment for quick and efficient dough kneading. You won’t even have to do it with your bare hands.
The mixer also comes with five different speed settings and a 3-quart stainless steel mixing bowl. The biggest draw of this device is the release function on the side that allows you to turn your stand mixer into a handheld model for a lot more versatility.
While there are more powerful models with more speed settings and attachments, this is probably one of the best ones in terms of value for money, especially when you consider how few mixers are actually capable of doubling as both a stand and a handheld model.
Best Premium Stand Mixer
KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer
- Comes with several useful attachments which are popular with customers
- Has planetary mixing action
- 5-year warranty
- Expensive price point
- Only comes with a stainless steel bowl, so you’ll need to pay extra if you want the glass one as well
Similar to the previous KitchenAid mixer on our list, this model also comes with a six-wire whip, a flat beater, and a dough attachment, as well as a 10-speed motor that works remarkably quietly when compared to other kitchen mixers. However, this model also has several improvements that contribute to the slightly higher price point.
You get a bigger 4.8 L bowl, the food processor port at the front has a funnel that makes sure all of the ingredients go into the bowl with as little spillage as possible, and the bowl comes with a handle. It also comes in a wide variety of different colours, and the tilt-head design has a bit more range of motion.
Best Hand Mixer
Kitchenaid 9 Speed Hand Mixer
- The soft-grip handle makes this mixer very comfortable to hold and use
- Customers really appreciate the low speed setting
- 2-year warranty
- Quite a noisy mixer
This hand mixer comes with a lot more speed settings than most other models—nine, to be exact. This gives you a bit more control over how thoroughly or how lightly you mix together your ingredients. You also get the standard two beaters that all handheld mixers come with, a balloon whisk for creamy mixtures, two dough hooks, and even a liquid blending rod.
The 2-year warranty is also a point in its favour since you usually only get one year of coverage with most standard handheld models, and even a few of the cheaper stand mixers. You also get a very handy slow start feature that sets the speed deliberately low and cranks it up as the mixing process goes on. This can really help reduce the splattering that often happens when mixers go all out from the start.
It might not have as much stability or power as some bigger stand mixers, but the affordable price, the useful features, and the different attachments definitely make this mixer a great choice for any kitchen.
Best Budget Hand Mixer
Sunbeam Mixmaster Hand Mixer
- Has 7 speed settings
- Comes with several attachments
- Some customers found it overheats after prolonged use
- Only comes with a 1-year warranty
The Sunbeam comes with most of the same attachments as the previous handheld model, namely the two standard beaters, the two balloon whisks, and the two dough hooks, but it doesn’t have the liquid blending rod.
You also have a soft-grip handle that can give you a much more comfortable grip as well as 7 different speed settings. All of the attachments are magnetised and stay firmly in the mixer when inserted unless you need to pop them out to clean them; in that case, you can detach them with a simple press of a button.
This is a great appliance that you can get for a remarkably low price and still get the job done, from dough kneading to mixing cream ingredients.
Best Mixer Brands
KtichenAid's high quality mixers come with several speed settings, a lot of very useful attachments, and a few useful features as well. The stand mixers have sleek designs and sturdy bowls, while the handheld models have comfortable handles and good balance.
Sunbeam also provides excellent options at a slightly lower price point, which have been lauded by many customers as providing great value for money.
How to Choose the Right Mixer
What to Consider When Looking for the Best Stand Mixer
Surprisingly, one of the most important and overlooked parts of a stand mixer is actually the bowl. All of the components are naturally going to be important, and we’ll get into them in a little bit, but the real test of whether or not the mixer is good is the bowl.
An easy-to-use bowl lock is a key component in the mixer since if it’s too loose, the bowl will wobble, but having a difficult-to-detach lock can also be infuriating. Additionally, a bowl with a handle can be good since you’ll be able to carry it much more easily even when it’s full.
However, while the bowl might be the crucial feature in our opinion, you’ll also want a few speed settings as well. A lot of stand mixers come with 10 settings, but in all honesty, anything between five and eight is more than enough for you to prepare almost anything.
As for the attachments, most stand mixers come with a flat beater, a six-wire whip, and a dough hook, which are all the essentials. Certain stand mixers don’t come with these attachments, but you can buy them separately, and the ones that only have a single attachment are rare and should be avoided.