Stand Mixer Reviews

Stand Mixer ReviewsStand Mixers are perhaps the bakers number one most important kitchen appliance. They are a true godsend for bakers, chefs and stay-at-home mums who love to cook delicious cakes, puddings, bread and even pastry. They reduce the work load, and make cleaning up really easy. However, with dozens of models on the market from dozens of manufacturers, it’s often hard to determine just which Stand Mixer is the best for you and your needs. That’s why we’re here to help you.

At Zozanga, we have compiled a list of the best Stand Mixers on the market today – and given you a comprehensive and unbiased review to go with it too. You’ll quickly be able to pinpoint which model is the best for your needs. Simply scroll down to begin reading through our Stand Mixer reviews for 2017.

⇢ THE BEST STAND MIXERS: TOP PICKS OF 2017


KitchenAid KSM150PSER

KitchenAid KSM150PSER Stand Mixer

4.9 out of 5

The KitchenAid KSM150PSER is our all-time favorite Stand Mixer. It comes highly recommended not only from consumers and home chefs, but from professional culinary organizations too. It packs an extremely powerful motor, and is one of the more affordable high-end graded models available on the market. For us, it represents the pinnacle of perfection in Stand Mixer technology.


KitchenAid KSM75WH

KitchenAid KSM75WH Stand Mixer

4.8 out of 5

The KitchenAid KSM75WH is a compact and sleek Stand Mixer that is perfect for home use. In our initial tests, we found that the KitchenAid KSM75WH easily gets through most foods – thanks to its powerful motor. The build quality is exceptional, and you get a comprehensive warranty thanks to KitchenAid. For us, this particular model is superb and is rather affordable for everybody too.


Hamilton Beach 63325

Hamilton Beach 63325 Stand Mixer

4.7 out of 5

The Hamilton Beach 63325 is extremely affordable. In fact, it’s one of the most affordable Stand Mixers available on the market. For this reason, it scores a place on our top five. You won’t get the same level of power as other models, but for the price, it really is a spectacular appliance. You get just enough motor speed and power to easily mix food together without having to spend hundreds of dollars.


Cuisinart SM-55BC

Cuisinart SM-55BC Stand Mixer

4.7 out of 5

The Cuisinart SM-55BC Stand Mixer is an interesting model – as it’s quite compact in nature. However, this doesn’t draw from the sheer quality of the product. Backed by industry leading manufacturer Cuisinart, you know that you’re getting a genuinely great Mixer. The Cuisinart SM-55BC boasts a powerful motor speed, an array of options and is used in many professional culinary environments.


 Hamilton Beach 63220

Hamilton Beach 63220 Stand Mixer

4.7 out of 5

The Hamilton Beach 63220 is yet another affordable Stand Mixer from industry leading manufacturer Hamilton Beach. This particular model excels above the 63325 model by featuring a better motor, and better quality blades. The mixing bowl is better quality and easily removable. Overall, the Hamilton Beach 63220 scores fifth place in our list and has rightfully earned a place in every consumers home.


⇢ STAND MIXER BUYING GUIDE: EDUCATE YOURSELF


If you regularly prepare dough, cake mixes or other pastry mixes in your kitchen, then you could benefit from the purchase of an electric stand mixer. These are one of the largest pieces of kitchen equipment that doesn’t heat or boil food, and so you need to be sure that you will be able to fit one of these pieces of equipment into your kitchen before you consider buying one. They can also be very expensive, and the best ones may cost you several thousand pounds. If you are interested in purchasing one of these mixers for your home, then you will need to understand the difference between the different types of mixers, and which the best for your home is.

What is a stand mixer?

The stand mixer works through a powerful motor. This is connected to the ‘head’ of the mixer, which usually has a series of controls, and two slots where the beaters are placed. There is also a bowl, specifically designed to fit into the slot in the stand mixer base, which is used with the beater. There are several advantages to choosing this type of beater. Firstly, it is more powerful than the hand-held model, so it can manage greater quantities of flour and water, and it can also make stiffer dough, including those required for breads or for biscuits. In addition, some varieties of cookie mixers use a range of accessories that allow you to make sausages, or even ice cream. All stand mixers are very bulky, and may need to be away from other tools such as cookers and hobs, as they can vibrate quite significantly when used.

Should I have a stand mixer?

The question of whether you want to have a stand mixer in your home is obviously down to personal choice for a lot of homeowners. However, there are some baking and cooking interests that make it necessary to have one of these heavy-duty mixers rather than a standard hand-held device. Firstly, if you are making pastries or cakes for a large family, then you will need to be able to have a mixer that can work with large quantities. If you are a regular backer, then you may need the powerful motor and the larger-than-standard bowl which comes with the mixer. However, if you have only use smaller quantities because you live alone or with a small family, then the power mixer alternative may not be the right decision for you. This is because when you use the smaller flour and water mixes in a large container, using a powerful motor, you will find that you have problems with mixing the small batch correctly, and you may also find that the dough is overworked very quickly. Smaller amounts of flour and water may also slosh around the bowl, rather than being mixed for long periods of time, and the end result will be less satisfactory. You will also be using a lot of electricity for the batch.

Features of stand mixers

There are several important features to the stand mixer which need to be considered before you make a choice on which to buy. Firstly, there should be the standard four-blade whisks, a pair of which will fit into the mixer at any one time. Secondly, there should be a large motor with significant wattage, in order to stir the mix effectively. There should be a single whisk attachment which will allow you to stir lighter items such as egg whites and cream, and there should be what is known as a planetary motion to the wish. This means that the whisk will turn around the bowl in a single direction, or ‘orbit’ the bowl on its axis at one point, and then on the opposite angle at the external edge of the bowl.

Choosing a Stand Mixer

When you are looking at a stand mixer, you will need to choose one which can match the necessary capacity of your dough. Most mixers feature a 7-quart bowl which is equal to about 5 loaves of bread. Some smaller versions will only hold 5 quarts, which will be enough to make dough for a family, or to cook a single loaf of bread. There will also be differences in the shape of the bowl which can affect how the dough is mixed. For example, some bowls have a ‘cone’ shape, meaning that they are wider at the top than at the bottom. Others have a lower, wider bottom which curves upwards into a round shape, giving more space for the mix to move around when being stirred. The cone-shapes may make it harder to add to the mix while it is being stirred, but they can encourage ingredients that are not mixed to fall back into the bottom of the bowl.

Additional Stand Mixer attachments

Most stand mixers will come with a number of additional attachments that will allow you to stir up different ingredients. The dough hook is the standard accessory, and is a longer, flatter whisk in a curved shape that can power through heavy bread dough. You need to have a powerful motor for this, but the hook will stir the ingredients more effectively than the double whisk. Another useful accessory which should be included in the mix is the paddle whisk. This will help you to break down butter and sugar mixes without too much effort. Other, specialist attachments, including pasta makers and meat-sausage grinders will need to have an additional whisk port attachment known as the ‘low gear port’.

Choosing wattage

When you are looking for a powerful mixer, you may be tempted to choose the one which boasts the most wattage from the motor. However, this is not always true, because the functioning of the motor and the speed of the whisks are two separate issues. Most people manage better choosing capacity and whisk speeds rather than motor wattage. This is particularly true if you intend to use lower gear accessories such as the sausage maker or a pasta dough mixer attachment.

⇢ STAND MIXER COMPARISON CHART: COMPARE THE BEST MODELS


Our Stand Mixer Comparison Chart lets you choose the best model for your needs. You can easily navigate between the different models on the market, and filter by Purpose, Price and our Review Score. Once you’ve identified a Stand Mixer that takes your fancy – simply click the button to read our full, comprehensive and unbiased review.

Stand Mixers Comparison Chart

⇢ STAND MIXERS EXPLAINED: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW


Stand mixers are becoming increasingly popular among kitchen owners, and the rise in cookery programs has only accelerated demand for these items. Although they can look very attractive, and certainly blend dough faster than the standard hand-whisk model of the 70s and 80s, many people buy stand mixers without knowing much about them. If you have decided that you are making enough pastries to justify throwing out the hand mixer and installing a stand version in its place, then you may want to know more about the device before you continue, and learn the basic principles of this item.

The basic facts about stand mixers

The name of the stand mixer tells you a lot about the operation and use of this machine. Firstly, it is built onto a fixed mount, known as the stand, which can be placed anywhere in the kitchen or even moved to a useful location when it is required. The mixer includes a bowl which can be fitted into position at the bottom of the stand, a pair of whisks which are used to blend dough in the bowl, and an arching ‘head’, which holds the port for the whisks, and also contains the buttons and dials used to control the mixer.

The standard whisking motion is known as the planetary whisk. This is a movement where the centre of the whisk moves in one motion around the bowl, and the blades of the whisk turn in the opposite direction, sweeping up as much as possible of the mix, and turning it into dough. Using this motion, the dough should always be at the bottom of the bowl, and not flattened to the sides. This is also the most efficient motion for mixing light doughs and pastries.

The mixer is powered by a large motor, which is placed inside the stand in the space next to the bowl, forming part of the pillar supporting the whisk head. This motor can be powered through electricity, or through batteries, although the latter is now becoming a lot less common.

What can I used a stand mixer for?

If you want a stand mixer in your kitchen, then you are probably calculating on using it for doughs, such as cake and pastry mixes, and even bread dough. This is the most common use for the mixer, and will help you to get the best out of the device. However, this is not all that the mixer can do, and if you want to use it more often, then you could also use it for whipping cream and egg whites, for blending chocolate mousse and other lighter doughs, for making pasta dough from scratch, and even, with the right accessories, make sausages using the meat grinder. You can also use it to mix together dry ingredients before adding to a pan, or blending ingredients together prior to forming a dough. Some cooks also use the mixer for mashing potatoes and other vegetables.

The accessories commonly found with the stand mixer

In addition to the standard two whisks which come with the mixer, you may also find that you are able to buy a number of other accessories which can help you to blend and mash your ingredients more effectively. The most common accessory to be included with the mixer is the dough hook. This is a flatter, curved whisk which will knead dough more effectively than the pair of whisks. They may take a while to form the dough, but it is usually more effective than food processors or hand-whisks in creating the perfect bread dough. You may also find a large balloon whisk, which can be used for mixing ingredients together quickly and finely, and for adding more air into dough or batter, and a paddle beater, which will whip cream and egg whites more effectively than a hand whisk.  You will also find, usually for sale as separate items, jug blender tools, mincers which allow you to grind meat, and an ice-cream mixer which will allow you to create ice-cream ready for freezing. Some of these accessories will require that you need to attach a low-gear tool into the whisk ports before you can use them.

There are plenty of accessories which can be attached to the mixer itself in order to make the use of the tool more effective. For example, you might choose to buy a splash guard, which will be fitted over the bowl in order to prevent mixtures from splashing out of the bowl when the whisks are being used. This may need to be attached prior to switching on the whisks. The jug blender will also be attached to the bowl, and allows you to turn your stand mixer into a juice maker, so that you can blend fruits into smoothies, or turn vegetables into soup.

⇢ USING A STAND MIXER CORRECTLY: HOW-TO GUIDE


Using a Stand Mixer

Stand mixers can be expensive pieces of kitchen equipment, so if you have made the leap of buying one of these devices, then you need to know how to use them to their best advantage. These are very powerful tools, the equivalent of using a jigsaw in woodworking, and so you need to experience the mixer slowly at first, building up your confidence so that when you first have to use the mixer to cook, you know what to do and are able to handle the mixing and blending safely and securely.  It is best at this stage to start with a pre-prepared mixture, preferably a cake or other dessert. These are usually easy to make and don’t require much blending before they are ready to use. They also don’t need a lot of added ingredients, so you can feel confident about your process.

Start out slow

The first steps to using a stand mixer require starting out slow. It can be tempting to begin at the fastest speed, and with a heavy bread dough, but this is likely to go wrong quickly, leaving you disappointed and without the confidence to try again. A few simple steps can help you to learn how to handle this device:

  • Start up removing all of the equipment from inside the bowl of the mixer. When the mixer is packaged for delivery to your home, the blades, spare utensils and even the owner’s manual will be put inside the bowl for safe-keeping. Clearing out the bowl will ensure that there is nothing dangerous left inside when you begin the motor.
  • Put the two large whisks into the ports on the underside of the ‘head’ of your mixer. The blades should be facing down and hanging inside the bowl without touching the bottom.
  • Add your mixture to the bowl. You need to do this before turning on the machine. If the recipe calls for you to add water slowly, leave the water out of the mixture until the time is right.
  • Plug the mixer into the socket, and then close the lid of the bowl. Turn on the mixer at the wall.
  • Start the mixer by pressing the buttons on the head. Start with a slow spin, and listen to the mixer turning. If you need to add water, do so by turning up the hinged part of the lid, and pouring water from a jug. Allow the mixer to run for one or two minutes, until you are satisfied that the mixture has been blended.
  • Turn off the whisk, and lift up the lid.
  • Scrape the mixture away from the sides of the bowl, allowing it to fall back to the bottom. Repeat this as often as necessary until the mixture is finished.
  • Inspect the mixture. Is it too dry, or too runny? Add the necessary ingredients in order to even out your dough, and then turn the whisk on again at a slow speed. Whisk slowly until the dough is at the right consistency.
  • Lift up the whisk, and slowly spin the blades at the lowest speed possible. This should allow any dough which is left on the blades to spin into the bowl, leaving the blades clean and removing any moisture that could cling to the edges of the whisk.
  • Turn off the stand mixer at the wall, and remove the plug from the socket. Leave the bowl and the mixer to cool down.
  • Take out the dough, and place it into a tin. Put the tin into an oven, pre-heated at the temperature recommended by your recipe.
  • While the dough is cooking, clean the bowl and the whisks.
  • Dry the cleaned items, and wipe down the rest of the mixer. Put it away for next time.

If you are not satisfied with the results of this first attempt, keep practicing until you know the perfect consistency and temperature for your mixture. Once you are comfortable with this, you can start making your own mixes, and increase the speed of the whisks.

Mistakes that new users make

Everyone makes mistakes when they first use their stand mixer. This can be simple errors, such as not following the manufacturer’s manual when starting out, to allowing the beater to touch the bowl’s bottom edge. There are also more dangerous errors, such as scraping the mix while it is being beaten. This may damage the whisks, but it could also catch fingers or your hand, and cause you injury. A simple mistake which is harmless in itself, but could cause long-term damage to the blender is to not spin the beaters after you have finished your mix. Raising the beaters slightly and spinning them above the bowl will help to clear off mixture on the whisks and ensure that they are not carrying moisture when you have finished using the mixer.