Best Stand Mixer & Hand Mixer Reviews

Welcome to my best stand mixer & hand mixer reviews site. Let me introduce myself; I am Sally and I’m the mother of 3 ever growing children, and an avid baker. People keep telling me I should write a blog about baking, but there are too many of those now, so instead I have written this blog about mixers.

There are quite a lot of good mixers in the market these days, in fact, too many! This blog should serve as an easy guide on how to pick the best stand mixer or best hand mixer for your baking endeavors. I expect you would want to read as many useful shopping tips as you could before chucking in the cash for getting a stand mixer or hand mixer.

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How to Choose the Best Mixer?

Basically mixers are just a handy substitute for beating and mixing stuff by hand. Anyway, I assume you do want to buy a new mixer rather then using your own hand or wooden spoon to do the mixing, so it is best that you decide in the beginning whether you want to get a stand mixer or hand mixer.

Stand Mixer or Hand Mixer?

So, to save all that precious time for the next TV show, skip this part if you already know what type of mixer you plan to get. If not, read on. As you know, there are two types of kitchen mixers to choose from – the hand mixer and the stand mixer.

  • Stand mixer – If you’re baking a lot in terms of amount and batches, it’s wise to choose the stand mixer. The stand mixer can be left to work on its own (no hands!) and has more functions with many accessories and attachments available, though for sure you pay about ten times the price of a handheld model. But for a stand mixer, you’ll have to consider storage space, and whether you need to move it around (some quality stand mixers can be heavy!). This is also the best mixer for bread recipes, or any recipe with dough, because dough is heavy and will require high power to mix.
  • Hand mixer – The advantage of a hand mixer is that you can stash it easily in the kitchen drawer without taking up much space, and it’s pretty easy to bring around the kitchen to mix up the stuff. They are also very affordable, but definitely not powerful enough to do heavy mixing, and it’s also not practical to be holding the mixer all day long when you can free up your hands for other jobs. I suggest that you buy a hand mixer if you only do the occasional light mixing.

How to Choose the Best Stand Mixer

How do you choose the best stand mixer? Here are the main points I think you can consider:

What tasks can it handle?
You’d want to know whether it can mix cake batter, or bread dough, or cookie mix. How do you know? Check the power of the mixer. Stand mixers generally have power from 250 watts to 800 watts. If you only bake the occasional cake or cookies, a basic stand mixer of 250-watt is quite sufficient. A more regular baker will want to look at 350 to 500 watts. Any wattage over that is suitable for the heavy bread baker because bread dough is thick and tough to knead with a stand mixer that doesn’t have enough power.

Is it heavy? Is it too big?
The size and weight of the mixer is a rather important aspect when choosing a mixer. We want a mixer that doesn’t rival with elephant in weight, and yet still have enough stability to not tumble around when the mixer is in operation. Choosing a mixer which is modest in size also makes storage a breeze, instead of having to allocate a huge space for it.

How much batter can I make in one batch?
Check the capacity of the mixing bowl. Getting too small a mixer is such a blast because you’ll have to do everything twice (measuring stuff a second time gets on my nerves) and the precision is lost. But a mixer that is too big won’t do either, because you’ll have a hard time trying to get an even batter (imagine scraping the sides all the time because of splattering).

How much control do I have over the mixing?
One of the mistakes I made when I bought my first mixer, was it had as many buttons as a space shuttle and only my teenage son knew how to operate it. When looking for a good mixer, you would want a mixer that is easy to learn and straight forward. You’d want a mixer with at least 6 speeds and a slow start option to prevent puffing up the floury ingredients. Some mixers offer special custom speeds and modes for special preparation foods. Make sure you know if such additions are necessary and if it will add on to the cost of the mixer.

Will it mix evenly?
The more quality mixers have a rotating spiral action designed to let the mixing action get as close as it can to the sides of the mixing bowl. That way the batter is mixed evenly without you having to scrape the sides to the middle every time.

Is it easy to clean and assemble?
This is one of the most important factors for me! The mixer must be easy to clean and re-assembled after cleaning. Having a mixer that doesn’t attach and detach smoothly can result in a huge hassle just to get the mixer cleaned after each use. The body of the mixer must also not have many nooks and crannies to attract dirt and flour particles that float around when you pour ingredients.

I recommend this easy to clean stand mixer: Cuisinart SM-55 5 1/2 Quart Stand Mixer

What else can it do for me?
Most stand mixers now have very convenient features such as timer, splash guard, overload protection, and locking tilt-head. Standard attachments are usually the whisk, the dough hook and the beater. Some even have vegetable/meat grinder, and pasta or sausage maker. All these may or may not add to the price and you will have to decide whether you need these or not. If you are not sure you want these now but may want to buy attachments later on, this stand mixer is a good option: KitchenAid Artisan Mixer.

How long will it last?
Stand mixers are usually not cheap so you will want it to last as long as possible. Choose a good brand or make that is sturdy and has great reviews on the durability and customer service. Also look out for a good warranty offered by the company.

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How to Choose the Best Hand Mixer

Okay, now you’ve decided you want to buy a hand mixer, here are the things that determine what is the best hand mixer for you:

What tasks can it handle?
When you’re buying a hand mixer, I think it’s clear that you aren’t baking all that often and you’re not trying to mix heavy stuff like bread dough. A good hand mixer will be able to do things like whisking eggs (thin liquid), beating cream, mixing cake batter (thick liquid), and maybe even mixing cookie dough (light solids) if it is powerful enough. Check the power of the hand mixer, 175-watt to 220-watt is decent.

How much control do I have over the mixing?
You really don’t want a hand mixer that has only three speed settings – low, medium, high. Although that seems pretty straightforward and easy to use, sometimes you need that slight change in speed that will make mixing so much smoother. A good hand mixer should have at least 5 or 6 speeds, while a better hand mixer will have 7 to 9 speeds. You don’t want a hand mixer with 16 speeds either, because it is rare that you’ll get to use all of them.

Is it comfortable?
Now this might sound like a strange question but if you’ve held a hand mixer for extended periods like I did, you know you need to ask this. Find a hand mixer that is light in weight but doesn’t compromise in quality of its motor and parts. The handle should provide a stable and firm grip for your hand. Ergonomic designs like a slanted handle for wrist-comfort or an open-end handle for bigger hands are nice advantages. If you’re left-handed, check whether the cord comes out on the right side of the mixer, because that will get in the way and become rather annoying.

Is it easy to clean and assemble?
Basically you only need to clean the beaters and give the body a wipe, but find a hand mixer that detaches the beaters with an easy push of a button so that you don’t have to struggle with it every time. Beaters that don’t have a rod in the middle are a lot easier to clean than those that do. The body of the hand mixer should also be as streamlined as possible to wipe off easily.

That’s about it for a good hand mixer. The best hand mixers may also have a reasonable period of warranty and helpful customer service just in case. Choose wisely!

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Thanks for reading my food mixer reviews! Hope you find your best stand mixer or hand mixer soon.