I tested classic stand mixers from KitchenAid, Smeg, Cuisinart and more to discover which came out on top for effectiveness, quality, durability, ease of cleaning and price. I’ve also taken weight into consideration, in case you have the space to be able to tuck your stand mixer away when not in use. The best stand mixer is the iconic KitchenAid Artisan, which has a five-quart mixing bowl that can accommodate enough cake batter to make at least two tiers at once. It impressed on test with its brilliant, colorful finishes and its wide range of tools to perfectly whisk eggs, fold in flour and knead bread dough.  Alongside functionality, I considered the stand mixers’ looks – since, unlike our selection of the best hand mixers, yours will likely be out on the countertop full time. Below you can find more details on the best buy and my other highly rated models. 

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Why I love it This iconic, American-made stand mixer is a statement piece in any kitchen, but don’t let looks deceive you - it’s a real workhorse. With 10 speed settings, it powered through cake batter, bread dough, and whipped cream with perfect results. The handy tilt-head makes it a joy to use, and it was easy for me to add ingredients and switch out attachments. These attachments include a wire whisk for beating eggs, a flat beater for integrating cake batter, and a hook to work your bread dough. I was particularly impressed by the flat beater, which creamed sugar and butter with minimal intervention before adding in eggs and flour to make easy loaf cakes. The dough hook needed a little supervision for larger loaves, but it’s perfectly suitable for brioche or sourdough.  Good to know In my full KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer review I found that the 5-quart capacity is a little lacking if you’re catering for a crowd. I turned out two chocolate sponge cakes in one go, but only one loaf of bread at a time. However, KitchenAid makes several bowl sizes if you need more capacity. Why I love it  The KitchenAid vs Cuisinart debate is still a hot topic, but if value for money is your number one consideration then the Cuisinart Precision Stand Mixer is a great option. I found that it excelled at heavy-duty tasks like kneading bread thanks to sturdy design and high-quality attachments. Controlled by a simple side dial, it packs 500 watts of power. This dial makes it easy to adjust the speed mid-mix, and it also has with 12 speed settings, which is more than the KitchenAid. Despite this power, it’s great for delicate work - I loved the slow-start design that saves you from messy clouds of icing sugar or flour as you bake.  If you’re catering for a crowd, the bowl is also larger than the KitchenAid Artisan by half a quart. Though it can’t match the KitchenAid for colors, the six options - periwinkle blue, white, silver, red, black, and robin’s egg green - suit almost every kitchen. Need to know  Bear in mind that some ingredients stuck to the side of the bowl, so I had to scrape the sides down to fully incorporate the ingredients. Why I love it From one baking obsessive to another: if you’re taking on multi-tiered cakes, or a whopping 14 dozen cookies, or simply chasing the perfect loaf, the KitchenAid Pro Line Stand Mixer is an investment worth making. This is the best stand mixer for serious bakers. It created the best bread of any I’ve tested, kneading smooth, elastic dough. Unlike other stand mixers on the list, there was no juddering or moving on the countertop, which is great for safety, especially if you’re cooking with kids. This is thanks to a bowl-lift design, which means you twist a lever to bring the bowl up to your attachment, guaranteeing stability.  It also had far less trouble with ingredients sticking to the side of the bowl than other stand mixers in our lineup, thanks to a broad wire whisk and efficient planetary motion. While it’s designed to take on heavy ingredients in large capacities, I found that it mixed well even with small quantities of ingredients as in a buttercream.  Need to know In my KitchenAid Pro Line Stand Mixer review, I concluded that the same bowl-lift design which keeps this stand mixer sturdy makes switching out the attachments a little tricky. That said, all these attachments are dishwasher-safe, so it’s easy to clean.  Why I love it This Mid-Century Modern mixer might look old-school, but there’s much more going on than meets the eye.  A 21st century homage to the atomic-age, I think this mixer is the most stylish alternative to the KitchenAid Artisan. It’s got plenty of attachments, and I particularly loved the pouring shield that stops spills and messes as you bake. At 600W, it’s remarkably powerful, whipping up a perfect chocolate frosting. The intuitive controls are not only simple to use, but mean that you can place this stand mixer almost anywhere on a countertop, as it suits both right-and left-handers.  It comes in seven bright colors in two different color ranges - one with a pop of color on the tilt-head, and one set in which the entire mixer is one color. Need to know In my Smeg 1950s Retro Stand Mixer review, I found that it has a big countertop footprint, so it may not suit smaller spaces. It’s also noisy, which is fine for quick mixes but a nuisance for thorough tasks like kneading bread dough.  Why I love it  This miniature marvel is much smaller and lighter than other KitchenAid models, but it still has the power to work through cake batter, bread dough, and more.  You get the same high-quality wire whisk, flat beater, and dough hook as you’d expect with a regular KitchenAid, but they work with a 3.5-quart bowl. While this is smaller than the other stand mixers on test, our reviewer Molly Cleary said the capacity was still impressive. It’s great for smaller families and smaller portions. This mixer maxes out at 250 watts, which is less than half the size of some more high-end stand mixers, but if you need a smaller size it’s a sacrifice worth making. Molly found that the smaller motor kept up with the bigger appliances on test. What’s more, because it’s smaller, it has the added bonus of being quieter, and smaller capacities meant that it was mixer was stable on the countertop.  Any attachments purchased separately will also still be compatible with this petite model, so you still get the full benefits of the brand - excellent quality, great results, and a beautiful, statement appliance. Need to know In her KitchenAid Artisan Mini Stand Mixer review, Molly noted that this smaller model is only $20 cheaper than the full-sized alternative, so it’s not the best value. However, if you’re working with limited countertop storage this mixer will free up a lot of space, and look fabulous too. Why I love it Going purely on performance, the crème de la crème of stand mixers is not a KitchenAid. All things considered, the KitchenAid is the definitely the best, but when it comes to sheer baking output, the Wolf Gourmet can’t be beaten. Our reviewer Jaclyn Turner says that it created the best cookies she’s ever made - incredibly high praise from someone who reviews homeware for a living.  This is thanks to a unique bowl design. Where the usual title-head design of other stand mixers can lead to instability, the Wolf Gourmet Stand Mixer has a special twist-up bowl design. Simply put this bowl in the base and then twist it to lower or raise it to the mixer attachments. It’s undeniably stable, and quiet, and the motor is cool after many minutes’ use thanks to a fan. The bowl is 6.8 quarts, which is more than capable of taking on very large bakes. There is also a splash guard attachment that slots onto the side of the bowl and prevents any spills and clouds of flour, and a two-way planetary motions helps the beater scrape up every scrap of mix. You can also buy a meat grinder attachment.  Good to know Jaclyn’s review of the Wolf Gourmet mixer found a few reasons why this mixer was bested by KitchenAid. The hefty price tag on the Wolf Gourmet is enough to make you wince. Aesthetically, it’s more utilitarian than the other stand mixers we’ve featured, with no choice of colors except on the knobs. It’s also tall, so it may not fit your kitchen if you’ve got low cabinets or shelves over your countertop.  Why I love it It’s big, it’s powerful and it’s got the muscle to work through numerous batches of bread and cookies in one go. The 5-quart bowl can make 9 batches of cookies in one go and you can make the most of 10 speeds to work on high-intensity or more gentle tasks.  The mixer comes with a power knead dough spiral, but you can pair it with everything from pasta rollers to food processor attachments to make the most of this versatile option. I’m quite taken by the Ink Blue color, which is exclusive to Best Buy, but it’s also available in red, black and silver.  Good to know With professional quality comes a professional price, so only invest if you know you’ll need something with a large capacity and immense power.  This stand mixer is still being put through its paces – these are our first thoughts. Why I love it This Swedish icon puts bread-making front and center, but still shines at everyday stand mixer tasks like whisking, creaming, and even making ice cream. It made kneading bread dough literally effortless. There was no straining on the motor and no instability as it worked - you could almost leave this machine unattended and come back to find a perfect dough. When it’s done, I simply placed the plastic cover over the top and left the dough to proof, making a easy job even simpler.  It comes with a wide range of accessories and attachments including a 7-liter (7.3 quart) stainless steel mixing bowl and a 3.5-liter (3.7 quart) plastic mixing bowl, so you can vary your portion sizes. It also features a dough roller, dough knife, dough scraper, dough hook, dust cover lid, multi-wire balloon, and single-wire cookie whip. What’s unique about the Ankarsrum is that the stainless steel bowl rotates to mix as opposed to an overhead mechanism, like in your traditional stand mixers, and mimics the motion of kneading. The clear bowl, which is best for creaming frostings and beating eggs, stays stationary while the whisks are driven from below.  Good to know Though I still had great results with cake and cinnamon buns, the mixer is really designed for bread. You have to use the multi-wire balloon for cake mixes rather than a dedicated beater, so while the results are still good, they could be better. It’s above the market average for a stand mixer, and my review of the Ankarsrum Assistent Original Mixer found that the included recipe book - while a nice feature - isn’t always successful. 

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What is the best stand mixer? 

We have tested or are currently testing every single stand mixer in this guide, meaning we have an informed opinion when it comes to which model is truly the best. We’ve gone deep comparing KitchenAids against each other, KitchenAid to Cuisinart and KitchenAid to Smeg. With that in mind, we have decided that the best stand mixer is the KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Qt. Stand Mixer. It comes in over 42 colors and has a huge range of bowls to switch out your design and achieve your desired look, but it’s also very capable of cooking up a storm in the kitchen. The 5-qt. is a good happy medium size, though there are other KitchenAid models you can look to if you need a bigger size. Meanwhile, Cuisinart Precision stand mixer (opens in new tab) offers greater value, but fewer size and color options; its mixing bowl could be too great for smaller servings. Smeg Stand Mixers (opens in new tab) also offer the singular bowl size options and become a stylistic preference, but they do pack a powerful motor. For professional-level results, we’re incredibly impressed with the sheer power and stability of the Wolf Gourmet Stand Mixer (opens in new tab) and the Ankarsrum Assistent Original Mixer (opens in new tab), but it’s hard to overlook their hefty price unless you’ll be using your mixer multiple times a week. Though it’s something we’d expect to last for years, and it will. 

How we test and review stand mixers

At Homes & Gardens, we believe that the only way we can truly inform you of which appliance is the best is if we have hands-on experience with them ourselves, which is why we’ve formulated a plan as to how we test different products. We went to lengths to test each of these mixers, some of them simultaneously, so we can establish which performed the best. We also used our testing facility in order to gauge the size, features, and maneuverability of these mixers. When it comes to the tests themselves, we tried these mixers out on three different tasks in order to see the performance of different attachments, as well as the power of the mixers. The tests were made as quantifiable as possible, with recordings of time taken to adequately mix as well as decibel readings. We also gauged how easy it was to clean the stand mixers as part of this process.

How much does the best stand mixer cost? 

There’s no denying that the very top-stand mixers can be expensive. The most expensive one in our guide can cost as much as $1,000, but it is possible to get a powerful stand mixer for $100 if you are willing to compromise on looks or bowl capacity.  Most stand mixers cost around $300, and if your heart is set on a KitchenAid mixer, the Classic Plus is the cheapest KitchenAid stand mixer you can buy and still features the dough hook for kneading bread, the flat beater for making cookies, and the whisk for cake and buttercream icing.  If you are on a budget and looking to upgrade from your wooden spoon, it may be a good time to consider stand mixers versus hand mixers. The best hand mixer costs a lot less but can still power through icing and cake mix with ease. 

Why are stand mixers so expensive?

Some of you will be in total shock at the price of these mixers. How can a machine that simply spins around cost upwards of $300? The first reason is the motor. A good stand mixer needs a powerful motor to handle strong, repetitive movement through resistant doughs and mixes. You might be able to get away with a cheaper stand mixer for a couple of years, but one day the motor will give out on a stiff dough and you’ll have to buy another one, costing you more money in the long run. Top-line stand mixers from KitchenAid, Cuisinart, Smeg, and other iconic brands are reliable kitchen companions that last for decades, if not generations.  The other reason is functions. KitchenAids and other stand mixers aren’t just for baking. With the right attachment, you can grate, spiralise, grind meat, mill, make pasta and much more. You’re not only buying simpler, faster baking but quick homemade cooking. 

Can stand mixer parts go in the dishwasher?

It depends on the stand mixer, so dishwasher-safe parts are a great feature to look out for. It’s usually the case that attachments are dishwasher safe, but the bowl has to be washed in the sink. Some food processors are entirely dishwasher safe, so keep an eye out for those if you dread washing up.  

Features to look for in the best stand mixer

Size matters How much space do you have to dedicate to a new stand mixer? Some stand mixers come with large mixing bowls and tilt-head designs that won’t lift if placed under a cabinet. Others come with a more compact design, perfect for lifting into shelving units when not in use or leaving in a corner without losing a whole counter in your kitchen. Looks aren’t everything, but they do matter A stand mixer is a style statement in any kitchen, which is why you’ll find one displayed in just about any carefully composed kitchen. Smeg and KitchenAid certainly have the edge on style, but you may end up paying a premium for something that looks the part when it’s got just as much power as a less expensive option.  Price can vary If you want a top-of-the-range stand mixer, prepare to spend as much as $700 to get it. Some stand mixers cost less than $100, but they are hardly the kitchen workhorses you’ll want for serious baking on a regular basis. A good middle ground between power and price is the Cuisinart Precision Stand Mixer, which lacks color options or classic style, but is a favorite with many home bakers and looks lovely too.  The best stand mixer for you and your baking needs really depends on your budget and how often you’ll use this machine. Some mixers come with handy add-ons such as pasta makers and meat grinders to ensure they’re used regularly, but others have detachable mix heads and emphasize their primary function as stand mixers, with compact storage options.  Built to last One thing’s for sure - you’ll want a stand mixer that lasts the test of time. Some mixers come in durable plastic, but the best stand mixers have durable stainless steel finishes to make them last a lifetime. 

 What are after Christmas sales? 

The easy answer is that they’re a sales period after Christmas. There’s discounts on a wide range of homeware and appliances that will save you money going into the New Year.  The more involved answer is that retailers like Best Buy, Target, and Walmart have extra stock in the runup to Christmas. They do this to make sure they don’t sell out of products in the rush over the holidays. This demand drops straight after Christmas, which means they have unsold merchandise that costs money to store. Retailers therefore drop their prices to sell units for cheap in an attempt to reduce their costs while making a profit. This in turn means it’s a great time to shop, as prices are lower than usual, which saves you money. 

When do after Christmas sales start? 

After Christmas sales start on the 26th, but they’ll run right through to mid-January. the 26th-31st will bring great flash deals, and the January sales tend to offer sitewide promotions. 

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