Every baker needs a stand mixer. A good mixer has a wide, sturdy base and is the perfect tool for mixing dough for pie crusts, bread, and cookies. A stand mixer can also function as a pasta maker, a juicer, or even a meat grinder for making homemade sausage. If you’re a culinary feind looking for a kitchen tool that really can do it all, check out our collection of the best stand mixers.
A classic kitchen workhorse with upgrades
You may recognize this classic KitchenAid mixer from your mom's -- or even your grandma's -- kitchen. Known as a true workhorse, this upgraded professional model offers ten speeds for your mixing needs. The Power Hub at the head of the mixer lets you use attachments for pasta, meat grinding, and even veggie slicing. During the mixing process, the lever will smoothly raise the bowl to accommodate heavy batches of dough.
Everything you need to get started
This 500-watt model from Cuisinart can deliver perfectly mixed batter or dough. You’ll also have twelve speeds to choose from, no matter your cooking or baking project. A chef's whisk, dough hook, flat mixing paddle, and the splash guard with pour spout are all included in the box.
The addition of a glass bowl is a winner
The first difference you’ll notice with this KitchenAid model is the stunning glass mixing bowl. There are also measurement marks on the side, so there are fewer dishes during your creation process. The included dough hook is C-shaped and made from burnished aluminum, with all tools being powered by a 325-watt motor.
Avoid messes without managing attachments
Tough doughs are no match for this 660-watt offering from Aucma. The built-in splatter guard keeps small droplets from flying about your kitchen as you mix. This mixer also has a large 6.5-quart bowl, so you won't have to stop between batches. And the power knob is lit by a blue LED, making it easy to read.
All mixed up
When tackling large batches of cookies, or baking your cakes and loaves of bread, a powerful stand mixer streamlines the process. In most cases, we think the KitchenAid Professional Series is the best option in our collection. KitchenAid’s mixers are iconic because they last a long time and have many attachments to use them beyond mixing tasks. They’re also available in stunning finishes, making them stand out from other basic-looking appliances.
To accommodate tighter budgets, without compromising on performance, we recommend the Cuisinart Stand Mixer. Like the KitchenAid model, there is a power port on the head to use additional attachments if you’re doing more than mixing. You also won’t have to compromise on appearance, since this model looks sharp.