However, stand mixers aren’t just for those that like to bake!
Really any kitchen chore that involves mixing ingredients can benefit from having a stand mixer on your kitchen counter – meatballs, mashing potatoes, and much more!
The help that a stand mixer can provide in a kitchen can be a life-changer, but how to decide which product is best for your kitchen needs?
Below, we’ll take a look at some of the very best and most popular stand mixer products out there, ranging from budget and value picks, all the way to the top of the line models.
Keep reading to find the right one for you!
The 6 Best Stand Mixers For 2020
|Product||Speed Settings||Bowl Size|
|6 speeds||3 quarts|
|6 speeds||4.2 quarts|
|7 speeds||4 quarts|
|12 speeds||5.5 quarts|
|12 speeds||5 quarts|
|10 speeds||5 quarts|
Dash Stand Mixer
About the Dash Stand Mixer
If you’re just getting started in the kitchen, or if you’re really looking for something smaller and simpler, then the Dash Stand Mixer is one of the best starter stand mixers out there.
Dash is a brand that specializes in simple, great-looking appliances in a whole bunch of different color schemes.
We particularly like the retro style of this Dash Stand Mixer, with its aqua blue finish (although more color options are available).
But you shouldn’t be buying a product just because it looks good.
The Dash Stand Mixer is a relatively simple product, and its relatively small too!
It weighs less than 5 lbs and easily stores in most cabinets due to its small size.
Additionally, it offers a basic 6 speed settings, thanks to its 250-watt motor.
It comes with 2 large beaters and 2 egg hooks, useful for mixing anything you like in the 3-quart stainless steel mixing bowl.
Finally, it has a tilting motor head which makes lifting the bowl easy, and mess-free!
The Dash stand mixer is a simple, cheap stand mixing option, and it very well may be the best stand mixer for you if you need something incredibly simple and small.
There have been concerns raised over the general build quality of the Dash stand mixer, and indeed at this price range it isn’t all that surprising that quality can vary from one Dash mixer to the next.
Other concerns include loud operation noise, and poor mixing performance, but again these issues seem to occur on a per-unit basis.
And when a Dash stand mixer worksm it is still a useful little product…
However, for only a small increased investment, there is a more reliable option available.
CHEFTRONIC Stand Mixer
About the CHEFTRONIC Stand Mixer
If you’re shopping on a budget, spending over $100 on a stand mixer probably doesn’t seem worthwhile.
However, for under $100, a reliable stand mixer can be had.
The CHEFTRONIC stand mixer is a better alternative to the Dash Stand Mixer, at a still affordable price.
The CHEFTRONIC is still a smaller stand mixer compared to some of the later entries on this list, but it will get the job done.
Coming equipped with a 350-watt power motor, and 6 speed control, it offers all the function of the Dash, and more.
The bowl on the CHEFTRONIC is larger than Dash’s, holding about 4.2 quarts.
Additionally, the CHEFTRONIC comes with 4 attachments including, dough hook, flat beater, egg whisk, and bowl cover.
Finally, the CHEFTRONIC also has a tilt-up head, as well as suction cups mounted to its bottom, ensuring no spillage or rocking during operation!
The CHEFTRONIC is a great product at an even better price, and if you need a simple stand mixer, then this is our “Best Budget Option”.
It comes equipped with incredible features for its price, and while it shouldn’t be relied upon for serious bakers and cooks, for a beginner, this is a great option.
Take a look below for a video review showing the stand mixer in operation!
Hamilton Beach 63391 Stand Mixer
About the Hamilton Beach Stand Mixer
Up next is a stand mixer from a brand everyone should be familiar with.
Hamilton Beach makes all different kinds of home and kitchen appliances and products, and they are known for offering reliable mid-tier products.
Their stand mixer is no exception.
The Hamilton Beach stand mixer claims no scraping will be necessary and that you will get full bowl coverage and that claim isn’t bogus.
The mixer has 7 speed options and a 300-watt motor that effortlessly mixes anything you throw at it.
The 4-quart stainless steel bowl has handles and a cover for easy lifting and no spills.
Additionally, the Hamilton Beach comes with a tilt-up head for easy switching of attachments or to remove the mixing bowl.
Attachments include a dough hook, whisk, and flat beater.
We really liked the Hamilton Beach stand mixer.
We would compare it pretty much equally to the prior CHEFTRONIC device.
Both devices have similar features, right down to them both having suction cups.
One feature we liked more with the Hamilton Beach stand mixer was the guide on the top of the unit that tells you which speed is best for the function you’re looking for.
However, the CHEFTRONIC device is a little bit cheaper, and thus beats out this Hamilton Beach as the best budget stand mixer.
BUT, this is still a reliable, quality product at a great price, so it really comes down to your preference of the two!
Cuisinart SM-50 5.5–Quart Stand Mizer
About the Cuisinart SM-50
Cuisinart is a brand that is incredibly well-known and trusted as a reliable and quality producer of appliances, tools, and gadgets.
This is a gorgeous looking appliance to display in your kitchen, and it performs as good as it looks!
This stand-mixer has a powerful 500-watt motor that will make any mixing task super simple, and a 5-quart bowl that can mix up to 5 dozen cookies, or 6 cups of ingredients.
Attachment heads for this unit include a whisk, dough hook, flat mixing paddle, and splash guard with a pour spout.
The feature we loved the most with this unit was the ability for it to transform into different kinds of machines, thanks to the outlet that takes multiple attachment heads.
For example, Cuisinart’s Meat Grinder, Spiralizer, Ice Cream Maker, and Pasta Maker attachments all work with this device.
And of course, this machine also has a tilt-back head, and 12 speeds!
That means it is by far the best machine we’ve looked at for serious bakers and cooks!
This is a fantastic machine, and it can be relied on with regards to its build quality, performance, and overall utility.
What makes this machine even better, in our opinion, is its clean look. It really is a great-looking appliance for any kitchen, and it is even available in a bunch of different colors.
Another great benefit is the incredible price point that this product is available.
While we liked many of the prior stand mixers we looked at, the Cuisinart SM-50 is the first truly great machine on this list.
It is in fact so great that it is the machine we believe is the “Best Value” stand mixer on the market!
Breville BEM800BSXL Scraper Mixer
About the Breville Scraper Mixer
Breville is one of those brands that demands an instant respect and is immediately recognizable by their classic stainless-steel design.
This is another incredible looking product, and it is built to handle baking workloads without a hitch.
The Breville Scraper Mixer is marketed as being exceptionally well-suited for baking thanks to its thorough mixing capabilities.
The planetary revolving mixing and double-sided scraper beater combine to make sure no ingredients are left unmixed, something that’s especially important in baking.
In addition to being a device that is strongly suited for baking, the Breville Scraper Mixer has 12 speeds, and a die-cast metal stand that ensures that even at the highest speed the stand will not shake or rattle.
It also includes a few versatile attachments, such as a scraper beater, a standard flat beater, a dough hook, whisk, splash guard, and spatula attachments.
The Breville Scraper Mixer is a great stand mixer, and depending on what you’re looking for, it might even be the best stand mixer for you.
The Breville Scraper Mixer excels at being a stand mixer for heavy duty home bakers, thanks to its large 5-quart bowl, planetary revolving, and scraper attachments.
The only concern that seems to be raised with this machine is when mixing heavier doughs (like breads) for long periods of time.
It can begin to overheat and eventually fry the motor, so we would recommend this unit for those bakers that are making lighter doughs and treats in big batches, such as cookies, cakes, muffins, etc.
Overall, this is a great stand mixer, but doesn’t quite match up to our next pick – the best overall stand mixer on the market.
However, if you’re still considering the Breville mixer, watch the video below for a more in-depth look at the Breville Scraper Mixer in use!
KitchenAid KSM150PSER Artisan Stand Mixer
About the KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer
KitchenAid is one of the bigger brands in the home and kitchen appliance industry, and for good reason. Their products are assembled in America and can be relied upon for high quality build and performance.
The KitchenAid is a great looking appliance and is available in upwards of 20 different colors.
The bowl is 5-quarts, stainless steel, and comes with a comfortable handle that is pretty unique to stand mixers.
It has the usual tilt-head allowing for easy removal of the bowl, and quick access to the mix.
It also has 59 touchpoints thanks to its planetary mixing action, similar to the prior Breville unit.
It only has 10 speed options, and a 350-watt motor, but this never seemed to be an issue as the 10 speeds is more than enough for customizing the speed of mixing.
Similar to the Cuisinart listed earlier, the KitchenAid also has a universal hub attachment point that allows the stand mixer to be a multi-functional culinary center.
There are over 12 KitchenAid attachments available that work with this unit, allowing for pasta-making, cheese-grating, and much more!
The mixer also comes with a recipe book, coated flat beater, coated dough hook, 6-wire whip, and a 1-piece pouring shield.
Overall, this machine offers performance, various features and usage, and a great design that separates it from most other stand mixers.
The KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer is a fantastic machine and is incredibly useful for all different kinds of uses in the kitchen.
Its universal power hub lets it function as more than just a mixer, but its mixing capabilities are definitely not underwhelming.
It is the perfect machine for the home baker or cook that needs a one-stop-shop machine that will tackle a bunch of different baking and cooking prep work, eliminating the often-tiresome tasks that are done by hand.
There are no serious flaws to note with this unit, thanks to its reliable, quality, American-made build.
This is a no-brainer for our “Best Overall” stand mixer, and although it is the most expensive unit we looked at, if you can justify the purchase it will not be a poor investment!
Take a look at the video below for an in-depth unboxing and review of this incredible machine:
We’ve taken a look at some of the very best and most beloved stand mixers on the market, and we’ve found that not all stand mixers are created equal.
Some stand mixers are better suited for certain kinds of mixing, and some are so versatile that they are better described as “culinary centers” than a simple stand mixer.
In conclusion, we sorted through the options to find three units that fit into our “Best Budget”, “Best Value”, and “Best Overall” categories.
Our “Best Budget Pick” was the CHEFTRONIC Stand Mixer, thanks to its reliable mixing at an incredible price point. If you are a beginner chef or baker looking for a stand mixer, this is a great entry point!
Next up we have our “Best Value Pick”, which was the Cuisinart SM-50 Stand Mixer.
The Cuisinart was a great-looking device that you can display in your kitchen and be proud of!
But it wasn’t just looks that caught our eye, the Cuisinart also delivers great performance, a large 5-quart bowl, and multiple attachment heads that allow the machine to do more than just mix!
At a reasonable price, this is a great option for anyone looking for a stand mixer that is unwilling to pay a premium for a top of the line product!
And finally, we have our “Best Overall Pick”, the KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer.
This flawless device delivers top of the line build quality, exceptional performance, extreme utility, and a great aesthetic.
It is available in over 20 colors and is the very best mixer on the market when it comes to reliable mixing.
As well as being useful for a bunch of different cooking functions thanks to the various different KitchenAid attachments.
It can be very expensive to purchase, but it is often on sale, so we suggest keeping an eye on the price!
However, no matter the price you pay, if you are a serious baker or chef, this is a reliable device that will meet all your baking and cooking needs!
While the KitchenAid was our favourite unit, you really can’t go wrong with any of our 3 choices!
Say goodbye to sore arms from mixing doughs and whipping creams, cause these stand mixers make any mixing job a breeze!
Writer and Researcher
Sean is a Canadian University graduate with a degree in Communication Studies and Business Management. With over four years of experience in the field working with different newspapers and online magazines, mixed with his impeccable researching abilities, his talents are a perfect fit for Meccano Home.