If you are looking to bake a cake that is light and airy, and decorated with a satin-like frosting, you generally have two options. You can stand there, whisk the whole thing by hand, and be too tired to eat it when it’s done; or you can purchase a stand mixer and have it do all the hard work for you. Here is our take on the top five best stand mixers for your baking delight.
The die-cast metal stand mixer by Hamilton Beach comes with a 400-watt motor and 12 different speed settings, as well as various accessories for a fuss-free mixing experience; and for the most part, it works very well. However, throw in some dough and crank up the speed and the mixer does start to struggle somewhat, largely due to a lack of motor power. Lightweight mixing is where the Hamilton Beach performs best and it is best to stick to that. If you do decide to mix dough in the machine, the three-year warranty supplied with the product could come in very handy.
As the largest, most powerful, and quietest KitchenAid stand mixer on the market, you might wonder why the 7-Quart Bowl Lift Stand Mixer is not rewarded with a higher position on our list of stand mixer reviews. Well, for all its brilliance – 1.3-horsepower motor, ten speed settings, wonderful planetary action, seven-quart stainless steel bowl, and exceptional performance – this product is incredibly expensive. Given the fact that there are other mixers on the list that perform just as well at a fraction of the cost, #4 is the highest that this KitchenAid could have hoped to receive.
Despite possessing a smaller motor than the previous two mixers on the list (275-watt), this 10-speed 4 ½-quart stand mixer, again by KitchenAid, is a real solid performer. This product is a workhorse and excellent for moderate kitchen use. Flat beater, wire whip and dough hook are included for a multitude of tasks and the locking tilt-head design ensures an even mix. There is a slight issue with splatter at high speeds, but this is only a minor flaw in what is an otherwise good product.
The Cuisinart 12-Speed Stand Mixer might look a bit like a sewing machine, but don’t let its looks put you off; this is one of the best stand mixers there is. Sporting an 800-watt motor inside a die-cast metal shell, the 12-speed mixer gets through anything you throw its way and has an array of features to help you produce the perfect mix. There is a 15-minute countdown timer with auto shutoff, three mixing paddles, a splashguard with pour spout, and an all-important recipe book. Typical of Cuisinart, the mixer also comes with a 3-year product warranty and 5-year motor warranty.
The third KitchenAid product on the list and best stand mixer in 2016, the Artisan 5-Quart is not only the best performing mixer there is; it is the most beautiful. Available in a wide range of colors (we like Empire Red), the Artisan features a 325-watt motor with 10 speed settings that deliver the perfect mix and a tilt back head for easy access to your prepped mixture. The 5-quart stainless steel bowl provides enough room for a good size mix and there is the standard set of KitchenAid accessories to help you tackle everything from beating an egg to kneading pizza dough.
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