Our Top Picks
Best Overall: KitchenAid Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer at Amazon
"Not too big, not too small, this 10-speed mixer can knead a double batch of cookie dough and mix small amounts just as easily."
Best for Beginners: Aicok Stand Mixer at Amazon
"This stand mixer has the functions you need at a price that’s more affordable than the high-end models."
Best High-End: Breville Scraper Mixer Pro Stand Mixer at Amazon
"This mixer has 12 speeds and a 10-minute timer with an auto-off function and load-sensing technology that protects the motor."
Best Budget: Hamilton Beach 6-Speed Stand Mixer at Amazon
"This has the same planetary mixing action as popular high-end mixers, at a budget price."
Best Large Capacity: KitchenAid Commercial Stand Mixer at Amazon
"It can hold up to 14 cups of flour, and the motor is the most powerful and quietest in the KitchenAid line."
Best Design: Sunbeam Heritage Series Stand Mixer at Home Depot
"This bundle includes chrome beaters, dough hooks, and kneading paddles, so you can get a perfect consistency to your dough or batter."
Best for Small Spaces: KitchenAid Artisan Mini Series Stand Mixer at Amazon
"This small mixer ... is 25 percent lighter and has a 20 percent smaller footprint than the company’s classic mixer."
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Best Overall: KitchenAid Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer
Not too big, not to small, this 10-speed mixer can knead a double batch of cookie dough and mix small amounts just as easily. It might not have all the integrated bells and whistles (timers, automatic shutoff, etc.) of some of our other picks, but what the KitchenAid lacks in technology it makes up for in attachments and market ubiquity. When someone says they have a stand mixer, they're most likely talking about a KitchenAid, and probably even this model.
There are at least 15 different attachments for this machine, including a grater, grain mill, juicer, pasta maker, spiralizer, ravioli press, and ice cream maker, and more. (Although keep in mind they are all sold separately). Since the brand is so popular, besides official KitchenAid-branded attachments there are third-party attachments and accessories available also.
You can get this mixer in a wide variety of colors to match or accent your kitchen décor, and the tilt-head makes it easy to switch from paddle to dough hook, add ingredients, or scrape the bowl. This mixer has a 5-quart bowl and comes with a flat beater, a dough hook, wire whisk, and a pouring shield.
02 of 07
Best for Beginners: Aicok Stand Mixer
This stand mixer has the functions you need at a price that’s more affordable than the high-end models. It also has one extra — instead of a single dough hook, it has double dough hooks, so it can handle your bread dough with ease.
This has six speeds, a 5-quart bowl, and it comes with the two dough hooks, a whisk attachment, a beater attachment and a splash guard. The bowl has a handle that makes it easy to attach and remove and easy to empty.
The tilt-head design makes it easy to access the bowl, while suction cup feet make sure the mixer stays in place on the counter. The bowl and wire whip are dishwasher safe, but other attachments should be washed by hand. While this can do pretty much everything a more expensive mixer can, it’s a bit louder in operation.
03 of 07
Best High-End: Breville Scraper Mixer Pro Stand Mixer
This mixer has 12 speeds and a 10-minute timer with an auto-off function and load-sensing technology that protects the motor. A pause function temporarily stops the mixer and pauses the timer as well. Rather than a flat metal paddle, this mixer comes with a scraper beater that scrapes the bottom and sides of the bowl, so there’s no need to stop the mixer to make sure everything is completely mixed.
Speeds are controlled with a dial, while an LED strip indicates which speed is selected. Another LED display shows the timer. The tilt head locks in place and there are handles to make it easier to lift and transport the mixer. The cord stores in the base.
This mixer comes with a scraper paddle, wire whip, dough hook, and pouring shield. It’s available in three colors.
04 of 07
Best Budget: Hamilton Beach 6-Speed Stand Mixer
This has the same planetary mixing action as popular high-end mixers, at a budget price, so your cake batters will be smooth and your whipped cream will be fluffy. There are six speeds, plus a special fold setting for gentle mixing.
The 3 1/2 quart bowl is large enough for most baking needs, and non-slip feet keep the machine stable as it works. The mixer head tilts up for easy access to the bowl and locks down in use, so it won’t bounce when mixing thick batters and doughs.
This mixer is powered by a 300-watt motor and includes a splash guard, dough hook, whisk and flat beater for versatility. The mixing bowl and attachments are dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
05 of 07
Best Large Capacity: KitchenAid Commercial 8-Qt Bowl Lift NSF Stand Mixer
This giant stand mixer is designed for commercial use, but it’s still feasible for home use for those who often cook or bake large quantities for the family, freezer, or big gatherings. It can hold up to 14 cups of flour, and the motor is the most powerful and quietest in the KitchenAid line, so it can knead tough doughs without overheating. It has 10 speeds, from a slow mix to a speedy whip, with the traditional KitchenAid slide control.
This model has a bowl-lift design, which means the bowl moves up and down while the mixer head, which contains the motor, remains in place. Although this is a commercial machine, the attachment hub can be used to power all of KitchenAid’s standard attachments. It comes in a smaller color range compared to the Artisan line, but anyone who opts for this model is probably more focused on size and power than perfectly matching their mixer to their wall paint.
It includes a wire whip, flat beater, and spiral dough hook, all made from stainless steel, so they’re dishwasher safe.
06 of 07
Best Design: Sunbeam Heritage Series Stand Mixer
While Sunbeam isn’t the first name you’d think when someone mentions stand mixers the company has been making them for a long time, and this machine has features that more well-known brands don’t include. It has 12 variable speeds so you can do a soft start to minimize splashing. The bowl is offset instead of centered, so it’s easier to add ingredients while mixing—no need to tilt the head up to pour ingredients into the bowl. The mixer has two beaters that spin independently, and the bowl also spins, for three different mixing actions.
This bundle includes chrome beaters, dough hooks, and kneading paddles, so you can get a perfect consistency to your dough or batter, no matter what recipe you're making. While this machine is capable of kneading bread dough or thick cookie dough, it’s not as powerful as more expensive models and could struggle with some recipes.
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Best for Small Spaces: KitchenAid Artisan Mini Series Tilt-Head Stand Mixer
This small mixer from KitchenAid is 25 percent lighter and has a 20 percent smaller footprint than the company’s classic mixer, but the 250-watt motor and hob attachment mean that it’s compatible with attachments like the pasta roller, grater, spiralizer, and more. The beaters and bowls are not interchangeable with other models, however.
The tilt-head design makes it easy to access the bowl or change beaters, and the head locks in place to make sure the beaters keep in close contact with the bowl for even mixing. It has 10 mixing speeds.
This has a 3 1/2 quart bowl, so it won’t hold as much as the full-size models, but it’s fine for dozens of cookies at a time. This includes a coated flat beater, coated dough hook, and wire whip and comes in 10 different colors.
What to Look for in a Stand Mixer
Bowl size The listed bowl size isn’t the amount of food it can hold, since you’ll need room for mixing without flinging food across the kitchen. Bigger isn’t always better, though. While a giant bowl is great for making double batches of bread dough, it’s not as efficient for making small batches of whipped cream.
Lift vs. tilt-head Tilt-head mixers are the most common style, and let you get the mixer head out of the way of the bowl. However, if you plan on using the mixer under your kitchen cabinets, that head can get in the way when you lift it to add ingredients or remove the bowl. Bowl lift models are taller and the bowl can be lifted up down for filling and removal.
Power Stand mixers can be used for everything from beating egg whites to kneading bread dough. Most mixers will have no trouble whipping thin liquids or beating cake batter, but if you plan on mixing a lot of dense cookie dough or kneading bread dough, a model with a heavy-duty motor will strain less, mix better, and last longer.