Best Mixers of 2018

Linda Thomson ·
Updated
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We tested 10 name-brand stand mixers, putting them through the paces of creating typical foods that most cooks would expect a mixer to handle easily and well. The potent and durable KitchenAid Artisan blasted through our tests with flying colors, excelling at each task we put it to and producing the results a good cook would expect. The impressive power of the KitchenAid Artisan is one of its greatest strengths. Additionally, it not only comes with three attachments and a splash guard, but you also can buy 10 other helpful attachments, which gives you enormous versatility in the kitchen.

Best Overall

KitchenAid Artisan

The KitchenAid Artisan whisks egg whites into airy clouds, kneads bread dough with longshoreman-like power and can knock off any other mixing task in a jiffy. This electric mixer blends ingredients flawlessly and the results will make you proud.
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Best Value

Oster Planetary

The Oster Planetary mixer is a relatively compact, hard-working electric mixer that kneads bread dough wonderfully. This reasonably priced electric mixer offers extra features like a slow-start function and handles on both sides of the bowl.
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Best Power

Breville Scraper Mixer Pro

The Breville Scraper Mixer Pro is a hearty stand mixer with great power to tackle any mixing job. You also get helpful features like a pause function, a timer and overload protection.
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Product
Price
$429.99Amazon
$233.99Amazon
$325.21Amazon
$189.99Amazon
$199.00Amazon
$148.93Amazon
$188.00Amazon
$109.99Amazon
Overall Rating
8.6
8.3
8
7.2
7
6.3
6.1
3.3
Performance
8.4
6.8
7.7
7.5
3.9
5
6.8
3.4
Convenience
8.3
10
10
5
10
8.3
3.3
1.7
Attachments
10
8.3
5.8
10
8.3
5
8.3
3.3
Warranties & Support
7
9
7
7
8
8
7
8
Dough Hook
Paddle
Whisk
N/A
Length (inches)
12.5
14
14
12.5
15
11.5
12
13
Width (inches)
8.75
11
9
9
12
11
8
9
Bowl Capacity (quarts)
5
5.5
5
4.5
6
4.5
4
4.6
Height (inches)
14
12.5
17.5
17.5
16.5
12
14.5
17
Variety of Colors
34
3
1
1
1
1
1
8
Weight (pounds)
26
21
16.3
21.6
26.65
16.7
6.5
9.9
Bowl Material
Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel
Plastic
Stainless Steel
Online User Manual
Warranty
1 Year
3 Years
1 Year
1 Year
5 Years
2 Years
1 Year
2 Years
Manufacturer Support
Recipe Book
N/A
Locking Tilt Head
N/A
Timer
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Dishwasher Safe
Slow Start
N/A
N/A
Handle on Bowl
N/A
N/A
N/A
Splashguard
N/A
N/A
Juicer
$
$
N/A
$
$
N/A
$
N/A
Pasta Maker
$
$
N/A
$
$
N/A
N/A
N/A
Flexible-Edge Beater
$
N/A
$
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Food Grinder
$
$
N/A
$
$
N/A
$
N/A
Ice Cream Maker
$
N/A
N/A
$
N/A
N/A
$
N/A
Shredder
$
$
N/A
$
$
N/A
$
N/A
Cookie Dough Test
95%
80%
85%
90%
70%
80%
25%
30%
Number of Speeds
10
12
12
10
10
12
4
12
Wattage
325
800
550
275
600
350
400
350
Cup Capacity
9
12
5
8
8
4
10.6
4.5
Overload Protection
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Mixing Action
Planetary
Planetary
Planetary
Planetary
Planetary
Planetary
Planetary
Center
Bread Dough Test
100%
90%
90%
100%
80%
95%
95%
25%
Whipped Egg Whites Test
100%
50%
90%
95%
30%
40%
40%
80%
Best Overall

KitchenAid Artisan

The robust KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer outdid the other mixers we tested, despite steep competition from some top-quality rival mixers.
This is a tilt-head mixer, so you simply tip that back to get to the generously large 5-quart stainless steel mixing bowl. With its powerful motor, the KitchenAid Artisan muscled through 10 minutes of kneading bread dough like it was nothing at all, and the result was a smooth, shiny and precisely blended ball of dough with virtually no leftover bits sticking to the sides of the bowl. As for whipping egg whites, this electric mixer was a champ. It whisked more air into the egg whites than any of the other mixers we tested and did this faster than any other mixer. The result was poufy, perfectly whipped egg whites that could elegantly top any sweet potato casserole or lemon meringue pie. When it came to making chocolate chip cookie dough using this electric mixer's paddle attachment, the results were just as good as the other tests. Each ingredient was well incorporated into the finished dough, with no flour residue and only a tiny smear of butter on the side of the bowl. Adding the chocolate chips was easy since the dough was so well mixed, and the results were excellent. KitchenAid doesn't skimp when it comes to other accessories. The mixer comes with a dough hook, whisk, paddle attachment and splash guard, but you can choose from as many as 10 other attachments so you can do plenty of other things with your KitchenAid Artisan. These include a meat grinder, pasta maker, sausage stuffer, slicer and more. One drawback to this otherwise excellent mixer is that it is not built with overload shut-off protection if the machine is working too hard, which could cause the motor to burn up.
Pros
  • This has a powerful motor.
  • You get three attachments and a splash guard.
  • You can buy up to 10 extra attachments.
Cons
  • You get no overload protection.
  • You get just a one-year warranty.
  • There is no timer.
$259.99Amazon
Best Value

Oster Planetary

If you like making bread and saving it, the Oster Planetary mixer is a good choice for you. This affordable electric mixer does a great job kneading bread dough -- as well as some of the top mixers -- despite the fact that it is smaller in size than top-ranked mixers.
This stand mixer did a fine job on chocolate chip cookie dough, incorporating all the ingredients well and in a short time, leaving only a small amount of butter on the sides of the bowl, which was not a problem. During testing for egg whites, the Oster had did okay, but had a spot a of trouble getting them really stiff in the allotted 4 minutes. Instead, we ended up with peaks that were a tad soft. This employs planetary-style mixing, which means any attachment will orbit at the same time while the bowl rotates. These simultaneous movements work nicely to get the attachment to all parts of the 4.5 quart mixing bowl compared to center-style mixers, and the planetary-style mixing is especially good for heavier jobs like handling dough. This comes with some helpful extras including a splash guard that keeps dry ingredients from going pouf! and flying all over, and prevents wet ingredients from being splattered out of the bowl. Unfortunately, besides the whisk, dough hook and paddle, you cannot buy extra attachments for this mixer. One welcome touch: This bowl has handles on both sides, which is quite helpful when you want to remove a bowl full of batter or dough from the mixer's base. You also get a slow start function, which means you can start mixing at the lowest speed, which again prevents ingredients from escaping the bowl. You can then move to higher speeds and go up to 12 for things like whipping cream.
Pros
  • You get a splash guard.
  • This does great kneading bread dough.
  • This takes up little counter space.
Cons
  • This does not whip egg whites perfectly.
  • You can't buy extra attachments.
  • The motor can't handle double batches of batter.
$149.99Amazon
Best Power

Breville Scraper Mixer Pro

The well-designed Breville Scraper Mixer Pro is a feature-rich, powerful stand mixer that can mix, blend, cream, knead, whip and generally incorporate just about any ingredients you choose to put into its big 5-quart stainless steel bowl.
It made short work of kneading bread dough for two loaves in 10 minutes and produced smooth, shiny and stretchy dough that was just right. It did equally well mixing ingredients for chocolate chip cookies with its paddle attachment, incorporating the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients easily and thoroughly. This comes with a convenient splash guard so adding different ingredients is not a messy process. As for egg whites, our tests showed this electric mixer's big balloon-shaped whisk injects enough air to four ounces of egg whites to volumize them to nine times their original size. We ended up with fluffy, stiff peaks and great texture. Besides the standard attachments of dough hook, paddle and whisk, the Breville Scraper Mixer Pro also includes a flexible edge beater that gets to every edge of the bowl. These are all useful tools, but Breville unfortunately does not offer any other attachments for this mixer, which is a minus. You do get a pause capability built into the design as well as overload protection that detects when the machine is overloaded and working too hard, and it shuts off to prevent burnout. You also get a timer than counts up or down, so you can set it for counting down and do another kitchen task. It will stop doing whatever it is doing when the timer has counted down completely.
Pros
  • This kneads dough beautifully.
  • You get a built-in timer.
  • This has overload shut-off protection.
Cons
  • You cannot buy extra attachments.
  • The warranty is only for one year.
  • This mixer is a bit pricey.
$299.95Amazon

Why Trust Us?

We charged into 120 hours of hands-on testing for all 10 of the mixers we chose after researching stand mixers and coming up with name brand electric mixers from well-known manufacturers. We wanted each test to be fair, so we measured all ingredients precisely, timed everything precisely and graded each mixer on the exacting standards we set for great results in foods and great value in a mixer.

We also sought advice from the experts. We checked in with Teresa Hunsaker, family consumer science educator at Utah State University Extension, to see what the typical home consumer should look for in a stand mixer. She strongly recommends that each individual think first about what they'll be using the mixer for most of the time and go from there when looking for features.

We also tracked down Lynnette Nielsen, bakery manager at Dick’s Fresh Market in Bountiful, Utah, who has worked as a commercial baker for almost 40 years. Given her extensive experience with giant commercial and home countertop mixers, Nielsen knows exactly what she would want in a home mixer: Power.

Without the oomph to make plenty of revolutions, a mixer cannot do the job it should, according to Nielsen.

We also looked at the website for renowned lifestyle expert Martha Stewart, who began her career in that area as a caterer and certainly knows her way around a kitchen. When discussing different mixer attachments on her website, Stewart said she is especially partial to the paddle attachment to tackle heavy jobs.

How We Tested
Our in-house testing took 120 hours for 10 mixers, checking for motor power, design, attachment effectiveness and overall performance. This involved multiple ingredients for 20 loaves of bread and 10 batches of chocolate chip cookies, as well as dozens of eggs to get a total of 40 ounces of egg whites.

We used each mixer to knead a two-loaf bread dough for 10 minutes using the dough hook attachment. After that, we felt the dough to see how elastic and smooth it was, and looked for any remaining bits of dough that might have stuck to the bowl. We awarded top grades to mixers with the smoothest and most resilient dough, and the cleanest bowl since that means everything was properly mixed.

Using the paddle attachment, we made a batch of chocolate chip cookie dough in each mixer using the paddle attachment. We especially noted whether the mixer provides a splashguard, a slow start feature and a folding feature, which lets you incorporate the chocolate chips without grinding them into sprinkles. We gave top marks to mixers that did not expel flour everywhere as we added dry ingredients, folded the chips in gently and, most importantly, fully incorporated all the ingredients.

We used the whisk attachment to whip 4 ounces of room-temperature egg whites to examine each mixer's ability volumize egg whites by whipping air into them. The best mixers created the greatest amount of poufy volume we measured and did this in the time we set, which was 4 minutes. 


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