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Small Kitchen Appliances

Best Mixer

Since the early 1900's both hand and stand mixers have become a vital appliance for the kitchen. Most time spent in the kitchen is in the preparation of food, and this is where owning a quality mixer can make a big difference. Good quality mixers are designed to allow even the novice cook prepare delicious homemade meals with minimal work.

Choosing the proper mixer whether it is a portable hand mixer or a deluxe stand mixer really depends on how much you're going to use it. These practical kitchen appliances come in many varieties, and some even boast very high-tech features. Our lists are dedicated to simplifying the process of choosing a stand or hand mixer for your kitchen.

Sunbeam Heritage Series 350-Watt Stand Mixer

When talking stand mixers, the name Mixmaster will always come up, and that tradition continues with the Sunbeam Heritage Series Mixmaster Stand Mixer. Some of the original stand mixers were the Mixmaster models, and this famous iconic mixer is as good as it gets.

The Mixmaster is a twin beater mixer, that features 12 speeds and comes with a solid 350 watt motor. The offset rotating table allows the bowl to turn while mixing and this same offset design lets you easily add ingredients while It even releases from its base to become a hand mixer. It comes with the basic accessories, but there are several other bowls and beaters that can be added. The quick eject button releases the beaters for easy cleaning inside of your dishwasher, a soft grip handle lets you grasp and pivot the unit securely, and it comes in several different colors that will perfectly fit your kitchen decor.

Mixmasters are renowned for their mixing ability and durability, this one comes with a two year warranty, and many of the older models that were bought decades ago are still in use to this day. This design is a performance standard, and if you want the best, you've just found it.

BODUM 11381-01US Bistro Electric Stand Mixer

If you want a high tech, lightweight mixer, you've come to the right place with the Bodum 11381-01US Bistro Electric Stand Mixer. It's up to the task of mixing the heaviest dough mixes, yet it is light and small enough to be used almost everywhere. The Bodum Bistro is the most unique planetary mixer on this list, featuring seven mixing speeds and a killer 700 watt motor. This incredibly lightweight has an accessory storage bin on the top, a removable splash guard, and a suction cup base to keep it in place. In favor of keeping this unit on the lighter side, there isn't as much noise reduction unlike on some other types of mixers so this is the loudest one of the bunch. But if you want a relatively small and compact design that can keep up with the big boys, you'll have to check the Bodum Bistro out. It comes with a two year warranty.

KitchenAid KP26M1XWH Professional 600 Series Stand Mixer

The KitchenAid name is just about as famous as the Mixmaster. You could probably make an entire list here of KitchenAid mixers, but since that isn't realistic, let the KitchenAid Professional 600 Series 6 Quart Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer be representative of this outstanding product line. One of the highest priced (and heaviest) stand mixers available, the planetary-type KitchenAid Pro 600 will definitely stay put so you'll never have to worry about it moving it around or falling off the countertop.

This mixer comes with a low gear accessory port which gives you access to a multitude of accessories like a meat grinder, pasta maker, slicer/shredder and many others, make this the most versatile and full featured mixer available. The bowl holder feature allows you to precisely raise the bowl so it perfectly fits the beater, you can choose from ten mixing speeds, and this unit has a 575 watt motor to thoroughly mix ingredients and then some. Even though KitchenAid mixers are considered some of the most durable mixers on the planet, they are all only backed with a one year warranty.

Bosch Compact Stand Mixer MUM4405

If you have limited counter space or just want something unique, go for the Bosch Compact Mixer Model 4405. No mixer is smaller yet it has enough power to knead bread dough easily. The Bosch compact doesn't even look like a traditional mixer as it uses plastic BPA free bowls in a planetary configuration, coupled to a 450 watt motor with four selectable speeds. This unit is also very versatile thanks to a large variety of optional accessories, such as grinders, stuffers, slicers, and dicers. The 4405 even has a cover for the bowl and suction cup feet to keep it planted firmly in place. For the best in a compact mixer that won't take up space, look into the Bosch 4405 Compact. Though small in size, this little powerhouse is big on power and accessories, making it great for those who love baking but have limited space, this mixer fits right in.

Breville USA BEM600XL Handy Stand Mixer

If you're partial to double beater mixers, and you are looking for something comparable to the top rated model, than the Breville USA BEM600XL Handy Stand Mixer is worth a look. This double beater Breville actually has two motors with one to drive the beaters and one to drive the bowl table platform. Technically, a platform motor would be most helpful for heavier duty tasks (like dough kneading) because it would always keep the bowl turning for maximum dough contact with the 380 watt powered kneading hooks. There are only low and high settings for mixing speeds and there's no power take off feature available so the only accessories you can get are different bowls and beaters. However, is dough kneading is going to be your primary use for this appliance, the Breville Handy Stand Mixer is up to the task. Although simple and straightforward, it's power and effectiveness get the job done.

Sunbeam 250-Watt 5-Speed Hand and Stand Mixer Combo - FPSBHS0301

From the makers of the famous Mixmaster Mixer, comes the baby sister, the Sunbeam Hand and Stand 250-Watt 5-Speed Mixer. Sumbeam knows mixers, and this little gem comes with an automatic rotating, stainless steel offsett bowl for individuals who don't want plastic. The 250 watt motor should easily be powerful enough for all of your light and medium mixing chores, it converts to a hand mixer, and the mixer even has a "turbo" button for a bit more power when the going gets tough. The offset bowl design allows no hassle ingredient adding, and it comes in two colors, black or white. The Sunbeam Hand and Stand is one of the higher priced mixers here, but if you are willing to spend a little more, you'll get a quality product that rivals pricier counterparts.

Hamilton 64695 Hand/Stand Mixer

Lightweight and easy to use, the Hamilton Beach 64695 Power Deluxe Hand/Stand Mixer is a versatile machine with enough power for occasional or everyday mixing duties. The HB Power Deluxe Mixer can be used on the stand or it can be detached and used as a hand mixer. This mixer even has a bowl catch that allows it to rest on the side of the bowl.

The 225 watt motor is adequate for most mixing jobs and gives you the choice of six mixing speeds will allow you to choose the best speed for the mixing chore. There's even a "quick burst" button which gives you an extra bit of turbo power when needed. The bowl is glass and you'll have to manually spin it for complete mixing but a lever will shift the bowl off center so you can easily add ingredients without lifting up the entire unit. There may be better mixers here on this list, but if you're looking for a glass bowl, the Hamilton Beach Power Deluxe Mixer is your best option.

5 Speed with 2 Beaters Electric Kitchen Hand Stand Mixer

This mixer is an import that you'll readily be able to find online and although it's the least expensive unit here, this unit is surprisingly capable. The Hand Stand Mixer has a plastic exterior including the bowl and stand, making it the easiest to clean mixer on this list. A 200 watt motor will do a decent job of light-duty mixing chores, it easily converts from a stand to a hand mixer quickly, and you can also use it to whip up lighter doughs like cookies and pancake batter.

Although it does come with dough hooks, forget about about using it for thick bread or pasta doughs but if you just need a mixer for gravy, boxed cake batter or whipping eggs, this will get the job done. You get what you pay for here, and if you are only going to use this unit very occasionally, it will do a good job, just make sure to finish your mixing task within four minutes, or an automatic overload sensor will kick in and stop the unit. This unit comes with a 30 day manufactures warranty.

Dash Go Everyday Mixer

If you are searching for the best looking full stand mixer on this list, look no further than the Dash Go Everyday Mixer, a dedicated stand mixer with a stainless steel bowl that's quite reliable. The Dash Go Mixer has six speeds to select from, and the 250 watt motor is the most powerful on this list but still qualifies as a light/medium weight mixer. Keep in mind the mixing bowl rotates automatically when in use and so it's not made to be a hand mixer; if that function is one of your priorities, this one is not for you. This mixers design is the most contemporary here and is available in several colors, including light blue pastel and red; if you value form over function, then this is the one for you.

Brentwood 5-Speed Stand Mixer

The Brentwood mixer may have made it to the top of the list if the bowl would have automatically spun, but you'll have to manually spin it and use a spatula to keep everything mixing. Regardless, the 200 watt motor is adequate for many light to medium duty mixing tasks, and it does detach to become a hand mixer if needed. It even comes with a stainless steel bowl and if noise is an issue for you, you'll be glad to know it's the most quiet-running mixer on this list. The Brentwood 5 Speed Mixer only comes with a manufacturers 30 day warranty, but for a fee you can upgrade it to a two year warranty when purchased through certain retailers.

Hamilton 62695R Hand Mixer

Price and performance are the name of the game on this list, and if you want the best of both worlds you'll want to go with the Hamilton Beach 6 Speed Hand Mixer. This hand mixer comes with a 275 watt motor which is higher than some budget stand mixers. It offers a low mixing speed for delicate tasks, a "Quick Burst" turbo button for extra power when you need it, and comes with carrying case for your beaters and whisks while the cord wraps around the back of the mixer for easy storage. Simplicity, ease, power and convenience all rolled into one is why the Hamilton Beach 6 Speed Hand Mixer makes it to the top of our list.

Proctor Silex 62509R Easy Mix 5 Speed Hand Mixer

This is the lowest priced unit on this list, and if you just need something for basic mixing jobs like scrambling eggs or mixing batter, the Proctor Silex 62509RY 5-Speed Hand Mixer will come in handy. Although this hand mixer only has a modest 100 watt motor, it will get the job done for lightweight mixing tasks like pancake batter or beating eggs. While it does indeed come with five speeds, don't expect much in the way of exacting speed differentials at this price point. This is the most lightweight on our list so it's easy to pull out, use, and put away quickly. This hand mixer comes with a 30 day warranty, but if purchased at a department store, you can pay to get an extended warranty for up to two years.

Dualit 4-Speed Professional Hand Mixer

This is the best mixer you've never heard of, but if quality and power are your first priority, and you are willing to pay for it, than the Dualit 4-Speed Professional Hand Mixer might be right for you. With a 300 watt motor, this mixer will technically be able to handle heavier tasks like mashed potatoes and cookie dough. While there’s only four mixing speeds to choose from, you’ll also get a built in cord retraction system and the mixer is available in a variety of fun and stylish colors, including chrome. While this mixer is relatively heavy and bulky, it has the potential to last for many years with proper usage and comes with a one year warranty.

KitchenAid 5-Speed Ultra Power Hand Mixer - KHM512ER

The KitchenAid KHM512ER 5-Speed Ultra Power Hand Mixer is a basic but exceptional hand mixing appliance. Wattage is rated at 275, but those are KitchenAid calculations because they claim to have a highly efficient motor. Actual wattage is closer to 75, but regardless, it will still mix with the best of them with five speeds to choose from. It’s the only unit on our list which comes with genuine stainless steel mixing blades but that’s not all. It features a cord retraction system and the cord itself can be swiveled from left to right, depending on which side of the bowl you find yourself mixing on. This mixer also has a wide range of colors to choose from including black and white to pastels, primary colors, and everything in between.

Oster FPST2574CRBW 6-Speed Hand Mixer

From a name you know and trust, the Oster FPST2574CRBW 6 Speed Hand Mixer with Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl offers you a choice between six mixing speeds provided by a 225 watt motor that will work well for medium duty jobs like mashing potatoes. This hand mixer was also designed with might be the most comfortable ergonomic handle here and the unit comes in several different colors to choose from. As a nice bonus, this selection even comes with its own mixing bowl and lid which can be used to store beater attachments. With a two year manufacturer’s warranty protecting it, this neat-looking mixer is ready to tackle your next cooking task.

Dale Y
Dale Y has been writing about home improvement and Do-It-Yourself projects for more than a decade, using his own hands-on maintenance, construction and facilities management experience as a guide. He has covered the gamut by writing about news and views, home and garden ideas, home and business maintenance, and property management. As an offshoot, he had his own sewing machine and small appliance repair business, and can tell an embroidery stitch from a stretch stitch, all the while cooking the best salmon fillet ever on a countertop grill, while making a smoothie in the latest bullet blender. In this capacity, he has used a wide variety of tools and equipment for every need, worked with products ranging from adhesives to solvents, sewed shirt sleeves with a #14 needle and finished leather appliqué with a #18 needle.
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