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We tested stand mixers from KitchenAid, Smeg, Cuisinart, Bosch, and more to suss out the best models
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Best Stand Mixer Review (We tested the best stand mixers side-by-side, from brands like Bosch, Smeg, and KitchenAid, to highlight top models...)
We tested the best stand mixers side-by-side, from brands like Bosch, Smeg, and KitchenAid, to highlight top models for professional chefs and at-home bakers alie.
Credit: Jason Wanlass
By Nick Miley, Michelle Powell, and Jason Wanlass  ⋅  Nov 28, 2023

The Best Stand Mixers


Ready to level up your baking with a top-notch stand mixer? Our review ranks 10 of the best stand mixers side-by-side so that you can easily find the perfect match for your kitchen. We extensively researched the top models on the market before purchasing the most promising options for hands-on testing. We put our stand mixers through a battery of tests to simulate their performance in an active kitchen. Some contenders proved to be high-capacity workhorses, while others weren't much better than hand mixers. Whether you're an expert baker who dreams of opening a bakery, or someone who enjoys whipping up cookies and cakes from time to time, our comprehensive review will help you find the perfect stand mixer to whisk you away.

We've reviewed a very long list of kitchen appliances. Our culinary experts have tested everything from efficient, top-rated hand mixers and top-ranked blenders, to the best waffle makers, to the top ice cream makers and the best water filters. Our reviews ensure that you will have the best kitchen gadgets on hand so that you can focus on perfecting your recipes.

Editor's Note: We updated this review on November 28, 2023, to add additional mixer recommendations as possible substitutions to award winners.

Top 9 Stand Mixers - Test Results

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Awards Top Pick Award Best Buy Award Top Pick Award  Editors' Choice Award 
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$379.95 at Amazon
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Pros Compact, ample power, great kneading action, very sturdyEasy to clean, one-handed operation, large bowlUnique dough roller, cavernous bowl, powerful motorPlanetary mixing action, inexpensivePowerful motor, simplistic design, sturdy platform
Cons Limited volume, pricey for capacity, struggles blending heavier mixesBroad bowl/attachment gap, fiddly splash guardExpensive, long learning process, primarily focused on baking applicationsLimited power, dubious durabilityTilt-head impedes bowl access, mediocre whipping action
Bottom Line This miniature mixer is great for small-batch recipes though the compact design still comes at a premiumThis economic mixer sacrifices little in the way of performance to keep the cost lowThis atypical machine requires an adapted skillset to bring out its impressive capabilitiesThis is a light-duty machine for those that use mixers infrequentlyA do-it-all mixer with a bowl capacity and price suited to most households
Rating Categories KitchenAid Artisan... Aucma 6.5qt Ankarsrum Original Hamilton Beach 7-Speed KitchenAid Artisan
Ease of Use (30%)
7.0
5.0
5.0
3.0
9.0
Mixing (30%)
7.0
6.0
2.0
4.0
9.0
Whipping (25%) Sort Icon
8.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
6.0
Kneading (15%)
8.0
6.0
9.0
3.0
9.0
Specs KitchenAid Artisan... Aucma 6.5qt Ankarsrum Original Hamilton Beach 7-Speed KitchenAid Artisan
Head Type Tilt Tilt N/A Tilt Tilt
Bowl Capacity 3.5 quart 6 quart 6.5 quart 3 quart 5.5 quart
Standard Attachments Wire whip, flat beater, spiral dough hook Wire whip, flat beater, spiral dough hook Wire whips and dough hook Beaters and dough hooks Whisk, dough hook, and flat mixing paddle
Motor Power 250-watt 575-watt 800-watt 250-watt 500-watt
Mixing Action Planetary Planetary Kneading and triplicate whip Kneading and triplicate whip Planetary
Number of Speeds 10 10 4 (plus pulse) 6 6
Attachment Port? Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Timer? No No No No No
Measured Dimensions (L x W x H) 14.5" x 10.75" x 14.25" 14.5" x 11.25" x 16" 12" x 15" x 10.5" 10.5" x 7.5 x 10.25" 14.25" x 8.75" x 14"
Measured Weight 16lbs. 26lbs. 1oz. 13lbs. 8oz. 4lbs. 1oz. 18lbs. 2oz.
Warranty Limited 5-year 1-year Limited 1-year Limited 1-year Limited 3-year
Color Options 10 22 2 9 8


Best Overall Stand Mixer


KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer


83
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Ease of Use 9.0
  • Mixing 9.0
  • Whipping 6.0
  • Kneading 9.0
Bowl Size: 5 quarts | Mixing Action: Planetary
REASONS TO BUY
Sturdy
Powerful
Simplistic
REASONS TO AVOID
Head blocks access to the bowl
Lackluster whipping

The KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer is a quality, mid-sized, tilt-head mixer. Despite its average dimensions, the Artisan mixed it up with the best in class in three out of four of our test metrics. It's powerful enough to knead dough quickly and thoroughly and mix frosting to the highest standards. Home cooks probably won't have to break out the spatula too often, thanks to the mixing quality and slightly gapped design of the attachment and bowl system. The Artisan is stable when operating at its top mixing speed. We enjoyed the user-friendliness of this model and had no trouble performing all the essential tasks one-handed.

Despite the burly motor and components, we encountered some minor speed regulation issues. This flaw was most noticeable at high settings when whipping cream and eggs, which explains the whisk splattering from sporadic acceleration and saggy sponge cake resulting from inconsistent egg aeration. Add ingredients while actively mixing, and you'll find the KitchenAid Artisan easily gets spattered. Yet this is common for all models with a motor above the bowl. All in all, these issues are minimal when you account for the quality experience. For those with smaller households and people who have limited counter space check out the KitchenAid Artisan Mini. A solid alternative that offers similar mixing power on a smaller scale.

Read more: KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer Review

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KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer's planetary mixing action produces industry-leading results.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Best Mixer on a Tight Budget


Aucma 6.5qt


60
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Ease of Use 5.0
  • Mixing 6.0
  • Whipping 7.0
  • Kneading 6.0
Bowl Size: 6 quarts | Mixing Action: Planetary
REASONS TO BUY
Budget-friendly and powerful
Easy to use with one hand
Large capacity
Easy to clean
REASONS TO AVOID
Splash guard is so so
Heavy

The Aucma 6.5qt gives you a lot for the money. It is one of the bigger and heavier models we tested, with a large bowl and powerful motor. It is easy to use with one hand and easy to clean. It comes with ten speeds and 22 different colors. It excels at whipping, mixing, and kneading.

This model is one of the harder ones we tested to store and move around. It is significantly heavier and bulkier than the models that scored higher. It also comes with a shorter warranty than the models that scored higher. That said, it is hundreds of dollars less. While it could match the high performance of the top-scoring models, it still scored well, especially for the price. It could be all the stand mixer you need.

Read more: Aucma 6.5qt Review

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The Aucma's tilt-head and splash guard result in fewer spills and, thus, less cleaning.
Credit: Laura Casner

Best Mini Stand Mixer


KitchenAid Artisan Mini


74
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Ease of Use 7.0
  • Mixing 7.0
  • Whipping 8.0
  • Kneading 8.0
Bowl Size: 3.5 quarts | Mixing Action: Planetary
REASONS TO BUY
Compact
Ample power
Great kneading action
Very sturdy
REASONS TO AVOID
Lower mixing capacity
Struggles to blend very dense mixtures

The KitchenAid Artisan Mini is our favorite small-capacity mixer for one key reason: It offers the ability to mix small batches without sacrificing any craftsmanship or performance. Not every home chef wants to spend the whole day baking for the masses, which is why this mixer makes sense for cooks who are only baking for two to three people. It's also great for homes with limited shelf space or even diehard bakers living the RV life. The Artisan Mini's 250-watt motor and 3.5-quart mixing bowl are the perfect size for whipping up a loaf of bread or a dozen cookies. Considering its stature, we simply love this mixer's sturdiness and balance. It can plow through the thickest doughs but still has the finesse to whip perfect egg whites, and it can handle complex mixtures without pulverizing the individual ingredients. Best of all, it's simple to use, compact, and easy to clean.

We have very few gripes about this powerful mini mixer. Our main criticism regards the lever that locks the motor head in the up or down position: it operates manually and is pretty easy to forget to lock. This is problematic, especially if the head is tilted up, left unlocked, and then accidentally bumped so that it falls into a perfectly whipped meringue. When creaming butter and sugar together, the flat beater consistently forms a distinct ring of ingredients on the inside of the bowl, which requires a few too many reps with the spatula. But truth be told, we just love this little mixer. It's the perfect combination of size and power, and it checks nearly all the boxes when it comes to performance. If bowl size is a concern, opting for the bigger sized 5.5 quart KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer may be better suited to tackle those larger recipes.

Read more: KitchenAid Artisan Mini Review

stand mixer - the artisan mini&#039;s flex edge flat beater does a lot of the spatula...
The Artisan Mini's Flex Edge Flat Beater does a lot of the spatula work for you.
Credit: Jason Wanlass

Best for Kneading


Ankarsrum Original


52
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Ease of Use 5.0
  • Mixing 2.0
  • Whipping 7.0
  • Kneading 9.0
Bowl Size: 7.4 quarts | Mixing Action: Kneading and Triplicate Whip
REASONS TO BUY
Powerful
Huge capacity
REASONS TO AVOID
Separate whipping bowl and attachments
Unique techniques required

The Ankarsrum Original is unlike any other mixer we've tested. This open-top machine produces a spinning action by rotating the bowl instead of a mixing paddle or hook. The machine specializes in baking applications, particularly kneading dough, which explains the powerful roller arm, scraper, and bowl covering. It also performs well when whipping as it has a “triplicate” action wherein the two beaters rotate independently while collectively spinning around a central drive shaft.

We appreciate the Original has the capability of muscling large qualities of dough. What we don't love are all the extra components necessary to perform functions, such as whipping and mixing, which necessitate a separate bowl, driveshaft, and attachments. The initial purchase includes these components, but they take up valuable cabinet real estate and are mainly composed of plastic. Given the powerful motor, this may potentially be an issue. Still, if you're making bread, tortillas, and cookies regularly, you can't beat this high-volume workhorse. If mixing power is a high priority and simple controls sound more appealing, the Smeg Retro Style Stand Mixer is as functional as it is good-looking.

Read more: Ankarsrum Original Review

stand mixer - the ankarsrum original is a beautiful machine that requires some...
The Ankarsrum Original is a beautiful machine that requires some experimentation to bring out its full potential.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Compare Products

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Score Product Price
83
KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer
Best Overall Stand Mixer
$450
Editors' Choice Award
74
KitchenAid Artisan Mini
Best Mini Stand Mixer
$380
Top Pick Award
68
Smeg Retro Style Stand Mixer
$540
65
Bosch Universal Plus Kitchen Machine
$469
60
Aucma 6.5qt
Best Mixer on a Tight Budget
$160
Best Buy Award
53
Cuisinart Precision Master SM-50
$250
52
Ankarsrum Original
Best for Kneading
$750
Top Pick Award
43
Hamilton Beach 7-Speed
$130
37
Dash Everyday Stand Mixer
$50

stand mixer - the situation room, after of a long day of side-by-side testing.
The situation room, after of a long day of side-by-side testing.
Credit: Jason Wanlass

Why Trust GearLab


Before jumping into testing, we completed extensive market research and investigated dozens of promising stand mixers. After gaining a firm grasp on the market, we purchased 10 of the best stand mixers representing various styles, sizes, and price points. To find out which model is the creme de la creme, we devised a challenging set of tests to evaluate their performance side-by-side. Our testing rendered more than a dozen pizzas, 200+ cookies, and a few dozen cakes. For the benefit of each machine — and our own stomachs — we taste-tested every baked good for a complete understanding of how these stand mixers perform in the kitchen.

Our overall score breaks down into four key metrics:
  • Ease of Use (30% of overall score weighting)
  • Mixing (30% weighting)
  • Whipping (25% weighting)
  • Kneading (15% weighting)

We've tested dozens of stand mixers over the years, and our extensive testing procedure puts each contender through 19 individual tests to rate their performance. Each of the four metrics breaks down into multiple sub-tests that are scored individually. The highest weighted test metrics are ease of use and mixing, each comprising 30% of the overall weighted total. The Ease of Use metric involves 9 specific tests, including taking decibel readings of each model at its highest speed. The mixing metric involves 5 specific tests: three relate to mixing cookie dough, frosting, and pizza dough; the other two sub-tests assess how well a mixer can beat wet ingredients together when making cookies and frosting.

Senior Research Analyst Michelle Powell applies more than a decade of professional culinary experience to her analysis of kitchen devices and appliances. Michelle's management of an artisanal bakery makes her well-positioned to test mixers. Senior Review Editor Nick Miley has a passion for feeding friends and family. He has continuously perfected recipes and honed his baking techniques for over 15 years. This experience — coupled with a scientific research background — guides his side-by-side analysis of gourmet food products. Review Editor Jason Wanlass has been part of the GearLab team for more than six years. An avid adventurist, he has written numerous reviews on camping gear. He recently combined his love for all things gear with his passion for cooking and is excited to offer his insight into kitchen goods. Jason has an eye for detail and likes to find the little things that make a product particularly great.

stand mixer - we put each stand mixer through the wringer, making pizza, cookies...
We put each stand mixer through the wringer, making pizza, cookies, and cake; essentially, recipes with typical tasks you would expect a stand mixer to execute.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Analysis and Test Results


There is a huge variety of products in the realm of kitchen appliances. To make direct, apples-to-apples comparisons among this diverse class of stand mixers, we created a set of test metrics that flush out a product's overall performance. We used hands-on, systematic testing to gather data on these metrics. While developing our testing regimen, we also flushed out our professional guide for picking the right stand mixer.


Value


We define value as a product's quality and price ratio compared to other mixers of similar quality or price. A product that performs similarly to its peers but costs less is a greater value. A product that costs the same as its peers but is of higher quality also offers greater value. The KitchenAid Artisan retails at a price slightly above the class average yet delivers a superior level of performance. Other products, like the Aucma 6.5qt, cost significantly less than the average but score on par with their peers in many respects. All things considered, stand mixers like these present an excellent value relative to the rest of our lineup.

Ease of Use


Ease of use is an assessment of how the user interacts with the machine. Mixers are supposed to make the time spent in the kitchen more productive and hopefully more enjoyable. The learning process shouldn't be overly complicated due to poor product design. We looked specifically at the user interface to evaluate the degree of difficulty in every component, from turning it on to changing mixing speeds. We also paid attention to the physical design to discover which tasks can be done with one hand and which ones require more engagement. We assess the machine's sturdiness and whether it wobbles or moves around. We note the gap size between the mixing attachment and the bowl.


We also look at how messy the machine is when in operation. Some of the best mixers have a slow start-up function to prevent ingredients from being thrown out of the bowl. They are also designed to let you easily pour ingredients into the bowl while it is mixing. We note the effectiveness of the splash guard if one is included. Finally, we rate the difficulty in cleaning the stand, bowl, and attachments.

stand mixer - the tilt-head and bowl-lift stand mixers have a difficult-to-access...
The tilt-head and bowl-lift stand mixers have a difficult-to-access bowl; however, splash guards can help with this problem.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

The KitchenAid Artisan earned a high score in ease of use. This model has a slow start, a great feature that works in conjunction with its ten optional speed settings. The KitchenAids have sturdy bases that prevent them from walking across the countertop.

stand mixer - the bosch mum4405&#039;s suction-cupped feet keep it firmly in place even...
The Bosch MUM4405's suction-cupped feet keep it firmly in place even when its thinner plastic body begins to wobble. It also has one of the most protective splash guards on the market.
Credit: Jason Wanlass

Mixers are pretty easy to clean, although models with the motor above the bowl tend to collect spilled ingredients. Fixed heads are the easiest to wipe down. The open-top Bosch Universal Plus and Ankarsrum Original are also relatively easy to keep clean as their unobstructed bowls make it simple to introduce ingredients, resulting in fewer spills.

Mixing


This heavily weighted metric is a test of the motor, componentry, and the resulting action of the machine. These models can execute many different tasks, but they primarily combine ingredients. We use cowboy cookie dough, pizza dough, and frosting to determine each mixer's ability to mix and incorporate ingredients.


The pizza recipe tests the ability to combine liquids into dry, powdery ingredients. This requires the machine to mix ingredients that could be thrown out of the bowl by the force of the paddle and can become lumpy if incompletely or incorrectly mixed. The frosting recipe tests the ability to incorporate the butter with both liquid and dry ingredients, (hopefully) rendering a smooth, creamy frosting without getting unincorporated ingredients stuck on the sides of the bowl and paddle. Finally, the cookie dough tests a mixer's ability to evenly integrate chunky ingredients such as chocolate chips, nuts, oats, and coconut flakes into a relatively soft dough without pulverizing them.

stand mixer - it wasn&#039;t selected for an award, but we can confidently say the smeg...
It wasn't selected for an award, but we can confidently say the Smeg Retro is no slouch when it comes to mixing. It blends well and is very powerful.
Credit: Jason Wanlass

We look for signs of machine struggle or even failure, and this can look like inconsistent movements of the mixing attachment, changes in volume or pitch of the motor noise, or acrid smells emitting from the motor.

stand mixer - the dash everyday stand mixer struggled to mix even the most...
The Dash Everyday Stand Mixer struggled to mix even the most undemanding ingredients.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

The KitchenAid Artisan and the Bosch Universal Plus produced satisfactory results. We were also very impressed with the Smeg Retro Style Stand Mixer. The Bosch Universal Plus user manual called for the dough hook to mix cookie dough, which worked quite well. We were surprised by the steeply-priced Ankarsrum Original's difficulty with the whipping tasks.

Whipping


Whipping is far more efficient and consistent with a standing mixer than attempting to do the same by hand. For this reason, the ability of each model to whip ingredients competently is of high interest. Unfortunately, mixers are so helpful that they can readily overdo the whipping process for the same reasons.


We used each mixer to make whipped cream and lemon chiffon layer cake sponges. The first recipe allows us to measure the amount of air introduced into the cream. This is accomplished by measuring the cream before and after the whipping. The second recipe is an indirect measure of the aerated egg whites in the layer cake. The sponge's rise is directly related to the structure and volume of the air-filled egg-white bubbles in the batter. As such, we measure the height of the sponges at the edge and the center looking for height disparities.

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The overall rise of the lemon chiffon sponge and the sag in the center are a good measure of the aeration of whipped egg whites.
Credit: Michelle Powell

The KitchenAid Artisan Mini and the Ankarsrum Original performed well in the whipping metric. These machines had cake sponges that rose over an inch and a quarter and displayed little sagging in the center. In the whipped cream test, the Ankarsrum Original's powerful triplicate whip system rendered stiff peaks in a mere minute and a half. However, the volume increase was less than double — among the poorest in the class.

stand mixer - the artisan mini is small, but in a whipping competition, it can...
The Artisan Mini is small, but in a whipping competition, it can hold its own against any of our best performers.
Credit: Jason Wanlass

What makes a mixer good for whipping can also be a detriment. This is the case with the Ankarsrum Original, but more so with the Bosch Universal Plus. The latter machine's limited speed settings and triplicate whip action over-whipped the cream in just over one minute.

stand mixer - the kitchenaid artisan&#039;s wire whip makes quick work whipping cream...
The KitchenAid Artisan's wire whip makes quick work whipping cream to stiff peaks.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Kneading


When you don't have enough time to let fermentation do its work, then kneading the dough will speed up the process by working strands of gluten to produce an elastic dough. Why is this important? The elasticity of the dough promotes retention of CO2 — a byproduct of yeast consuming sugar — that makes dough rise. Kneading is a great task to hand off to a mixer.


To test kneading capability, we followed a basic pizza dough recipe in each mixer before tossing, dressing, and baking it off. Properly kneaded dough that has been proofed will be light and airy when baked. So, what we are testing for here is a pizza crust that has a fluffy, open-crumb interior and a crispy but easy-to-penetrate exterior.

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Even the petite KitchenAid Artisan Mini features a full-sized dough hook.
Credit: Jason Wanlass

KitchenAid mixers are known for their powerful motors and the corresponding quality of their dough hook designs — i.e., the attachment that stretches and folds as it works the dough. Given this reputation, it's not surprising that the larger KitchenAid models, like the KitchenAid Artisan, ranked at the top of the class in this metric. We were also impressed that the 3.5-quart KitchenAid Artisan Mini could tackle this challenge with authority.

stand mixer - the unique dough roller and scraper are fixed while the bowl rotates...
The unique dough roller and scraper are fixed while the bowl rotates to provide the kneading action. This unconventional design on the Ankarsrum Original will challenge cooks used to traditional stand mixers.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

We were initially caught off guard by the Ankarsrum Original's seemingly mediocre performance. This product is known for kneading massive amounts of dough without breaking a sweat, but it took time to learn the ins and outs of this specialized mixer. While we initially struggled, once we developed the correct technique, this machine more than lived up to the hype.

stand mixer - the baking possibilities that stand mixers open up are oh so sweet.
The baking possibilities that stand mixers open up are oh so sweet.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Conclusion


We hope that the depth of information provided in our review on stand mixers not only assists you in making a purchase decision, but also gives you a better understanding of the different functions and features of the various models on the market. Here's to hot kitchens, new recipes, quality cooking, and lively dinner-table banter. Bon Appetit.

Nick Miley, Michelle Powell, and Jason Wanlass