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The Best Stand Mixer to Fit Your Budget

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For both the avid and the occasional baker, having a mixer in your kitchen is an absolute must. And if you’ve never owned an electric mixer because you’re “just not that into baking,” it’s more likely that the inverse is true—you’re not that into baking because you haven’t had the right tools at your disposal!

While mixers can range from the very expensive to the very cheap, when you’re making a long-term kitchen investment, value should be the number one goal. Here are some recommendations to help you find the one that’s right for you.

Best Stand Mixer Over $300

If you’ve got a big family, like to entertain, or just get a lot of mileage out of your mixers, you’re probably looking for a heavy duty appliance that can handle anything you throw at it. While pricey, these mixers are built to last, sometimes literally being passed down from generation to generation.

KitchenAid Professional 600 Series 6-Quart Stand Mixer

KitchenAid Professional 600 Series 6-Qt Stand MixerWhile the KitchenAid Artisan series mixers may be more popular (they’re best sellers on Amazon, in fact), it’s the Professional version that you really want. With a 575 watt motor and 6 quarts of space (compared to the Artisan’s 325 watts and 5 quarts), the Professional series produces consistent batter with ease. Whether you’re baking cakes and brownies or kneading whole wheat dough, this has the power to tackle it.

The real reason, though, that the Professional 600 gets the nod over the Artisan? The gears. You want a product like this to last, and while the Artisan edition features nylon gears, the Pro600 has steel gears. While older versions of this line had reliability concerns, those have since been addressed by KitchenAid, so we feel confident recommending the Professional 600 Series.

Additionally, the KitchenAid Professional 600 offers a spiral dough hook that helps make kneading tough dough that much easier. And with the power hub, you’ll be able to add attachments like pasta makers, grinders, and more for extra functionality.

Key Features:
  • 67-point planetary mixing action
  • Bowl-lift design for greater stability
  • 10 speed, 575 watt power
  • 6 quart capacity
  • Power hub

I simply put all the ingredients in the bowl at one time, click on the whisk, and walk away. In a minute or two the batter is perfect – nothing left un-mixed in the bottom of the bowl.”
—Thomas King, Amazon reviewer

Runner Up: KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Quart Stand Mixer

KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Qt Stand MixerKitchenAid is really the class of the field at this price point, and while we believe that the Professional series is the crème de la crème of mixers, it is pricier, larger, and noisier than its more home-friendly Artisan counterpart. For an average-sized household, however, there may be no need to go for the extra power and size of the Pro600, since the Artisan is a workhorse in its own right.

With 325 watts of power and a 5 quart capacity, the Artisan is perfectly capable of handling everyday baking needs, especially if you’re primarily working on batters for cakes, brownies, etc. The mixing bowl can hold enough cookie dough to yield 9 dozens, more than enough to host a party. And while the nylon gears found in this model may not have quite the lifetime durability of steel, they’re a whole lot quieter.

The tilt-head design is convenient, the nylon-coated blades make them dishwasher safe, and the Artisan features the same power hub found on the Pro model for pasta and grinding, all of which help this mixer be a useful tool when you want it, and a minimal hassle once you’re done.

Key Features:
  • 59-point planetary mixing action
  • Tilt-head design for convenience
  • 10 speed, 325 watt power
  • 5 quart capacity
  • Power hub

This mixer is as sturdy as a tank, and you can hear the quality as it mixes…I am so happy my husband thought I was worth it!”
—Kathleen, Amazon reviewer

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Best Stand Mixer $150 − $300

Taking a step down in price isn’t the same as a step down in quality, and if you’re a savvy shopper, you’ll find brands beyond KitchenAid that can deliver stellar results with a lighter price tag.

Cuisinart SM-55BC 5.5 Quart Stand Mixer

Cuisinart SM-55BC 5.5-Qt Stand MixerMore power is good. More power for less is better, and that’s what this Cuisinart mixer offers: 800 watts of power (and 12 speeds) at a price point that is appreciably below our two more expensive KitchenAid options above. It comes with all the standard features, including a flat paddle, dough hook, and wire whisk for a variety of mixing needs. Plus it has a slow-start function to prevent splatter. Your baking wouldn’t be very good if all the batter was on the walls!

This Cuisinart stand mixer has the same tilt-head design as the KitchenAid Artisan series, and is similarly dishwasher-safe. When you’re short on space and time, these features can really come in handy. This mixer is also a touch lighter than KitchenAid’s offerings, yet it does not rattle or walk across the countertop, even when kneading heavy dough.

Just like the KitchenAids, which have a power hub, the Cuisinart supports attachments as well for increased functionality. You can use your mixer for anything from blending to grinding as a result.

Key Features:
  • Tilt-head design for convenience
  • 12 speed, 800 watt power
  • 5.5 quart capacity
  • Supports a variety of attachments
  • Slow-start and auto shut-off functions

I’ve used it every seven to ten days to make two loaves of heavy, whole-grain bread, have made many batches of cookies and several cakes and I’m very happy to write that this is a GREAT mixer.”
—Steven J. Rickard, Amazon reviewer

Runner Up: BODUM Bistro 4.7 Quart Electric Stand Mixer

Bodum Bistro 4.7-Qt Electric Stand MixerYou might be more familiar with BODUM from their line of french presses, but that doesn’t make their Bistro electric kitchen mixer any less of a capable appliance. The BODUM Bistro is both smaller (15.8″ high) and lighter (18.9 lbs) than other mixers you’ll find, especially when you consider its 700 watt power. This is a double-edged sword, however, as it does make the Bistro more prone to moving around during mixing. Fortunately, it comes with suction cups on its feet to help stabilize it, although this only works if your countertops are sufficiently smooth.

The mixer has an attractive plastic exterior, but don’t let that plastic scare you away—the internals are all metal. Naturally, with 700 watts of power, the Bistro is louder than, say, a KitchenAid Artisan, but you’re getting more than double the power at the same time. That power could pose a risk of splattering, but fortunately BODUM includes a well-fitted bowl cover that keeps everything neatly contained.

The BODUM Bistro is a contender if you’re looking for a smaller, lighter mixer that doesn’t skimp on power, but based on user reviews it does feel a step below the other mixers mentioned so far. For that reason, it takes home the runner up position in the $150 − 300 category.

Key Features:
  • Tilt-head design for convenience
  • 7 speed, 700 watt power
  • 4.7 quart capacity

In a head-to-head battle between Bodum and KitchenAid, it’s a push […] this is a fine option for the design geek-turned-baking freak.”
—Debbie Lee, Food Republic

Best Stand Mixer Under $150

If you’re a college student, moving into a new place, or just can’t see yourself putting down big bucks on a mixer just yet, no problem. There are a number of budget-friendly stand mixers out there. They may not have all the bells and whistles, but they’re more than capable of getting the job done. Plus, since these mixers are smaller than the others above, they can be extra convenient if you’re cramped for counter top space already.

Hamilton Beach 63326 3.5 Quart Stand Mixer

Hamilton Beach Electric Stand MixerIf words like “lightweight” and “compact” are how you want to describe your new appliance, this Hamilton Beach mixer might be just what you’ve been dreaming of. Weighing in at a feathery 6 pounds, you should have no trouble bringing it out when you need it and storing it away when you don’t.

Despite being only a third of the cost of a KitchenAid, this Hamilton Beach mixer features the same planetary mixing action, which allows for better coverage and more complete mixing.

At 300 watts, this electric mixer doesn’t have quite the power of its KitchenAid counterparts, and while it can handle anything from egg whites to cookie dough, if you’re expecting to use this on a daily basis, you might find yourself in the market for a replacement a couple years down the line.

One neat feature is the fold setting, which helps incorporate more air into a mixture, creating a fluffier, airier result. It’s great for mixing in dry ingredients without making a mess as well.

If you’re looking for a portable stand mixer that still shares features with the mighty KitchenAid, this is one mixer that deserves your attention.

Key Features:
  • Tilt-head design for convenience
  • 6 speed, 300 watt power
  • 3.5 quart capacity
  • Fold setting for airier mixes

I am a Retired Chef and I used this mixer in my volunteer event for Valentines Day that I do and it made 160 biscuits with great ease…it is just like a [KitchenAid] only half the price and it [mixes] and blends like I need for my recipes.”
—Chef Rick, Amazon Reviewer

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Runner Up: Sunbeam MixMaster 4 Quart Electric Mixer

Sunbeam Mixmaster Electric MixerOf all the mixers on this list, the Sunbeam MixMaster has some very unique qualities. Some you’ll notice immediately: this mixer comes with glass bowls instead of stainless steel and it has twin beaters/whisks/dough hooks. It’s the feature you won’t notice right away, however, is what really sets it apart.

The Sunbeam MixMaster is actually two mixers in one. Not only can it function as your typical stand mixer with a tilt-head design, it can also come apart and be used as a hand mixer as well. This makes it the ultimate in convenience, as the hand mixer mode could be easily taken on a trip or to a friend’s place in a way that your typical stand mixer wouldn’t allow.

With 350 watts of power, it can handle just about anything you’d want to mix. But given its cheaper price point, the Sunbeam has a number of plastic components that could potentially affect long-term durability. If you want a mixer that lasts decades, you might look higher up on this list.

Lastly, the twin beaters of the MixMaster are unique for a reason. Planetary, single-beater mixing tends to do a better job incorporating all of the materials into a mix without leaving dead zones that require scraping. While you can always switch to hand mode and manually get those tough-to-reach places, it does take away a bit from the typical convenience of a stand mixer. For that reason, the Sunbeam MixMaster—despite its unique feature set—takes home the runner up spot.

Key Features:
  • Tilt-head design for convenience
  • 12 speed, 350 watt power
  • 4 quart capacity
  • Can be used as a hand mixer
  • Twin beaters

The glass bowls are very roomy and the height of the mixer allows ample room to work[…]The 350 watts of power helped blend a peanut butter cookie which can become thick. I found clean up quite easy with the glass bowls and the shape of the beaters, not [a lot] of crevices for sticking.”
—Lisa Rivera, Amazon Reviewer

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Compare at a Glance

Still can’t decide? Take another look at all of our recommended mixers, and use the table below to compare and contrast so you find the best mixer for you.

ManufacturerModelVolumePowerForm FactorPrice*
KitchenAidProfessional 6006 Quarts575 WattsStand Too Low to Display
KitchenAidArtisan5 Quarts325 WattsStand Too Low to Display
CusinartSM-55BC5.5 Quarts800 WattsStand$281.99 » Buy
BODUMBistro4.7 Quarts700 WattsStand$199.99 » Buy
Hamilton Beach63326 Stand Mixer3.5 Quarts300 WattsStand$98.73 » Buy
Sunbeam2371 MixMaster4 Quarts350 WattsStand/Hand$75.90 » Buy

*Prices listed indicate Amazon price at time of writing

Honorable Mentions

If money is no object or you’re looking for seriously professional quality, there are a few mixers that fall well outside the price ranges we were considering but truly represent the type of premium appliance you might expect to find in a Master Chef’s kitchen (or restaurant). Be forewarned, however, these might give you a case of sticker shock…

Kenwood Cooking Chef Stand Mixer

Kenwood Cooking Chef 7 Quart Stand Mixer

Hobart 3 Speed Electric Stand Mixer

Hobart 5 Quart Countertop Mixer

Vollrath 10 Quart Countertop Food Mixer

Vollrath 10 Quart Countertop Food Mixer

  • Neel Joshi

    Also wanted to call attention to the Hamilton Beach Electrics All-Metal Stand Mixer (http://amzn.to/1vCQLmM) [aff link]. It’s $170 for the Licorice color from Amazon (on backorder), and also very well reviewed (4.5/5 stars on 494 total reviews). So if you’re looking in the $150-300 range, this is another one to consider.

  • Diane Adams

    I have been using the karmin professional stand mixer and works really well in my kitchen

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