The best stand mixer 2024 – all the top brands tried and tested by bakers

Which models can stand (mixer) up to our rigorous tests?

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A KitchenAid artisan stand mixer in hibiscus, KitchenAid color of the year 2023

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1. The list in brief ↴
2. Best overall: KitchenAid Artisan
3. Best value: Cuisinart Precision
4. Best professional: KitchenAid Pro Line
5. Best compact: KitchenAid Artisan Mini
6. Best looking: Smeg Retro
7. Best luxury: Wolf Gourmet
8. The ones that missed the list
11. How to choose
12. How we test
13. FAQs

Roundups of the best stand mixers have historically been dominated by KitchenAid. Their iconic models are bold, beautiful, and incredibly competent. While our experts are big fans of the brand, we've seen some unique and innovative features in rival models from Cuisinart, Smeg, Instant, Wolf, and Kenwood.

Our team of expert stand mixer testers has looked for stand mixers suited to every kitchen. We've found budget-friendly models for budding bakers as well as digital, professional mixers that come with integrated weighing scales, extra accessories, and ice cream functions, –as well as a more premium price tag.

Our team of experts has been testing stand mixers and the best hand mixers for years. We look for flawless functionality, as well as value for money, and stand-out stylish aesthetics. 

We have rigorous tests that ensure that every stand mixer we recommend can whip up fluffy cream, thoroughly mix batters, and knead dough like artisans, but quicker and better. Although the KitchenAid Artisan has defended the top spot for a while in our buying guide, it's not without its rivals.

KitchenAid Artisan 5 Quart | Was $412.00, now $229.99 at KitchenAid

KitchenAid Artisan 5 Quart | Was $412.00, now $229.99 at KitchenAid
This is the best stand mixer in the world. It's reduced by an immense amount, but, bear in mind, these are refurbished models. They're as good as new and come with guarantee, but that's not always suitable for everyone.

Cuisinart Precision Stand Mixer, 500W, Black, SM50BU | Was $249.95

Cuisinart Precision Stand Mixer, 500W, Black, SM50BU | Was $249.95, now $119.95 at Amazon
We've argued for years that the Cuisinart Precision is almost as good as the iconic KitchenAid Artisan. It's usually hundreds of dollars less than the Artisan, and this deal makes it an unbelievable bargain. This study machine kneads bread with ease, and the controls are easy to use.

Instant Stand Mixer Pro | Was $299.99, now $279.99 at Amazon

Instant Stand Mixer Pro | Was $299.99, now $279.99 at Amazon
We were incredibly skeptical when the makers of the Instant Pot brought out a stand mixer, but this held up on test. It's not the best stand mixer in the world, but it's light and easy to store and inbuilt scales can weigh your ingredients as you add them to the bowl. 

GE Stand Mixer| was $299.99, now $129.99 at Amazon

GE Stand Mixer| was $299.99, now $129.99 at Amazon
We've yet to try the GE Stand Mixer, but based on reviews and the quality GE is known for, this could definitely be a worthwhile investment. This machine comes with seven speeds, a 59-point mixing cycle for thorough mixing, and a sturdy 350-watt. It also has an easy Lift tilt-head and 5.3 qt. capacity. Right now, it's selling for 57% less than its listing price at Amazon.

Hamilton Beach Electric Stand Mixer, 4 Quarts| Was $99.99, now $71.99 at Amazon

Hamilton Beach Electric Stand Mixer, 4 Quarts| Was $99.99, now $71.99 at Amazon
The Hamilton Beach Electric Stand Mixer is an affordable option for those looking for a decent mixer on a budget. It claims to offer the same mixing action as KitchenAid, though has slightly less power at just 300 watts. Reviewers are concerned with longevity as to how long the product may last, but it seems to get through the required basics. Helpful markings on the side give advice as to what speed setting to use based on what you're making. 

Wolf Gourmet Stand Mixer | Was $1,249.99, now $899.95 at Amazon

Wolf Gourmet Stand Mixer | Was $1,249.99, now $899.95 at Amazon
This professional stand mixer is one of the brand's best offerings. It's expensive, but if you're a serious chef or baker, you'll love it. 25% off the RRP is a significant saving too.

The quick list

Here's a quick introduction to our favorite stand mixers on the market. If you want to know more, we go deep into the details further down this guide.

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The best stand mixer overall

Flawless, fast, and fastidious, this is our favorite stand mixer by miles


Dimensions: 14.3" x 9.3" x 14"
Capacity: 5 qt.
Power: 325W
Colors: countless
Attachments: dough hook, flat beater, wire whisk
RRP: $449.99

Reasons to buy

Comes in a huge range of colors
Excels at all of many kitchen tasks
Buy more attachments to expand its capabilities

Reasons to avoid

Not the largest capacity

This iconic, American-made stand mixer is a statement piece in any kitchen, but don't let looks deceive you – it's a real workhorse. With 10 speed settings, it powered through cake batter, bread dough, and whipped cream with perfect results. The handy tilt-head makes it a joy to use, and it was easy for me to add ingredients and switch out attachments.

These attachments include a wire whisk for beating eggs, a flat beater for integrating cake batter, and a hook to work your bread dough. I was particularly impressed by the flat beater, which creamed sugar and butter with minimal intervention before adding in eggs and flour to make easy loaf cakes. 

The dough hook needed a little supervision for larger loaves, but it's perfectly suitable for brioche or sourdough. I found that the 5-quart capacity is a little lacking if you're catering for a crowd. I turned out two chocolate sponge cakes in one go, but only one loaf of bread at a time. However, KitchenAid makes several bowl sizes if you need more capacity.

There's more detail in our KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer review

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Test results
Cake mixThe most impressive attachment: it was flawless★★★★★
Bread doughNeeds some supervision if you're making big batches★★★★
Whipping creamEffortlessly makes light, fluffy cream★★★★★
UsabilityIncredibly easy to use★★★★

The best value stand mixer

Cuisinart Precision Stand Mixer

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For KitchenAid quality without the hefty pricetag, this is our number one


Dimensions: 16.5 x 11.2 x 15.9 inches
Power: 500W
Capacity: 5.5qt.
Colors: 6
Attachments: Dough hook, whisk, flat beater
RRP: $249.99

Reasons to buy

Value for money
Larger-than-average capacity
12 speeds for added precision

Reasons to avoid

Fewer color options than the KitchenAid

The KitchenAid vs Cuisinart debate is still a hot topic, but if value for money is your number one consideration then the Cuisinart Precision Stand Mixer is a great option.

I found that it excelled at heavy-duty tasks like kneading bread thanks to its sturdy design and high-quality attachments. Controlled by a simple side dial, it packs 500 watts of power. This dial makes it easy to adjust the speed mid-mix, and it also has with 12 speed settings, which is more than the KitchenAid. Despite this power, it's great for delicate work – I loved the slow-start design that saves you from messy clouds of icing sugar or flour as you bake. 

If you're catering for a crowd, the bowl is also larger than the KitchenAid Artisan by half a quart. Though it can't match the KitchenAid for colors, the six options - periwinkle blue, white, silver, red, black, and robin's egg green - suit almost every kitchen. Bear in mind that while it excels at mixing bread, some ingredients stuck to the side of the bowl, so I had to scrape the sides down to fully incorporate them.

There's more detail in our Cuisinart Precision Stand Mixer review.

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Test results
Cake mixDoesn't quite reach the sides, but good with help★★★★
Bread doughBetter than a KitchenAid (and all the others)★★★★★
Whipping creamSlow start function prevents splattering★★★★★
UsabilityStraightforward and comes with 12 speed settings★★★★★

The best professional stand mixer

Professionals, perfectionists, and serious bakers will appreciate the volume and power


Dimensions: 14.6" x 13.3" x 16.4"
Power: 969W
Capacity: 7 qt.
Colors: Red, black, silver
Attachments: Dough hook, whisk, splash guard, flat beater

Reasons to buy

Capable of mixing large volumes
Powerful kneading
Dishwasher-safe attachments
Sturdy to use

Reasons to avoid

The bowl can be tricky to reach into

From one baking obsessive to another: if you're taking on multi-tiered cakes, or a whopping 14 dozen cookies, or simply chasing the perfect loaf, the KitchenAid Pro Line Stand Mixer is an investment worth making. This is the best stand mixer for serious bakers.

It created the best bread of any I've tested, kneading smooth, elastic dough. Unlike other stand mixers on the list, there was no juddering or moving on the countertop, which is great for safety, especially if you're cooking with kids. This is thanks to a bowl-lift design, which means you twist a lever to bring the bowl up to your attachment, guaranteeing stability. 

It also had far less trouble with ingredients sticking to the side of the bowl than other stand mixers in our lineup, thanks to a broad wire whisk and efficient planetary motion. While it's designed to take on heavy ingredients in large capacities, I found that it mixed well even with small quantities of ingredients as in a buttercream.  

So why isn't it number one? Well, I found that the same bowl-lift design that keeps this stand mixer sturdy makes switching out the attachments a little tricky. That said, all these attachments are dishwasher-safe, so it's easy to clean. But the bigger considerations here are size and price.  This is a great machine but 7 quarts is a huge capacity and overkill for most users. Unless you're turning out a couple of loaves every day, you don't need this sort of power or capacity. It's hard to store and takes up a lot of room. It also costs more $600, and even in sales periods, it's more than $500. If you know you want huge capacity and don't mind paying out, buy this, but for more casual use, I'd go for the Artisan every time. 

There's more detail in our KitchenAid Pro Line Stand Mixer review.

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Test results
Cake mixBroad mixer, so nothing gets stuck to the edges★★★★★
Bread doughIncredibly powerful, possibly the best function★★★★★
Whipping creamMade light, fluffy cream★★★★★
UsabilityIt's big and too deep for small batches and casual use★★★

The best compact stand mixer

Because compact models should never require compromise


Dimensions: H12.3 x W7.8 x D12.3 inches
Power: 250W
Capacity: 3.5qt.
Colors: 10
Attachments: flat beater, wire whisk, dough hook
RRP: $379.99

Reasons to buy

25% smaller than the original Artisan
Works with other KitchenAid attachments
Perfectly designed for smaller spaces
Excelled in our tests 

Reasons to avoid

Limited motor strength
No bowl handle
Similar RRP to full-sized model

This miniature marvel is much smaller and lighter than other KitchenAid models, but it still has the power to work through cake batter, bread dough, and more. 

You get the same high-quality wire whisk, flat beater, and dough hook as you'd expect with a regular KitchenAid, but they work with a 3.5-quart bowl. While this is smaller than the other stand mixers on test, our reviewer Molly Cleary said the capacity was still impressive. It's great for smaller families and smaller portions.

This mixer maxes out at 250 watts, which is less than half the size of some more high-end stand mixers, but if you need a smaller size it's a sacrifice worth making. Molly found that the smaller motor kept up with the bigger appliances on test. What's more, because it's smaller, it has the added bonus of being quieter, and smaller capacities meant that this mixer was stable on the countertop. 

Any attachments purchased separately will also still be compatible with this petite model, so you still get the full benefits of the brand – excellent quality, great results, and a beautiful, statement appliance. 

However, the capacity is smaller than the full-sized Artisan by a quart and a half, and while this is still more than enough for cakes and loaves, it limits you a little. It's unlikely you'd need to bake the hundreds of cookies possible in a five- or seven-quart stand mixer, but you won't have the option. It's also pretty expensive for the size, costing three times as much as our budget pick below. 

There's more detail in our KitchenAid Artisan Mini Stand Mixer review.

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Test results
Cake mixFaultless - it makes perfect cake mix★★★★★
Bread doughLacks some power for thick doughs★★★★
Whipping creamTakes a little longer to make perfect cream, but it gets there★★★★
UsabilitySimple to use and versatile, especially for the size★★★★

The best looking stand mixer

Retro style, versatile, and compact, this is made for admiration


Dimensions: 8.86 x 15.94 x 14.88 inches
Power: 600W
Capacity: 5qt.
Colors: 7
Attachments: whisk, flat beater, dough hook, pouring shield
RRP: $539.95

Reasons to buy

Sleek look
Has an express setting
Matching appliances available 

Reasons to avoid

Only neutral colors available 
A noisy mixer

A 21st-century homage to the atomic age, I think this mixer is the most stylish alternative to the KitchenAid Artisan. It's got plenty of attachments, and I particularly loved the pouring shield that stops spills and messes as you bake. 

At 600W, it's remarkably powerful, and I found on test that it could whip up a perfect chocolate frosting. I used it on the middle speed setting and it was a blur. I can't imagine you'll ever need to go above six, even for meringues.

Making a cake batter was just as impressive as the whisking. I was pleased with the size of the flat beater. My only gripe is that it can't quite reach the bottom (the KitchenAids can) so you will need to be armed with a spatula to give the Smeg a little helping hand.

One of Smeg's biggest selling points is on aesthetics. It comes in seven bright colors in two different color ranges - one with a pop of color on the tilt-head, and one set in which the entire mixer is one color. Even better, it's designed to sit anywhere on the countertop, catering to both right- and left-handed users. The only downside is that this comes with a big footprint, so if you live in a smaller home, it might not suit you.

It's worth knowing a couple more things. First, the Smeg is noisy. This wasn't a problem for me until I made bread dough and had to leave the stand mixer running for longer. The dough itself was elastic and smooth, but my eardrums did not enjoy those five minutes. Second of all, the Smeg is relatively expensive. There are better mixers out there for less, like the KitchenAid Artisan or the Cuisinart Precision. 

There's more detail in our Smeg 1950s Retro Stand Mixer review.

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Test results
Cake mixSpeedy and rigorous★★★★★
Bread doughMakes good bread dough (with lots of noise though)★★★★
Whipping creamPerfect whipping, but noisy (again)★★★★
UsabilityIntuitive and beautiful, but makes more noise than necessary★★★

The best luxury stand mixer

A luxury model for premium performance indulgence


Dimensions: 14.3 x 9.3 x 14 inches
Power: 500W
Capacity: 6.8qt
Colors: brushed stainless steel
Attachments: dough hook, flat beater, wire whisk
RRP: $999.95

Reasons to buy

Unique twist-up bowl
Pro-level blending quality
Smooth operation, and never splattered
Didn't overheat or shake
Additional attachment hub

Reasons to avoid

No enticing color range
Tall, so may not fit under cabinets
Very expensive

Based purely on performance, this is the best stand mixer we've tested, and that's including KitchenAids. We made a wet cake batter, apprehensive that we'd end up with powdery lumps in the mix, but we didn't. All the ingredients were well mixed, and combined smoothly into a light cake.

We used the whisk to make a frosting for the cake and whipped up cloud-like frosting. We didn't struggle with any mess or powder spilling out of the bowl, which we put down to the tall sides of the bowl. 

Wolf have clearly thought carefully about the unique design of their stand mixer. Where the usual title-head design of other stand mixers can lead to instability, the Wolf Gourmet Stand Mixer has a special twist-up bowl design. Simply put this bowl in the base and then twist it to lower or raise it to the mixer attachments. It's undeniably stable and quiet. 

This made the best cookies, fluffy cream, and it didn't even struggle with sticky enriched dough. It was easy to use and even easier to clean. A clear winner across the board performance-wise.

However, our experts found a few reasons why this mixer was bested by KitchenAid. The hefty price tag on the Wolf Gourmet is enough to make you wince. $1000 is simply too much to spend on a stand mixer. It's also quite tall, so won't work for every kitchen, and the stainless steel is more professional-working-kitchen than style statement. 

There's more detail in our Wolf Gourmet mixer review.

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Test results
Cake mixMakes perfectly light batters in minutes★★★★★
Bread doughCan handle even tough, elastic doughs ★★★★★
Whipping creamWhipped light, delicate cream★★★★★
UsabilityThe bowl is awkwardly tall: it's better for professionals★★★
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VersatilityIncredibly powerful across a range of functions★★★★★
UsabilityIntuitive and well-desrigned★★★★★
AestheticsVery tall★★★

The ones that just missed the list

We loved baking, kneading, and whipping with these stand mixers too much to let them slip through the net. If the ones above didn't quite hit the spot for your kitchen needs, these are your next best chance.

How to choose a stand mixer

Image of KitchenAid and Smeg stand mixers in head to head image on marble countertop

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How much space do you have to dedicate to a new stand mixer? Some stand mixers come with large mixing bowls and tilt-head designs that won't lift if placed under a cabinet. Others come with a more compact design, perfect for lifting into shelving units when not in use or leaving in a corner without losing a whole counter in your kitchen.

Any stand mixer which is less than 250 watts isn't worth investing in. You won't get far making even pancake batter with one of those. Powerful models will range from 500-1,000 watts and these won't struggle, even on tough bread doughs. I'd always opt for the more powerful motor.

Stand mixer accessories are getting increasingly elaborate (you can get ice cream makers, meat grinders, ice shavers and more. However, on a basic level, your stand mixer should come with a flat beater, a whisk, and a dough hook. Look at the speed settings, because these will tell you whether your mixer can hand-fold ingredients as well as whipping up meringue.

A stand mixer is a style statement in any kitchen, which is why you'll find one displayed in just about any carefully composed kitchen. Smeg and KitchenAid certainly have the edge on style, but you may end up paying a premium for something that looks the part when it's got just as much power as a less expensive option. 

If you want a top-of-the-range stand mixer, prepare to spend as much as $1000 to get it. Some stand mixers cost less than $100, but they are hardly the kitchen workhorses you'll want for serious baking on a regular basis. A good middle ground between power and price is the Cuisinart Precision Stand Mixer, which lacks color options or classic style, but is a favorite with many home bakers and looks lovely too. 

The best stand mixer for you and your baking needs really depends on your budget and how often you’ll use this machine. Some mixers come with handy add-ons such as pasta makers and meat grinders to ensure they’re used regularly, but others have detachable mix heads and emphasize their primary function as stand mixers, with compact storage options. 

Built to last
One thing’s for sure - you’ll want a stand mixer that lasts the test of time. There are stories of these mixers lasting for generations.  Some excellent mixers come in durable plastic, but the very best stand mixers have durable stainless steel finishes that literally last a lifetime. 

How we tested these stand mixers

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Four stand mixers on review in our testing kitchen

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I'll level with you: we love testing stand mixers. Our team of experts are home baking enthusiasts, so all you have to do is suggest a cake or bread recipe that you like the look of and, the very next day, someone will have baked it. This means that we know exactly what 'good' looks like on stand mixers, we know which features are useful, which are gimmicks, and which are brand new and innovative. 

To give each model that we test a fair chance, we have a series of standard tests that we put every single stand mixer through:

Making cake
Every stand mixer comes with a flat beater. These are perfect for heavier, non-yeast mixtures, such as cakes, cookie dough, meat loaf, mashed potatoes, frostings, and more. By making a cake mix, we can test a few of the factors that we look for in a flat beater. First, creaming butter and sugar together is a good test for how well the beater handles different textures, how quickly and evenly it can combine them, and how much mess it makes. Then, when we add in flour and eggs, we're looking for the flat beater to combine completely opposite textures (light flour, dense eggs, and oily butter) into a smooth, silky cake mix. The beater needs to reach the sides and bottom of the bowl, otherwise it will leave different ingredients behind, spoiling the final result of our bakes.

Kneading bread
Another attachment we get with all of our stand mixers is a dough hook. The name is a bit of a give away: it's used for doughs. Our experts make pizza dough, bread dough, and enriched dough, since all of these have different requirements. Enriched dough can be sticky and delicate, whereas pizza dough and bread dough needs to be worked hard and with some power. It's down to us how long the bread is kneaded for, but we can always see how springy it looks. As the gluten develops the bread dough bounces back more and the flour should all be incorporated, making the sides of the bowl almost clean. Before we bake our bread, we do the window test, where we stretch out a small section the dough. If it becomes thin, like a membrane, there's a good level of elasticity. If it breaks or sags, the bread is under or over worked.

Whipping cream
The final attachment that comes with every stand mixer is a whisk. We use this for buttercreams, meringues, custards, batters, and pancakes. When we're incorporating more than one ingredient in meringues and pancakes, we try to avoid lumps and any powder from splashing over the sides. If a brand provides a splash guard, you know it'll be fixed on from the get-go.

Our standard test is on whipped cream, since this is easy to check. We use heavy cream, set the machine running and watch it thicken up into stiff peaks. We'll time how long it takes, take some out for taste testing, and then keep the stand mixer running to see how long it takes to split the cream. You'll want to know whether you can take your eyes off your stand mixer or not. Once the cream has split, we add whole milk to see whether we can take it back to whipped cream. It's a great test of how gentle the stand mixer is.

Extra features
If there are other attachments, such as meat grinders, pasta makers, and ice cream bowls (it's a whole world out there), we make sure to test them too. We'll let you know whether they're worth investing in and whether you're better off spending your money somewhere else. 

We'll also celebrate when a stand mixer has an integrated set of weighing scales or a timer since these are incredibly useful. If there are any other innovative features, we love to shout about them, since the world of stand mixers is always tweaking small, but important extras.

For all of our tests, we take pictures, have a timer running, and a decibel counter. We'll talk about the features, manoeuvrability, capacity, and how easy it is to clean the stand mixers

The proof is always in the pudding, so we taste-test everything too. We check that our cake is moist, light and fluffy; that our bread has a good crust, open texture, and spongy bake; and that our cream is like eating clouds. It's a tough life, really.

After all that, we will step back and look at where the stand mixer is in the market. Because our tests are the same across the board, we can directly compare between models, giving you insight into what other brands offer around the same price point. We've gone deep comparing KitchenAids against each other, KitchenAid to Cuisinart and KitchenAid to Smeg.

 We always let you know about value, warranty, and what other competitors offer. That way, when you make an investment, you know you have the full picture and you've only got good surprises waiting for you when yours arrives,


How much should I spend on a stand mixer?

Most stand mixers cost around $300, and if your heart is set on a KitchenAid mixer, the Classic is the cheapest KitchenAid stand mixer you can buy and still features the dough hook for kneading bread, the flat beater for making cookies, and the whisk for cake and buttercream icing. 

There's no denying that the very top-stand mixers can be expensive. The most expensive one in our guide can cost as much as $1,000, but it is possible to get a powerful stand mixer for $100 if you are willing to compromise on looks or bowl capacity. 

If you're on a budget and looking to upgrade from your wooden spoon, it may be a good time to consider stand mixers versus hand mixers. The best hand mixer costs a lot less but can still power through icing and cake mix with ease. 

Why are stand mixers so expensive?

The first reason is the motor. A good stand mixer needs a powerful motor to handle strong, repetitive movement through resistant doughs and mixes. You might be able to get away with a cheaper stand mixer for a couple of years, but one day the motor will give out on a stiff dough and you'll have to buy another one, costing you more money in the long run. Top-line stand mixers from KitchenAid, Cuisinart, Smeg, and other iconic brands are reliable kitchen companions that last for decades, if not generations. 

The other reason is attachments and functions. KitchenAids and other stand mixers aren't just for baking. With the right attachment, you can grate, spiralise, grind meat, mill, make pasta and much more. You're not only buying simpler, faster baking but better cooking no matter the dish. 

Does KitchenAid make the best stand mixers?

Without a doubt, KitchenAid makes some of the best stand mixers on the market. They're classics for a reason. The attachments always reach the sides of the bowls, they're built to last a lifetime, and there are endless amounts of KitchenAid accessories that you can buy. 

That being said, KitchenAid stand mixers are expensive and they're not the only good ones on the market. In fact, we have a whole buying guide dedicated to the best KitchenAid alternatives that we've tested. 

Millie Fender
Head of Reviews

Millie Fender is Head of Reviews on the Homes and Gardens Ecommerce team. She specializes in cooking appliances, such as the best kettles, and also reviews outdoor grills and pizza ovens. Millie loves to bake, so she will take any excuse to review stand mixers and other baking essentials. When she's not putting products through their paces in our dedicated testing kitchen, Millie's reviews are conducted at home, meaning she uses these products in her own day-to-day life. 

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