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Best stand mixer 2022 – explore our expert reviews

See the best stand mixers from brands such as KitchenAid, Cuisinart, Smeg and more

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Whether you're stepping up your home baking or a pro pastry chef in training, the best stand mixers whip up mixes in minutes, saving time and effort. 

I tested classic stand mixers from KitchenAid, Smeg, Cuisinart and more to discover which came out on top for effectiveness, quality, durability, ease of cleaning and price. I've also taken weight into consideration, in case you have the space to be able to tuck your stand mixer away when not in use.

The best stand mixer is the iconic KitchenAid Artisan, which has a five-quart mixing bowl that can accommodate enough cake batter to make at least two tiers at once. It impressed on test with its brilliant, colorful finishes and its wide range of tools to perfectly whisk eggs, fold in flour and knead bread dough. 

Alongside functionality, I considered the stand mixers' looks – since, unlike our selection of the best hand mixers, yours will likely be out on the countertop full time. Below you can find more details on the best buy and my other highly rated models. 

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  • Amazon (opens in new tab): Stores for KitchenAid, Cuisinart and more
  • Bed Bath and Beyond (opens in new tab) : Lots of mixer choice at Bed Bath and Beyond
  • Best Buy (opens in new tab) : Shop Cuisinart, Hamilton Beach, KitchenAid and more
  • Walmart (opens in new tab): Great brand selection at Walmart

Best stand mixer holiday deals

KitchenAid Artisan 5 Qt. Stand Mixer KSM150PS | was (opens in new tab)

KitchenAid Artisan 5 Qt. Stand Mixer KSM150PS | was $449.95, now $349.99 at Macy's (opens in new tab)
Rated our best stand mixer, don't miss out on a great saving on this excellent model. The KitchenAid Artisan is a favorite of mine, and is the perfect size for making multi-layer cakes. I also loved how it can store neatly on the kitchen counter, ideal for kitchens of all shapes and sizes.

KitchenAid Professional 5 Plus Series 5 Quart Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer - KV25G0XSL - Silver | was (opens in new tab)

KitchenAid Professional 5 Plus Series 5 Quart Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer - KV25G0XSL - Silver |was $449.99 now $249.99 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Save on the KitchenAid Pro 5 Plus stand mixer with this Cyber Monday saving. It's available in Red, Silver, Black, and a Best Buy exclusive Ink Blue.

Cuisinart Precision Stand Mixer, 500W, Black, SM50BU | was (opens in new tab)

Cuisinart Precision Stand Mixer, 500W, Black, SM50BU | was $315.00, now $246.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Another one of our top rated stand mixers is available at a discounted price. The Cuisinart is great value for money (even better when there is a deal). I loved how the study design could complete heavy-duty tasks, such as kneading bread, with ease, and how the controls were easy to use.

Best stand mixers 2022, according to our experts

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Best stand mixer overall

Specifications

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

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

Reasons to avoid

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Not the largest capacity

Why I love it
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. 

Good to know
In my full KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer review 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.

Best stand mixer Cuisinart Precision Stand MixerH&G silver badge

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Best stand mixer for value

Specifications

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

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

Reasons to avoid

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Fewer color options than the KitchenAid

Why I love it 
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 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.

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Bear in mind that some ingredients stuck to the side of the bowl, so I had to scrape the sides down to fully incorporate the ingredients.

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Best stand mixer for serious or professional bakers

Specifications

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

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

Reasons to avoid

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The bowl can be tricky to reach into

Why I love it
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. 

Need to know
In my KitchenAid Pro Line Stand Mixer review, I concluded that the same bowl-lift design which 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. 

Best stand mixer Smeg Retro Stand MixerH&G silver badge

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Best looking stand mixer

Specifications

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

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Compact
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Sleek look
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Has an express setting
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Matching appliances available 

Reasons to avoid

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Only neutral colors available 
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A noisy mixer

Why I love it

This Mid-Century Modern mixer might look old-school, but there's much more going on than meets the eye. 

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, whipping up a perfect chocolate frosting. The intuitive controls are not only simple to use, but mean that you can place this stand mixer almost anywhere on a countertop, as it suits both right-and left-handers. 

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.

Need to know
In my Smeg 1950s Retro Stand Mixer review, I found that it has a big countertop footprint, so it may not suit smaller spaces. It's also noisy, which is fine for quick mixes but a nuisance for thorough tasks like kneading bread dough. 

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Best compact stand mixer

Specifications

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

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

Reasons to avoid

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

Why I love it 
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 it was 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.

Need to know
In her KitchenAid Artisan Mini Stand Mixer review, Molly noted that this smaller model is only $20 cheaper than the full-sized alternative, so it's not the best value. However, if you're working with limited countertop storage this mixer will free up a lot of space, and look fabulous too.

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Best stand mixer to splurge on

Specifications

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

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

Reasons to avoid

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

Why I love it
Going purely on performance, the crème de la crème of stand mixers is not a KitchenAid. All things considered, the KitchenAid is the definitely the best, but when it comes to sheer baking output, the Wolf Gourmet can't be beaten. Our reviewer Jaclyn Turner says that it created the best cookies she's ever made - incredibly high praise from someone who reviews homeware for a living. 

This is thanks to a unique bowl design. 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, and the motor
is cool after many minutes' use thanks to a fan.

The bowl is 6.8 quarts, which is more than capable of taking on very large bakes. There is also a splash guard attachment that slots onto the side of the bowl and prevents any spills and clouds of flour, and a two-way planetary motions helps the beater scrape up every scrap of mix. You can also buy a meat grinder attachment. 

Good to know
Jaclyn's review of the Wolf Gourmet mixer 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. Aesthetically, it's more utilitarian than the other stand mixers we've featured, with no choice of colors except on the knobs. It's also tall, so it may not fit your kitchen if you've got low cabinets or shelves over your countertop. 

Best stand mixer KitchenAid Pro 5 Plus Stand Mixer

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7. KitchenAid Pro 5 Plus Stand Mixer

Best stand mixer for stability

Specifications

Dimensions: 11.3 x 14.9 x 16.5 inches
Power: 525W
Capacity: 5 qt.
Colors: 4
Attachments: Flat beater, wire whip, powerknead spiral dough hook
RRP: $449.99

Reasons to buy

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Bowl-lift design adds more stability
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Powerful design
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Comes in plenty of colors
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For the experienced home chef

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive

Why I love it
It's big, it's powerful and it's got the muscle to work through numerous batches of bread and cookies in one go. The 5-quart bowl can make 9 batches of cookies in one go and you can make the most of 10 speeds to work on high-intensity or more gentle tasks. 

The mixer comes with a power knead dough spiral, but you can pair it with everything from pasta rollers to food processor attachments to make the most of this versatile option. I'm quite taken by the Ink Blue color, which is exclusive to Best Buy, but it's also available in red, black and silver. 

Good to know
With professional quality comes a professional price, so only invest if you know you'll need something with a large capacity and immense power. 

This stand mixer is still being put through its paces – these are our first thoughts.

Ankarsrum Assistent Original

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Best stand mixer for making dough

Specifications

Dimensions: 20" x 15" x 20"
Power: 1500W
Capacity: 7 liters
Colors: 12
Attachments: 7 liter stainless steel mixing bowl, dough roller, dough knife, dough scraper, dough hook, dust cover lid, a 3.5 liter BPA/BPS free Tritan plastic mixing bowl, multi-wire balloon and single-wire cookie whip
RRP: $749.50

Reasons to buy

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Very powerful
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Large capacity
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Scraper attachment to keep the bowl clean
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Timer dial
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Very adjustable speed
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Easy to clean

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Some of the recipes were hit-and-miss

Why I love it
This Swedish icon puts bread-making front and center, but still shines at everyday stand mixer tasks like whisking, creaming, and even making ice cream. It made kneading bread dough literally effortless. There was no straining on the motor and no instability as it worked - you could almost leave this machine unattended and come back to find a perfect dough. When it's done, I simply placed the plastic cover over the top and left the dough to proof, making a easy job even simpler. 

It comes with a wide range of accessories and attachments including a 7-liter (7.3 quart) stainless steel mixing bowl and a 3.5-liter (3.7 quart) plastic mixing bowl, so you can vary your portion sizes. It also features a dough roller, dough knife, dough scraper, dough hook, dust cover lid, multi-wire balloon, and single-wire cookie whip.

What's unique about the Ankarsrum is that the stainless steel bowl rotates to mix as opposed to an overhead mechanism, like in your traditional stand mixers, and mimics the motion of kneading. The clear bowl, which is best for creaming frostings and beating eggs, stays stationary while the whisks are driven from below. 

Good to know
Though I still had great results with cake and cinnamon buns, the mixer is really designed for bread. You have to use the multi-wire balloon for cake mixes rather than a dedicated beater, so while the results are still good, they could be better. It's above the market average for a stand mixer, and my review of the Ankarsrum Assistent Original Mixer found that the included recipe book - while a nice feature - isn't always successful. 



Where to buy the best stand mixers

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What is the best stand mixer? 

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We have tested or are currently testing every single stand mixer in this guide, meaning we have an informed opinion when it comes to which model is truly the best. We've gone deep comparing KitchenAids against each other, KitchenAid to Cuisinart and KitchenAid to Smeg. With that in mind, we have decided that the best stand mixer is the KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Qt. Stand Mixer. It comes in over 42 colors and has a huge range of bowls to switch out your design and achieve your desired look, but it's also very capable of cooking up a storm in the kitchen. The 5-qt. is a good happy medium size, though there are other KitchenAid models you can look to if you need a bigger size. Meanwhile, Cuisinart Precision stand mixer (opens in new tab) offers greater value, but fewer size and color options; its mixing bowl could be too great for smaller servings. Smeg Stand Mixers (opens in new tab) also offer the singular bowl size options and become a stylistic preference, but they do pack a powerful motor.

For professional-level results, we're incredibly impressed with the sheer power and stability of the Wolf Gourmet Stand Mixer (opens in new tab) and the Ankarsrum Assistent Original Mixer (opens in new tab), but it's hard to overlook their hefty price unless you'll be using your mixer multiple times a week. Though it's something we'd expect to last for years, and it will. 

How we test and review stand mixers

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At Homes & Gardens, we believe that the only way we can truly inform you of which appliance is the best is if we have hands-on experience with them ourselves, which is why we've formulated a plan as to how we test different products. We went to lengths to test each of these mixers, some of them simultaneously, so we can establish which performed the best. We also used our testing facility in order to gauge the size, features, and maneuverability of these mixers.

When it comes to the tests themselves, we tried these mixers out on three different tasks in order to see the performance of different attachments, as well as the power of the mixers. The tests were made as quantifiable as possible, with recordings of time taken to adequately mix as well as decibel readings. We also gauged how easy it was to clean the stand mixers as part of this process.