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Best stand mixer 2021: from Kitchenid, Cuisinart, Smeg and more

No kitchen is complete without the best stand mixer. Take a look at our stand mixer reviews from the likes of Cuisinart, Smeg, Hamilton Beach, and Smeg

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Not only to they look the part, but the best stand mixers will also do all the hard work in the kitchen, allowing you to share the delicious results. These smart machines offer an extra pair of hands in the kitchen, combining ingredients for cakes, cooking, meringues, pastry, and dough. The best stand mixers also cook great, which is why everyone from chefs to celebrities feature the likes of KitchenAid, Cuisinart and Smeg in their kitchens. 

Many of the best stand mixers in our roundup come with a range of colors to choose from, and can even be paired with custom bowls to look the part, even when not in use. When it comes to choosing the best one for you, we've been busy reviewing many of the best stand mixers in this guide so you can be confident in its ability to whisk, beat, and knead. 

Other important things to consider when buying the best stand mixer include the bowl size and power. More watts means more capability to power through tricky tasks, and a larger bowl will mean you're able to make multi-tiered cakes or a large batch of cookies in one go. 

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Best stand mixers 2021

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1. KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Qt. Stand Mixer

Best stand mixer overall

Specifications
Dimensions: 14.3 x 9.3 x 14 inches
Colors: countless
Attachments: dough hook, flat beater, wire whisk
Reasons to buy
+Comes in an endless range of colors+Highly capable of many kitchen tasks+Buy more attachments to expand its capabilities
Reasons to avoid
-Not the largest capacity

Tried and loved by us, the KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Qt. Stand Mixer needs no introduction. Not only is this classic stand mixer a statement piece in any kitchen, it's a real workhorse too. For a start, this stand mixer comes with all the attachments you need for most of your baking needs. That includes a wire whisk for beating eggs, a flat beater for integrating cake batter, and a dough hook to work your bread dough. 

The Artisan is made in the USA, and it's a seriously high quality machine for the money. You may find the 5-quart capacity is a little lacking for multi-tier cakes but for most home chefs, it's a top choice. 

Best stand mixer Cuisinart Precision Stand Mixer

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2. Cuisinart Precision Stand Mixer

Best value stand mixer

Specifications
Dimensions: 16.5 x 11.2 x 15.9 inches
Colors: 6
Attachments: Dough hook, whisk, flat beater
Reasons to buy
+Value for money+Larger-than-average capacity+12 speeds for added precision
Reasons to avoid
-Less color options than the KitchenAid

The KitchenAid vs Cuisinart debate is always tight, but if value for money is your number one consideration then the Cuisinart Precision Stand Mixer is a brilliant choice. It comes in six colors: periwinkle blue, white, silver, red, black and robin's egg green, and has an extra half quart on the KitchenAid Artisan at 5.5-quarts total. 

There's also more speed settings than the KitchenAid; 12 in total. It's controlled by a simple side dial and packs 500 watts of power. 

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3. Smeg Retro Stand Mixer

Best looking stand mixer

Specifications
Dimensions: 8.86 x 15.94 x 14.88 inches
Colors: 7
Attachments: whisk, flat beater, dough hook, pouring shield
Reasons to buy
+Compact+Sleek look+Has an express setting+Matching appliances available 
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive-Only neutral colors available 

Quirky and packed with character, the Smeg Retro Stand Mixer is a capable kitchen assistant. It's got plenty of attachments, including a pouring shield that's designed to stop spills and messes as you bake, and comes in seven lovely colors. The colors don't extend down the entirety of the stand mixer, instead acting as a pop of color on the tilt-head itself.

When we tested the Smeg Retro Stand Mixer we found it a little large, which makes it perfectly positioned for larger kitchens with sprawling counter space, but too expansive for apartments or tighter spaces. We did love how powerful it was, as well as how easily we were able to work the machine thanks to the intuitive layout of the controls. 

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4. KitchenAid Classic Plus

Best stand mixer for small kitchens

Specifications
Dimensions: W14.1 x L8.7 x H13.9 inches
Colors: 2
Attachments: flat beater, wire whisk, dough hook
Reasons to buy
+Works with other KitchenAid attachments+The cheapest KitchenAid you can buy+Perfectly designed for smaller spaces
Reasons to avoid
-Limited motor strength-No bowl handle

The KitchenAid Classic Plus sells out a lot less regularly than the Artisan, and it's also the cheapest KitchenAid on the market. Available with most retailers in black and white, what it lacks in color options it makes up for in value and space-efficiency. You'll get the same wire whisk, flat beater and dough hook as you'd expect with a regular KitchenAid, but they work with the 4.4 quart bowl to make batches of cookies, cake and bread for smaller households. 

It caps out at 275 watts, which is nearly half that of some more high-end stand mixers, but for the money and the size it's a sacrifice worth making. The bowl comes without a handle, but as with all KitchenAids you can buy new bowls to customize as you see fit. 

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5. Frigidaire ESTM020 Stand Mixer

Best budget stand mixer

Specifications
Dimensions: 14.4 x 9.2 x 11.7 inches
Colors: 3
Attachments: Dough hook, metal whisk, aluminium beater
Reasons to buy
+Budget-friendly+Attractive pastel options+Users love it
Reasons to avoid
-Use it too long and it'll overheat

Who says you can't find one of the best stand mixers for under $100? The Frigidaire ESTM020 Stand Mixer has it all; the classic tilt-head, the three attachments and the attractive color options, all for under $100. 

It's not as powerful as some of the options in our guide, so don't expect it to knead tough dough for prolonged periods of time, but it is a handy option to have in your kitchen and it looks lovely, too. 

Best stand mixer KitchenAid Pro 5 Plus Stand Mixer

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6. KitchenAid Pro 5 Plus Stand Mixer

Best professional stand mixer

Specifications
Dimensions: 11.3 x 14.9 x 16.5 inches
Colors: 4
Attachments: Flat beater, wire whip, powerknead spiral dough hook
Reasons to buy
+Immense capacity+Powerful design+Comes in plenty of colors+For the experienced home chef
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive

Serious home chefs or batch bakers will love the KitchenAid Pro 5 Plus Stand Mixer. 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 powerknead dough spiral, but you can pair it with everything from pasta rollers to food processor attachments to make the most of this versatile option. We're quite taken by the Ink Blue color, which is exclusive to Best Buy, but it's also available in red, black and silver. 

Best stand mixer Hamilton Beach Professional All-Metal Stand Mixer

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7. Hamilton Beach Professional All-Metal Stand Mixer

Best stand mixer for attachment options

Specifications
Dimensions: 19.8 x 14.8 x 13.5 inches
Colors: 1
Attachments: Spiral dough hook, pouring shield, whisk, flat beater
Reasons to buy
+One slot only+Super compact profile+Intelligent design
Reasons to avoid
-An expensive one slot option

The Hamilton Beach Professional All-Metal Stand Mixer is new to the market, but Hamilton Beach's answer to a professional stand mixer is a promising one. It's got a 450-watt motor and comes with more attachments than the industry standard. This includes a flat beater, whisk, and spiral dough hook, as well as a pouring shield that prevents flour or sugar from going everywhere when you add them to the bowl. 

It's not got the color options or the charming design of other stand mixers, but the Hamilton Beach Professional All-Metal Stand Mixer makes up for this in practicality. It's got a planetary mixing motion to leave no areas un-integrated, and the five year limited warranty is well above average. 

What is the best stand mixer?  

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A classic for a reason; the best stand mixer in our guide 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. 

Our top budget pick is the Frigidaire ESTM020 Stand Mixer, which is the best stand mixer for under $100 for sale right now. It's also lovely to look at, with a range of colors and modest footprint for kitchens of any size. 

What to consider when looking for the best stand mixer

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Size matters

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.

Looks aren't everything, but they do matter

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. 

Price can vary

If you want a top-of-the-range stand mixer, prepare to spend as much as $700 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.