Best Stand Mixers in 2023: There are numerous workhorses within the kitchen. And while cast iron skillets, Dutch ovens, and cutting boards are all remarkable in their own right, a stand mixer is arguably the most desired kitchen item. Stand mixers have been used to mix countless batches of cookies, knead bread dough, and whip icing — and that’s before you consider the attachments that can spiralize veggies and roll noodles.
Due to the variety of stand mixers available on the market, we decided to evaluate five popular and highly rated models. As we put them through their paces, we noticed that the capacity to combine ingredients evenly while also handling moist, sticky dough is a crucial differential, leading us to propose a pair of appliances that stood out from the competition.
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List of The Best Stand Mixers in 2023
#1 KitchenAid 5‑Quart Artisan Series Tilt-Head Stand Mixer
The KitchenAid Artisan Series Tilt-Head Stand Mixer outperformed the competition in each of our three recipe tests, mixing, kneading, and whipping more effectively than the other mixers we examined. This is hardly a surprise, given that it is the most recent iteration of a design that has been in existence for over a century.
The KitchenAid mixer was the finest in its class at mixing and kneading dough. The paddle effortlessly whipped up butter and sugar, then folded in chips and dried fruit. The loaf of bread had a crust that was crisp with a soft center, and the dough came together fast. Even while it wasn’t the quietest machine we evaluated, the noise didn’t interfere with regular speech, and the motor didn’t seem like it was struggling.
The stainless steel bowl was easily inserted and removed, and the handle was simple to grasp. The 10-speed gear shifter moved with a fluid motion, and each of the clearly distinguished speeds proved to be handy. It could blend softly at low speeds and whip vigorously at high rates.
The KitchenAid comes with a complete set of accessories that will allow you to begin baking or mixing immediately; we were impressed with the ease of attaching and detaching these attachments during our time with the mixer, as well as the versatility that the mixer’s wide range of available tools provides.
The powder-coated aluminum dough hook and paddle are durable and dishwasher-safe, while the whip (which, like nearly every other mixer whip attachment, must be washed by hand) produced frosting that was light, fluffy, and evenly combined. During our tests, the supplied pouring shield’s wide opening for adding flour while the mixer was running prevented spatter in the mixing bowl.
A characteristic of the KitchenAid mixer line is its adaptability to a vast array of kitchen chores. There are dozens of attachments available, ranging from alternative beaters and paddles that can be used in the bowl to appliance replacements that attach to the front “power hub” port of the mixer. A flex edge beater (with a built-in scraper that slides along the bowl’s sides during mixing) is an excellent starting point, and from there, you can purchase gadgets that do everything from shredding and spiralizing vegetables to rolling out pasta, grinding flour or meat, and producing ice cream.
The KitchenAid is on the heavy side at 26 pounds, but the extra effort required to move it around the kitchen is justified by its stability. The mixer’s weight allows it to accommodate up to 9 cups of flour without sliding across the countertop.
It is available in over 20 colors, ranging from mineral water blue to feather pink, and a variety of bowl materials and patterns, from glass to floral-patterned ceramic. The KitchenAid 5‑Quart Artisan Series Tilt-Head Stand Mixer allows you to have both a showcase and a workhorse in one piece of equipment, thanks to its array of color options and superior performance.
#2 KitchenAid Professional 600 Series 6‑Quart Stand Mixer
If you bake more than twice a week, frequently host large family gatherings, or need to produce huge batches of cookies (more than four dozen), the KitchenAid Professional 600 Series is a worthy investment. Important: Due to the 17-inch height of the Professional 600 Series mixer, you may want to measure the distance between your countertop and higher cabinets prior to purchase.
The 6‑quart bowl can knead enough dough to bake 13 dozen cookies or mash up to 8 pounds of potatoes, allowing you to complete daily activities in between holiday celebrations. The bowl’s handle is formed like a solid U. It can then be raised or lowered using the bowl lift handle after securely snapping into position.
The dough hook was slightly too high above the bowl’s base out of the box, but this was easily remedied by adjusting the set screw that sits behind the bowl in the mixer’s stem with a flathead screwdriver.
The bowl mixer performed well when the bowl had numerous ingredients. The cookie dough was uniform and not dense. Each cookie contained chips and fruit, a feat that other mixers could not accomplish. This machine is designed to process large quantities of dough.
The mixer was cleaned with a moist towel after a brief wipe. The wire whip must be hand-washed, and although the other attachments (dough hook and paddle) could be cleaned in the dishwasher, it was just as simple to rinse them in the sink as the dough did not adhere to the powder coating.
#3 Cuisinart SM-50 Precision Master 5.5‑Quart Stand Mixer
The Cuisinart SM-50 blended far better than any of the ultra-affordable mixers we evaluated. Although it did not perform as well as the top performers, it can certainly fulfill all of your needs if you are on a budget. The more we operated it, the more we appreciated it.
The 12-speed 500 Watts motor delivered a surprising amount of power without making a lot of noise, easily slicing through cookie dough and bread dough. But, the whisk did not measure up to the other equipment. The size was slightly too large for the 5.5‑quart bowl; adding powdered sugar was messy, and we had to stop whipping multiple times to scrape the bowl. Once the butter was included, the Cuisinart made a frosting with a beautiful texture that was light and fluffy.
At a weight of slightly more than 18 pounds, it was light enough to be moved on and off the counter without being too flimsy to keep in position while mixing a bowl full of ingredients.
The Cuisinart SM-50 has a(3) three-year limited warranty, is available in eleven colors, has an attractive design (the chrome bubble on the head reminded us of a character from the Among Us viral video game), and comes with five additional attachments if you wish to expand its utility. At under $300, it is not inexpensive, but nothing cheaper felt as pleasurable to use. If you want to start baking but don’t want to overextend your money, the SM-50 makes sense.
Other stand mixers we tested
#4 SMEG 50’s Retro SMF02 Stand Mixer
With its sleek design and chrome accents, the Smeg stand mixer resembles a high-performance race car. It was portable and simple to run out of the box, but although being priced similarly to our best mixers, it did not work quite as well.
The “Smooth Start” function of Smeg ensures that the 600 Watts motor gently accelerates to the speed you select (up to 10). Despite the fact that this first felt choppy and the components did not combine as quickly, the mixer was effective once it reached full speed.
The bread hook and whisk attachments had sufficient weight to knead bread dough and whip icing, respectively. The paddle left a bit too much cookie dough in the bottom of the bowl and did not spread the chips and dried fruit as evenly as our top choices.
The shiny exterior, while appealing (and the Smeg is available in a variety of attractive finishes), tends to reveal fingerprints upon cleaning. Smeg offers a variety of accessories (including pasta makers, a grinder, a slicer, and a grater); however, the selection is not quite as broad as that of KitchenAid, Bosch, or Ankarsrum.
#5 BOSCH MUM6N10UC Universal Plus Stand Mixer
The Bosch Universal Plus consistently ranked near the top of the models we tested in terms of performance, but the plastic bowl, the requirement to hand-wash attachments, and the absence of cookie paddles and a heavy-duty mount for them at a price point comparable to the KitchenAid Artisan prevented it from topping the charts.
The Universal Plus (which Bosch has manufactured since 1952) has a radically different design from KitchenAid-style mixers, with the engine in the base and the bowl attached from the top; the attachments attach to a central column in the bowl’s center. This results in a machine that is deeper than it is tall, in contrast to
A strong 800-watt motor with four separate speeds and a pulse option is housed within the compact frame. The broad, 6.5‑quart plastic bowl provides ample space for adding ingredients around the attachments that clamp onto the central column. The attachments, however, are all hand-wash only, making this model a touch more labor-intensive than the others we evaluated.
The Bosch is an excellent performer; it excelled at shaping bread dough with speed and elasticity. The Bosch generated light and fluffy frosting, but a small amount of powdered sugar adhered to the middle column, just beyond the reach of the double whisks. It worked wonderfully with cookie dough and evenly distributed the chips and fruit. The 17-pound mixer remained in place (it had suction cup feet for added traction) yet could be moved without excessive effort.
How to care for a stand mixer
The base and the head of your mixer can be cleaned with a damp dishcloth. Consider that a tilt-head mixer may have more places where dry ingredients can become trapped.
Whisks must be hand-washed (soak them in warm water and dish soap to break down icing or whipped cream), but attachments and the mixing bowl are typically dishwasher-safe.
If you’re seeking peace of mind on what might be a significant investment, all of the mixers we evaluated came with at least a one-year replacement warranty, with the Ankarsrum Original boasting a seven-year motor warranty.