Basically they are just a handy substitute for beating and mixing stuff by hand. Anyway, I assume you do want to buy a new mixer rather then using your own hand or wooden spoon to do the mixing, so it is best that you decide in the beginning whether you want to get a stand or hand mixer.
So, to save all that precious time for the next TV show, skip this part if you already know what type you plan to get. If not, read on as you know, there are two types of kitchen mixer to choose from – the electric handheld mixer and the stand mixer.
Best Stand Mixer
They are great for hands-free baking, especially if you want to bake very often. They’re also more powerful and robust compared to the hand mixers, though you may be looking at a higher price range.
The KitchenAid Artisan Mixer is wonderful for people who usually do not need to mix a lot of dough at once, nevertheless, require a quality model. Regular servings of food like cookies, muffins, bread and even potato mixes will mix up well in the KitchenAid Artisan.
Have you been searching online sources or stores for the best model available? Device that can do everything you need and even more? Model, that would last as almost as long as you would? Or maybe just enough till you are unable to bake anymore?
Well I would boldly say that this model is definitely within your reach, and I assure you that every other veteran baker or Patisserie would swear to this device. This model is none other than the KitchenAid Artisan. An Iconic mixer which has lasted the test of time and constant baking, it is no surprise to find these mixers in the kitchens of professionals.
Powerful and Convenient for Your Daily Baking
The KitchenAid Artisan is a stand mixer, and as you all know it is capable of having a large and powerful motor, and this is no exception to this best model as it houses a 325 watt motor that is capable of mixing through the hardest and most dense batter material out there, I even used it to fold my cookie dough.
This large model also comes with a large 5 quart bowl is more than enough space for making cake batter. It also has a 2 piece pouring shield which is situated at the top of the bowl; you can insert and remove this device head from the bowl without having to remove this pouring shield.
This incredibly well made measure keeps my kitchen and the model clean; there is hardly any cleanup to do on the body of the mixer, except for a little dusting and wiping.
Professional Mixing Action
Now let’s put the obvious aside and look into more detail, the details which make the Artisan the best mixer there is, for example the unique mixing action which it has. It does not only spin the attachments on it, but the base itself has a rotating plate which spins the bowl.
The beater will spin clockwise as the plate where the bowl is situated upon will rotate the opposite direction; this will allow the beater to reach all over the bowl not missing a single spot. I personally like this, as I can just leave the mixer on, all I have to do is watch for the batter to be complete and stop the mixer, it’s as easy as that.
The multiple speed functions on the appliance add to the control I can have over it, the first level is stir, this one I usually use for really soft things like syrup, while the last level which is level 10 I will use for mixing in cashews and nuts, and believe me when I say that this device has no problem dealing with that.
The accessories which come with it are very versatile, as a basic you will get a flat beater which I use for tough dough’s like pie crusts and cookies, the dough hook which is really great for kneading bread, and the regular wire whip which you can use for soft batters and liquids.
There are also optional attachments made by kitchen aid for this appliance, from the regular like a chopper attachment to something which I was entirely new to, the sausage stuffer, this goes to show that the artisan was made to be a solo machinist in the kitchen.
All in a Box
Now let me summarize the quality of this machine for you, just in case you were too lazy to read through the entire review, basically the KitchenAid Artisan is really powerful, really useful and the expensive price tag is really worth your money, just remember to buy it from a trustworthy supplier to avoid getting a lemon.
Another thing which I would like to add is the number of colors this model has, it has almost as many colors as you can think of, so choosing would definitely be a hard process since you are going to be stuck with this appliance for a long, long time.
KitchenAid Professional 600 Best Heavy Duty Model
Compared to a combo of plastic material and metal build of many stand mixers out there, the all-metal construction on the KitchenAid Professional 600 simply means that this appliance is built to last. This heavy duty machine incorporates a powerful 575-watt motor, meaning it is able to cope with many types of heavy mixing.
The KitchenAid Professional 600 comes bundled with a whooping 575 watt motor, which means it can handle most heavy mixing duties (that are still practical of course).
I can get pizza dough, various brad dough, pasta dough to be thoroughly mixed without having to worry much about the KitchenAid Professional 600 not being able to handle such tough dough, and ending up overtaxing the motor.
The KitchenAid Professional 600 boasts of having an all metal construction, meaning that this kitchen appliance is made to last, unlike the mixture of plastic and metal construct of most other mixers in the market.
In their own words, “Durable all-steel gears provide reliable service”. The KitchenAid Professional 600 even has a 10 speed control where I can pick between a very fast whip, or just a slow stir.
And for those who are visual-conscious about how their device should look, shouldn’t fret. The KitchenAid Professional 600 comes with a dazzling choice of 12 colors such as Cinnamon, Empire Red (as pictured above, left) and many others.
This Heavy Duty Mixer’s Drawback
The KitchenAid Professional 600 however, is not spared from suffering drawbacks.
Firstly, the most notable drawback is that the KitchenAid Professional 600 isn’t light. Weighing at 25 pounds, this device is clearly meant to be left on the counter and not be lugged up and down into storage, thus making mobility for this kitchen appliance to be rather limited.
With the weight addressed, naturally, the size is a problem too. Not only is the KitchenAid Professional 600 heavy, it is also rather bulky. It would not be very ideal for someone who has a confined kitchen to have this monster hogging a large space on the counter.
As the KitchenAid Professional 600 has a more powerful motor built in, noise is definitely a factor. The whining and whirring of the motor as it mixes can rather be noticeable, though not to the extent of being unbearable. The KitchenAid Professional 600 is also to be noted that it isn’t suitable for smaller scale tasks as it seems to be constructed with heavy users in mind.
And finally, I would say, the biggest drawback of the KitchenAid Professional 600 would be it’s heafty price tag, which costs about $350. Not a petty sum to be splurged on it.
This impressive 800-watt stand mixer can easily manage substantial baking jobs no other model will. It does seem somewhat cheap and lightweight at first look, nevertheless it is so sturdy it doesn’t jump around in any way when mixing the dough. And actually it truly is light enough to move around easily, great for small kitchens!
This powerful 800W model can handle heavy baking projects like none other. On the first impression it does look a bit flimsy and light-weighted, but it’s so stable that it doesn’t jitter at all when kneading dough, and on the plus side, it really is lightweight so you can move it around easily.
The included attachments: whisk, dough hook and paddle are dishwasher safe, and I just love the splash guard, even though it doesn’t splash much due to its clever slow-starting design. All the attachments and the bowl are easy to remove and clean.
Oh, and I really must mention the timer. This is a rather well-thought feature as I can leave the Cuisinart SM-55 working on timer while I do other stuff, but I do note that the buttons are too easy to push and a few others have also commented that they tend to mistakenly set the timer too long.
Cuisinart SM-55 is also versatile in the way that you can buy attachments of other functions to connect to the mixer’s power outlets. These are blender, food processor, citrus juicer, meat grinder and pasta maker attachments, which can all be bought separately as you wish.
And last but not least, Cuisinart SM-55 has a commendable 5-year warranty on its motor. This is so comforting that I can live with the fact that it looks like a sewing machine on my countertop.
Hamilton Beach 63221 Best Budget Model
If you’re on a tight budget, the Hamilton Beach 63221 is your choice, because I will no doubt rate this kitchen appliance as the cool model at the price. At only around $155, the Hamilton Beach 63221 has a 400 watt motor, so it can make a reasonable amount of dough without overheating.
For the budget conscious, the Hamilton Beach 63221 is definitely for you, as I can, without any hesitation, rate it as the device in terms of budget model. With a price of only about $155, the Hamilton Beach 63221 comes with a 400 watt motor, meaning, it can work at decent quantities of dough without significantly overheating.
What I Like In It
I could whip up batches of my home made bread dough without worrying my machine would suddenly catch fire and break down from overwork.
As it comes with a rather powerful motor, the Hamilton Beach 63221 is suited for a wide array of mixing tasks which can make preparing food a breeze. Those who are however, have large quantity mixing in mind should perhaps consider the heavy duty KitchenAid Professional 600 instead.
Work Best For
The Hamilton Beach 63221 I would say, is suitable for me as living in house with a small kitchen, I don’t need to actually make much space to store the appliance unlike other bulkier kitchen appliance. And my kids love the Hamilton Beach 63221 as it is quiet while in operation (in fact, it is one of the most quiet mixers in the market), thus it doesn’t disturb them enjoying their rock music.
If you are tired of boring white mixers, or looking for an appliance that would blend well with your kitchen scheme, the Hamilton Beach 63221 comes in 6 eye-catching colors that would make a natural addition to your kitchen!
However, the Hamilton Beach 63221 does come with a few drawbacks. For one, the Hamilton Beach 63221 works in ‘planetary motion’, meaning that it would be better at reaching the bowl sides than the bottom. There is a significant gap between the beater (such as the dough hook) and the bowl.
As such, with certain frequency, I would have to stop the kitchen appliance, and scrape the bottom up and resume mixing to ensure an even and consistent mix to my dough.
Another grouse I would have is that the Hamilton Beach 63221 dances. Amusing as it sounds, it isn’t a good sight to see the mixer “walking” across the counter when I’m mixing thick dough, which means I’ve to keep an eye on the appliance in case the Hamilton Beach 63221 decides to take a plunge off my counter top!
Best Budget Machine
It has the lowest priced stand mixer, yet it packs a decently powerful motor that can handle most mixing work.
Best Hand Mixer
Here are my recommendations for the best hand mixers. They are easy to store away in the kitchen drawer or cabinet and do not take up much space.
Although they are not powerful nor practical enough for really heavy duty mixing like bread dough, they are great for people who need to do the occasional light mixing with eggs, creams, sauces, mashed potato, cupcakes or even cookie batter.
This is the best hand mixer you can get in the market, as it is everything a machine should be: lightweight and ergonomic design for user-friendliness, 9 speeds for more precise control over the mixing, easy to clean beaters and body, and just powerful enough for cookie, cake and pastry making. Although not the most affordable, it performs and gives value for its worth.
KitchenAid KHM9PWH 9-Speed Pro is the best hand mixer that is designed especially for home bakers. Equipped with 9 digital speeds, you are provided with precise control. This allows you to mix any mixture from heavy to light powerfully. Thanks to the smooth surfaces, there is no worry about any trapped ingredients and cleaning (just wipe!) is a breeze!
More than just a normal machine, this model is as close as you can get to a professional equipment. It can handle heavy duty mixing easily (such as mixing the stickiest cookie dough) without losing steam. You can also make cakes, cookies, fillings, pastries and baked goods with this appliance.
Moreover, KitchenAid KHM9PWH 9-Speed Pro is lightweight, silent and makes cleaning a painless effort. Since everything around this kitchen appliance is covered except for the eject button, cleaning is made easy.
Furthermore, the smooth cord which wipes off easily makes the after effect of mixing a safer task! For any first time users, fear not for the instruction book is not only short but easy to comprehend with complete illustration and many recipes to generate more ideas!
However, one user have complained that the whisk attachment is not particularly perfect in mixing whipping cream or meringue but performs better in breaking up clumps in sauces. Yet, it is a point to note that there are many more compliments compared to dissatisfaction given for this particular mixer.
KitchenAid KHM9PWH 9-Speed Pro is slightly more expensive than other products in the category, but cheaper than its sibling the KitchenAid KHM7T as I write this review, and I think it is worth it for it performs exactly as promised!