Best stand mixers 2022: reviews of KitchenAid, Kenwood and more

Find the best stand mixer for your kitchen with our reviews of the top 10 you can buy right now, from Russell Hobbs, Kenwood, KitchenAid, and Sage

The best stand mixer can take all of the tricky stuff out of home baking, leaving you with the delicious results. In our top 10 best stand mixer guide we've featured models from KitchenAid, Russell Hobbs, Kenwood, and Bosch, with reviews of every attachment for making cake, bread, cookies, and a lot more.

Any home baker will love the way a stand mixer speeds up all of their favourite recipes. It will cream your butter and sugar together to make your cakes light and fluffy, and leave you to prepare your decorations while your cake batter mixes with the use of flat beaters of whisks. Or, switch your stand mixer into high gear and you can knead some delicious sourdough or fresh brioche buns with none of the muscle word you'd usually need to bake fresh bread.

Plus, there's no denying that a KitchenAid or Smeg mixer will take the pride of place in any kitchen counter, which is why you'll find them adorning the counters designers who merely dabble in baking. When you've chosen your mixer, you can also pair it with one of the best blenders to coordinate your appliances by brand and color.

What is the best stand mixer?

Of all the stand mixers we've tried, the Kenwood kMix Stand Mixer is our top pick. It comes in a range of classic colours and the glass bowl offers great value for money when you consider the quality of the design.

If you want a value stand mixer, or you have a small space to work with, the Morphy Richards MixStar really punches above its weight in both power and price.

Best stand mixers 2022

Kenwood kMix Stand Mixer in red with Ideal Home approved badge

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1. Kenwood kMix Stand Mixer

Best stand mixer

Specifications

Power: 1000 watts
Speed settings: 6
Capacity: 5 litre mixing bowl

Reasons to buy

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Its fold function means you can make delicate mixes like brioche
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Very powerful motor
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Newly available in a range of fun colours
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Everything is dishwasher-safe

Reasons to avoid

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It weighs over 10kg, so it's pretty heavy for a mixer

Whether you’re a beginner, a casual baker or more experienced, the kMix stand mixer offers something for everyone. Not only is it incredibly easy to control with six speeds and a fold option, but its five-litre heatproof glass bowl also allows you to see exactly what’s going on inside. This puts paid to pesky flour lumps. It also features a 1,000W motor designed to handle up to 1.35kg of difficult dough. On the downside, thanks to its metal body, it’s another heavy mixer at 10.9kg.

During testing, the kMix stand mixer was fuss-free to use, staying reassuringly steady on the worktop even at high speeds. It produced everything from light, fluffy doughnuts to crisp meringue and thick whipped cream for pavlovas perfectly.

Another plus is the sheer range of compatible attachments, which include a pasta cutter, grinding mill, dicer and spaghetti maker. It comes in four colours and all the parts are dishwasher-safe.

Ideal Home's rating: 5 out of 5 stars

See our full Kenwood kMix Stand Mixer review

Kenwood Titanium Chef Baker with Ideal Home approved badge

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2. Kenwood Titanium Chef Baker

Best stand mixer for smart modern features

Specifications

Power: 1200 watts
Speed settings: 10
Capacity: 5 litre stainless steel bowl

Reasons to buy

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In-built scales
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Premium, but value-for-money
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Assisted tilt-head
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Timer display

Reasons to avoid

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Slight gap in the splash guard

The Kenwood Titanium Chef Baker is an expensive choice, but with in-built scales and a timer, it's the ticket to perfectly precise bakes. We really enjoyed how accurate the scales were, as they allowed us to add all of our flour, butter, sugar, and eggs to the bowl without the need to put them in a separate measuring device beforehand. Less cleanup, and a lot less faff! The assisted tilt-head means you can prop up the attachments with minimal effort, because it springs up when you press the lever.

It comes in only one colour, which is a shame, but you can switch out the colour of the top panel. This also has a port to add up to 25 attachments: a blender, even a pasta maker. Best part, these will also pair with the scales on the base! The mixer comes with three attachments, and we particularly enjoyed the flat beater. We did find that the splash guard had a slight cap above the bowl, because it's attached to the assisted tilt-head, and this let a little flour and icing sugar escape from the bowl when cooking.

Ideal Home’s rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Read our full Kenwood Titanium Chef Baker review

KitchenAid 4.8L Artisan Stand Mixer in purple

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3. KitchenAid 4.8L Artisan Stand Mixer

Best stand mixer for baking cake

Specifications

Power: 300 watts
Speed settings: 6
Capacity: 4.8 litre bowl

Reasons to buy

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Looks great
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A classic for a reason
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A mid-price option
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Comes in countless colours

Reasons to avoid

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Its motor is a little lacking compared to other options

We know you recognise this one. From the Great British Bake Off to Nigella's home kitchen, the KitchenAid Artisan is a classic. We put it to the test to see if it's still the cream of the crop. The verdict? This stand mixer is stunning and sturdy, but the motor is a little lacking compared to some of the others in our guide. You can make up to two batches of bread at a time in this mixer, so it's a good balance between size and capacity. The bowl also screws on easily and has a handle. Attachments are dishwasher-safe, which we love.

We found that the Artisan mixer is both quiet and efficient. There’s also an optional pouring shield to prevent splashes, and it comes with a wire whisk, flat beater and dough hook as default. The classic tilt-head design will fit under your kitchen cabinets, and because there's so many colours to choose from (not to mention countless custom bowls and other matching appliances such as the best food processors) we know it will look the part too.

It’s also one of the heaviest stand mixers available, at a knee-bending 11kg with accessories. It did make some delicious cake though, and you can buy plenty of additional attachments to make pasta, ice cream, and even stuff sausages if you so wish.

Ideal Home's rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Read our full KitchenAid 4.8L Artisan Stand Mixer review

Bosch mixer in silver with Ideal Home approved badge

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4. Bosch MUM59340GB

Best value stand mixer 

Specifications

Power: 1000 watts
Speed settings: 7
Capacity: 3.9 litre mixing bowl

Reasons to buy

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Comes with shredding discs, a mincer, a citrus press and a blender
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Very reasonably priced
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Almost all accessories go in the dishwasher

Reasons to avoid

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The sheer amount of kit means you'll need space to store it all

This is a stand mixer for cooks who want to progress from making a springy Victoria sandwich to baking the sort of things the Great British Bake Off judges would be wowed by. The reason is that it’s more than a stand mixer. Not only does it come with shredding discs, a mincer, a citrus press and a blender (and swivels into three positions for you to use them), in its stand mixer mode it beats, mixes, whisks and kneads like a pro.

Inside the mixer's 3.9-litre bowl, there’s enough room to mix up to 2kg of dough with the kneading hook. This even has a ‘dough deflector’ to stop any mixture from escaping. During testing, dough wrapped around the hook but was easy to remove. The blender also performed well with no lack of power – a common problem with attachments.

When you’re finished baking up a storm, the MUM5 stand mixer's cord automatically retracts. All the accessories except the mincer can be popped in the dishwasher and there’s a storage bag. The obvious downside of this mixer is the sheer amount of kit to store, but if you’re willing to make some room you’ll be rewarded.

Ideal Home's rating: 5 out of 5 stars

See our full Bosch MUM59340GB Stand Mixer review

Morphy Richards MixStar with Ideal Home approved badge

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5. Morphy Richards MixStar

Best stand mixer for smaller kitchens

Specifications

Power: 650 watts
Speed settings: 6
Capacity: 4 litre bowl

Reasons to buy

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It's a real space saver
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It's a very capable machine given its low power
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There's a timer in-built
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It sped along the cooking process thanks to double attachments

Reasons to avoid

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It lacks that classic stand mixer look

In testing, we loved how easily it was able to knead bread and make cakes and whipped cream with the Morphy Richards MixStar. The mixer is noiser than some, and it's also lacking that classic tilt-head design that many find so appealing about a stand mixer. If it's not the look you're after though, this is an immensely capable model. It comes with an in-built timer that allows you to plan your baking exploits perfectly, and its six-point speed dial is variable which gives you complete control of your mixing.

The MixStar is powered through a central column that stems from its base. To this you can attach the whisk, dough hook, or flat beater attachments which work on a cog to rotate around the bowl. Unlike many stand mixers which have only one overhead attachment, this mixer has two, which means it can power through tasks as quickly as you'll need. All the attachments store easily in an insert that sits in the bowl itself, which means this stand mixer is incredibly easy to store, and significantly less space-intensive as other options.

Ideal Home’s rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Read our full Morphy Richards MixStar review

Sage the Bakery Boss Stand Mixer

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6. Sage The Bakery Boss Stand Mixer

Best stand mixer for easy controls

Specifications

Power: 1200 watts
Speed settings: 12
Capacity: 4.7 litre mixing bowl

Reasons to buy

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Two mixing bowls included
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LCD timer
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LED lights on tilt-head

Reasons to avoid

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Glass bowl is hefty to lift

The Sage The Bakery Boss Stand Mixer wowed us with its smart LCD timer and the illuminated controls. If you struggle to know which speed to knead, cream, and mix with, the side of the mixer has zones which illuminate when you're at the right speed.

Because it has two interchangeable bowls you won't need to worry about rinsing out your cake bowl to beat your frosting, and while the glass one is very heavy, it is great for watching your mixture as it works. The steel bowl has a handle that makes pouring easy, too.

To get a better view as your cake mixes, there's an LED light that shines down from the tilt-head into the mixing bowl. The machine itself has a handle that makes it easy to move around your kitchen, and other great touches include the flat beater, which as a scraper attachment that makes sure there's no butter or sugar left at the side of the bowl. This meant we didn't have to go around the outside of the bowl with a spatula to make sure that all of our ingredients were well incorporated. Our only gripe? The whisk can't go in the dishwasher.

Ideal Home's rating: 5 out of 5 stars

See our full Sage The Bakery Boss Stand Mixer review

Kenwood Prospero KHC29 Stand Mixer

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7. Kenwood Prospero KHC29 Stand Mixer

Best stand mixer on a budget

Specifications

Power: 1000 watts
Speed settings: 5
Capacity: 4.3 litre bowl

Reasons to buy

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This value choice has heaps of attachments and a powerful motor
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Powerful 1000 watt motor
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Planetary mixing motion

Reasons to avoid

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Hand-wash only

The Kenwood Prospero KHC29 Stand Mixer has 1000 watts of power, which is impressive for a mixer of this price. It's affordable when you buy it purely for mixing, but spend a little more and you'll find attachments for blending, food processing, and even meat grinding.

While the design is a little unusual, we found that it did a great job of incorporating all of our ingredients thanks to the planetary mixing motion that reaches all edges of the bowl. The dough hook is also great for making springy loaves with well-kneaded dough. The 1000-watt motor comes in handy here, too, but with only five speed settings, it lacks some more specific speeds.

None of the attachments can go in the dishwasher, which is a bit of a pain, but we did find that they are easy enough to clean by hand. The mixer is great for smaller kitchen counters, because it's lightweight and can slot under kitchen cabinets with ease.

Ideal Home’s rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Read our full Kenwood Prospero KHC29 Stand Mixer review

KitchenAid Artisan Mini 3.5 Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer in red

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8. KitchenAid Artisan Mini 3.5 Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer

Best KitchenAid stand mixer for classic kitchens

Specifications

Power: 250 watts
Speed settings: 10
Capacity: 3.3 litre bowl

Reasons to buy

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Small and lightweight
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Has the iconic KitchenAid Artisan design
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Has all the attachments you need

Reasons to avoid

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It's not the most powerful, and still quite pricey

25% lighter and 20% smaller than the Kitchenaid Artisan mixer, the KitchenAid Artisan Mini is great for those who want the charm of a KitchenAid mixer but with a smaller profile. It has a flat beater, wire whisk, and dough hook for all your baking needs, and you can also wash all of these (apart from the whisk) in the dishwasher.

Despite its limited motor size, the KitchenAid Artisan Mini was powerful enough to make smooth and fluffy cake mixes and well-worked cookie dough. When making bread it was able to knead a regular sized loaf, but we did find that the dough worked its way up the hook.

If you enjoy baking but don't need the best stand mixer for batch bakes, the KitchenAid Artisan Mini is a great choice for you. It has a great range of colour options too, and it looks a real treat when placed on the kitchen counter.

Ideal Home’s rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Read our full KitchenAid Artisan Mini stand mixer review

Russell Hobbs Emma Bridgewater Stand Mixer

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9. Russell Hobbs Emma Bridgewater Stand Mixer

Best stand mixer for quirky design

Specifications

Power: 1000 watts
Speed settings: 10
Capacity: 5 litre bowl

Reasons to buy

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We love the style
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Ten speeds and a pulse mode
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It's got a very generous sized working bowl

Reasons to avoid

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The bowl and whisk has a plastic base, which isn't too durable

A more traditional boxy exterior might have you swiping left on the Go Create Stand Mixer. But beneath the no-nonsense plastic lies a good yet affordable helper. There are noticeable differences between this and a more premium model – the stainless-steel bowl has a plastic base as does the whisk, for example – but beyond that everything you need for baking is here.

Three tools, a slide-on splashguard with a pouring spout, a powerful 1000W motor and 10 speeds. There’s even a pulse on the dial, which provides a burst of top speed for finishing off mixes.

The benefit of fewer metal elements (even the beater is made from fibreglass) is that all the parts are dishwasher-safe. This makes it invaluable in a busy family household, plus it’s lighter than die-cast models. So you can move it around without straining under the weight. Another plus is the mixer’s generously sized five-litre bowl, which easily accommodated bread dough, cake batter or egg whites without throwing anything out.

There are a couple of quirks. The mixer was very noisy on the top speeds, and the spring from new was strong, so you’ll need to hold the head as you raise it or it jerks. However, the performance was surprisingly efficient for a machine at this price point.

It whisked our egg whites to firm peaks in about four minutes. It mixed and kneaded bread dough around the bowl without it wrapping around the hook (which resulted in a well-risen loaf), and blended butter and sugar to a pale creamy consistency.

We noticed a few streaks of butter in the sponge batter after mixing and scraping down, but the baked cake rounds were light with golden, springy tops.

Ideal Home’s rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Read our full Russell Hobbs Emma Bridgewater Stand Mixer review

Precision Stand Mixer by Cuisinart in white and silver with Ideal Home badge

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10. Precision Stand Mixer by Cuisinart

Best stand mixer for a large capacity

Specifications

Power: 500 watts
Speed settings: 12
Capacity: 5.2 litre stainless steel bowl

Reasons to buy

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With 12 speeds it's perfect for mixing dough
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Worked very well on bread dough
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Very robust and sturdy

Reasons to avoid

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The lever to lift felt a little clunky

Great for batch bakers and big families, the 500W Precision Stand Mixer is surprisingly roomy. While its footprint is standard, its 5.2-litre, stainless-steel bowl provides more capacity than you’d expect in a model of this size. This means that you can knead up to 1.2kg of dough, whip 1.4 litres of cream or whisk 12 egg whites in a single load.

There are 12 speeds, from a gentle stir (which we found invaluable for starting to mix dough) to a rapid whisk that took the effort out of making meringues. The mixer shook a little on the highest settings but stayed steady on the worktop.

Its tools are the usual three of whisk (the only part not dishwasher-safe), beater and dough hook. This last one was especially good in that our bread dough didn’t wrap itself around the hook, but moved and kneaded it around the bowl efficiently.

Our loaf rose well without any manual kneading. The two-part splashguard and spout, while a handy option, was something that was awkward to have in use most of the time. It slid on easily enough but every time the mixer head was raised, both sections had to be removed, making scraping down the bowl more of a chore.

Its performance couldn’t be faulted – our sugar and butter creamed together quickly, and the batter looked well aerated. The finished sponge wasn’t as fluffy as we’d hoped though. Where it delivers less is on aesthetics – the Precision Stand Mixer is only available in black or white, the pedal to raise the mixer head protrudes oddly and the dial feels like a clunky way to move up or down through the speeds.

However, if you’re looking for a robust workhorse of a mixer and don’t mind not having a colourful appliance, it’s a smart choice.

Ideal Home’s rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars


Why do I need a stand mixer?

Stand mixer next to a kettle and eggs

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Stand mixers look the part, but they are also essential for taking the muscle work out of even the toughest recipes. Anyone who's spent ten minutes kneading bread dough or hand-beating cake mix will know that it's a lot of arm work. Not only will the best stand mixer do it a lot faster, but it will often do a better job thanks to the range of speeds available, as well as the assortment of attachments that are custom made for baking.

You can opt for the iconic mixers from KitchenAid and Kenwood, but our guide also features some options from Cuisinart and Bosch. There's even a mixer from Morphy Richards, which isn't technically a stand mixer, but really wowed us in testing thanks to its smart and compact design.

What to consider when buying a stand mixer

Stand mixer on a counter top with a notice board and a calendar

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How much should I spend on a mixer?

This depends on whether you’re buying a stand mixer with a view to keeping it long-term. Basic mixers can be picked up as cheaply as £50. But for one that will last, budget for a minimum of £100. Beyond £150, most of what you’ll be paying for is a greater choice of colours and styling, extra features or accessories. More expensive mixers tend to have a sturdier build quality to ensure they’ll be whisking and beating for decades to come.

What kind of stand mixer attachments are available?

Stand mixers often feature more than one outlet – the main outlet being using to rotate the tool in the bowl. Additional ones are usually located at the front of the machine or on the top of the lever arm. These allow you to power attachments, turning your simple stand mixer into a multifunctional kitchen helper. Standard mixer attachments include a blender jug for making smoothies and soups, or crushing ice, and sometimes a food processor for slicing, grating and chopping.

Most manufacturers offer a range of stand mixer attachments to buy. These include rollers for making pasta and specialised ravioli makers. There are also mincers or grinders for processing meat, slicers, pre-freeze ice cream bowls, millers, spiralisers and juicers. Accessories and attachments can take up a fair amount of room in your kitchen. Look for models that can store accessories inside the bowl or come with a storage box. That way, you won’t lose kit at the back of a cupboard.

What are the main features of a stand mixer?

Mixing bowl, stand mixer with eggs, a whisk and flour

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  • Bowl capacity: Unlike some small appliances, where wattage can be a rough guide to how powerful a machine is, when it comes to stand mixers, it’s better to buy on more tangible features. Bowl capacity is a good place to start. Some can be as low as 3.3 litres, but average is between 4-5 litres. Larger six-litre-plus bowls are ideal for batch bakers. Bowls are usually made from stainless steel (cheaper models may have a plastic base). But they can be made from glass, too, which enables you to keep an eye on the ingredients as they mix.
  • Tools: Most mixers will have three tools as standard. A balloon whisk for whipping cream, eggs and light mixtures, a dough hook for kneading bread and a beater for batters, biscuit dough and general mixing. This could also be a flexi or scraper beater – a tool with a silicone rim that helps to scrape down the bowl as it mixes. Another accessory that’s common is a splashguard – essential for stopping the contents of the bowl escaping during vigorous mixing.
  • Speed: The majority of stand mixers use planetary mixing action. This means the tool orbits while the arm moves around the bowl. This action should mean that the mixture is moved towards the middle of the bowl rather than being flung out to the sides. Each mixer will have a range of speeds, controlled by a slider or a dial. This allows you to build up to the speed you want gradually.
  • Slow start and pause functions: There may also be a ‘soft start’ slow speed to prevent fine ingredients, such as flour, puffing out before the speed ramps up. Another useful feature is a pause function. This stops the machine mixing so you can add ingredients, before returning to the same speed. Some mixers may also have preset programmes for food types such as cake or gentle ‘fold’ options.
  • More extras: Other stand mixer extras include integral lighting, so you have a better view inside the bowl. A countdown timer that helps prevent over-mixing, and sensors that help maintain the mixer’s speed when tackling heavier loads. 

What other key questions do I need to ask about stand mixers?

1. Are the mixer parts dishwasher safe?

While a dishwasher-safe bowl is usually standard, check that accessories are too before you pop them in alongside. Whisk attachments often have to be washed by hand. Hot temperatures can cause plastic to be damaged.

2. What about spare parts?

Spares can be handy if you’re having a full-on baking day. So look for manufacturers that offer additional bowls and attachments.

3. Where can I store my mixer?

Think about where your stand mixer will live. If it’s out on the worktop, find a design that comes in a shade to suit your kitchen and will fit below wall units. If it’s destined for a cupboard, opt for a machine that’s light enough to lift in and out. Some cast-metal stand mixers can be heavy and bulky.

4. How can I tidy away wires?

Trying to avoid too many trailing wires across your worktop? Look out for machines with handy cable storage.

Rachel Ogden is a freelance journalist with more than 20 years’ experience of writing, editing and sub-editing. Since 2007, she's worked exclusively in interiors, writing about everything from extending your home to kitchen worktops, flooring, storage and more. She specialises in product reviews, having reviews hundreds of small and large appliances and homeware.