Best stand mixers 2024 UK – 12 reviews of mixers from KitchenAid, Kenwood and more

Our pick of the best stand mixers for your countertop tried and tested from brands such as Russell Hobbs, Kenwood, KitchenAid, and Sage

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Keen bakers and kitchen designers alike would agree that one of the best stand mixers is the ultimate statement kitchen appliance. Designed to take the stress (and the effort) out of baking, these mixers are one of the most sought-after countertop additions, with designs that span almost every colourway imaginable. 

In this guide, you'll find our thoughts after reviewing ten of the most coveted mixers on the market, from how they performed in our tests to the type of baker they'll most suit. 

Of course, no round-up of stand mixers would be complete without brands such as KitchenAid, Kenwood and Russell Hobbs, and you can find our top-rated choices from each of these well-loved brands below.

If you're revamping all of your kitchen appliances, once you've chosen your mixer, why not check out the best blenders so that you can coordinate your appliances by brand and colour?

The best stand mixers - Quick list

Short on time but sure that you want to bag the best stand mixer on the market? Browse our quick list below, which has everything you need to know neatly summed up.

Best stand mixer overall

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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.

Our full Kenwood kMix stand mixer review has more details.

Best value stand mixer

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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), but 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.

Our full Bosch MUM59340GB Stand Mixer review has more details.

Best stand mixer for cake

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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 are 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 to stuff sausages if you so wish.

Our full KitchenAid Artisan Mixer review has more information.

Best stand mixer under £200

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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.

Our full Kenwood Prospero KHC29 Stand Mixer review has more information.

Best stand mixer with built-in scales

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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. The 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 lets a little flour and icing sugar escape from the bowl when cooking.

Our full Kenwood Titanium Chef Baker stand mixer review has more details.

Best compact stand mixer

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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 noisier than some, and it also lacks 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 than other options.

Our full Morphy Richards MixStar review has more details.

Best high-end stand mixer

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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 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.

Our full Sage The Bakery Boss Stand Mixer review has more details.

Best lightweight stand mixer

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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 during our tests 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, unfortunately.

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, as you'll see in the images from our test centre below.

Our full KitchenAid Artisan Mini Tilt-Head Stand Mixer review has more details.

Best quirky stand mixer

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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.

Our full Russell Hobbs Emma Bridgewater Stand Mixer review has more details.

Best large capacity stand mixer

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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 the 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 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.

Best 2-in-1 stand mixer

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The best 2-in-1 stand mixer and hand mixer

Specifications

Power : 400 watts
Speed settings : 10
Capacity : 3.7 litres

Reasons to buy

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A versatile 2-in-1 device
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Unique butter softening feature
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Compact and lightweight
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Budget-friendly

Reasons to avoid

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Not great for mixing dough
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Feels a bit flimsy

The Breville HeatSoft VFM029 is a budget-friendly 2-in-1 stand mixer and hand mixer, which makes it a good choice for those short on money, time and/or space. Our reviewer Qin also thought that the stand mixer base would be handy for those who might have mobility issues and have trouble holding up the handheld mixer for longer periods, which makes it a good accessible buy too.

After testing, Qin summarised that it's a mixer best for cake bakers rather than breadmakers. Aside from the fact that it’s not very good at kneading dough, the smaller capacity means you’d be limited as to the type of bread recipe you can try overall. 

There are plenty of positives for the cake makers out there though, including the clever HeatSoft function, which warms butter from the fridge into perfect room-temperature baking condition. As well as that standout feature, this mixer is equipped with a good range of attachments too, and can often be found on sale for closer to £250 than its RRP of £350.

Our Breville HeatSoft VFM029 2-in-1 Hand and Stand Mixer review has the full details. 

Best heavy duty KitchenAid mixer

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12. KitchenAid Artisan 6.9L Stand Mixer

The best KitchenAid mixer for big batches

Specifications

Power : 500 watts
Speed settings : 6
Capacity : 6.9 litre bowl

Reasons to buy

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Bowl-lift design makes dealing with large batches easy 
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Huge amount of power in the motor 
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High quality in every regard 

Reasons to avoid

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The only downside is the £££ price 

This is the KitchenAid mixer for serious bakers, with the capacity and power to churn through industrial batches of bread, cake and so much more. It has a design to match that kind of heavy-duty work too, with a bowl lift design that allows you to deal with kilograms of flour and sugar with ease. 

During testing, there was no test that this mixer couldn't ace, with the planetary action delivering thorough mixing all the way down to the bottom of the huge 6.9-litre bowl. The removable pouring chute is also excellent for adding extra flour or sugar to a mix without causing a plume of dust, and the speed settings are designed to perfect any type of mixture you're working on, from egg whites to cake batter.

Of course, this a big mixer, so you'll need ample worktop space in your kitchen, as well as the desire to make huge batches in order to justify splashing out on this professional-style model. This mixer impressed us in all of our tests, but with an RRP of £749.00, it's a buy that you'll need to have a return on investment with in terms of use. 

How we test stand mixers

As you might have guessed by now, we're serious about how we test products at Ideal Home. We go to lengths to get hands-on experience with products, so that we can recommend you (or steer you away from) products in good faith. When it comes to stand mixers, we tested each product with various baking tests, including making cake batter and whipped cream. You can see detailed results in the individual reviews we've linked to under every product, and see how they looked in our homes too. 

We also have experience testing a number of these products at our testing facility in Reading, where we used them simultaneously to really get a good idea of which one performed the best. Where we can, we've also kept hold of products in order to assess how they perform after months and years of use. Below, you can read more about who has tested each of these mixers, and why they're equipped to tell you whether to invest in these products.

Molly Cleary
Molly Cleary

Molly is the Ecommerce Editor for Ideal Home, and oversees all appliance content across the site. Her favourite small appliance is without a doubt stand mixers, thanks to her love of baking. She's tested the stand mixers on this list, including the KitchenAid Artisan Mini, the KitchenAid 4.8L Artisan, the Smeg Retro 50s style stand mixer and the Cuisinart Precision mixer. She ran three separate tests on each of the mixers in order to rate their performance. 

FAQs

Why do I need a stand mixer?

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.

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 used 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 the kit at the back of a cupboard.

What are the main features of a stand mixer?

  • 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 more tangible features. Bowl capacity is a good place to start. Some can be as low as 3.3 litres, but the 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 common accessory is a splashguard – essential for stopping the contents of the bowl from 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, from 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. 

Are stand 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.