The Best Stand Mixers in 2018

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If you love baking, then you know just how exciting the purchase of a good quality stand mixer is.

Not only is a stand mixer an amazingly useful and powerful kitchen appliance, but it is also quite an investment. This makes the choice quite difficult and even frustrating for some, due to the wide array of stand mixers on the market, as well as the quite hefty price tag on some of these units.

To make the choice easier for you, we and some professional and hobby bakers have tested and rated the leading kitchen stand mixers currently available on the market.

The rating is based on the overall quality, the mixing ability, the value for the price, the functionality, the available accessories, the capacity, the power, the ease of use, the accessories, the price and warranties and other features which we all agreed are essential for a good quality kitchen stand mixer.

Here is our handpicked top 10 list of the best stand mixers for 2018.

KitchenAid KSM150PSER Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer with Pouring Shield, 5-Quart, Empire Red
CHEFTRONIC Tilt-head Stand Mixers SM-986 120V/650W 5.5qt Bowl 6 Speed Kitchen Electric Mixer
KitchenAid KP26M1XBU 6 Qt. Professional 600 Series Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer - Cobalt Blue
KitchenAid KSM150PSER Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer with Pouring Shield, 5-Quart, Empire Red
CHEFTRONIC Tilt-head Stand Mixers SM-986 120V/650W 5.5qt Bowl 6 Speed Kitchen Electric Mixer
KitchenAid KP26M1XBU 6 Qt. Professional 600 Series Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer - Cobalt Blue
$279.95
$139.99
$349.00
KitchenAid KSM150PSER Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer with Pouring Shield, 5-Quart, Empire Red
KitchenAid KSM150PSER Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer with Pouring Shield, 5-Quart, Empire Red
$279.95
CHEFTRONIC Tilt-head Stand Mixers SM-986 120V/650W 5.5qt Bowl 6 Speed Kitchen Electric Mixer
CHEFTRONIC Tilt-head Stand Mixers SM-986 120V/650W 5.5qt Bowl 6 Speed Kitchen Electric Mixer
$139.99
KitchenAid KP26M1XBU 6 Qt. Professional 600 Series Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer - Cobalt Blue
KitchenAid KP26M1XBU 6 Qt. Professional 600 Series Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer - Cobalt Blue
$349.00

KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer


If you want a truly sturdy stand mixer, which will withstand the trials of time and a lot of mixing and moving around, you should definitely check out the KitchenAid 5 QT Artisan Tilt-Head kitchen stand mixer.

Pros:

  • Very durable and strong build which will last for ages
  • 10-speed control from very slow stirring to very fast whipping options
  • Comes with an easy to attach wire whip, a dough hook, and a flat beater
  • There is a power hub for attaching additional accessories (more than 15 are available)
  • Available in a variety of beautiful colors to perfectly fit your taste and personality
  • Great for mixing both wet and dry ingredients
  • A 5 QT stainless steel bowl with a convenient handle which is dishwasher safe
  • Its capacity is enough for mixing 4 loaves of bread, dough for over 100 cookies or 7 lbs. of mashed potatoes
  • 59-touchpoints per rotation planetary mixing for superb coverage of the entire bowl
  • Mess-free one-piece pouring shield which fits in the bowl
  • Dimensions are 14.1 x 13.9 x 8.7 inches, weight is 29 lbs.
  • The powerful motor allows for constant speed even when dealing with thick mixtures

Cons:

  • Doesn’t include a spatula mixer attachment

Final verdict:

This KitchenAid Artisan is an exceedingly sturdy kitchen appliance which makes it a perfect investment piece. Even if you bake or use it every day, you won’t have any problems with the parts getting worn or loosened.

You can mix pretty much everything in it, and you can also turn it into a whole culinary center of your kitchen if you choose to buy additional accessories for pasta making, meat grinding and any other of more than 12 available accessories for this kitchen stand mixer.

CHEFTRONIC Tilt-head Stand Mixer 5.5qt


Do you want to buy a good quality stand mixer without breaking the bank? Then this Cheftronic Tilt-head mixer is worthy of your attention.

Pros:

  • Not as expensive as some of the other kitchen stand mixers in this list
  • Fitted with a powerful 650W motor with 6-speed controls
  • The 5.5 QT. capacity can mix up to 2kg of dough or a mixture for 9 dozen cookies at one go
  • The large capacity bowl is made of stainless steel
  • The mixer is sold with 4 accessories – a flex edge beater, a wire whip, a flat beater and a dough hook
  • A re-designed splash guard is included in the package as well, for a cleaner kitchen
  • The tilt-head allows you to access the bowl at any time to add more ingredients
  • Non-slip silicone suction cups will keep the mixer steady even during heavy use
  • UL certified
  • Sold with a 2-year warranty
  • Useful and timely customer care service

Cons:

  • The attachments and splash guard are not dishwasher safe

Final verdict:

This is a reasonably priced stand mixer which comes with a full set of accessories you need to perform all kinds of mixing jobs for your favorite baking recipes. It is sturdily made and has a 2-year warranty, so you can feel safe that you are making a wise investment in this wonderful kitchen accessory.

KitchenAid 6 Qt. Professional 600 Series Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer


If you regularly bake large batches of cookies or bread loaves, you will definitely benefit from this sturdy KitchenAid 6 QT bowl-lift kitchen stand mixer.

Pros:

  • A large sized 6 QT stainless steel mixing bowl with a convenient handle
  • A bowl lift design with a lever to keep the mixing bowl steady during any kind of mixing, whipping or kneading of heavy dense mixtures
  • 67-point complete planetary mixer which mixes every single ingredient thoroughly
  • Features a multi-purpose hub which can be upgraded with more than 15 available attachments (you will need to purchase these separately)
  • Comes with a burnished flat beater, a Power knead spiral hook for dough, a wire whipper and pouring shield
  • Sold with a 1-year warranty
  • More than 10 beautiful color options available
  • Dishwasher safe bowl
  • Has the capacity to mix dough for 8 loaves of bread, and 13 dozen cookies
  • 10-speed settings for any recipe
  • Compact countertop footprint 7.2 x 9 x 17 inches, 28 lbs.
  • Made of sturdy metal

Cons:

  • It can be noisier than some of the other stand mixers

Final verdict:

This lift bowl KitchenAid stand mixer is a superb appliance which can handle even the toughest ingredients and mixes. You can choose between 10 different speed settings, and lift the dishwasher-safe stainless steel bowl to the correct position in order to get a full coverage of the bowl during the mixing process. It comes with 4 handy accessories, as well as a hassle-free warranty for 1 year.

KitchenAid 4.5-Quart Classic Series Stand Mixer


If you really don’t need a kitchen stand mixer with a huge capacity mixing bowl, you should opt for the KitchenAid 4.5 QT Classic series mixer.

Pros:

  • A 4.5 QT dishwasher safe stainless steel bowl sufficient for mixing dough for 6 dozen cookies, 6 lbs. of mashed potatoes or 3 loaves of bread
  • Tilt-head design which is very convenient when you need to add ingredients during the mixing
  • A 59 point planetary mixing system for thorough mixing of all added ingredients
  • 10 mixing speeds to choose from
  • An added power hub for adding additional accessories and attachments
  • 14 x 8.8 x 14 inches, 22 lbs.

Cons:

  • The level of the bowl cannot be adjusted

Final verdict:

This is a sturdy smaller-sized kitchen stand mixer, which still has all of the functionality of its larger “cousins” but is made to mix smaller batches and quantities of ingredients. Still, it is easy to use, has a handy tilt-head design, and an option of 10 different mixing speeds to choose from. Definitely a great kitchen stand mixer for the price asked.

Litchi Stand Mixer, 5.5 Qt. Kitchen Mixer


If you really want a stand mixer which will make lump-free dough and which can handle all kinds of ingredients with all types of thickness and density, at a very reasonable price, you should check out the 5.5 QT. Litchi Stand Mixer.

Pros:

  • Powerful 650 Watt motor
  • 6 mixing speeds for making airy and light dough
  • A 5.5 QT. stainless steel bowl with an ergonomic handle
  • Sold with a splash guard, a whisk, a C-dough hook, a flex flat beater and a U shaped mixing blade
  • Ergonomic tilt-head design
  • A chic design, available in several color options
  • No more splatters thanks to the useful splash guard
  • Easy to clean
  • A 30-day money back guarantee for those who are not completely satisfied with its performance
  • 2-year warranty
  • High-end quality available at a lower price than similar mixers
  • 18 x 17.8 x 11.2 inches, 18.35 lbs.

Cons:

  • The motor can get loud at the higher speed settings

Final verdict:

This is a fair priced, good quality kitchen stand mixer, which is powered by a roaring 650 Watt motor, capable of mixing even the toughest ingredients without any leftover lumps. It is easy to use, very easy to clean, and will not make a mess even when used at a higher speed. It is definitely worthy of your attention, especially due to its 30-day money back guarantee and its 2-year long warranty.

Hamilton Beach Electrics All-Metal 12-Speed Stand Mixer


If you want a great looking and versatile kitchen stand mixer, why not try out the Hamilton Beach 12 speed stand mixer?

Pros:

  • Made of sturdy die-cast metal
  • Features a 400 Watt motor
  • 12-speed settings to choose from
  • Orbiting mixing head around the bowl at the opposite direction of the beater for better results
  • The mixing bowl locks to the base for added stability
  • A quick release head for access to the mixing bowl, and it locks down for thorough mixing
  • Comes with a pouring shield, a dough hook, a flat beater and whisk, as well as a booklet with recipes and a manual
  • 5 QT stainless steel bowl with a handle
  • The bowl, the shield, and all attachments can safely be washed in a dishwasher
  • 18 x 12 x 18 inches, 10 lbs.
  • Non-slip feet to keep the unit safely on the countertop
  • Smudge-free coating
  • A 3-year warranty

Cons:

  • Not so efficient for mixing bread dough at higher speed levels

Final verdict:

This kitchen stand mixer from Hamilton Beach will help you make the most delicious cookies and pastries you have ever made, thanks to its numerous speed options, it useful accessories and its special orbiting mixing mechanism. It is definitely worth a shot. Even if you have a problem, you get it with a 3-year warranty – so don’t worry!

KitchenAid 3.5-quart Artisan Mini-Series Tilt-Head Stand Mixer


Do you dream of having a professional style stand mixer but don’t have sufficient space for it? The KitchenAid Artisan mini tilt head mixer is just right for you.

Pros:

  • It is ¼ smaller and lighter than a standard Kitchen Aid Classic kitchen stand mixer (12.3 x 7.8 x 12.3 inches, 14.3 pounds)
  • It I compatible with all of the accessories available for the standard series
  • A convenient tilt-head design
  • Comes in a wide variety of colors suitable for any kitchen décor and taste
  • A locking head keeps the bowl steady even during vigorous mixing
  • Powerful enough for mixing, stirring, kneading and whipping all kinds of wet or dry ingredients
  • The 3.5 QT. bowl has a capacity sufficient for mixing dough for 60 cookies
  • Has a power hub for adding up to 10 optional accessories and attachments
  • 10 speeds
  • Comes with a coated flat beater, a dough hook and a wire whip
  • The mixing bowl is dishwasher safe as it is made of stainless steel

Cons:

  • Not as powerful as the standard sized classic KitchenAid stand mixers

Final verdict:

This tiny kitchen stand mixer has a small footprint and can fit into a small kitchen and be stored easily. It does function pretty well with most recipes and attachments available for the classic series, but it may be a bit underwhelming for handling tougher and thicker dough and mixes. So, if you want a small-sized kitchen stand mixer without expecting it to do really heavy duty mixing, you should buy this mini-sized KitchenAid mini tilt head mixer.

KitchenAid Professional 5 Plus Series Stand Mixer


Do you feel ready for a professional range stand mixer which will help you make the perfect dough for pastries, bread or other mixes? You should take into consideration the KitchenAid Professional 5 Plus mixer.

Pros:

  • A powerful 450 Watt motor with 10 mixing speed settings – from very slow to super-fast
  • A 5 QT. stainless steel bowl with a convenient handle, which you can wash in a washing machine without worrying
  • A unique combined mixing action which spins the beater clockwise and the shaft counterclockwise
  • The hinged hub flips up so that you can switch and install the different attachments without the hassle
  • Sold with a wire whip a flat beater and a spiral dough hook
  • The bowl locks in place securely during the mixing
  • The beater moves to 67 different points in the bowl making sure that all ingredients are mixed completely
  • The SoftStart feature keeps the ingredients in the bowl and prevents spills and splashes
  • A special overload reset feature protects the motor from overheating
  • The power hub can fit a wide range of additional accessories to make the mixer even more versatile
  • Made of durable die-cast metal with a direct drive transmission with sturdy steel gears
  • Available in different colors
  • The package includes a stainless steel wire whip, a flat beater as well as a spiral dough hook
  • Dimensions are 19.4 x 17.3 x 13.3 inches, and the weight is 29.1 pounds

Cons:

  • It is bigger and heavier than many of the other stand mixers in the list

Final version:

This is a heavy duty kitchen stand mixer which can handle any kind of wet or dry ingredients with ease. It does take more space in the kitchen, but if you tend to bake on a daily basis, and deal with tougher and denser doughs and ingredients, it is a superb choice!

KitchenAid KL26M1XOB Professional 6-Qt. Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer


This professional range kitchen stand mixer is even tougher and with a larger capacity than the previous one in our list. So, if you want a true kitchen stand mixing monster, you should go for the KitchenAid 6 QT. bowl lift stand mixer.

Pros:

  • A capacity of 6 QT. provided by the stainless steel bowl
  • The bowl has a very convenient handle to move the mixture without any trouble or spilling
  • The rotation provides 67 touch points in the bowl, which is perfect for incorporating every single ingredient into the mixture
  • A bowl lift design for stable control of the bowl during the mixing of the heaviest and largest batches
  • Sold with a flat beater made of burnished metal, a powerknead spiral dough hook and a wire whip made of stainless steel
  • The power hub can fit up to 15 different optional accessories
  • The size is:4 x 11.3 x 16.4 inches, and the weight of the unit is 25.8 pounds
  • Comes with a 1-year warranty

Cons:

  • It is quite loud

Final verdict:

This is a powerful, heavy duty kitchen stand mixer which can handle just about any recipe you can think of. Yes, the motor can be a bit loud, but if you are looking for a machine to do all the mixing of batter, dough, and other recipes without any trouble and without you having to stand over it and assist, you should definitely think about getting this 6 QT Kitchen Aid Professional stand mixer.

Ankarsrum AKM 6220 Stand Mixer


If you are ready to splurge on buying the best heavy-duty stand mixer, you may want to think about investing in the Ankarsrum AKM 6220.

Pros:

  • Made of durable chrome, plastic, and stainless steel
  • The price includes a dough roller, knife, scraper, and hook, as well as a yeast lid, a balloon, and a cookie whisk, a 5-liter plastic mixing bowl and a 7-liter mixing bowl
  • Continuous speed control
  • The roller and scraper work together similarly to your fingers and the palm of your hand and folds and massages the dough rhythmically
  • Timer adjustment knobs, a large timer display, and the timer can be stopped at any time during the mixing
  • Can mix and knead silky, smooth and elastic dough fast
  • The speed can be adjusted from 45 to 130 RPM
  • There is an automatic speed sensor which adjusts the torque of the motor depending on the load
  • Easy to access and use control panel
  • The size of the unit is 16 x 11 x 14 inches, and its weight is 19 lbs.
  • Beautiful design
  • Top quality – made in Sweden
  • Sold with a 5-year warranty

Cons:

  • It is quite expensive

Final verdict:

This sturdy and beautiful kitchen stand mixer made in Sweden may be more expensive than many of the others, but it is amazingly powerful, sturdy and well made. Plus, it comes with a 5-year warranty which will let you rest assured that you are making a long-term wise investment after all. It can handle all kinds of mixes and tasks and is a beautiful appliance to show off to your friends and guests.

So, if you want a high-end kitchen stand mixer, which will serve you for years to come –  the Ankarsrum is the way to go!

Final words

As you can see, the function of all kitchen stand mixers may be the same, but there are so many different brands, designs, varieties and sizes available on the market, that choosing the best stand mixer can become a truly frustrating and time-consuming task.

This is why, we got together this list of our favorite picks for the best stand mixers for 2018 so that you can choose faster and be more informed about the features, pros, and cons of each model.

The important features to look for when shopping for the perfect kitchen stand mixer are: the power of the motor, the planetary action which helps mix all ingredients in the bowl and ensures that they are all scraped from the walls and bottom of the bowl, the quality of the materials used, especially the moving parts such as the gears, the different speed options, the design (tilt-head, bowl lifting or other), the footprint, weight and dimensions for storage, the build quality of the unit, the accessories it comes with or is compatible with, the price as well as the warranty.

This list contains the best of all types of stand mixers – small, large, heavy duty or powered for light use, as well as the best budget-friendly and high-end options.

Hopefully, you have found the perfect kitchen stand mixer for you, and will soon be enjoying the fun and convenience of owning such a kitchen appliance at home.

Good luck with your mixing and baking!

Last update on 2018-12-17 at 17:35 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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