Best food mixers 2019

If you love baking, a stand mixer is an ideal investment. They're also good for general whipping, mixing and kneading tasks. We picked our favourite machines.

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A stand mixer can be a big investment, but for keen cooks and bakers it's likely to be a worthwhile one. Thanks to the multiple attachments and large capacity of the bowl, these machines excel at making cakes, kneading dough, whipping and whisking and work far more effectively than food processors in this respect. Essentially they take the hard work out of making large batches of cakes, doughs or batters. Read on to find our best buys. 

Kenwood HM680 Chefette hand/stand mixer

Kenwood food mixer

Best bits: Easy to use and handy pulse function.

If you’re after a machine for simply whipping egg whites or light batters this is a good starter model. An updated version of a 1970’s classic, this is a hand mixer with a stand and rotating bowl. It isn’t hugely powerful, although you can whip up a huge amount of mixture as the bowl has a 3L capacity. The hand mixer attachment has five speeds and a pulse function for folding, which is particularly useful for making meringues. It's great for whipping up pancake batters too, but anything thicker such as fruitcake will require a dedicated stand mixer.

 

Sage by Heston Blumenthal, The Scraper Mixer Pro

Sage blender

Best bits: Innovative functions. 

This contraption is called a scraper mixer due to its special ‘scraper beater’, which cleans the sides and bottom of the bowl in order to incorporate as much as air as possible – ideal for cake-making. The variable speed setting means the 1000W of power is tough enough for dough and nimble enough for whipping up peaks in a meringue. The controls are easy to use and see, thanks to the light-up display, and automatic sensors detect when heavy batters are being mixed and automatically adjust power to maintain the right speed.

 

 
KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer 

Copper food mixer

Best bits: Quiet motor, chic design and easy to navigate.

An iconic kitchen gadget, this is a serious piece of kit. The 5½L  bowl can accommodate up to 1.2kg of flour and the metal beaters made deft work of everything we threw at it, from meringues to burger mix. While the motor isn’t the most powerful, it has ten speed settings. The solid cast zinc casing means it’s heavy and large so do take this into consideration if you're short on space. Gadget fiends can supplement their basic mixer with all manner of accessories, from mincers to spiralizers.

 

How to buy a food mixer

Get the biggest machine you can afford so you don’t have to do several batches for one recipe, but remember to think about whether you’ll be able to store attachments and the equipment itself. Every model should come with a dough hook, a balloon whisk attachment and a beater tool. Popular attachments like meat grinders and electric pasta machines are useful but can be tricky to use and don’t utilise the mixer’s powerful motor or large bowl.

What we looked for in a food mixer

1. A sturdy mixer. That didn’t jump around the worksurface when mixing heavy dough.

2. Incorporating all ingredients. A machine that efficiently mixed all the ingredients at the same time. 

3. Washing up. Washing your stand mixer's attachments by hand can be a real pain so we looked for dishwasher-safe accessories to make cleaning less of a headache.

This review was last updated in April 2019. If you have any questions, suggestions for future reviews or spot anything that has changed in price or availability please get in touch at goodfoodwebsite@immediate.co.uk.

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Ger_Clare
24th Sep, 2014
Good morning all. I have had a very bad experience with one of the food mixers listed here. So much so that I most strongly recommend that you do your research first before paying out your hard earned £££. Most importantly, have a look at the many videos on YouTube on "kitchen faults/repair/problems" etc. I refer to the "so called Iconic KitchenAid. I had one of these mixers it was the Artisan. There are only two of us here, my wife and myself, so baking duties are light. Firstly: when mixing dough the mixers seriously struggles. Anything in excess of 3½ cups of wholemeal flour and the machine cannot cope. Secondly: the mincing attachment is very small and will clog up quite easily. Thirdly: After 4 years of very light use (whipping egg white, cream and pan-cake batter) the mixer seized up when mincing some diced pork for making 1Lb of sausage. That was the limit. I contacted KitchenAid and needless to say the customer service side of things was automated and "menu driven". I then emailed the company and just as I had guesses, send it off for repair. I didn't - I stripped the machine down and to say the leased I was "gob-smaked". I found that there was NO lubrication in the drive-box head. The attachment gear which had seized was running directly in the housing! NO bushing nor Bearing (not a clever engineering concept). When the gear seized it took gouges of metal from the mixer housing. So I was left with a right problem. I modified the housing, fitted a lubricating point, fitted a new gear. Reassembled the rest of the plastic gears, lubricated the drive box and sold the KitchenAid off. KitchenAid are advertised as a very good machine. They were one time! When Hobart made the kitchenAid brand they were without exception a very good food mixer. Hobart then sold off the domestic side of the business (KitchenAid) to Whirlpool and it was then the rot set in with the use of nylon/plastic gears. Using no bearings/bushings where they should have been. And fitting a electro-mechanical governor to control speed and the operating speed. KitchenAid are advertised as having a "10 speed gear box". No such gearbox exists in a KitchenAid. They use a 7 position switch which controls the "electro-mechanical governor" to give you a range of speeds. So on speed #1 or #2 for working dough the motor is operating real slow and will be very easily overloaded if you exceed the kneading time of a couple of minutes. If you bake a reasonable amount of bread I recommend you to have a look at a Spiral Dough Mixer. Ger & Clare
clarence49
18th Feb, 2015
I was so sorry to read Ger and Clare's comments about their KitchenAid food mixer. My KA mixer has survived prepping treats for a hungry husband, two growing children and all their friends; and also my being a recipe tester for editors of cookbooks, plus endless other tasks....bread being my latest passion. However, it seems "things ain't what they used to be". My mixer was bought about 3 years into my marriage. In comparison, they cost today what they cost then, so it was a great extravagance! We purchased ours in the San Francisco Bay area where we lived, and yes it was made by Hobart of Troy, Ohio. The mixer, just like our marriage, is still going strong 37 years later!
pippylongstocking64
9th Sep, 2014
I love my mixer, it is a Kenwood chef premier, it mixes and kneads, and takes all the effort out of me physically doing it...the best thing ever to be invented,well almost!
bacon-n-egg
29th Aug, 2014
I've burnt out many a hand held mixer so the other half gifted me with a kitchenaid. It was a toss up between this or the Kenwood but Kenwood had a short guarantee and wasnt happy to spend this much money when they could only give you 12 months. I love it. Makes light work of bulky mixes its heavy, strong and reliable - simple to clean. I always handwash the whisk attachment.
magpie01
13th Aug, 2014
Hi.I have KitchenAid Artisan-Gods send!Were will I be without it?!!Such a fantastic machine and it's saves me sooo much time every time I used it and that's few times a week.My hubby bought me for Christmas 4 years back and carried for a half a mile to the car park.I am so pleased with it -I just cannot say it how much.One thing against it is the price.otherways perfect for me.
cookahoy
2nd Jan, 2014
The Sunbeam mixer is not mentioned here, first made in 1930 still made today, mine is now 65 years old and as good as new
lordy lawks
1st Jun, 2014
how funny...was just lamenting that there was no Sunbeam. I love our ancient old family one which I´ve just brought back from Ireland and now our Kenwood has been relegated to the cellar. It´s the way it beats so close to the bowl and such a strong motor. Love it.

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