We review 29 mixers, priced from $60 to $999.
Through our rigorous testing we reveal which mixers:
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If you're an avid baker and regularly make breads, pizza doughs and other heavy batters you’ll need something with more grunt than a hand mixer can offer. While it's more expensive to purchase, a mixer is fast and easy to use and can cope with larger quantities for batch preparation. A good one can knead a perfect ball of pizza dough in less than five minutes.
Mixers tend to be large and bulky to store but their stylish designs mean you’ll probably want to have yours on display on your kitchen bench. They come standard with a:
- beater and
- dough hook.
You can even convert your mixer into a multipurpose appliance to increase its versatility. If you're interested in this look out for models that come with an extra outlet for optional attachments like a meat grinder and pasta maker.
For more information on Benchtop appliances, see Kitchen.
Brands and models tested
- Breville the Scraper Mixer BEM410
- Breville the Scraper Mixer Pro BEM800
- Breville Wizz Electronic Mixer BEM200C
- Breville Wizz Mix Professional BEM400 (A)
- Eurolab Multi-function Stand Mixer YD-388 (A)
- Homemaker Bench mixer red #
- Kambrook PowerMix Planetary Bench Mixer KSM500 #
- Kenwood Chef Kitchen Machine KM315A950 (A)
- Kenwood Classic Chef KM330
- Kenwood kMix Stand Mixer KMX51
- Kenwood KM300 (A)
- Kenwood Patissier KM270
- Kenwood Premier Chef KMC510
- Kenwood Premier Major KMM770 #
- Kenwood Titanium Major KM020 (A)
- KitchenAid Artisan KSM150 Stand Mixer
- KitchenAid KPM5 Stand Mixer
- KitchenAid Platinum Stand Mixer KSM156
- NewWave Mia Stand Mixer NW500R 216904 (A)
- Russell Hobbs Graphite Bench Mixer RHBM1000 (A)
- Sunbeam Café Series Mixmaster MX8900 (A)
- Sunbeam Café Series Planetary Mixmaster MX9200
- Sunbeam Fiesta Folding Mixmaster MX1000 #
- Sunbeam Mixmaster Classic MX8500 #
- Sunbeam Mixmaster Compact Pro MX5950
- Sunbeam Mixmaster MX001 (A)
- Sunbeam Mixmaster Series II MX7700
- Sunbeam Planetary MixMaster MX7900
- Target Essentials Bench Mixer TESBMS20 (A)
# Newly tested models.
(A) Discontinued models.
How we test
Performance Fiona Mair, home economist from CHOICE's test kitchen, conducts the following tests on each mixer which are weighted equally to calculate the performance score.
- Whisking Fiona uses the whisk attachment to aerate egg whites to form stiff peaks.
- Mixing Using the K-beater, heavy duty beater or scraper beater, she assesses how well it combines dry and wet ingredients evenly to produce a smooth, consistent mixture.
- Kneading Fiona makes pizza dough with the dough hook attachment to assess the mixer’s ability to knead wet and dry ingredients evenly into a soft ball of dough. This also tests the mixer’s power and ability to cope with a heavy load. All mixers jolt to varying degrees during this test, indicating just how strenuous it can be to make dough.
Ease of use She assesses how easy it is to use the controls and read the labelling, lift and lower the head, remove and replace the bowl and mixing tools, add ingredients while the machine is operating, and clean parts and the main unit.