Taking the grunt work out of baking
If you're an avid baker a mixer is a great tool to have in your kitchen. In particular they're great for kneading dough and heavy batters. They can come at a high cost but they can take the grunt work out of baking. Many come in stylish designs, demanding a permanent spot on your kitchen bench, while others accommodate extra attachments to give you more versatility.
Our expert testers
There's no doubt that our home economist Fiona Mair knows her way around a kitchen and has endless knowledge about kitchen appliances. With 30 years of experience she has seen lots of new technology enter the kitchen space. She is a whiz in the kitchen and knows how to put any appliance through its paces to see if it's worth a spot in your home.
Our test officer Chantelle has also joined the team so we can put more and more popular kitchen products like mixers to the test.
With a range of products on the market, what makes us choose one mixer to test over another? As with most of our product testing, our aim is to test the most popular models on the market and what you are most likely to see in the retailers.
We survey manufacturers to find out about their range of models, we check market sales information and we also check for any member requests to test specific models. From this information we put together a final list that goes to our buyers. They then head out to the retailers and purchase each product, just as a normal consumer would. We do this so we can be sure they are the same as any consumer would find them and not "tweaked" in any way.
Our home economist puts mixers through their paces by conducting three main tests:
- Whisking egg whites – Fiona uses the whisk attachment to whisk egg whites, looking for whites that have sharp, stiff peaks with glossy and uniform colour.
- Pizza dough – she uses the dough hook (where provided) to mix and knead pizza dough. She looks for a uniform and smooth texture with no unmixed ingredients.
- Cake mix – using the beater attachment Fiona mixes a cake. She looks for a uniform and smooth texture with no unmixed ingredients.
Ease of use
Fiona checks the controls, how easy it is to lift and lower the head and use the locking mechanism. She also considers how easy it is to remove and replace the mixing bowl, inserting and removing mixing tools and adding ingredients while the mixer is operating. At the end of all her whisking, mixing and kneading she assesses how easy it is to clean all the parts as well as the main unit.
The overall score is made up of:
- Performance (60%)
- Ease of use (40%)
Our test lab
We maintain a kitchen lab that is up to date with the latest reference machines and calibrated measurement tools for our testers to bring you the right results.