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Last updated: 19 September 2017

If you regularly make breads, cakes, pizza dough and other heavy batters, you'll need something with more grunt than a hand mixer. We lab test and review the latest kitchen mixer models to help you find the best.

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Whether you want to spend big or just need a simple mixer, our test covers a range of models so you can be sure to find one that works well for you. Our expert testers give every mixer a thorough workout to help find the models that:

  • are best at whisking, beating and kneading dough
  • are the easiest to use
  • are the easiest to clean
  • come with all the bells and whistles.

We also give you good and bad points for each model and tell you how much noise they make to help you find the perfect mixer for your kitchen space. And our Recommended rating will help you quickly see which models come out on top.

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The overall score is made up of performance (60%) and ease of use (40%).

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Single tool attachments can handle heavier loads and can knead dough. This type is for the serious and regular cook, and ideal for batch preparation. Twin tool attachments are a cheaper alternative for the occasional cook, but if you're making dough you'll need to knead it by hand.

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We whisk egg whites with the whisk attachment, mix a cake using the K-beater, heavy-duty beater or scraper beater, and make pizza dough using the dough hook attachment. All tests are weighted equally.

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We assess 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 removable parts and the main unit.

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We assess the dough hook by mixing pizza dough.

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