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Last updated: 21 January 2019
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If you regularly make breads, cakes, pizza dough and other heavy batters, you'll need a stand (benchtop) mixer, which has more grunt than a hand mixer. We lab test and review the latest stand mixers to help you find the best.

Whether you want to spend big or just need a simple mixer, our test covers a range of models. Our expert testers give every stand mixer a thorough workout to deliver the following to our members:

  • Which are best at whisking, beating and kneading
  • Which are the easiest to use
  • Which are the easiest to clean
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  • The mixers that come with all the bells and whistles
  • Good and bad points for each
  • How much noise they make
  • Recommended ratings to quickly show which mixers come out on top.
  • So what exactly do we test in order to review stand mixers and give you all of this information? Our home economist Fiona puts stand mixers through their paces by conducting three main tests:

    Mixer Performance

  • Whisking egg whites – using 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.

    If you’re feeling overwhelmed our stand mixer buying guide should help you decide where to begin.

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      This is the manufacturer's recommended retail price. Prices are generally flexible, so shop around both online and in bricks-and-mortar shops for options.

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      Single/twin tool attachment

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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.

        CHOICE Expert Rating

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

        enter value/s in increments of i between 52 and 90

        Performance

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        We whisk egg whites using 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.

        enter value/s in increments of i between 45 and 100

        Ease of use

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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.

        enter value/s in increments of i between 52 and 78

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        • Overall score
        • Performance score
        • Ease of use score
        • Whisk score
        • Beater score
        • Dough score
        • Noise (dB)
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        • Brand
        • Model
        • Price
        • Availability
        • Single/twin tool attachment
        • Whisk attachment
        • Dough hook
        • Beater attachment
        • Splash guard
        • Number of speeds
        • Bowl lock
        • Spring-loaded motor head
        • Dishwasher safe
        • Extra outlet for optional attachments
        • Bowl type
        • Dimensions (cm, HxWxD)
        • Weight (kg)
        • Bowl capacity (L)
        • Wattage (W)
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