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We test 29 mixers in our labs, including models from Breville, Kenwood, KitchenAid and more.
If you regularly make breads, cakes, pizza dough and other heavy batters you'll need something with more grunt than a hand mixer. We test 29 mixers, priced from $60 to $999, to tell you:
(A) Discontinued models
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The overall score is made up of performance (60%) and ease of use (40%).
In some instances, at the request of members and when products are still available on the second-hand market and via sites like eBay, we include discontinued models in the tables. 'Active' indicates they can still be found in shops and 'inactive' that they are discontinued models.
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. The ease of use score accounts for 40% of the overall score.
We assess the beater by mixing cake.
(A) Bowl and attachments
(B) Bowl only
(C) Beaters and dough hooks but not the mixing bowl
(D) Bowl and all attachments except for whisk
(E) All attachments except for the splash guard
(F) Bowl and attachments (top shelf)
Dimensions are taken with the mixer positioned with the controls at the front, and includes the bowl.
Weight is measured, including the cord, bowl and beaters.
This is the manufacturer's recommended retail price as of March 2014. You can often get a better price by shopping around, or try using CHOICE Shopper. You tell us the brand name and model number of the product you want to buy and a price you'd like to beat, and we'll try to find it for you. You can also use the Price and Buy link in the comparison table, which will show you a range of prices online that you can use for bargaining in store or ordering online.
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 and the performance score accounts for 60% of the overall score.
We assess the whisk by whisking egg white.
We assess the dough hook by mixing pizza dough.
Noise is measured at arm's length from the mixer when it's operating at its highest speed.
Take the grunt work out of kneading and heavy mixing.
We test 26 hand mixers in our labs, including models from Breville, Kenwood, Sunbeam and more.
We test more than 30 stick blenders in our labs, including models from Bamix, Breville, Sunbeam and more.