#1 Cuisinart SM-50 5.5 – Quart Stand Mixer
For all-around value with an acceptable price tag, the Cuisinart Precision Master stand mixer is a great choice. Its powerful motor can handle two loaves of wet, heavy bread dough, and it does a fine job of blending cookie dough and whipping egg whites.
In our bread test, the Cuisinart kneaded two loaves of dough in 10 minutes with no trouble at all. It did a fine job on cookie dough, incorporating all ingredients quickly and well, and when we added chocolate chips, they blended in nicely. And it aced our whipped egg whites test. It is equipped with 12 power settings and on the highest one you get some serious energy for aerating things like egg whites or whipping cream.
This stand mixer offers some excellent extras: The “low” setting is truly low, which helps avoid getting doused with flour when adding dry ingredients, and the 5.5-quart stainless steel bowl is the biggest of all the mixers we reviewed. The bowl also has a sturdy handle, which is helpful when you want to remove a bowl full of batter or dough from the base.
This comes with a whisk, dough hook and paddle, and you can separately buy a frozen dessert maker, a meat grinder, a pasta roller and cutter tool, and a pasta extruder. You get a choice of six colors, which is great compared to mixers with only one, but far fewer than the KitchenAid Artisan.
#2 KitchenAid KSM150PSER Artisan
KitchenAid has a long history in the business of appliance-making. It is known for quality workmanship and functionality without sacrificing aesthetics. We were not surprised that this one came out on top.
One of the things that struck us about the KitchenAid KSM150PSERis that it comes in an astounding 45 different colors! No other stand mixers even came close to this. No matter what your kitchen color scheme is, you’ll be able to match it with one of these.
But the KitchenAid KSM150PSER is more than just a pretty face. It also gets the job done efficiently.
Plus, it’s extremely versatile. Not only does it mix, it can also grind meat, shape pasta, make ice cream and more with its selection of 12 attachments.
#3 KitchenAid KSM75WH Classic Plus Series
The KitchenAid Classic Plus mixer doesn’t have many features, extra bowls or a heavy-duty motor. However, it performed very well in all our kitchen tests, whipping up stiff egg whites, blending chocolate chips gently into cookie dough without breaking them and kneading bread dough until it reached just the right consistency.
This is a somewhat pared-down model compared to its more expensive cousin, the KitchenAid Artisan. For example, it doesn’t come with such things as a splashguard or a bowl with a handle. Still, the KitchenAid Classic is a useful tool with a sturdy 4.5-quart stainless steel bowl, a paddle mixer, a whisk attachment and a dough hook. If you choose, you can buy extra attachments from KitchenAid – they let you do far more with your mixer, including grind meat, make pasta and shred cheese.
#4 Hamilton Beach 64650
Hamilton Beach is another company with a solid reputation as a kitchen appliances manufacturer. As stand mixers go, the Hamilton Beach 64650 isn’t the fanciest on the market, but that is what makes it the perfect starter stand mixer.
It’s ideal for those who are just starting to furnish a kitchen, those who cook for small crowds (like a family of four, give or take one) and those who cook or bake a lot but long to escape the tedium of the hand mixer without spending a fortune.
If you’re in the market for your first stand mixer, the Hamilton Beach 64650 is a quality choice. It’s inexpensive and gets your basic cooking and baking tasks done.
It has some drawbacks, but they’re easy to work around. Just use the “shift and stir” feature to reach all sides of bowl, for example.
Using this model for awhile will give you a good idea what you want out of a stand mixer. You’ll be more experienced if and when it’s time to upgrade. You’ll know what you want and don’t want in an upgraded model.
#5 Cuisinart SM-55BK
We weren’t surprised to see another Cuisinart model make our “what’s the best stand mixer” top five list. Cuisinart is yet another trusted, reliable and enduring kitchen appliances brand.
The 5-1/2-Quart 12-Speed Stand Mixer stood out to us as a quality choice in the mid-price range category of stand mixers. It has a lot to offer the more seasoned cook.
It may be a little pricey, but we think the price is justified by all that you get. The Cuisinart SM-55BK has a warranty that is exceptional in its market. You can rest assured that you’ll be able to use this mixer for years to come.
We love. the fact that this model is so versatile. It preps and processes a wide variety of ingredients. Plus, its super-speed capabilities ensure that you can power through even the thickest and stretchiest of bread doughs.
If you are an avid cook, baker and/or like to do a lot of cooking from scratch, the Cuisinart SM-55BK is a worthwhile investment.