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Best Stand Mixers of 2022

We tested stand mixers from KitchenAid, Ankarsrum, Cuisinart, and more to suss out the best models
Best Stand Mixers of 2022
The KitchenAid Professional can handily dispense with any task that you can throw at it, rendering high-quality results.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman
By Nick Miley and Michelle Powell  ⋅  Jul 8, 2022
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Ready to level up your baking with a top-notch, versatile stand mixer? Our review ranks 10 stand mixers that will whisk you away. To determine the best, we extensively researched dozens of models on the market before purchasing the most promising for hands-on testing. We then put our stand mixers through a taxing battery of tests to simulate performance in an active kitchen. Some contenders proved to be high-capacity workhorses, while others weren't much better than hand mixers. So, whether you're an expert baker who dreams of opening a bakery or someone who enjoys whipping up some lip-smacking cookies and cakes from time to time, our review will help you find the perfect stand mixer for your needs and budget.

We've reviewed a very long list of kitchen appliances over the years, providing the insider details on an assortment of products. We've tested espresso machines with different features to make your caffeine dreams come true, as well as everything from waffle makers to bread machines, an assortment of cookware, the list goes on and on — and you'll be ready for any cooking or baking endeavor you have in mind.

Editor's Note: This review was updated on July 8, 2022, assessing and confirming that our selection is still relevant and features the best stand mixers on the market. We removed one discontinued product from our lineup.

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Pros Unique dough roller, cavernous bowl, powerful motorPowerful motor, simplistic design, large capacity bowl, planetary mixingPlanetary mixing action, inexpensiveEasy to clean, one-handed operation, large bowlPowerful motor, simplistic design, sturdy platform
Cons Expensive, long learning process, primarily focused on baking applicationsBulky, heavy, expensiveLimited power, dubious durabilityBroad bowl/attachment gap, fiddly splash guardTilt-head impedes bowl access, mediocre whipping action
Bottom Line This atypical machine requires an adapted skillset to bring out its impressive capabilitiesSimply the best all-around stand mixer on the marketThis is a light-duty machine for those that use mixers infrequentlyThis economic mixer sacrifices little in the way of performance to keep the cost lowA do-it-all mixer with a bowl capacity and price suited to most households
Rating Categories Ankarsrum Original KitchenAid 6-Qt. Pr... Hamilton Beach 7-Speed Aucma 6.5qt KitchenAid Artisan
Mixing (30%)
2.0
8.0
4.0
6.0
8.0
Ease of Use (30%)
6.0
9.0
4.0
6.0
9.0
Whipping (25%) Sort Icon
8.0
8.0
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7.0
6.0
Kneading (15%)
9.0
8.0
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Specs Ankarsrum Original KitchenAid 6-Qt. Pr... Hamilton Beach 7-Speed Aucma 6.5qt KitchenAid Artisan
Head Type N/A Fixed Tilt Tilt Tilt
Bowl Capacity 7.4 quart 6 quart 4 quart 6.5 quart 5 quart
Standard Attachments Dough roller, dough knife, dough hook, multi-wire balloon whip and single-wire cookie whips Wire whip, flat beater, spiral dough hook Whisk, flat beater, dough hook Wire whip, flat beater, spiral dough hook Wire whip, dough hook, flat beater
Motor (watts) 600-watt 575-watt 300-watt 660-watt 325-watt
Mixing Action Kneading and triplicate whip Planetary Planetary Planetary Planetary
Number of Speeds continuous (45 - 130 RPM) 10 7 7 10
Attachment Port yes yes no no yes
Timer yes no no no no
Measured Dimensions (L x W x H) 14.75" x 11" x 14.25" 14.5" x 11.25" x 16" 14.5" x 10.75" x 14.25" 15.2" x 9.4" x 12.4" 13.25" x 8.75" x 13.5"
Measured Weight 21lbs. 7oz. 26lbs. 1oz. 9lbs. 14oz. 13lbs. 6oz. 22lbs. 13oz.
Warranty 7 year manufacturer's-warranty on the motor assembly 1-year limited 5-year none 1-year
Color Options 14 22 4 7 46


Best Overall Stand Mixer


KitchenAid 6-Qt. Professional Bowl-Lift


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OVERALL
SCORE
  • Mixing 8.0
  • Ease of Use 9.0
  • Whipping 8.0
  • Kneading 8.0
Bowl Size: 6 quarts | Mixing Action: Planetary
REASONS TO BUY
Large bowl
Easy to use
Beefy motor/components
REASONS TO AVOID
Large
Heavy
Expensive

The KitchenAid 6-Qt. Professional Bowl-Lift makes your home kitchen feel a little more like a commercial one. This bowl-lift mixer boasts precision craftsmanship, one-handed operation, and enough mixing power to simulate a minor earthquake. The abundant power translates to dough kneading, cookie mixing, frosting whipping ascendency. When the mixer's work is complete, the bowl-lift makes clean-up a cinch. This design eliminates the hinge where the head and neck meet — as with tilt-head models — meaning there are fewer nooks and crannies where frosting and crumbs can build up.

Though we appreciate the convenience of the bowl-lift, it only has two settings: fully up or fully down. If the bowl is fully up, there is space between the bowl and attachment. When mixing small batches, you must aid the machine with a spatula to incorporate ingredients that get stranded on the bottom and sides of the bowl. Additionally, the fixed head design often requires lowering the bowl when adding large quantities of dry ingredients. In reality, all mixers have these types of issues — many to a greater degree than this one. All things considered, the problems solved by the Professional far outweigh those left unresolved.

Read review: KitchenAid 6-Qt. Professional Bowl-Lift

best overall stand mixer
Achieving stiff peaks with the KitchenAid Professional.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Great for Home Kitchens


KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer


80
OVERALL
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  • Mixing 8.0
  • Ease of Use 9.0
  • Whipping 6.0
  • Kneading 9.0
Bowl Size: 5 quarts | Mixing Action: Planetary
REASONS TO BUY
Sturdy
Powerful
Simplistic
REASONS TO AVOID
Head blocks access to the bowl
Lackluster whipping

The KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer is a quality, mid-sized, tilt-head mixer. Despite its average dimensions, the Artisan mixed it up with the best in class in three out of four of our test metrics. It's powerful enough to knead dough quickly and thoroughly and mix frosting to the highest standards. Home cooks probably won't have to break out the spatula too often, thanks to the mixing quality and slightly gapped design of the attachment and bowl system. The Artisan is stable when operating at its top mixing speed. We enjoyed the user-friendliness of this model and had no trouble performing all the essential tasks one-handed.

We experienced some minor speed regulation issues despite the burly motor and components. This flaw was most noticeable when whipping cream and eggs at high settings, which explains the whisk splattering from sporadic acceleration and saggy sponge cake resulting from inconsistent egg aeration. Add ingredients while actively mixing, and you'll find the Artisan easily gets spattered. However, this is the case for all models with a motor above the bowl. All in all, these issues are minimal when you account for the quality experience.

Read review: KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer

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KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer's planetary mixing action produces industry-leading results.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Best on a Tight Budget


Aucma 6.5qt


63
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Mixing 6.0
  • Ease of Use 6.0
  • Whipping 7.0
  • Kneading 6.0
Bowl Size: 6.5 quarts | Mixing Action: Planetary
REASONS TO BUY
One-handed operation
Slow start-up function
Color options
REASONS TO AVOID
Pronounced bowl/attachment gap
Fussy splash guard

The Aucma 6.5qt boasts many great characteristics of the premium models, but without the hefty price tag. This machine has plenty of power to mix thick or otherwise demanding mediums such as pizza and cowboy cookie doughs. The planetary mixing action helps ensure that the ingredients are incorporated evenly. In addition to this outstanding performance, the unit has suction feet to secure it to a countertop, one-handed bowl removal, and an easy-to-clean design. Given these features, we think you'll agree that our accolades are warranted.

Despite the numerous positive attributes of the Aucma, it's not without flaws. The unit has a yawning gap between the mixing bowl and the mixing attachments, and this gap allows some buildup of ingredients on the bottom and sides of the bowl, which necessitate the use of a spatula to scrape them off. Additionally, removing the mixer's splash guard requires that either the bowl or attachment first be removed, which is an unnecessary extra step that the competition avoids. Aside from these relatively minor issues, this appliance proved reliable and capable for home cooking applications at an unbeatable price.

Read review: Aucma 6.5qt

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The Aucma's tilt-head and splash guard result in fewer spills and, thus, less cleaning.
Credit: Laura Casner

Best Bang for the Buck


KitchenAid Classic Plus KSM75WH


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  • Mixing 8.0
  • Ease of Use 8.0
  • Whipping 5.0
  • Kneading 8.0
Bowl Size: 4.5 quarts | Mixing Action: Planetary
REASONS TO BUY
Powerful
Inexpensive
Narrow bowl/attachment gap
REASONS TO AVOID
Struggles with whipping
Bowl requires scraping

The younger sibling of the Artisan, the KitchenAid Classic Plus is a mid-sized, tilt-head machine endowed with a sturdy motor. Thanks to the narrow bowl/attachment gap, it performs well with thick cookie dough, and it handles the mixing and kneading of pizza dough with relative ease. When you're done with your tasks, the head, neck, and base are relatively easy to wipe down.

That's all good, but when mixing cookie dough, the paddle came loose while struggling to scrape a large piece of dough off the side of the bowl — something we didn't experience with any other mixer. Also, the cake sponges mixed by this machine fell enough to suggest subpar whipping action. Lastly, the Classic had some trouble incorporating frosting ingredients from the bottom of the bowl, necessitating we scrape the bowl a few times to ensure a thorough mix. Despite these limitations, this machine is more than worth the money — its all-around quality performance exceeded much of the competition.

Read review: KitchenAid Classic Plus KSM75WH

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Mixing cookie dough in the KitchenAid Classic Plus.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Best for Kneading


Ankarsrum Original


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OVERALL
SCORE
  • Mixing 2.0
  • Ease of Use 6.0
  • Whipping 8.0
  • Kneading 9.0
Bowl Size: 7.4 quarts | Mixing Action: Kneading and Triplicate Whip
REASONS TO BUY
Powerful
Huge capacity
REASONS TO AVOID
Separate whipping bowl and attachments
Unique techniques required

The Ankarsrum Original is unlike any other mixer we've tested. This open-top machine produces a spinning action by rotating the bowl instead of a mixing paddle or hook. The machine specializes in baking applications, particularly kneading dough, which explains the powerful roller arm, scraper, and bowl covering. It also performs well when whipping as it has a "triplicate" action wherein the two beaters rotate independently while collectively spinning around a central drive shaft.

We appreciate the Original's ability to muscle large qualities of dough. However, we don't love all the extra components required to perform functions, such as whipping and mixing, which requires a separate bowl, driveshaft, and attachments. While these components are included in the base purchase, they take up valuable cabinet space and are mostly plastic. Given the machine's powerful motor, this could be problematic. That said, if you're making bread, tortillas, and cookies regularly, then you can't beat this high-volume workhorse.

Read review: Ankarsrum Original

stand mixer - the ankarsrum original is a beautiful machine that requires some...
The Ankarsrum Original is a beautiful machine that requires some experimentation to bring out its full potential.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Compare Products

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Score Product Price Our Take
83
$530
Editors' Choice Award
A powerful, effective, easy-to-use, do-it-all stand mixer that looks sharp, too
80
$430
Editors' Choice Award
A versatile stand mixer that will exceed most cook's requirements at a manageable price
73
$330
Best Buy Award
A stand mixer that will meet most people's needs and budget
69
$350
This standing mixer is a miniature of the classic KitchenAid tilt-head design though the decrease in size does not come with much of a reduction in cost
65
$469
A unique mixer that offers features for a wide range of culinary applications
63
$150
Best Buy Award
This competitively priced unit meets nearly all the standards of a high-end mixer
59
$250
Despite its 500-watt motor, this standing mixer leaves something to be desired when it comes to mixing and kneading
58
$700
Top Pick Award
A large volume mixer that performs quite well for flexible bakers willing to learn how to use an unusual machine
46
$100
This mixer is for small batch recipes that are made infrequently
40
$50
Basically this is a stand mounted hand mixer

simple and powerful, this model is an excellent pick for budget-wise...
Simple and powerful, this model is an excellent pick for budget-wise cooks and bakers.
Credit: Laura Casner

Why You Should Trust Us


Senior Research Analyst Michelle Powell applies more than a decade of professional culinary experience to her analysis of kitchen devices and appliances. Michelle's management of an artisanal bakery makes her well-positioned to test mixers. She knows quality work and the techniques that render such results when she sees it. Senior Review Editor Nick Miley has a passion for feeding friends and family. He has continuously perfected recipes and honed his baking techniques for over 15 years. Having a particular interest in sourdough recipes, Nick knows that producing quality results depends on having quality kitchen tools and appliances. This experience — coupled with a scientific research background — guides his side-by-side analyzes of gourmet food products.

Before jumping into testing, we completed extensive market research and investigated dozens of promising stand mixers. After gaining a firm grasp on this class of products, we purchased the 10 most compelling models across various styles, sizes, and price points. To see which stand mixer is the creme de la creme, we devised a challenging set of tests to evaluate their performance side-by-side. Ultimately, our testing rendered 10 pizzas, 200+ cookies, and 10 cakes that were taste-tested for a complete understanding of the benefits of each machine.

Our tests are grouped into four weighted rating metrics:
  • Mixing (30% of overall score weighting)
  • Ease of Use (30% weighting)
  • Whipping (25% weighting)
  • Kneading (15% weighting)

We've tested more than 12 stand mixers in the past, and our extensive testing procedure puts each contender through 19 individual tests to rate their performance. Each of the four test metrics breaks down into multiple sub-tests, which are scored. We also considered multiple testers' observations to compare each stand mixer's performance. Collectively, scores in each testing metric make up a product's overall performance score.

The highest weighted test metrics are mixing and ease of use, each holding 30% of the overall weighted total. The mixing metric involves 5 specific tests, three related to mixing cookie dough, frosting, and pizza dough, and the other two subtests assessing how well the mixer can beat the wet ingredients together when making cookies and frosting. The ease of use metric holds 9 specific tests, including taking decibel readings of each contender on their highest speed holding the instrument 36 inches away from the machine.

we put each stand mixer through the wringer, making pizza, cookies...
We put each stand mixer through the wringer, making pizza, cookies, and cake; essentially, recipes with typical tasks you would expect a stand mixer to execute.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Analysis and Test Results


In the realm of kitchen appliances, there is much to consider. To make direct, apples-to-apples comparisons among the diverse class of stand mixers, we created a set of test metrics that flush out a product's overall performance. While developing our testing, we also considered the stand mixer buying advice. We used hands-on, systematic testing to gather data on these metrics. We discuss our findings below.


Value


We define value as a product's quality and price ratio compared to other mixers of similar quality or price. A product that performs similarly to its peers but costs less is a greater value. A good example is the KitchenAid Classic Plus. Likewise, a product that costs the same as its peers but is of higher quality also offers greater value. The KitchenAid Artisan retails at a price slightly above the class average yet delivers a superior level of performance.

stand mixer - the kitchenaid classic plus delivers high-performance and elegance...
The KitchenAid Classic Plus delivers high-performance and elegance at a manageable price.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Mixing


This heavily weighted metric is a test of the motor, componentry, and the resulting action of the machine. These models can execute many different tasks, but they primarily combine ingredients. We use cowboy cookie dough, pizza dough, and frosting to determine each mixer's ability to mix and incorporate ingredients.

mixing heavy dough puts a lot of strain on a mixer&#039;s motor and...
Mixing heavy dough puts a lot of strain on a mixer's motor and components, but the impressive KitchenAid 6-Qt. Professional Bowl-Lift effortlessly mixed up cowboy cookie dough.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

The pizza recipe tests the ability to combine liquids into dry, powdery ingredients. This requires the machine to mix ingredients that could be thrown out of the bowl by the force of the paddle and can become lumpy if incompletely or incorrectly mixed. The frosting recipe tests the ability to incorporate the butter with both liquid and dry ingredients, (hopefully) rendering a smooth, creamy frosting without getting unincorporated ingredients stuck on the sides of the bowl and paddle. Finally, the cookie dough tests a mixer's ability to evenly integrate chunky ingredients such as chocolate chips, nuts, oats, and coconut flakes into a relatively soft dough without pulverizing them.


We look for signs of machine struggle or even failure, and this can look like inconsistent movements of the mixing attachment, changes in volume or pitch of the motor noise, or acrid smells emitting from the motor.

the dash everyday stand mixer struggled to mix even the most...
The Dash Everyday Stand Mixer struggled to mix even the most undemanding ingredients.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Four products — KitchenAid's Professional, Artisan, and Classic models, as well the Bosch Universal Plus Kitchen Machine — produced satisfactory results. The Bosch Universal Plus user's manual called for the dough hook to mix cookie dough, which worked quite well. We were surprised by the steeply-priced Ankarsrum's difficulty with the whipping tasks.

Ease of Use


Ease of use is an assessment of how the user interacts with the machine. Mixers are supposed to make the time spent in the kitchen more productive and hopefully more enjoyable. The learning process shouldn't be overly complicated due to poor product design. We looked specifically at the user interface to evaluate the degree of difficulty in every component, from turning it on to changing mixing speeds. We also paid attention to the physical design to discover which tasks can be done with one hand and which ones require more engagement. We assess the machine's sturdiness and whether it wobbles or moves around. We note the gap size between the mixing attachment and the bowl.

those mixers that rate highly in our ease of use assessment offered...
Those mixers that rate highly in our ease of use assessment offered operators one-handed operation and easily accessible controls.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

We also look at how messy the machine is when in operation. Some of the best mixers have a slow start-up function to prevent ingredients from being thrown out of the bowl. They are also designed to let you easily pour ingredients into the bowl while it is mixing. We note the effectiveness of the splash guard if one is included. Finally, we rate the difficulty in cleaning the stand, bowl, and attachments.

the tilt-head and bowl-lift stand mixers have a difficult-to-access...
The tilt-head and bowl-lift stand mixers have a difficult-to-access bowl; however, splash guards can help with this problem.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

The Artisan, the Classic Plus, and Professional all earned high scores in ease of use. These models have slow starts, a great feature in conjunction with their 10 optional speed settings. While the Bosch only has four-speed settings, it delivers plenty of speed diversity for most home cooks. They all have sturdy bases (the Bosch has suction cup feet!) that prevent them from walking across the countertop.

Mixers are pretty easy to clean, although models with the motor above the bowl tend to collect spilled ingredients. Fixed heads, such as the KitchenAid Professional, are the easiest to wipe down. The open-top Bosch and Ankarsrum are also relatively easy to keep clean as their unobstructed bowls make it simple to introduce ingredients, resulting in fewer spills.


Whipping


Whipping is far more efficient and consistent with a standing mixer than attempting to do the same by hand. For this reason, the ability of each model to competently whip ingredients is of high interest. Unfortunately, mixers are so helpful that they can readily overdo the whipping process for the same reasons.

the kitchenaid artisan&#039;s wire whip makes quick work whipping cream...
The KitchenAid Artisan's wire whip makes quick work whipping cream to stiff peaks.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

We used each mixer to make whipped cream and lemon chiffon layer cake sponges. The first recipe allows us to directly measure the amount of air introduced into the cream. This is accomplished by measuring the cream before and after the whipping. The second recipe is an indirect measure of the aerated egg whites in the layer cake. The sponge's rise is directly related to the structure and volume of the air-filled egg white bubbles in the batter. As such, we measure the height of the sponges at the edge and the center looking for height disparities.

the overall rise of the lemon chiffon sponge and the sag in the...
The overall rise of the lemon chiffon sponge and the sag in the center are a good measure of the aeration of whipped egg whites.
Credit: Michelle Powell

The KitchenAid Professional and Ankarsrum did well in the whipping metric. These machines had cake sponges that rose over an inch and a quarter and displayed little sagging in the center.


In the whipped cream test, the Professional produced the largest increase in volume, going from 1/2 cup of cream to 1 1/4 of whipped cream with stiff peaks in just over three minutes. The Ankarsrum's powerful triplicate whip system rendered stiff peaks in a mere minute and a half. However, the volume increase was less than double — among the poorest in the class.

What makes a mixer good for whipping can also be a detriment. This is the case with the Ankarsrum, but more so with the Bosch Universal. The latter machine's limited speed settings and triplicate whip action over-whipped the cream in just over a minute.

Kneading


When you don't have enough time to let fermentation do its work, then kneading the dough will speed up the process by working strands of gluten to produce an elastic dough. Why is this important? The elasticity of the dough promotes retention of CO2 — a byproduct of yeast consuming sugar — that makes dough rise. Kneading is a great task to hand off to a mixer.

To test kneading capability, we followed a basic pizza dough recipe in each mixer before tossing, dressing, and baking it off. Properly kneaded dough that has been proofed will be light and airy when baked. So, what we are testing for here is a pizza crust that has a fluffy, open crumb interior and a crispy but easy to penetrate exterior.


KitchenAid mixers are known for their powerful motors and the corresponding quality of their dough hook designs — i.e., the attachment that stretches and folds as it works the dough. Given this reputation, it's not surprising that the larger KitchenAid models, such as the KitchenAid Artisan, ranked at the top of the class in this metric. We were impressed that the 3.5-quart KitchenAid Artisan Mini could tackle this challenge with authority.

Conversely, we were caught off guard by the Ankarsrum's seemingly mediocre performance. This product is known for kneading massive amounts of dough without breaking a sweat. While the machine eventually lived up to the hype surrounding it, we initially struggled to render outcomes warranting the accolades. That said, with some experimentation, we developed techniques that made us fans of this mixer.

the baking possibilities that stand mixers open up are oh so sweet.
The baking possibilities that stand mixers open up are oh so sweet.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Conclusion


We hope that the depth of information provided in our review on stand mixers not only assists you in making a purchase decision but also gives you a better understanding of the different functions and features of the various models on the market. Here's to hot kitchens, new recipes, and lively dinner-table banter with quality cooking in mind. Bon Appetit.

Nick Miley and Michelle Powell


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