A lot of new bakers and food bloggers often contemplate whether to get a stand mixer or a cheaper hand mixer would be enough to get the job done.
While, at first glance, it might seem that the only deciding factor is the price, i.e., if you have the budget for it then a stand mixer is always the better choice, but it’s not still necessarily that.
To help you make the right decision, we’ve compared the pros and cons of both and had all the facts out there for you to make the call.
Let’s start with hand mixers.
Hand mixers are portable, small and more affordable than stand mixers. While hand mixers make a great choice if you are not planning to bake all that often, it’s small size limits the number of attachments you can use with it and thus limits it in use.
A hand mixer works great for bakers who are just starting to learn their craft or homemakers who don’t necessarily need batches and batches of cookie dough on a regular basis.If this is the one that fits your needs best then here are our top 3 recommendations you just can’t go wrong with.
Cuisinart HM-90S Power Advantage Plus
Priced at just $79, this hand mixer by Cuisinart is the go-to choice for moms and chef’s alike. We love it in white, but it’s easier to get stains on it, so it’s your pick.
KitchenAid KHM512BY 5-Speed Ultra
The Kitchenaid KHM512BY brings you five different speed variations to choose from. Priced at the modest $39, it is one of the cheapest hand mixers you can currently buy and with the Black Friday sales, it’s going to be a sweet-sweet deal.
KitchenAid Architect Series 7
The KitchenAid Architect series is their flagship series comparable to their Artisan counterpart when it comes to Stand mixers. Priced at $99, it is one of the more premium products on the market.
Now let’s talk about Stand Mixers.
I run a small baking school in Delhi called TruffleNation, and that makes me a big fan of stand mixers. Especially, the Artisan series by Kitchenaid.
If you’re looking to do any heavy lifting work when it comes to baking, then you have to get a good stand mixer. While being on the expensive side, they’re the most value for money appliance you can get for your kitchen.
A stand mixer brings you all the features you get with a hand mixer and then some more. They come with multiple attachments from meat mincers to juicers; you can turn them into almost any other small kitchen appliance with the right accessory.
While they are bulkier than a hand mixer, they take up a relatively small space given their large utility.
Going against what I said earlier, if you do have the budget for it, go for a stand mixer.
KitchenAid Artisan Series
My favorite stand mixers by far, bar none, is the KitchenAid Artisan series. You can pick the model number as per your personal preferences, but if you’re looking for a stand mixer that will stand the test of time and deliver value for years to come, this is the one to go with.