Whether you’re a homemaker or a chef in the making, you’ll need a sturdy mixer for everything from mincing meat to kneading bread dough.
While a hand mixer can sometimes do the job, it doesn’t even come close to what you can achieve with the versatility of a stand mixer.
Now given that there is a lot of variety in the market and while we have our personal favorites picked beforehand (ahem…Kitchenaid), there is still a lot of room for variations and models that might suit your needs better, in fact, Homeguyd has a pretty in-depth guide on the best stand mixers.
Here we’ll be discussing the basic things you should not and must not overlook when buying a stand mixer.
Let’s start with the different types of stand mixers.
On a macro level there are two types of stand mixers:
Bowl lift stand mixer– In this variation, the stand mixer lifts the bowl to reach up to the mixing apparatus.
Head-tilt stand mixer – In this variation, the head of the stand mixer tilts backward to make room for arranging the bowl and adding ingredients.
Which one you pick largely depends on the how you’re planning to use the stand mixer.
- If you’re planning to start a catering business or a bakery and you’ll be mixing large chunks of ingredients at once, then you’ll need a bowl lift stand mixer with a powerful motor and a super sturdy build.
- However, if you’re a home or specialty baker and you’re planning to bake a few batches of cookies every day, then a head title stand mixer would be a better pick for your needs.
- While it may seem that power (wattage) is directly proportional to how much you can get out of a stand mixer, that is not always the case.
- We recommend you run comparisons between different models of your choice. They might have different wattage but similar performance, just because some stand mixers are inefficient when it comes to energy use.
Another metric that we would consider is the capacity that the bowl can hold. Again, if you’ll be baking bigger batches, you’ll need a stand mixer that can mix more dough at once. This will save you both time and electricity and make your life much more comfortable. However, on the contrary, stand mixers with more capacity take up a lot more space due to obvious reasons and thus make for poor appliances for small kitchens.
Also, manufacturers overstate the capacity so make sure that you take that into consideration when deciding what capacity is enough for you.
While wattage and capacity are the critical things you’ll look at, there are a few other basic things that you shouldn’t overlook when buying a stand mixer. The little stuff mentioned below can make a huge difference to your baking experience in the long run.
Sturdy build: It’s important that the stand mixer is heavy and has a super sturdy build. You don’t want it to wobble or spill ingredients out when operating at high power.
Overload Protection: It can be quiet easy to overload your stand mixer with dense ingredients, and the increased power requirement can sometimes create more load than the stand mixer is supposed to endure.
For this reason, make sure you get one with good overload protection and a lot of positive user reviews around the same feature.
Now you know everything you need to know to make the right buying decision.
However, it’s easy to get lost in the figures and put off the actual buying decision for a long time.
Our favorite pick has always been the newest model from the Kitchenaid Artisan Series, so if you feel stuck, there you have a go-to recommendation.