Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer

Are you looking to buy a stand mixer? When purchasing a mixer, make sure it has the following features:

* A manufacturer’s guarantee — this is a good sign that what you are buying is a well-made, durable product.
* Metal gears: These are much more efficient than nylon gears and won’t wear out as fast.
* It’s heavy and sturdy, so it will remain fixed on your counter top during use.
* A variety of attachments, which are durable and dish-washer safe.
* A splatter shield.
* A powerful motor.
* Numerous speed options.
* An overload protection feature (if the mixer you buy does not have this feature, you will have to be careful that you do not burn out the motor).

Of course, you will have to spend more money for a high-quality stand mixer, and stand mixers themselves are more expensive than hand mixers. But they last much longer, and if you buy the right one, you’ll most likely be using it for years to come. What you buy depends on your needs: if, for example, you plan to only make small batches of items, you should buy a smaller mixer with a smaller bowl, and if you plan on making large amounts of an item, you’ll want a large mixer with a large bowl. I recommend getting a planetary mixer, as they seem to be the most durable of all the stand mixers. Planetary mixers have a stationary bowl with a revolving beater.

You want to make sure that the mixer’s bowl is made of solid, stainless steel and that it remains fixed in place (some beaters have locking mechanism that prevent the bowl from moving — buying a beater that has this feature is recommended). For aesthetic purposes, you’ll want to buy a mixer that goes well with the decor of your kitchen, so it’s best to pick out a mixer that’s offered in a variety of colors (most good mixers are).

Most manufacturers offer optional equipment such as additional beaters, whips, paddles, hooks or bowls. Other attachments could be meat grinders, slicers or pasta extruders.

Top TenReviews compares the best kitchen stand mixers for 2013. The top six mixers were:

  1. KitchenAid Artisan
  2. Breville BEM800XL
  3. KitchenAid Ultra Power
  4. Cuisinart SM-55
  5. Viking Professional
  6. Hamilton Beach Eclectrics Mixer

Also, take a look at what Amazon buyers have to say about the Best Stand Mixers.

Buying a mixer is a major investment, and you want to make sure that you pick a mixer that is not only durable and has a wide variety of features, but also fits your needs. And don’t settle on the first mixer you like — read reviews of a variety of mixers and figure out which is the best one for you.

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