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Which stand mixer is best for 2018?

Get baking with two new Best Buys, and find out which big brand - Bosch, Kenwood, KitchenAid, Sage or Swan - just missed out

Which stand mixer is best for 2018?

Our latest stand mixer tests have revealed two top-scoring models. Both gained an impressive 82% overall score after sailing through our tough baking challenges.

Five new stand mixers have been put to the test, along with three older models, in our quest to find the best food mixers for busy home bakers.

New models include several additions to the long-running Kenwood Chef range, the latest premium mixer from Bosch, and a pastel retro-style mixer from Swan.

We also retested three of the most popular mixers around: the Kenwood kMix, Sage’s The Bakery Boss and the KitchenAid Artisan KSM175 mixer. Prices for the models tested range from £150 to almost £650, so is it worth splashing out, or can you get a great mixer for less?

Head to our stand mixer reviews to find out which models made the cut, and find the best option for your budget.

Cake mixers put to the test

Find out more about the models we’ve just tested, and the new mixer features worth looking out for:

Retro classic: Kenwood kMix KMX754

This iconic retro-styled mixer is Kenwood’s answer to the popular KitchenAid Artisan range. It’s available in a range of colours, including black, white, cream and red, and has a stylish glossy metallic curved exterior.

It jostles with the Artisan for pole position in the Bake Off tent, but budding Bake Off contestants can get their hands on it for considerably less than the KitchenAid model. While its retail price is £430, we’ve often spotted it on sale for nearer £200, which is great value for a mixer that looks this good.

Will it steer you to baking success? Read the full Kenwood kMix KMX754WH review to find out.

Vintage kitsch: Swan’s Fearne Collection mixer

Costing around £230, although often reduced to £200, the Swan SP32010PKN Fearne Stand Mixer is a great candidate for those looking an affordable retro mixer.

This quirky food mixer is part of Swan’s collection of kitchen appliances endorsed by TV and radio presenter Fearne Cotton. All of the collection – from the toaster to the kettle and food processor – are available in four pastel colours including blue and lilac.

Find out whether it will whip up perfect cream swirls and mix smooth cake batter in our full Swan SP32010PKN Fearne Stand Mixer review.

The modern classic: Kenwood Chef mixers

Kenwood’s Chef Collection mixers were once the stalwart of many a wedding list, and we’ve tested three new mixers from the range: the budget KVC3100S Chef Premier, the mid-range KVC5100S Chef Elite, and the top-of-the-line XLKVL8300S Chef Titanium.

With 4.6-litre capacity bowls, the Premier and Elite models should both be well equipped for the home chef. For those looking to whip up bigger batches, perhaps for family get-togethers or for the holidays, the XL model has a huge 6-litre bowl.

Can these sleek new versions of the Chef mixers whisk, knead, whip and mix better than retro-styled models? Read our Kenwood stand mixer reviews to find out.

New mixer features to look out for

Stand mixers haven’t changed much in design in the past 60 years, but recently we’ve spotted some handy new features making an appearance, as the competition hots up. Here are some new features that could make your life easier:

  • Bowl illumination light – as seen on the Sage Bakery Boss mixer. This puts your cake mix in the spotlight, making it easier for you to keep an eye on progress and avoid over-mixing.
  • Extra bowls – some models, such as the KitchenAid KSM175, come with an extra mini bowl, which is better suited to mixing small quantities. It could also save washing up if you are tackling a multi-stage recipe.
  • Fold function – this setting is found on some Kenwood models, and involves the mixer revolving roughly one and a half turns before stopping for one second, and then repeating. This means that you can fold in dry ingredients such as flour or cocoa powder without knocking all the air out – very useful if you want to attempt mousses or soufflés.
  • Countdown timer – this allows you to keep tabs on how long you’re mixing for, handy for things such as buttercream that need a longer mix time to reach maximum fluffiness.

Fancy features won’t mean much if your new mixer can’t master the basics, though, so head to our round-up of Best Buy stand mixers to find out which models excel at the tough baking tasks.

Stand mixers buying guide – advice on choosing the best model for you

Latest stand mixer reviews for 2018

Here’s the full list of recently tested models. You can click on the individual links to see the full reviews, or head to our stand mixer reviews to compare all models side-by-side:

Retested models:

Prices correct as of 31 May 2018.

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