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Updated: 7 Mar 2022

Best stand mixers 2022: Which? Best Buys and expert buying advice

It's not just Kenwood vs KitchenAid any more. Read our expert guide to finding the best stand mixer for you
Georgia Wilson
Buying a mixer

A good stand mixer will take all the hard work out of baking, mixing batter and kneading dough to perfection in seconds, leaving you to get on with other things. But some cost more than an oven or a washing machine, so it's worth making sure you are buying the right model for you before splashing out - and checking whether you can get a good mixer for less.

Stand mixers (also known as food mixers and kitchen machines) are a great choice for keen bakers and for anyone who wants to make cakes, bread, muffins, pastry and desserts without spending hours in the kitchen preparing them.

Below we've handpicked some Best Buy recommendations, plus we explain the different types of mixer, how much you'll need to spend and features to look out for. 

Visit our stand mixer reviews to see all the stand mixers we've tested.

Best Buy stand mixers for 2022

Each of the stand mixers recommended in the table below has aced our rigorous lab tests which include in-depth assessments of their ability to mix ingredients, knead dough, whisk egg whites and cream, and more.

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  • 80%
    • best buy
    £260.00

    This stand mixer is a terrific all-rounder and considerably cheaper than some other top-of-the-range mixers. It scored full marks for kneading, mixing and whisking in our tests, and earned four stars for whipping. We also found it easy to assemble and clean. Plus, it's one of the quietest stand mixers we've tested, which is great news if you like to bake while others are asleep or working from home.

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  • 74%
    • best buy
    £415.99

    This stand mixer has seven speed settings and a pulse function, but just two attachments (other accessories are sold separately). Even so, it proved versatile enough to receive top marks in our tests for mixing, and four stars for kneading and whisking. We were also impressed by its quietness and how easy it is to add and remove attachments. If not for its three-star whipping, it would have got an even higher score.

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  • 73%
    • best buy
    £252.00

    Its elegant design means this stand mixer would complement most kitchen decor, but it isn't just a looker. It's excellent at whipping, leaving cream and egg whites light and fluffy, and earned four stars for whisking and kneading. But if you mainly use your stand mixer for making cake batter, there are better options; this model failed to impress us with its mixing.

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  • 73%
    • best buy
    £380.50

    This stand mixer is a thing of beauty, but that isn't the only reason you should buy it. It's good at mixing and whisking – plus it couldn't be any easier to clean. Given its strong showing in our other tests, we were slightly underwhelmed by its three-star whipping, but not so much that we wouldn't recommend it. Just watch out for its open splashguard – messy spills always seem imminent with this model.

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  • 72%
    £85.00

    If you're after a stand mixer for around £100, look no further. This stand mixer outperformed some much more expensive models in our tests, with ratings never dropping below four stars. We were particularly impressed by its whisking – it whisked five egg whites up to 750% of their original volume within two minutes – and enjoyed playing around with its 10 speed settings. However, the mixing bowl is heavy and doesn't have a handle, making it difficult to remove and transport.

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Video: How to buy the best stand mixer

This video guide explains the most important things to consider when buying a stand mixer.

Mixer types explained

There are two main types of fixed-stand food mixer. The type you choose will depend on your needs and budget.

  • Stand mixer - these focus on classic baking jobs using the main mixing bowl and standard attachments for whisking, mixing and kneading.
  • Kitchen machine - these have extra ports for different attachments and can tackle a wider variety of food processing jobs from chopping and slicing to blending and mincing meat.

You might expect kitchen machines to be more expensive, but it's often the other way round. Designed to tackle every food preparation job in one machine, they can be good 'starter' products when you're setting up home. 

If you tend to bake more than you chop, you might be better off with a dedicated stand mixer, but it's worth bearing in mind the extra options a kitchen machine will give you.

Short on space? Consider a hand mixer instead. See should I buy a hand mixer or stand mixer? 

Best stand mixer features to consider

Smeg stand mixer

From the essential to the optional, here are some of the key features to consider when choosing a stand mixer.

Accessories

Make sure the stand mixer will have all the tools for the tasks you need doing. Every model should come with a dough hook (kneading), a balloon whisk attachment (whisking and whipping) and a beater tool (mixing).

It's also worth looking out for the following extras:

  • Splashguard - to cover the mixing bowl and prevent ingredients flying out and splattering you and your machine. 
  • Flexi-beater - these have a flexible spatula edge on one side of a standard beater, allowing them to scrap all the ingredients off the side of the bowl during mixing.
  • Food processor attachment - if you’re after a machine that will slice or grate, choose a stand mixer that has a food processor attachment.
  • Jug blender - if you want to blend smoothies or soup, you'll want a stand mixer with a jug blender attachment. These can sometimes also crush ice but you'll need to check this, as models vary in their capabilities.
  • Spotlight - integrated lighting, allowing you to see creations more clearly inside the mixing bowl
  • Extra mixing bowl - some come with a second bowl for mixing smaller or larger quantities

Other less common attachments include mincers and sausage makers, ice-cream making bowls, biscuit cutters, pasta makers and spiralizers.

Mixer size

Food mixers can be sizable machines, so make sure you have enough kitchen counter space for the model you choose. Think in particular about the height of any cabinets above where you'll put the stand mixer, which may obstruct the lever-operated arm of the mixer's top section. Also think about how heavy the mixer is if you'll need to move it around or store it in a cupboard.

Mixing bowl size

Stand mixers generally come with larger bowls than food processors, so can struggle with smaller amounts. If you like to make particularly big batches (more than two cakes' worth at a time), you'll need to go for a mixer with a large-capacity bowl - at least 500ml. 

Dishwasher-safe

Washing stand mixer attachments by hand can be a bit of a faff, particularly fiddly beater attachments. Look for a model with dishwasher-safe accessories so that cleaning will be less of a headache. It's vitally important to check the instructions first, as washing parts incorrectly in a dishwasher can cause the plastic to split. Even parts listed as dishwasher safe can be damaged by putting them in a washing cycle that's too hot. 

Some manufacturers warn against washing in temperatures above 40°C, and to avoid the drying cycle altogether, which can also cause the plastic to split. Often accessories should be washed on the top shelf only, so make sure you check the instructions first.

Storage for accessories

Some food preparation appliances come with a wide variety of accessories, which can take up a lot of valuable kitchen storage space. If you think this is going to be a problem, look for a model that includes a storage box or compartment. Some are designed so you can pack away the accessories inside the bowl.

Extra beaters, whisks, spare bowls and parts

Most brands, particularly well-established ones such as Kenwood and KitchenAid, will have spares available. These are handy if you decide to buy extra attachments, or a spare bowl to save on washing up mid-bake, and also if one of your attachments gets lost or broken. 

Check the instructions for information on where to buy spares, or look on the manufacturer's website for details of what extra parts and attachments are available to buy. You can also search online for websites that specialise in selling spare parts. 

Speed settings and wattage

You don't need to worry too much about this, unless you particularly want a wide range of speed options. We've found that the number of speed settings and the wattage of the machine aren't reliable indicators of quality when it comes to stand mixers. So it's worth bearing in mind more doesn't necessarily mean better.

However, some more pricey mixers have extra mixer settings worth looking out for. These include:

  • Pause - this allows you to stop the mixer to add ingredients, and then restart on the same speed setting rather than starting from scratch.
  • Fold - a gentle mixing motion to fold in flour to cake mixes without beating the air out of the mix.
  • Soft-start - even if you crank the mixer up high, it will start gently to avoid all the ingredients being flung out of the bowl.
  • Timer - allows you to see how long you've been mixing for.

Nice-to-have mixer features

The latest stand mixers might look similar to the models first sold almost a century ago, but their timeless design belies a string of impressive new features.

In recent years, we've come across:

  • Additional mixer bowls for mixing small quantities (which are also handy if you need to mix wet and dry ingredients separately but don't want to wash up as you go)
  • Automatic programmes and controls that let you set the timer, speed and function settings in advance
  • Built-in weight sensors so you can do away with scales
  • Glass bowls and built-in lights for improved visibility
  • Induction heating technology which means you can melt chocolate without the hassle of stirring it over a simmering pan
  • Mobile apps that let you control the timer, speed and function from another room.

However, extras such as these are only useful if the stand mixer can cope with basic baking tasks, such as whisking and kneading.

Read more about stand mixer attachments in mixer attachments explained

How much do I need to spend to get a good mixer?

Mixing dough in a stand mixer

Mixers range in price from just under £100 to over £500 - even more if you buy additional attachments. What you get for the extra money, apart from a major brand name, is usually a more solid build (full metal), bigger capacity and a quieter motor. 

Extras such as a pause or 'folding' function, or a countdown timer, can be found on fancier models, along with glass or metal bowls and more specialised mixing attachments. Premium models also tend to be heavier because of their all-metal construction, but this can help with stability. 

The good news is that a decent stand mixer doesn't have to cost more than £150. We've found Best Buy mixers for less, and we also found that some expensive models do a worse job of mixing than models costing less than half as much.

Use the filters on our stand mixer reviews to find the best cheap models.