A mixer in the kitchen usually means serious baking is going on. The Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice awards recognize the top mixers on the market, based solely on the product reviews we collect and publish daily on Viewpoints. Our reviews are written by ordinary consumers, not professional testers. These ten mixers all meet the Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice award eligibility requirements and represent the top 8 percent of 127+ mixers reviewed on Viewpoints. For special occasion baking to everyday desserts, a great mixer is a must-have.
Viewpoints recommends these four mixers as top choices:
Best Overall: Mixers – Stand
KitchenAid Classic Series 4.5-Quart Stand Mixer K45SS ($330)
Rated 96 | 1444+ reviews
What cook doesn’t covet the KitchenAid Classic Stand Mixer? Most often mentioned as best for baking, bread kneading, beginners and experts, it also comes in a rainbow of colors and patterns. With more than a thousand reviews singing its praises (“built to last”), investing in this classic kitchen appliance is a no-brainer.
“This mixer is most definitely “heavy-duty.” It weighs a ton! It is part of what makes it so useful. It can handle the toughest doughs. I make pizza dough and bread … These are doughs that are impossible for me to mix by hand, and burn out my smaller mixers.” —nocapes, McCloud, CA, Reviewer since 2010
Best Value: Mixers – Stand
Hamilton Beach Eclectrics All-Metal Stand Mixer 63220 / 63221 ($220/$200)
Rated 94 | 17+ reviews
We know many cooks are on a tight budget but still want quality. The Hamilton Beach Eclectrics All-Metal Stand Mixer is called a “good compromise” by reviewers who like that it’s solid metal and powerful with “lots of good contact during mixing.” We hear it’s “just as good as a KitchenAid.”
“I am in love with it. It is easy to use, easy to clean, and works wonderfully! I use it for cake batter, cookie dough, bread dough, making whipped cream… the possibilities are nearly endless.” —stillneverwrong, Reviewer since 2013
Best Overall: Mixers – Hand
KitchenAid Ultra Power Plus 9-Speed Hand Mixer ($100)
Rated 94 | 67+ reviews
For those jobs that call for a quick mix, the KitchenAid Ultra Power Plus 9-Speed Hand Mixer shines. Reviewers love that it’s “lightweight” and”not loud but manages to mix with great efficiency.” Consider this as your second, go-to mixer for those times when “dragging out the stand mixer” isn’t appealing.
“It is perfect for mixer smaller portions of ingredients and never fails to get the job done. There is no amount of food that is too large or too small for this mixer to handle.” —MorganCollins, Reviewer since 2013
Best Value: Mixers – Hand
KitchenAid Ultra Power 5-Speed Hand Mixer KHM5AP ($40)
Rated 92 | 100+ reviews
Cooks who use this mixer may have wanted something more, but no longer feel the sacrifice. The KitchenAid 5-Speed Mixer tackles big cooking projects, and even though it’s a budget-friendly buy, reviewers call it an “investment” that has lasted for “10 years” yet something they “still use constantly.”
“I received this mixer at a wedding shower nearly eight years ago. (It) works as well today as when I first used it. I have gone through many “off brand” mixers … You really can’t go wrong with KitchenAid in my opinion.” –cma1982, Bryant, AR, Reviewer since 2011
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More Top Mixers
These six mixers are award-winners too! They meet the tough criteria for a Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice award and are also highly recommended:
This mixer comes with an attachable blender, dough hook, whip and lid that add versatility and allow you to mix, blend and puree whatever you like. Viewpoints-rated at 97 with 22+ reviews, reviews state they have “nothing but positive to say about this amazing Bosch Mixer!”
Perfect for heavier mixtures like dough, the ‘PowerKnead’ dough hook and whisk can turn your ingredients into gourmet meals. This 6-qt. mixer is Viewpoints-rated at 95 with 522+ reviews and comes in a rainbow of colors to jazz up your decor.
This stainless steel mixer can easily mix, knead and whip anything to a perfect consistency. Additional attachments allow you to grind, make pasta and more. This “durable appliance” is Viewpoints-rated at 94 with 82+ reviews, with reviews saying it “has stood the test of time.”
This mixer is easy-to-use with four speeds and 6.5 quart capacity. The device comes with a dough hook, scraper, double beater allowing for endless possibilities. Viewpoints-rated at 94 with 37+ reviews, reviews say “my kitchen couldn’t survive without my Bosch Mixer.”
This Cuisinart mixer is tops at mixing, kneading dough, squeezing juice, grinding meat and making pasta. With 12 speeds, and an auto-shutoff timer, it’s virtually foolproof. Viewpoints-rated at 94 with 32+ reviews, this “super powerful” has reviewers asking, “Where’s this been all my life?”
This 7-speed hand mixer mixes anything from heavy cookie dough to whipped cream and with a digital touchpad and LED display, you can easily shift speeds with just one touch. This device is Viewpoints-rated at 89 with 26+ reviews, with reviews saying it is a “must buy.”
Editor’s Note: Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice awards were given in October and November, 2013, and current product ratings may differ.