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Reviewers' Choice Awards

Top Mixers

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:

KitchenAid Classic 4.5-Quart Stand Mixer K45SS

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

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Hamilton Beach Electrics All-Metal Stand Mixer 63220 / 63221

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

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KitchenAid Ultra Power Plus 9-Speed Hand Mixer

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 

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KitchenAid Ultra Power 5-Speed Hand Mixer KHM5AP

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: 

Bosch Universal Plus Mixer with Blender MUM6N11UCBosch Universal Plus Mixer with Blender MUM6N11UC ($440)

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!”

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KitchenAid Professional 600 Series 6-Quart Stand Mixer KP26M1XKitchenAid Professional 600 Series 6-Quart Stand Mixer KP26M1X ($450)

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.

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KitchenAid Classic 4.5-Quart Stand Mixer KSM75WHKitchenAid Classic Plus 4.5-Quart Stand Mixer KSM75WH ($330)

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.”

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Bosch Universal Plus Kitchen Machine MUM6N10UCBosch Universal Plus Kitchen Machine MUM6N10UC ($480)

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.”

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Cuisinart 12-Speed Stand Mixer SM-55Cuisinart 12-Speed Stand Mixer SM-55 ($349)

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?”

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Cuisinart Power Advantage 7-Speed Hand Mixer HM-70Cuisinart Power Advantage 7-Speed Hand Mixer HM-70 ($60)

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.”

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Editor’s Note: Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice awards were given in October and November, 2013, and current product ratings may differ.