Choosing the Right Stand Mixer

With so many stand mixers on the market, how do you know which one is right for you? Just as every baker has different needs, there are many selections and brands of mixers available.

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So what do you look for when buying a mixer? I’m going to share with you some tips to consider when purchasing your next stand mixer.

Mixers over the years have come a long way. Most of us probably remember our moms using one of these…
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Today we have available to us some very elaborate models that come with specialized attachments such as this heated mixing bowl that can be used with bowl lift stand mixers. You can learn more about this here.

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You can see how it would be easy to get carried away. My advice is to make notes of what is important to you and will meet your needs when shopping for one of these
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7 Keys to Purchasing a Stand Mixer

1. Quality
Buy from a company you know has good quality products. Buying from an unknown brand can be cost-effective in the short-term but may lead to costly repairs or replacement down the road. The mixer I use is over 12 years old and I use it almost daily.

2. Durability
Buy something you know you can use over and over on those long days of baking.
Make sure it will hold up to being used for kneading heavy bread dough or fondant.

3. Attachments
The most popular brands generally come with these three basic attachments: the paddle (for mixing batter), the whisk (for creams, meringue…), and the dough hook (for breads and pastries). If you love cooking, you may want a mixer that you can buy other attachments for later such as for pasta, ice cream, or grinders.
For the cake decorator, I suggest flex beaters and splash guards.
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4. Size
The size you choose can be a very important decision. If you bake extremely large cakes you would probably want to consider a 7 quart mixer. For standard recipes a 4.5 or 5 quart would probably be sufficient. If it is too large you won’t get the desired results in the bottom of the bowl. If it’s too small you won’t have the ability to double recipes and do big batch baking. Again, consider what your needs are.

5 Looks
This is more of a luxury than a necessity. Looks come down to personal preference. The color choices are just beautiful and there are so many mixer decals out there for personalization that it will be hard to narrow down a choice. Have fun with this one.“>

6. Price
Like it or not, most of us have a budget we have to adhere to. While our wants may outweight our means, you should try to make a purchase you will not regret later.

7. Warranty
My advice on warranty….If you can afford it…get it. No matter how good the quality of a product, you never know what could happen. It’s always nice to have that added security.

Disclaimer: This is my personal opinion – none of the companies that make these products are paying me anything to share this view. The view is my own with the intention to help my fellow cake makers and home bakers.

So which stand mixer should you buy? It all comes down to budget and necessity. Two of the most common brands are KitchenAid and Cuisinart.
20170930_143841_Film1I personally prefer the KitchenAid stand mixer. I use the KitchenAid Classic, it is over 12 years old and still works perfectly, that is saying a lot considering how much fondant, icing, and cake batter I make. It has only needed one minor repair and my husband was able to do that no problem. That was 3 years ago. I do plan on upgrading only because I need a larger size for mixing larger cakes. I would personally say KitchenAid passes the test of quality, durability, and attachments.

I hope this has been a helpful post. If you have any other suggestions or experiences please share in the comments below. I would love to hear from you.

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