A stand mixer is my favorite tool in the kitchen. I am totally obsessed with stand mixers. I have more than 25! I’ve been asked by many people why I like them so much. I have to admit that it is the sound! The sound of a stand mixer calms my soul.
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KitchenAid Commercial 8 Quart: This mixer is the quietest KitchenAid that I have ever used. The bowl is huge compared to all my other mixers. It also has stainless steel attachments that are dishwasher safe. My Commercial 8 is Empire Red.
KitchenAid Proline 7 Quart: The Pro Line 7 larger capacity than the Pro 600. The attachments are dishwasher safe. This mixer is great for those who want to regularly mix double batches. This mixer is quieter than many models but has been known to have a clicking noise on the mixer head.
KitchenAid Pro600 6 Quart: The Pro600 is the mixer that most people “move up” into from smaller models. The bowl-lift configuration gets you out of the bouncy tilt heads and into a larger mixer with more capacity. However, the Pro600 is one of the noisiest models. It is a more robust mixer and is very popular. My Pro 600 is Nickel Pearl.
KitchenAid Artisan 5 Quart: This is the most popular KitchenAid Mixer. It is a tilt-head that comes in tons of different colors. This mixer also is available in the Design Series that offers additional color choices and a higher quality finish and a glass bowl. My Artisan is a design series Raspberry Ice.
KitchenAid Classic Plus 4.5 Quart: One of my favorite mixers of all time is the Classic Plus. It is the perfect “everyday” mixer. It is just the right size for mixing basic batches of cookies and cakes. I reach for this mixer the most. Paired with a larger mixer for bread making, like the Ankarsrum or the Bosch Universal Plus, and you are all set!
KitchenAid Mini 3.5 Quarts: If you are very limited on space, the Mini might be an option. This mixer comes in lots of unique colors and is cute as a button. If you are looking for a mixer that will fit in a very tight place, this mixer should be on your short list!
Ankarsrum Assistent AKA DLX, Magic Mill, or Verona: I have to admit that I was intimidated by this mixer. The design is significantly different than any other mixer that I have used. This mixer uses a roller to gently knead your dough. I have to admit that the few times that I have used this machine the results that I achieved were nothing short of outstanding! Along with the main bowl for dough, the mixer comes with a separate plastic bowl with whips and paddles for whipped cream, cookies, cakes, etc. It also has a large collection of attachments including a blender, meat grinder, and grain mill among others. this mixer is made for large batch bread baking. This mixer has a learning curve. Despite this learning curve, this mixer is quickly becoming one of my favorites. My Ankarsrum is Matte White.
Bosch Universal Plus: Eric gave me a Bosch mixer for Christmas 2016. I can say that this mixer is built for bread. It has a large 6.5 capacity and does best when it is utilized. It does come with a dough cook extender for single and double loaf batches. However, the performance of this mixer does not shine with small batches. This mixer will rock batches of 4, 5, and 6 loaves of bread. If you want to take your bread baking to a whole new level, take a look at this mixer. My Bosch is in Classic White.
NutriMill Artiste: This is the sister mixer to the Bosch Universal. I really like this mixer. It is a really nice price and will do much of what the Bosch will do. It even uses a lot of the Bosch attachments. It has a 6.5 quart bowl and is 650 watts.
NutriMill Artiste Super Pack: The Artiste Super Pack includes the cake paddles, the cookie paddles, and the ice cream maker. It has a lot that is included that is usually an extra cost. This is the bundle that I have in my kitchen. I love it!
Kenwood Cooking Chef: The Kenwood Cooking Chef is amazing. It has an induction burner so you can cook right in your mixer. This is great for risotto, meringues, and melting chocolate. On my basic test and review, this mixer performed excellent. I can’t wait to try out the cooking function!
Kenwood Chef Titanium 5 Quart KMC011: This mixer is slowly making its way across the pond. I am really impressed with the quality of the attachments to this mixer. They are a very weighty and shiny stainless steel. My Kenwood Chef is Silver Titanium.
Cuisinart 5 1/2 Quart SM-55: The Cuisinart does an excellent job on single batches of bread. In my test, I was pleasantly surprised and the beautiful ball of bread dough that was produced by this mixer. This is the prior model of this mixer. The new model is not one that I can recommend. My Cuisinart is Classic White.
Breville Bakery Chef Stand Mixer Pro 5 Quart BEM825BAL: This mixer is one of the most attractive stand mixers that I have used. It is really basic but can perform all the necessary tasks: beating, whipping, and making dough. It has a very handy guide to mixing speeds printed on the mixer. A timer is also included on the machine.
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