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"A good kitchen mixer can transform the way you cook. Suddenly whipping up a cake, the perfect meringues or homemade dough for fresh bread is almost as quick and simple as weighing a few ingredients. No more beating the butter and sugar with a wooden spoon until both arms have lost all feeling. In fact, one of the hardest things is getting used to how quick all the processes suddenly are and not over whipping.
There is a big range of mixers on the market and the two main things you need to consider are what you’re going to be using it for and how much space you have to store it. The more expensive mixers have heavy, die-cast metal frames to stop them from moving around on the kitchen top when they are mixing at high speeds. This is brilliant but if you don’t have the space to keep one on a kitchen top then it is worth considering a cheaper or smaller model, otherwise you will likely end up not using it at all.
As a standard, almost all mixers come with three attachments; a wire whisk for gently folding air into eggs and egg whites, whipping cream and some sauces, a dough hook for cake mixtures, frostings, or even mash potato and a dough hook for kneading bread, pizza and pasta doughs.
Before buying you need to think carefully about what you would use it for and how often. If you just want it for baking cakes you can save a lot of money by going for a simple model. Alternatively if you are going to use it every day and experiment it’s totally worth investing in some of the higher end appliance which you can add all kinds of attachments onto and do far more than just mixing with.
The Verdict: Best kitchen mixers
Our top pick for those wanting a machine that is going to be used weekly and kept on your kitchen top is the KitchenAid Mini Stand 4.8L Mixer.
It’s expensive but it’s such a great size (not too big), looks great, is really easy to use and keep clean. Once you’ve got the hang of using it, you can buy a variety of additional parts for extra functions (pasta maker, grater etc).
However, if you don’t want to spend that much money and instead want a mixer to keep in a cupboard that you bring out for occasional use, the Russell Hobbs 4-in-1 mixer is a brilliant choice. It’s much lighter and great value for money.