Equipment Review: Best Stand Mixers

Equipment Review: Best Stand Mixers

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A stand mixer is one of the most expensive appliances in your kitchen, so it had better do it all—from whipping a single egg white to kneading thick pizza dough. What’s the best stand mixer? We ordered nine models, priced from nearly $230 to a jaw-dropping $849, to find out which one performed best in our stand mixer review.

Products tested (listed alphabetically) to find the best stand mixers:
Bosch Universal Plus Mixer
Breville Scraper Mixer Pro
Cuisinart 5.5 Quart Stand Mixer
Cuisinart 7.0 Quart 12-Speed Stand Mixer
KitchenAid Classic Plus Series 4.5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer
KitchenAid Pro Line Series 7-Qt Bowl Lift Stand Mixer
KitchenAid Professional 600 Series 6-Quart Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer
Vollrath 7-Quart Countertop Commercial Mixer
Waring Commercial Professional 7-Quart Stand Mixer

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  1. Tyler Harvey
    Tyler Harvey 19 November, 2021, 04:17

    I was having a huge debate last year on which stand mixer to buy. I ended up getting the Breville Bakery Chef. I couldn't be happier. My sister has a Kitchen Aid and it's amazing as well. I ultimately just liked the more Modern Look and feel of the Breville.

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    Leigh-Jayne Miller 19 November, 2021, 04:17

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  3. James B
    James B 19 November, 2021, 04:17

    One of the issues that is not discussed is where the mixers come from. Most of he mixers were designed from scratch for consumers adn were in fact lower cost copies of the established mixers. That means they are likely to cut corners on materials and assembly issues as well as change features to simply look different. One of the mixers was a downsized commercial unit with all the built in safety features. What the did was carry over the electronics package and make everything smaller. I have seen the commercial version and it is just the same but bigger. But the error was they also reduced the chute dramatically and that turned into a problem. The fact that it was not changed means they had specific mix tests to verify everything still worked in the shrunk version, but they they failed to understand the differences between commercial use and home use. But then again they were a commercial shop and simply did not understand the market use difference..
    The simple truth is there is a real reason Kitchen Aid came out on top. The line was originally introduced by Hobart Kitchen Equipment Company a very long time ago. It was designed as a table top version of its big floor mounted bakery mixers. The line was specifically targeting small operations like restaurants that did not have the space, need or resources for the big units, but needed commercial performance. Sales and marketing then discovered with a few changes, the mixers could be used by homeowners. Actually, the reality was Hobart employees were buying units and word spread as well as inquiries. Hobart set up the Kitchen Aid line (a major name improvement) but carried over most of the commercial features because it saved serious money in tooling and worker training. Kitchen Aid was spun off later and is now Whirlpool, BUT no one changed the basics of the design. Long term use is excellent but there is one thing they do not tell people. after about 8 years the grease on the drive gears MUST be refreshed with food grade white grease. You will destroy the gears (I did) if you don't.
    And it should be noted that Kitchen Aid as the first residential mixer was able to define what mixers at home do.

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  4. RAnn S
    RAnn S 19 November, 2021, 04:17

    Phew! I was worried my mixer was going to be a loser. I have the Kitchenaid and I love it!

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  5. Diane Jarosz
    Diane Jarosz 19 November, 2021, 04:17

    Thank you! I enjoyed your honest review.

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  6. Arthur Fiorillo
    Arthur Fiorillo 19 November, 2021, 04:17

    I bought a KitchenAid the largest they made at the time a bout 14 years ago it started making a grinding noise and then stoped the motor was running but the attachments were not turning so I took it to my shop pulled it apart found the pinion was striped they were made out of plastic the replacements are steel so any unit ask? the company if any plastic is used in the transmission. that was my business rebuilding transmissions I gave the mixer to my daughter she uses it all the time the mixer has to be 25 years old.

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  7. 1Adventures2
    1Adventures2 19 November, 2021, 04:17

    I purchased my KitchenAid in 1972 while working as a cook right out of high school, I ship with me up to Alaska when I was in the army and back down to California and then across the country to Rhode Island, it has a lot of wear but it still works but I do enjoy using my Cuisinart as well and thankfully I always remember to put the shield on it in the right sequence , Eliminating what was mentioned here as a design flaw. Thank you very much for the review it was fun to watch and listen.

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  8. goinghomesomeday1
    goinghomesomeday1 19 November, 2021, 04:17

    Such a load of biased rubbish.

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  9. dorokh
    dorokh 19 November, 2021, 04:17

    So the final judgment was made on 10 pizza's dough. What about egg yokes? I am sure the absolute favorite wasn't able to handle two egg yokes or one egg white, as I owned that particular mixer and know it. What about scraping the sides of the bowl constantly? This result wasn't include in the finale judgment either. I really expected more detailed review, not pro-Kitchen Aid ad…

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  10. Allie
    Allie 19 November, 2021, 04:17

    I love my Kitchen Aid! I got is used as a gift over ten years ago and I use it several times a week. When it finally kicks the bucket (hopefully years from now), I will most definitely be purchasing another Kitchen Aid.

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  11. First Timer
    First Timer 19 November, 2021, 04:17

    I wonder why Kenwood wasn't on the list? The only competitor to Kitchenaid is the Kenwood stand mixer.

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  12. Shifurei Saikyou
    Shifurei Saikyou 19 November, 2021, 04:17

    It felt paid by kitchenaid somehow

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  13. Anne Lambert
    Anne Lambert 19 November, 2021, 04:17

    Just wondering why you had no KENWOOD mixer

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  14. Islam‘s The Solution 4 Every Problem
    Islam‘s The Solution 4 Every Problem 19 November, 2021, 04:17

    Very good review. A real eye opener. Thank you.

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  15. Hanyang Lee
    Hanyang Lee 19 November, 2021, 04:17

    Are the 2 items mentioned in this video any cheaper these years? I bought one this year in China. It cost me only 300 Chinese yuan, which is no more than 50 US dollars. It works almost great for me. I bake bread with dough out of 70ish % hydration.

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  16. LIM MERCH120
    LIM MERCH120 19 November, 2021, 04:17

    SPOILED after 1 year for both hood n mum59340.
    do you know how much it will take to repair it?
    for the TELESCOPIC hood, one small slice of the flimsy filter panel. @$64
    You need to pay up to 128 for both.
    mum5, $122 for a minor fault, the drill can't go in fully. protruding out half an inch. diagnose cost $46. you got to send it personally to their service centre. subtotal $168
    add up the total for both. $168+$128+cab fare = approx $316
    you are better off purchasing other company's product.
    to top it up, my wife recommended it to a friend. her one is even worst. lasted for only 1 month. she sends it for repair at the service centre twice and it's still not fixed. her cab has already cost her $50, not including the repair fee yet.
    don't buy Bosch. you will regret it.

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  17. LDPVP
    LDPVP 19 November, 2021, 04:17

    They cost three times more in UK 😭

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  18. saigonais NhaTrang
    saigonais NhaTrang 19 November, 2021, 04:17

    We bought a Massimo stand mixer at Hart Maison Engros at Place Vertu,
    Montreal. It worked great the first time. The second time the locking
    mechanism seemed broken. Maison Engros said one week had passed, they
    have nothing to do with it, perhaps call the manufacturer, but no number
    was listed. We tried our luck calling Maison Condelle, the name listed
    on Massimo packaging. They passed us onto a lady by the name of M.
    Dessur……, customer rep at Hart Stores. She seemed very nice and
    willing to help. We did what she asked: send her the receipt and any
    details by email. That was the end of it, we heard nothing further from her.
    Phone calls left at Hart Stores have been met with complete silence.

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  19. Margo Moore
    Margo Moore 19 November, 2021, 04:17

    I bought my kitchen aid in 1988 and it’s still running strong.

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  20. Michael Hrádek
    Michael Hrádek 19 November, 2021, 04:17

    KitchenAids keep breaking on me – I guess I am a heavy user. Hobart or bust for me. NS50 or HL120 are my recommendations.

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  21. Rajesh Gupta
    Rajesh Gupta 19 November, 2021, 04:17

    Durability of this machine. Spare parts where we gets in Delhi. Is any repair centre in Delhi and India. On burning of wiring how much are charge.

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  22. Ni Hao ma
    Ni Hao ma 19 November, 2021, 04:17

    Stunning 800.00???????? all junk, a good one costs thousands and tens of thousands of dollars. you tested junk just to make the video more interesting and be smug. Just say what these mixers are without destroying the companies' reputations. Who are you an engineer from MIT??

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  23. cameron donaldson
    cameron donaldson 19 November, 2021, 04:17

    I'm a professional baker and I've seen these type of small machine "torque 🤪!"come and go . If you use any of these machines every day for a month they brake down . domestic use only, what dose that mean ? once a week for around 40 mins with rests , if you leave it on for 10 mins the gears will melt ! I own 2 dough mixers 👀 they're fairly cheep and all they can be used for is mixing dough "as slack or as tight as you like it Misses🤣!" these small machines are designed to be bought . if you're mixing dough buy a DOUGH MIXER!!

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  24. Thomas
    Thomas 19 November, 2021, 04:17

    already knew the winner before clicking. just wanted to confirm.

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  25. Reuben k
    Reuben k 19 November, 2021, 04:17

    That settles that!
    I know what I'm getting for my birthday!!!
    Thank you

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  26. mn french
    mn french 19 November, 2021, 04:17

    Bought a Kitchen Aide Pro series, and after a couple of years the Planetary Drive head kept falling out during use. The cost to ship to/from Kitchen Aide, and for them to fix it was quickly closing in on ‘way to damn much.’ I junked it. Kitchen Aide even admits this is a design flaw….but I still see the flaw every-time I look at one in the store. C’mon guys, you know it breaks, fix the design.

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  27. Education Professional 1980
    Education Professional 1980 19 November, 2021, 04:17

    Did you just say the kitchen aid broke after 7 batches of dough!

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  28. Peter Buller
    Peter Buller 19 November, 2021, 04:17

    Thank you. I am in the process of shopping now and your analysis was very informative.

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  29. Don Cahill
    Don Cahill 19 November, 2021, 04:17

    Great info in a short amount of time! Thanks!

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  30. Michael Prozonic
    Michael Prozonic 19 November, 2021, 04:17

    After 3 Kitchen Aid mixers, I have finally moved up to the 7qt Proline and it is totally worth the money. It is a power monster. I make a lot of pizza dough in rather large batches. I also have the 7qt Kitchen Aid paddle with the built-in scraper and that works pretty well though i always check the bottom at the end to make sure

    It appeared to me that you were kneading the doing too fast. The suggested speed is only 2 out of 10 for Kitchen Aid.

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  31. Quinn Franke
    Quinn Franke 19 November, 2021, 04:17

    I was shocked when after 14 months my Kitchen Aid developed a small problem with the top coming loose. Kitchen aid offered me 100 off a new one and said sorry. They don't service them.?!? Like I thought the whole point of getting one was that they stand behind it. But no, stupid me for getting an upgraded model. A boat anchor almost immediately after the warranty ends..

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  32. Halfarsed Productions
    Halfarsed Productions 19 November, 2021, 04:17

    get a Hobart, peasants.

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  33. Gary Simpson
    Gary Simpson 19 November, 2021, 04:17

    I know this is an old video but I appreciate all of the Test Kitchen videos that I have watched. I am equipping my kitchen for serious use and these videos are a big help. Thanks.

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  34. Paul Caskey
    Paul Caskey 19 November, 2021, 04:17

    It's not a serious test without a Bosch. It crushes the KitchenAid. This makes me wonder if these tests are paid for.

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  35. ci Net Host
    ci Net Host 19 November, 2021, 04:17

    Best video review I’ve seen for mixers. Is there an updated version?

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