Best Stand Mixers for 2024, Including Excellent Alternatives to KitchenAid – CNET

Types of stand mixers

Stand mixers typically come in two different modes: tilt-head and bowl-lift. Tilt-head stand mixers have a hinge at the back of the model that literally tilts the head back and allows you to easily remove the bowl from the mixer, as well as change the mixing paddle as needed. The purpose of bowl-lift models is the same, but instead of a hinge that tilts the head, two arms are usually located toward the base of the model, with a lever that lifts up the bowl to meet the paddles. 

Most average-size stand mixers are tilt-head models, while professional options tend to utilize the bowl lift. With a tilt-head model, it’s important to consider that the height of the model changes when the head is tilted back, meaning that you might have to pull it out from under overhead cupboards in order to accommodate the extra height when in use.

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When it comes to stand mixer color options, it’s hard to beat KitchenAid’s collection. 


Stand mixer size and capacity

Size-wise, the height requirement of a stand mixer may be the most important consideration when it comes to either the counter space or the storage space to host it, with average models being typically 14 to 15 inches in height. (With another inch or two needed to tilt the head back as required.) Smaller models may save you a couple of inches, and larger professional-grade models can be as tall as 18 inches.

Volume-wise, average stand mixers offer a bowl that is between 4 and 6 quarts. Some smaller models are available that are between 3 and 4 quarts, which is still enough capacity for typical cookie and cake recipes, but may feel crowded for extra large batches or some bread recipes. Professional-grade stand mixers may offer bowl volumes of up to 8 quarts, which can handle many catering-size jobs.

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