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Every Baker Absolutely Needs One of These Best Stand Mixers

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If you're anything like us, you've been cooking and baking up a storm while working from home. Whether you like to make homemade cookies and breads on the weekends or a batch of treats for special occasions, a stand mixer is an absolutely essential kitchen tool year-round.

For the below picks, we included only stand mixers that are versatile, top-rated, and from trusted household brands like KitchenAid and Cuisinart. We even added a limited-edition mixer that has a funky retro flair.

Our Favorite Stand Mixers

Better your batter with one of these top-rated stand mixers fit for any baking task.

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1 KitchenAid Artisan Mini 3.5-Quart Stand Mixer
KitchenAid surlatable.com

If you're short on countertop space in your kitchen, this mini stand mixer is your best bet. The KitchenAid Artisan Mini Premium Tilt-Head Stand Mixer is 25% lighter and 20% smaller than the original KitchenAid Stand Mixer with a much more petite footprint.

With 10 optimized speed levels, a 3.5-quart capacity bowl, and compatibility with other KitchenAid attachments, this stand mixer is a more compact choice with all the functionality of a regular-sized stand mixer, making it my Editor's Choice.

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2 Hamilton Beach 6-Speed Classic Stand Mixer
Hamilton Beach walmart.com

This budget-friendly stand mixer from Hamilton Beach features a powerful, 300-watt motor that performs on par with pricier models. This unit features a 3.5-quart bowl that's large enough to accommodate a big batch of cookie dough or cake batter, a tilt-head that allows for easy access to the ingredients inside of the bowl, and six speed options for versatile mixing.

This stand mixer comes with three handy attachments: a whisk, a paddle beater, and a dough hook.

3 KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer with 5-Quart Ceramic Hobnail Bowl
KitchenAid bedbathandbeyond.com

To celebrate the brand's 100th anniversary, KitchenAid released this limited edition Artisan Series stand mixer in a retro pearl hue. While identical to their standard 5-quart stand mixer in functionality, the key difference here is the retro aesthetic.

With a creamy white hobnail mixing bowl, sleek chrome finishes, and retro branding, this stand mixer is serving up serious nostalgia.

4 KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer
KitchenAid macys.com

If you’re going to splurge on getting a stand mixer as a gift for someone special, choose this classic 5-quart tilt-head stand mixer from KitchenAid. Its powerful 325-watt motor allows for thorough ingredient incorporation, while 10 speed options give it maximum versatility. This stand mixer comes with a paddle, a whisk, a dough hook attachment, and a handy pouring shield to minimize messes.

We especially love that this stand mixer is compatible with over 15 KitchenAid attachments, from pasta makers to spiralizers, and it also comes in tons of fun colors.

5 Wolf Stand Mixer
Wolf Dillard's

This is a mixer for serious bakers. It's big, powerful, and definitely a splurge. However, if you make a ton of bread, especially large loaves like challah, this is the mixer you need. 

It features a massive 7-quart bowl with a powerful motor, making easy work of large batches of dough or candy. It comes with a flat paddle, dough hook, and whisk, and the infinite speed dial means there's no jumping between levels that can sometimes throw flour while you're mixing. With this mixer, the speed increase is gradual, making it a joy to use.

Our parenting editor, Cat Bowen, tried this mixer, and after using it for weeks, says, “I was initially hesitant to try it, given the size and cost, but it has proven itself over and over again, whether it’s preparing a huge batch of brioche, or mixing up egg whites. This mixer is genius.”

6 Cuisinart Precision Master 5.5-Quart Stand Mixer
Cuisinart walmart.com

More powerful than most other stand mixers with its 500-watt motor, this Cuisinart stand mixer makes quick work out of tough doughs and large batches. This mixer has 12 custom speeds for total control and serious versatility during any baking project, and it comes with a paddle beater, a dough hook, and a whisk attachment.

We also love the inclusion of a splash guard with a pour spout, which helps keep countertops clean during baking projects.

7 Hamilton Beach 6-Speed Classic Stand Mixer
Hamilton Beach amazon.com
$41.19 (16% off)

A budget-friendly option for beginner bakers, this stand mixer features a 290-watt motor that's strong enough for most mixing tasks that require light kneading, whipping, or whisking (think cake batter and brownies). Its slightly smaller 4-quart bowl is perfect for small- to medium-sized batches, and its six speeds supply enough versatility for all of your basic baking needs.

This stand mixer comes with a double beater attachment, a single whisk attachment, and double dough hooks.

8 Hamilton Beach Eclectrics 4.5-Quart Stand Mixer in Black
Hamilton Beach bedbathandbeyond.com

With its sleek chrome accents and traditional manual controls, this all-metal stand mixer from Hamilton Beach strikes a nice aesthetic balance between retro and modern.

This stand mixer features a powerful 400-watt motor perfect for whisking and kneading, 12 manual speeds for versatility and control, and an easy-to-use tilting head that makes it easy to pop attachments out and access batter in the bowl.

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