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5 Best Food Mixers
Kitchen food mixers are an awesome tool, found in homes and food related businesses across the nation and one of those gadgets that can only be replaced by an improved model. They're a stand alone item, much like hand blenders, and they make some of the more labor intensive aspects of baking and cooking almost effortless.
For what they are and what they do, no kitchen should be without one. Whether you opt for a basic electric food mixer or one of the more sophisticated hand stand models, you'll find your money well spent.
The five featured below are the top rated, the best sellers and each one will offers a great return on the initial outlay. The one you choose depends on the type and size you need, plus your budget. For as little as 100 dollars you can own a cracker of a mixer or, if you've got more and need more, the 300 dollar mark will buy the best hand stand mixer on the market.
KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixers
2. KitchenAid Professional 600 Series 6-Quart Stand Mixer
The best kitchen hand mixer in red is the Kitchenaid Professional. This one comes in a range of colors, 14 to be exact, the red being one of the two most popular. It's powered by a 575 watt motor, has ten variable speeds and and a 6 quart bowl capacity. It is, in a word - awesome. This is a professional hand mixer, used in both the kitchen trade and in the home and is nothing short of amazing to work with.
It's got a range of accessories - dough hook, flat beaters, wire whip and pouring shield, all of which will take on a range of culinary tasks without issue. It will make short work of double dough batches, whip meringues into shape and turn out beautiful batters time and again. It's absolutely the best in its class and worth every cent of the current price tag. Highly recommended.
KitchenAid Professional 600 Series 6-Quart Stand Mixer
Cuisinart HM-70 Power Advantage 7-Speed Hand Mixer, Stainless and White
The Cuisinart HM is the best hand food mixer on sale and for it's size, it delivers surprisingly good results. The 220 watt motor is adequate for an electric mixer of this size and the seven variable speeds allow a good level of control when in use. The slide control is particularly handy, more so when you need to rapidly switch speeds. Between the motor and the extra long beaters, you'll find it capable of beating cookie doughs, waffle batters and creaming mash potatoes with ease.
It feels compact, the weight isn't enough to put any pressures on your upper arm and shoulder when using it and maintenance is pretty low. The cord will also swivel left to right, so it's great for left or right handed users. In all, a compact, solid and hard working mixer, a pleasure to use and an absolute bargain at under forty dollars.
Hamilton Beach 63220 Eclectrics All-Metal 12-Speed Stand Mixer, Sterling
The Hamilton Beach 63220 is the best food mixer for around the 200 dollar mark. Despite the price, it works hard, makes a fine job of any tasks that you set it and you'll find it's surprisingly capable overall. The 400 watt motor has enough vigor to make it a set it and forget it - great for the thicker batters and tougher jobs as you can switch it on and let it do its job. The speeds are variable, 12 in all, which allows for more scope when in use and the bowl is a decent 4.5 quarts.
The operation is designed to make short work of most tasks - the bowl turns one way, the beaters in the other. It comes with a pouring shield, beater, flat whisk and dough hook - enough attachments to get you started. Once in motion, it's quiet, the bowl doesn't feel as though it's unstable and the design and build is solid. Measured against the Kitchenaid models, this one comes out looking as though it won't measure up. Not true - so if you've got a maximum 200 bucks, invest in the Hamilton. You won't be disappointed.
West Bend 12-Speed Stand Mixers with 2 Mixing Bowls
This is one of the best food mixers in it's class and as good as it gets for 100 dollars. The West Bend is a cracking little machine, good for the more light to moderate baking/cooking tasks and comes with enough features and accessories to keep any one happy. The motor is pretty neat for the price tag - 300 watts and the 12 variable speeds are a great feature.
The design and manufacture is solid - it comes in white or black, and the bowl capacity is 4 quarts. Accessories include an extra stainless 1-1/2 bowl, two beaters and two dough hooks. To be honest, you're not going to get more anything than the West Bend offers, especially for the price. A pretty impressive budget buy, great if you're on a budget or as a gift - just don't expect a Kitchenaid.
KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixer
This is the best artisan food mixer on the market. Best design, best mixer, best in its class - and it's a Kitchenaid. This one beats all competitors into submission and is highly rated not just by anyone that ever buys it but by the culinary world in general. The 345 motor is durable and delivers enough power for any recipe task, the bowl is an awesome 5 quarts and it includes a flat beater, dough hook and wire whip.
This is a product that oozes 'made in America' quality and it not only works like a dream, it looks like one. This is not one of those food mixers you hide away - this is the one you use on a regular basis and proudly display on your countertop. What more can I say? If you want a Porsche in your kitchen, don't buy a Prius - buy a Kitchenaid.