Whether you’re kneading dough or mixing a batter for your next cake creation, a stand mixer will cut out the hard work and make home baking quick and simple. Before you take the plunge and buy a mixer, we want to help you find the perfect model for your needs.
The capacity of the mixing bowl is crucial to everything you create in the kitchen. If you like to bake big, we’re talking around two cakes at once, you’ll need a bowl with at least a 500ml capacity. If you only tend to do small mixes, a hand mixer might be a better option for you. Take into consideration the size of the appliance itself too. Stand mixers can be quite big pieces of kit, so make sure you have enough room on your kitchen counter and that it’s light enough to be stored in your cupboards.
Most stand mixers will come with a beater for mixing, a whisk and a dough hook for kneading. Have a browse for any added extras or accessories that will help you bake things you want to bake with ease. For the cooks, you’ll benefit from a food processing attachment, so you can chop, slice or grate without the hassle. A splashguard is a cover that protects the mixing bowl and stops ingredients flying out and making a mess of you and your kitchen! We’ve got a little bit more on cleaning below.
Wattage isn’t necessarily an indicator of the quality of a stand mixer. But what it does tell you is how much power it has got behind it if it’s ever needed. Speed and mixing settings include a pause function that allows you to stop the process, add fresh ingredients and continue without having to start again. If you’re looking to master the meringue, a fold motion will gently fold flour into the cake mix for you. A soft-start function will start mixing gently then proceeds to speed up as a way of avoiding throwing ingredients out of the bowl.
There are quite a few fiddly attachments and bits within a stand mixer, so washing can be a bit of a chore. Dishwasher-safe parts will be a massive help but it’s really important to double check washing instructions, as anything plastic could crack if the water you’re using is too hot.