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Mixers & Accessories Buying Guide

A mixer is high on the list of must-haves in any kitchen. A hand mixer is a gem for fast, easy recipes that call for mixing. But a stand mixer that makes it easy to mix stiff cookie dough and knead light bread dough is the belle of the ball. Allowing you to walk away while the machine does the work, a stand mixer is liberating and efficient.

Types of Mixers & Accessories

Types of Mixers & Accessories

A hand mixer is a basic necessity. A stand mixer is a useful extra -- but one that will offer so many functions that it’s often worth the splurge. Whichever mixer style you choose, be sure you’ve done your research so you’re completely happy with a purchase that will last for years.

Hand mixer

A hand mixer is a go-to tool for light-duty kitchen jobs such as whipping heavy cream, mixing cake batter, and beating egg whites. This mixer is light to handle and easy to store.

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Cuisinart
$59.95 $110.00
at Williams-Sonoma

Following your favorite recipes is much easier with this versatile mixer ? it features a count-up digital timer that keeps precise... track of your mixing time. Use this lightweight handheld machine for everything from blending batters and whipping egg whites to mixing stiff cookie doughs. Seven precise speeds (including three extra-low settings) tackle any mixing job. Electronic sensor automatically maintains speed regardless of resistance from batter. Easy-to-read LED count-up timer tracks your mixing time. Smooth-start feature eliminates splattering and wafting flour. Ergonomic handle has a swivel cord, so its perfect for right- or left-handed users. Includes two extra-long beaters, one whisk attachment and spatula. read more

Williams-Sonoma

Hand mixers are notorious for having tangled cables and easily misplaced tools?but not this one, thanks to a clip-on case that sto...res both. The lightweight electric mixer has an ergonomic grip for easy handling, too. The Universal Expert Collection by English designer Sebastian Conran features products that are thoughtfully designed and easy to use. Five speed settings. Includes dough hooks and beaters. read more

Cuisinart
$89.95 $165.00
at Williams-Sonoma

This versatile hand mixer provides the perfect speed for every task ? whether you?re whipping cream, mixing a batter or making coo...kie dough. As easy to store as they are to use, the compact mixer and its high-performance attachments tuck neatly into their own custom case. Nine speeds to suit the task at hand. Electronic sensor automatically maintains speed regardless of resistance from batter. Digital control pad displays beater speed at a glance. Digital count-up timer tracks mixing time. Smooth-start feature eliminates splattering and wafting flour. High speeds are ideal for cream, egg whites and meringues. Low speeds mix heavy doughs, frostings and batters. Snap-on storage case holds mixer and attachments. Includes extra-long beaters, whisk attachment, dough hook and spatula. read more

Sunbeam
$29.99
at Target

Make kitchen work easy with the Sunbeam hand and stand mixer. With a 250-watt motor and adjustable speed control, this powerful mi...xer kneads dough, mashes potatoes, beats eggs and more. It has a tilt-back head design for easy access to the bowl. This mixer comes with dough hooks and standard beaters. These standard chrome beaters simplify egg whipping and batter mixing. This Sunbeam 5-speed hand and stand mixer has a dishwasher-safe stainless steel mixing bowl. This electric stand mixer can also be used as a hand mixer. The curved handle of the professional hand mixer provides a comfortable grip. The beater ejection button makes it easy to remove the attachments for cleaning. It has a non-slip base for stability. Wattage Output: 250 WattsNumber of Speeds: 5 Capacity (volume): 3.0 Qt.Appliance Capabilities: Whips, Kneads, MixesFeatures: Adjustable Speed Control, Tilt Back Head, Converts to Hand Mixer, Variable Speed, Beater Ejection ButtonIncludes: Instruction Manual, Standard Beaters, Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl, Dough HooksMaterial: Stainless Steel, PlasticFinish: Semi-GlossMetal Finish: Stainless SteelSafety and Security Features: Non-Slip BaseCare and Cleaning: Easy-To-Clean, Dishwasher Safe PartsAssembly Details: assembly required, no tools needed read more

Stand mixer

Stand mixers are stationary appliances that do a superb job at everything a hand mixer does, plus they are ideal for mixing stiff cookie dough or kneading bread dough. They are heavy, so they’re usually left on the countertop.

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Kitchenaid
$59.95 $70.00
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When you want to make small batches of batter with your KitchenAid Professional stand mixer, use this convenient half-capacity mix...ing bowl and combination whisk/flat beater. Also ideal for whipping cream or egg whites, it provides a welcome break from washing the mixers larger bowl between tasks. Compatible with KitchenAid Pro 600 and Pro 620 series stand mixers that have a bowl-lift stand. Convenient 3-qt.-cap. bowl handles a variety of tasks. Both bowl and whisk/beater are made of rugged stainless steel. read more

Cuisinart
$47.99 $59.95
at Williams-Sonoma

Tap into Cuisinart?s legendary food-processor expertise with this powerful attachment. Stainless-steel blades make short work of s...licing vegetables, chopping nuts, shredding cheese and more. Since it attaches directly to the top of your Cuisinart stand mixer, it requires virtually no extra counter space. Designed for use with the high-speed outlet of your Cuisinart stand mixer. Razor-sharp, corrosion-resistant stainless-steel cutting blades. Reversible stainless-steel slicing/shredding disc. High-capacity feed tube accommodates large portions. 5 1/4" x 7" x 11 1/2" high. 3-oz. cap. Made in China. read more

Kitchenaid

Compatible with any KitchenAid stand mixer, this fruit and vegetable mill is an accessory to the mixers Food Grinder Attachment. I...t quickly strains a fine puree of ingredients for homemade applesauce, berry coulis, baby foods, jams and jellies, and all manner of sweet and savory spreads. Compatible with all KitchenAid stand mixers. Attaches to mixers power hub for motorized operation. Made of heavy-duty plastic with a stainless-steel conical sieve. Clear plastic lid. Works only in combination with the KitchenAid Food Grinder Attachment (sold separately). read more

Breville
$69.95 $100.00
at Williams-Sonoma

Get the ultimate whisking power from your Breville stand mixer with this innovative attachment. Great for everything from whipping... egg whites for cakes and meringues to making whipped cream, it combines an efficient work bowl with a Scraper Whisk? that incorporates maximum air in minimal time. Compatible with the Breville Stand Mixer BEM800XL. High-volume Scraper Whisk? features paddle fins that incorporate more air in less time. With each revolution, the stainless-steel whisk fully scrapes the mixing bowl. Tall, narrow brushed-stainless-steel work bowl guarantees optimal aeration. Clear plastic splashguard has a feed chute that makes it easy to add ingredients. Work Bowl: 3-qt. cap.; Scraper Whisk: 7" x 9" x 8" high. 1.5 lb. Made in China. read more

Product Features

Product Features

Few things from the kitchen are more satisfying than homemade baked goods, and a mixer is the tool for the job. Look for product features that that best match your style so your work will be simpler and easier. A good mixer will serve for many years as a trusted, reliable tool for baking mastery.

Comfort

Because you have to lift, hold, and maneuver a hand mixer, make sure it is well balanced and comfortable in your hand. If you plan on storing a stand mixer in a cupboard instead of on the countertop, it shouldn’t be too heavy for you to lift and move.

Accessories

Handheld mixers generally come with a set of standard beaters and sometimes a wire whisk. A stand mixer typically comes with a paddle, a wire whip, and a dough hook as well as a bowl and possible even a shield.

Beaters

There are two styles of beaters for hand mixers: traditional beaters, which have a sturdy center post, and wire beaters. Wire beaters are the newer design and are easier to clean.

Speeds

Although both hand mixers and stand mixers are available with many speed settings, it’s critical that the model you choose have a low-speed option. That allows you to start slowly and avoid spattering.

Extras

Many stand mixers have a high-power motor, which, when coupled with added attachments, allows the mixer to serve as an ice cream maker, pasta maker, juicer, meat grinder, and more.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

A hand mixer costs less and is good for light-duty tasks. The everyday baker and bread maker should seriously consider a more expensive stand mixer. Before buying, think about how often you will use the appliance: If you’ll use it once a week or more, it will most likely be worth the extra money. Otherwise, a hand mixer should suit your needs. You can get more use out of a stand mixer with extra attachments.

Price

The market is full of hand mixers and stand mixers, and they range in price from $20 to $400 and up. With either model, consider features and how much you will use them before making the purchase.

Weight

Because you are lifting and holding a hand mixer, make sure it is light, balanced, and easy to hold. If you plan on storing a stand mixer in a cabinet or pantry, be sure you can easily lift and move it.

Accessories

Handheld mixers generally come with a set of standard beaters and sometimes a wire whisk, while a stand mixer comes with a paddle, a wire whip, and a dough hook as well as a bowl. Some stand mixers also come with a splatter shield.

Beaters

Hand mixers have either traditional beaters or wire beaters. Both styles do the job, but wire beaters are easier to clean.

Bowls

A stand mixer comes with a bowl that fits the mixer. Bowls may be glass, stainless steel, or plastic. Extra bowls can be purchased.

Speeds

Whatever type of mixer you buy, make sure it has a low-speed option so you can start mixing slowly, which prevents spattering. Both types come with a range of speed settings. Some hand mixers also have a “boost” or “turbo” button, allowing an extra jolt of power.

Extras

Many stand mixers have available attachments that let them do the work of other specialty kitchen appliances, such as an ice cream maker, pasta maker, juicer, meat grinder, and more.

Storage

Hand mixers are small and light enough to easily stow in a drawer or cupboard. Stand mixers are large and cumbersome, making them difficult to move.

Clearance

If a stand mixer will be stored on a countertop, make sure there is enough clearance for it below any upper cabinets. Keep in mind that when the mixer head tilts back, it will need more clearance than when in it is in the mixing position.

Colors

Both hand mixers and stand mixers are available in a wide selection of colors. Because a stand mixer may be stored on the countertop, being able to match the color of your machine to your kitchen decor is a plus.

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Sunbeam
$139.99 $175.00
at JC Penney

Mix up some fun with a versatile 12-speed mixer designed to master your every culinary whim. 12 speeds for mixing versatility3-way... mixing actionoff-center bowl position allows you to add ingredients easily and reduce scrapingergonomically designed soft-grip handle for your comfortsoft start technology starts motor slowly to prevent splattertilt-locking head with bowl selector switchincludes 1 stainless steel 4.6-quart bowl, beaters and dough hooks 350 watts. Plastic/metal. Measures 17.1x15.1x10.4. Wipe clean with a damp cloth. Imported. read more

Sunbeam® Heritage Series® Stand Mixer
Kitchenaid
$29.99 $39.99
at Crate & Barrel

Faster ingredient incorporation and special scraping action that virtually eliminates hand-scraping distinguish this beater blade ...designed to fit all tilt-head KitchenAid® stand mixers. KitchenAid® and other Wedding Registry offersKitchenAid® Stand Mixer Flex Edge Beater Blade. 5.75"Wx1.5"Dx6.25"H Rubber-coated metal Top-rack dishwasher-safe Made in USA Overall DimensionsWidth: 5.75" Depth: 1.5" Height: 6.25" read more

KitchenAid® Stand Mixer Flex Edge Beater Blade
Magic Bullet
$59.95 $79.99
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Introducing the 26-piece Magic Bullet Deluxe set-the personal, versatile counter top magician that works like magic. With the Magi...c Bullet you can chop, mix, blend, whip, grind and more--all in 10 seconds or less-for the fastest, tastiest meals ever! Everything from chopped onions and grated cheese to pasta sauces and snacks. Features Magic Bullet Express Deluxe 26-piece Mixer and Blender (25-piece with Bonus Ice Shaver Blade) Now included: New Ice Shaver Blade. Turns ice into snow! Features: 26 Piece Set, chop, mix, blend whip and grind, Recipe Book, 1-yr Limited Warranty - Use to mix, cook and store ingredients; microwave safe - Use it to blend milkshakes, frozen drinks, smoothies, pancake batter Make: Mousse, sorbet, frozen cocktails and smoothies, ground coffee, frozen coffee, part dips and more! Blend and serve drinks in same mug; colored rings help you keep track of drinks Stainless Steel Blades read more

Magic Bullet Express Deluxe 26-piece Mixer and Blender (25-piece with Bonus Ice Shaver Blade)
Kitchenaid
$79.99 $99.99
at Target

Number of Speeds: 9 Capacity (volume): 1.0 CupAppliance Capabilities: Kneads, Whips, Beats, Mixes, BlendsFeatures: Comfort grip ha...ndle, Push Button Controls, Beater Ejection Button, Adjustable Speed Control, Variable Speed, Lightweight HousingIncludes: Quick Start Guide, Dough Hooks, Storage Bag, Standard Beaters, Instruction Manual, Liquid blending rodMaterial: Plastic, Stainless SteelFinish: PaintedMetal Finish: Stainless SteelProtective Qualities: Shock ResistantCare and Cleaning: Easy-To-Clean, Wipe Clean, Dishwasher Safe PartsAssembly Details: assembly required, no tools needed read more

KitchenAid 9-Speed Digital Hand Mixer
Cuisinart
$89.99 $145.00
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The powerful 220-watt Cuisinart 9-speed hand mixer with automatic feedback makes any mixing task a smooth and simple challenge. on...e-step power switch with 9-speed LED displaySmoothStart® feature has 3 low mixing speeds to eliminate splatterssturdy snap-on case stores mixer and accessoriesmixer includes extra-long beaters, professional chefs whisk, dough hooks and spatula Plastic mixer housing wipes clean. Imported. read more

Cuisinart® 9-Speed Hand Mixer w/ Storage Case
Kitchenaid
$449.99 $569.99
at Crate & Barrel

Professional mixing power with a commercial-style motor for the home kitchen. The most powerful stand mixer in its family, this hi...gh-performance beauty with 14 cups of flour power is able to churn through double batches of bread dough with a Powerknead? spiral dough hook that replicates hand-kneading. Professional bowl-lift design raises the bowl into mixing position, where a 10-speed slide control gives you just the speed you need from a very fast whip to a very slow stir?all while looking fabulous in its elegant pearl metallic finish. More KitchenAid® colors and items available via special order. Please contact your local store. KitchenAid® and other Wedding Registry offersKitchenAid® Professional 600 Stand Mixer. 6 qt. 12"Wx15"Dx16.5"H Pearl metallic finish All metal construction All metal gears 575 watt motor Durable direct drive, all-steel gear transmission 10 speeds 6-quart polished stainless steel bowl Makes 8 loaves of bread, 13 dozen cookies or 8 pounds of mashed potatoes at one time Includes professional wire whip, burnished flat beater, clear two-piece pouring shield, and burnished Powerknead? spiral hook Removable parts are dishwasher-safe Made in USA Width: 12" Depth: 15" Height: 16.5" read more

KitchenAid® Professional 600 Stand Mixer
Waring Pro
$129.00 $310.00
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The Waring Drink Mixer has performed professionally for years. Now you can put its expertise to work for you. Best known for rich ...and creamy milkshakes, this sturdy drink mixer also does smooth and delicious healthy drinks, like yogurt shakes with wheat germ and fresh fruit. It will froth eggs for fluffy omelets and blend pancake batter, too. The Waring Drink Mixer comes with a 2-speed motor, durable die-cast metal base, and that classic, solid stainless steel 24 oz. mixing cup that the professionals use! Features 2-Speed Motor Chrome-Plated Motor Cover Durable Die-Cast Metal Base Automatic-Start/Stop Operation Classis Single Spindle Mixer Solid 24 oz. Stainless Steel Mixing Cup Five Year Limited Motor Warranty One Year Limited Appliance Warranty read more

Waring Pro Chili Red Drink Mixer (PDM104)
Waring Pro
$129.00 $310.00
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The Waring Drink Mixer has performed professionally for years. Now you can put its expertise to work for you. Best known for rich ...and creamy milkshakes, this sturdy drink mixer also does smooth and delicious healthy drinks, like yogurt shakes with wheat germ and fresh fruit. It will froth eggs for fluffy omelets and blend pancake batter, too. The Waring Drink Mixer comes with a 2-speed motor, durable die-cast metal base, and that classic, solid stainless steel 24 oz. mixing cup that the professionals use! Features 2-Speed Motor Chrome-Plated Motor Cover Durable Die-Cast Metal Base Automatic-Start/Stop Operation Classis Single Spindle Mixer Solid 24 oz. Stainless Steel Mixing Cup Five Year Limited Motor Warranty One Year Limited Appliance Warranty read more

Waring Pro Retro Green Drink Mixer (PDM112)
Hamilton Beach
$44.99 $70.00
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Enjoy the mixing versatility of this Hamilton Beach mixer: The mixer unlocks from the stand for use as a hand mixer. generous 4-qu...art glass mixing bowlpowerful 275-watt, peak-power motor with 6 speedsQuickBurst? buttonShift and Stir? bowl feature for even mixingBowlRest? mixer stabilizerincludes 5 attachments: 2 traditional beaters, 2 dough hooks and 1 whisk AC current; 275 watts. Plastic with glass bowl. Measures 13.4x10x14"H. Dishwasher-safe parts. Imported. read more

Hamilton Beach® Power Deluxe? 6-Speed Hand/Stand Mixer
Hamilton Beach
$28.90 $50.95
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Features: Includes traditional beaters, wire beaters and whisk Brushed stainless steel construction Snap on storage case Quick bur...st button and bowl rest Manufacturer provides 1 year limited warranty Easy mixing with 290 watt peak power 6 Speed Show Additional Info Dimensions: Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 12.25 Inches Overall Width - Side to Side: 4.38 Inches Overall Depth - Front to Back: 10.38 Inches Overall Product Weight: 4.3 Pounds read more

6 Speed Hand Mixer with Case
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