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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
$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

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

CHEFS

Whip, puree, mix, stir and knead, with a hand mixer that has 5 speeds, plus turbo boost to power through heavy batters. Everything... you need in one powerful hand mixer: slide-control switch to easily increase or decrease speeds, 5 accessories, and power... read more

Cuisinart

The Cuisinart Power Advantage 7-Speed Hand Mixer flawlessly and easily mixes even the heaviest ingredients. From dense cookie doug...h to whipped cream, the powerful motor with automatic feedback can perform any mixing task. And the precision touchpad... 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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Cuisinart
$279.99 $349.00
at Williams-Sonoma

Boasting plenty of power for mixing, whipping and kneading, Cuisinart delivers a 12-speed, heavy-duty mixer that?s powerful, durab...le and versatile. An auto shut-off countdown timer ensures results will be perfect even when you?re juggling multiple kitchen tasks. The mixer?s three additional power ports (slow-, mid- and high-speed) allow for the use of a wide array of optional dedicated attachments (sold separately). Powerful 800W motor capable of handling the most demanding mixing tasks. Heavyweight, die-cast metal construction provides stability and durability. 12 selectable speeds mean you can start slow to prevent splash and spatter, and turn up the speed as the mixing progresses. Use the separate on/off Fold function to efficiently and gently combine ingredients. Head tilts in lock position for easy removal of work bowl and to easily change attachments. Includes three power ports, each capable of running optional attachments at different speeds to maximize versatility. 15-minute countdown timer features an auto shut-off for consistent, recipe-specific results. Dual riveted handles on the stainless-steel mixing bowl ease lifting. 5.5-qt. capacity. 10? x 15 1/2" x 12 1/2" high; 25 lb. 8 oz. This product is intended for use in the United States and Canada and is built to United States electrical standards. Made in China. Stand Mixer includes: 5.5-qt. cap. stainless-steel work bowl. Flat mixing paddle. Chef?s whisk. Dough hook. Splash guard. read more

Cuisinart
$79.95 $145.00
at Williams-Sonoma

Make up to six varieties of homemade pasta with this powerful Cuisinart stand mixer attachment. Simply change out the included pla...tes to create homemade spaghetti, two sizes of macaroni, rigatoni, fettuccine and lasagna. Designed for use with the high-speed outlet of your Cuisinart stand mixer. Includes six interchangeable pasta plates: spaghetti, small macaroni, large macaroni, rigatoni, fettuccine and lasagna. Includes cleaning tool and measuring cup. All removable parts are dishwasher safe. 5 1/2" x 2 3/4" x 7 1/2" high. Made in China. 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

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

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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$130.59 $193.63
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$130.59 $193.63
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Nostalgia Electrics
$23.53 $39.99
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With the Nostalgia Electrics MTC100 Mix `N Twist Ice Cream and Toppings Mixer you can create a variety of delicious, creamy frozen... treats at home anytime! Use your favorite store-bought ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet or sorbet and add scrumptious candies, nuts, fruit, cookies and more. This fun and easy to use appliance transforms the ingredients into a delightfully tasty soft-serve treat. The Mix `N Twist will provide mouth-watering fun at birthday parties, summertime ice cream socials or as an extra special treat any day of the week. The varieties of soft-serve ice cream desserts you can create are virtually endless and sure to satisfy any craving. The whole family will enjoy the sweet treats you create in the Mix `N Twist! read more

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Mix, chop, puree, and more using your immersion mixer with this Hamilton Beach HMIA200B chopping attachment! This chopping attachm...ent easily fits onto the end of your immersion mixer so that you can create soups, sauces, batters, dressings, and more in no time. And for fast and easy cleaning, this attachment is autoclavable. read more

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Ideal for milkshakes, malts, and a variety of other drinks, the Waring WDM240 double spindle 3 speed drink mixer is the perfect co...mplement to any diner, restaurant, or other foodservice establishment! Boasting two independent spindles wired to high performance 1 hp motors, this drink mixer can operate at 16,000, 22,000, or 25,000 RPMs to mix all kinds of ingredients and create premium beverages with each use. The WDM240 drink mixer features individual air flow systems to keep the motors at cool temperatures, and a momentary pulse option changes pulse intervals for perfect texture. A fully automatic start / stop feature makes operation easy, and the unit's increased cup clearance means you don't have to tilt malt cups when in use. This unit's heavy duty die-cast housing provides excellent durability. Two stainless steel malt cups, butterfly agitators, and propeller agitators are included. The Waring WDM240 double head 3 speed drink mixer is ETL and NSF Listed and requires a 120V electrical connection read more

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$357.70 $511.00
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Hamilton Beach Single Spindle Drink Mixer, Cup Activator Switch, 3-Speeds, Export
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Make the best milkshakes in town with this single head Hamilton Beach HMD200 drink mixer! This mixer comes with a powerful 1/3 hp ...three-speed motor to make short work of your most popular beverages. For convenience, you can activate the unit by placing a mixing cup on the removable cup guide or using the manual pulse switch, and the durable spindle is built to last through repeated use. The heavy duty die-cast exterior ensures this unit will last your business a long time while also keeping it easy to clean, and the stainless steel mixing cup is easily cleaned to make multiple beverages in one day. UL and NSF Listed. Comes with a cord and NEMA 5-15P plug. Please consult the Specification Sheet for additional details. Overall Dimensions: Width: 6 1/2" Depth: 6 3/4" Height: 20 1/2 read more

Hamilton Beach HMD200 Single Spindle Drink Mixer - 120V
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An ideal solution for busy restaurants or drive-through where space is at a premium, this Hamilton Beach HMD300-CE wall mount sing...le spindle drink mixer comes with all of the hardware needed for wall-mounting so that you can free up valuable countertop space! It has a 1/3 hp motor with a two speed switch that gives you the flexibility needed for a variety of milkshakes, malts, and more. For optimum flexibility, the motor can be activated by either with the pulse switch or by sliding a cup into the dishwasher safe cup guide. The Hamilton Beach HMD300-CE wall mount spindle drink mixer comes with the reliable agitator for fast, cup friendly mixing and boasts a heavy duty die-cast stainless steel construction that guarantees long-lasting performance. This unit requires a 220-240V electrical connection and comes with a cord and CEE 7/7 plug. CE Listed. Please consult the Specification Sheet for additional details. This model is wired for international applications only and will not work in the United Sta read more

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An ideal solution for busy restaurants or drive-throughs offering soft serve ice cream where space is at a premium, this Hamilton ...Beach HMD300M-200 machine mount single spindle drink mixer comes with all of the hardware needed to mount it directly to your 208-240V soft serve machine to free up valuable countertop space! It has a 1/3 hp motor with a two speed switch that gives you the flexibility needed for a variety of milkshakes, malts, and more. The Hamilton Beach HMD300M-200 machine mount spindle drink mixer comes with a reliable agitator for fast, consistent mixing and boasts a heavy duty die cast stainless steel construction that guarantees long-lasting performance. It is ETL and NSF Listed. Overall Dimensions: Width: 4" Depth: 5 3/4" Height: 16 1/2 read more

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