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The number one item on every couple’s wedding registry: a KitchenAid stand mixer. And, OK, they are amazing machines (multiple PureWow staffers swear by theirs—see editors' pick), but there are plenty of other models that get the job done. Need something more powerful? We got you. Don’t bake often but need to whip up four dozen cookies by Monday? There’s a pick for you. Here are five of the very best stand mixers for every budget and skill level.


Editors’ Pick: KitchenAid Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer, 5 Quart

The Facts:

  • Ten-speed slide control
  • Includes flat beater, dough hook and wire whip
  • More than 15 optional attachments available

There’s just no denying how good a KitchenAid stand mixer really is. Almost everyone in the PureWow office owns one and has nothing but great things to say. Sure, it looks amazing on the countertop, but our executive editor loves it for another reason. She says, “I love KitchenAid’s 5-quart tilt-head mixer because it's big enough to make a giant batch of cookies (or whatever you’re into) without taking up a ton of valuable counter space.”

$294 at Amazon


Best Value: AmazonBasics Multi-Speed Stand Mixer with Attachments

The Facts:

  • Seven electronic speed options and pulse feature
  • Interchangeable attachments include dough hook, beater and whisk
  • 15-minute timer function

Not all of us are Ina Garten or Martha Stewart wannabes, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to flex those baking muscles every once in a while. This stand mixer is fantastic for anyone who goes all in on the holiday cookie bakeoff but doesn’t want to spend the money for a KitchenAid. We love that this one has seven speed options and interchangeable attachments for different kinds of dough and batter. Plus, the 15-minute timer function means we don’t have to stand over it the entire time.

$80 at Amazon


Splurge-Worthy: Cuisinart SM-55BK 5.5-Quart 12-Speed Stand Mixer

The Facts:

  • Slow-start and gentle-fold functions
  • Contains three power outlets, including a high-speed outlet for its optional attachments
  • 800 watts of power

Need to whip up four dozen cookies, stat? This stand mixer and its 800 watts of power are up to the task. Not only is that 300 more watts than a KitchenAid mixer (which uses 500, BTW), but it’s also enough to knead the heaviest dough without stalling out. It even comes with three power outlets for the optional attachments—like a meat grinder, citrus juicer, food processor or pasta maker—so it’s basically a whole kitchen's worth of appliances in one.

$349 at Amazon


Runner Up: Hamilton Beach Electrics All-Metal 12-Speed Electric Stand Mixer, Tilt-Head, 4.5 Quarts

The Facts:

  • 12 speed settings from slow stir to fast whip
  • Includes flat beater, dough hook, whisk and pouring shield
  • Planetary mixing action rotates beaters completely around the bowl

One stand-mixer must: The beaters have to rotate completely around the bowl so all ingredients are thoroughly combined. And this 12-speed machine does just that thanks to its planetary mixing action. The only downside? There will be less batter to eat off the side of the bowl when you’re done.

$148 at Amazon


Underdog: Cuisinart SM-50 5.5-Quart Stand Mixer

The Facts:

  • Tilt-back head allows easy access to bowl
  • Polished stainless steel mixing bowl with easy-to-grip handle
  • One power outlet for use with multiple attachments

So you want color options? This Cuisinart brings all of them—from red to robin’s-egg blue to periwinkle to white. Plus, it features a hefty 500-watt motor and a power outlet for use with multiple attachments. The very best part: The stainless steel mixing bowl is dishwasher safe, making cleanup a total breeze. And we all know that’s half the battle.

$150 at Amazon

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