We don’t know if you've heard, but it’s baking season. This year, instead of muscling through 12 batches of snickerdoodle cookie dough, enlist the help of a very capable stand mixer to do the hard work for you. Whether you’re looking for something super stylish or have a strict budget in mind, here are five stand mixers that get the job done (just in time for the holidays).

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1. Most Popular: KitchenAid KSM75 4.5 Qt. Classic Plus Stand Mixer

It’s no surprise that this stand mixer takes the cake. It’s so much more than a mixer: With the simple swap of an attachment, it makes pasta, ice cream and even zucchini noodles at the press of a button. One PureWow baking enthusiast says it best, “It’s durable, sturdy, and has so many attachments. Plus the actual mixing attachment goes all the way around the bowl so whipping is a breeze.”

Buy It ($380; $300)


2. Easiest to Use: Breville BEM800XL Scraper Mixer Pro 5-Quart Die-Cast Stand Mixer

It’s sleek, it’s chic and it’s extremely user-friendly. Some reviews even say it’s better than KitchenAid (gasp!). It has 12 speeds, comes with versatile attachments and is made in durable die-cast metal so it will be whipping up batter for years to come. Hate when the mixer doesn’t go all the way around the bowl? Us, too. This appliance has a double-sided scraper beater with flexible edges so it wipes the side and bottom of the bowl with every turn. PureWow’s resident baker gifted this sleek model to her sister, so you know it’s good.

Buy It ($297)


3. Budget Friendly: Cuisinart SM-35 Precision Master 3.5-Quart Stand Mixer

We totally get that not everyone bakes on a consistent basis. So spending over $300 on a mixer isn’t exactly practical. That’s where this smartly priced model comes in. Like its more expensive counterparts, it includes a chef's whisk, flat mixing paddle, dough hook and splash guard with a pour spout, and whips dough, batter and frosting with a powerful 12-speed motor. Plus, it even comes with a recipe book to get the inspo flowing.

Buy It ($225; $180)


4. Cleanest: Hamilton Beach Electrics All-Metal Stand Mixer

Cleaning up after baking is the absolute worst. Especially when that includes the whole kitchen because of flying batter. This sleek model not only looks beautiful, it stays that way thanks to a splatter-proof shield that keeps contents inside the bowl. The attachments are all dishwasher-safe, so cleaning is a breeze, you know, after you lick off all the residual brownie batter. And the stand is individually finished with a smudge-free coating, so not even sticky fingers can ruin it.

Buy It ($250; $200)


5. Most Stylish: Smeg SMF01PBUS Stand Mixer

Even if you don’t bake regularly, this stand mixer is just as pretty sitting on your counter as it is in action. Made in the signature Smeg retro aesthetic, it adds a stylish flair to any kitchen. But it’s so much more than a pretty face. The smooth-start function is a testament to its exceptional design, and its ten-speed motor flawlessly combines, whips and blends whatever you throw in it to perfection. If you’re all about pretty appliances, this one is hands-down the way to go.

Buy It ($460)

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