KitchenAid 5KSM175PSBLT Artisan 4.8L
The KitchenAid brand is a titan name in the baking world and their stand mixers are timeless classics. With an elegant, stylish finish, the high-quality fittings and fixtures make this machine the perfect all-round baking companion. If you’re particular about the colour of appliances, the range of 17 colours will ensure you find your perfect fit.
As well as the wire whisk, dough hook, flex edge beater and mixing bowl, this model comes with the Artisan® Flat beater. This means you can not only prepare your cake mixes and batters but your mashed potatoes too. The bowl has a large, easy to grab handle, making it perfect when transferring to a baking tray.
The range of extra attachments available is massive, from can openers and food grinders to pasta and ice cream makers. This single machine can become your absolute go-to for preparing almost anything you would ever need to cook. The quality of the mixing is superior to a lot of others, which is unsurprising given the price tag.
There’s several mixers under the KitchenAid brand name, but this is their best and most popular on the market. The newer Artisan 5KSM7580XBER model is also available, and comes with an unbeatable 6.9L capacity bowl which is the best option if you are likely to be cooking large, professional-scale batches regularly.
The head is fixed rather than moveable, so a crank lever raises and lifts the bowl. If it is the best value for money KitchenAid mixer you are after, this is the top one for the job, and just as attractive.
- Dimensions: 36 x 24 x 37 CM
- Capacity: 4.8L
- Power: 300W
- Weight: 10.4kg
KitchenAid 5KSM175PSBLT Artisan user manual
- High-quality finish, look and end product
- Massive range of colours
- Quality investment piece
- Noisier than other mixers depending on the contents of bowl
A kitchen classic, and our top pick of the high-end food mixers.
Bosch OptiMUM MUM9GX5S21 Stand Mixer
For the very serious bakers out there, Bosch has created a product which will make life easier than ever and leave your cakes in the best possible hands.
Thanks to the higher power level, the thickest of batters and doughs can be tackled with little effort at all. You get 9 accessories with the mixer, so there is an attachment for every occasion. From a grater and a slicer to a dough hook and sturdy whisk, you get pretty much the whole package without any extra costs.
Dedicated SensorControl programmes will automatically detect the best power levels for whatever is in the bowl, so it can start off slowly to avoid splashing it everywhere and ramp up the speed when it gets a bit tougher, without you having to lift a finger.
We loved the built-in weighing scales; extra ingredients such as flour and sugar can be added straight to the mixing bowl without you needing to drop everything and remove it. 3D Planetary Mixing will ensure everything is incorporated as the head moves in three separate directions at once.
You get all of the usual safety additions too, such as auto switch off and ThermoSafe Glass. The price may be high but as seeing it is a worthy rival to the other models in the price bracket (and you get everything with it), we’d say it is a fab investment piece.
- Power: 1500W
- Speed Levels: Variable
- Capacity: 5.5 Litres
- Dimensions: 33.7 x 22.2 x 43.3cm
- Well built
- Generous capacity
- Mixes very well and reliably
- Comes with loads of accessories
No need to rush out and buy extra attachments, and it works surprisingly well across every single function. Definitely one of the best stand mixers around
Sage The Bakery Boss BEM825BAL
Sage know their high-end appliances to a tee, and this stand mixer is a marvel.
A high power output is perfect for getting through those tough dough and batter mixes, but the speed can also be adjusted so you can cater it to whatever you are mixing. Planetary Mixing Action helps it to get every last bit of mixture blended, so you don’t have any left behind which could result in lacklustre cakes.
We loved that the speed levels were variable as opposed to fixed settings, so you have more control. A light up guide on the side will let you know which setting is best for which action, but it is so much better than a lot of the models which don’t give you much freedom.
An LED light illuminates the bowl below the stand mixer, so you can see what is going on without having to stop and lift the head. Furthermore, the timer will allow the machine to mix away without you observing or manually controlling every aspect, so you can return to your batter ready to bake.
It is nice and quiet when at work, and you get two bowls so you can mix two separate batches without needing to stop for ages while you wash everything up.
When comparing to other models, it does a fantastic amount for the price. Our only issue was that it was hard to take the attachments on and off, but you’ll soon forget about this when you see just how well it performs.
- Power: 1200W
- Speed Levels: Variable
- Capacity: 4.7L
- Dimensions: 37.8 x 34.3 x 21.5cm
- Two bowls supplied
- Great power level
- Speed levels are variable for greater control
- Difficulty in getting the attachments changed
The timer and light are two standout features which the majority of other stand mixers miss. This is really an appliance which puts the user first
KENWOOD kMix KMX760 Kitchen Machine
We loved the original kMix, and Kenwood have upped their game yet again with their latest release.
It is on the high end scale of things, and delivers a performance to match. With smart speed control, your ingredients will remain firmly in the bowl at every speed to cut down on mess. This works by building up the speed to your desired level as opposed to going in at full attack from the first second.
You also have six speeds to choose from, and an innovative fold function will help you achieve a perfectly smooth mixture. Whether you’re making souffles or croissants, you’re going to have the setting and the help to match.
A K beater, dough hook and whisk are all included which helps you expand your possibilities too, and a splash guard and feeding tube will allow you to add ingredients without stopping the work or creating mess. Chocolate chip cookies have never been easier.
The machine is all metallic so the build is fab quality, and it should last for years. Safety lock, automatic shut off when the head is lifted and non-slip feet are the safety precautions you need, and the power cord length is 1.2m so positioning is pretty flexible too.
There is no doubt about the aesthetic appeal, and it gives a brilliant amount of control. If you want the closest thing to a KitchenAid available but from a different brand, this is the answer.
- Power: 1000 W
- Speed Levels: 6
- Capacity: 5 litres
- Dimensions: 35.5 x 29.5 x 38.5cm
- Good safety level
- Ability to make any mixtures
- Can add ingredients throughout
- Price - at the higher end for those who love their baking
Kenwood offer a great alternative to other professional stand mixers here, and the colour choices are top notch for style
Cuisinart SM50U Precision 5.2L
Cuisinart have been in the kitchen appliance market for over 30 years, but this is their first ever mixing product on the market. This high-performance machine is sleek, stylish and simple to use, making it even easier for you to bake like a professional in the comfort of your own kitchen.
With a massive 12 speed settings available, this product gives you complete freedom to either smoothly mix a whole range of ingredients in just seconds or choose a slower setting to gently fold delicate components together.
As it comes with a sturdy whisk, flat paddle and dough hook, the ability to prepare dough and whipping cream or mix batters and sauces is at your fingertips. The 5.2L mixing bowl is larger than most of its competitors and also offers a pour spout and transparent splash guard to help you cut down on mess.
The easiness continues after the work is done, with all extra parts except the Chef’s whisk being dishwasher safe. Price wise, it creeps into the mid-range category, and bearing this in mind the 500W motor is not as powerful as some of it’s less expensive competitors. Thankfully this doesn’t take away from performance thanks to the wide variety of speed settings.
- Dimensions: H41cm x W29cm x D42.5cm
- Capacity: 5.2L
- Power: 500W
- Weight: 8.7kg
Cuisinart SM50U Precision 5.2L user manual
- Clean, stylish design looks great in any kitchen
- Easy to wash with most products being dishwasher safe
- Robust die-cast metal casing and base makes it sturdy
- Only available in black and white
A high capacity, high performance mid-range mixer which won’t break the bank.
Kenwood kMix KMX754
The kMix group of products from Kenwood is one of the most respected ranges, and the KMX754 is rated very highly for its ease of use, modern look and powerful 1000W motor.
The stainless-steel whisk, K beater and dough hook tools are easy to interchange and are also dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. The product delivers 5 different speed settings, plus a unique separate fold function that aids with the layering of ingredient components.
Unlike the majority of other mixers, the splashguard contains a feeding tube, meaning you can safely add to your mix whilst the machine is on without the hassle of having to remove the bowl and clear up any mess as a result (particularly handy if you are prone to forgetting to add any components).
For those concerned about safety, the kMix automatically stops when the head is lifted and there is a light to warn you if it is not properly turned off.
It is a very heavy and sturdy product, which means there is very little movement or shaking when mixing more demanding items, even on the highest of speed settings. The glass bowl included is rather heavy and cumbersome but is great for being able to see the mixing progress and product volumes easily, and it does not move about when the mixer is in use. It is also fantastic for those who do not like the annoying sound that using a metal mixing bowl can produce.
Although it is quite expensive, it is perfect if you want a mixer that fits into the professional category and will stay with you for years through excessive use. However, it is slightly louder and lighter than previous kMix versions, if noise and robustness is of particular concern to you.
- Dimensions: H35.5cm x W24cm x D38.5cm
- Capacity: 5L
- Power: 1000W
- Weight: 11kg
Kenwood kMix KMX754 user manual
- Heavy duty tools
- Ease of cleaning
- Handy splash guard
- Good safety features
- Unique fold function
- Lighter but noisier than previous kMix versions
- Few speed settings for the price
An extremely well-made and sturdy mixer with a unique glass mixing bowl. Reliable and quieter than it’s predecessors.
KENWOOD Multione KHH321SI
When KENWOOD named this product the ‘Multione’, they were definitely not exaggerating. This all-in-one product finds everyday mixing a breeze, and ensures your recipes are prepared in no time at all.
The usual whisk, beater and dough hook are all included, and to give it an extra professional edge there is also a food processor attachment, citrus press and 1.2L glass liquidiser included in the price – perfect for smaller kitchens which struggle to accommodate all of the different tools necessary for these jobs.
The components of this 1000W, 4.3L capacity mixer all fit together easily to ensure easy storage for anybody unable to keep it in a central position on their countertop. The product can be very noisy when in use, particularly on the higher mixing settings, and due to its multifunction nature, it is quite bulky; not ideal if you prefer to use a sleek design. The pre-mix occasionally flies out of the bowl as well as it isn’t very deep, so prepare to have to do a bit of kitchen cleaning afterwards.
NOTE: a newer version of this product, the Kenwood KHH326WH, is available here and comes with an added meat grinder.
- Dimensions: H29.0cm x W24.7cm x D40.0cm
- Capacity: 4.3L
- Power: 1000W
- Weight: 8.7kg
KENWOOD Multione KHH321SI user manual
- One tool for most kitchen jobs
- Great price
- Can be messy and hard to clean
- Noisy even on lowest settings
Highly versatile with many functions and attachments, making this a great all-round addition to your kitchen.