Best food mixer: 5 top buys from Kitchen Aid, Smeg and more

Compare our pick of the best food mixers to make baking that bit easier

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Looking for the best food mixer? Well, why wouldn't you be with the return of the Great British Bake Off to our screens? One (or two!) of these would make a handy addition to a modern kitchen, and are vital for quickly whipping up dough, batter, cake mixture and more.

So, whether you're a keen baker looking for an upgrade to manual mixing, or you're new to the world of baking and bread-making and want to invest in a handy piece of kit, you're sure to find something that suits your budget, and requirements.

When you're done scrolling and browsing our pick of the best food mixers, you'll find plenty more options for blitzing in our best blender guide – perfect for those interested in soups and smoothies, rather than cake mixture.

The best food mixer you can buy right now 

Sage by Heston Blumenthal Bakery Boss an example of the best food mixers

1. Sage by Heston Blumenthal Bakery Boss

The best food mixer: a serious machine for a serious baker

Specifications
Best for: Best of the best
Capacity: 4.7ltrs
Power: 1200W
Accessories: Scraper, Beater, Dough Hook, Wire whisk
RRP: £300
Reasons to buy
+Range of attachments+Cuts mixing time by 60%
Reasons to avoid
-For baking only 

If you’re an avid baker, this professional mixer from Sage by Heston Blumenthal is a must-have gadget. Allowing you to mix a range of different ingredients quickly and easily, you'll be making everything from thick dough to delicate fluffy meringues in no time. 

It also comes complete with a timer, meaning you can leave this mixer to work its magic, while you get on with other tasks.

Kenwood kMix KMX754 Stand Mixer an example of the best food mixers

2. Kenwood kMix KMX754 Stand Mixer

Best food mixer for dough: for making the best dough, you ‘knead’ this mixer

Specifications
Best for: Kneading dough
Capacity: 5ltrs
Power: 1000W
Accessories: Whisk, K Beater, Dough Hook
RRP: £299.99
Reasons to buy
+6 speed settings+Large capacity
Reasons to avoid
-For baking only 

Make the smoothest, thickest dough around with the Kenwood kMix KMX754 Stand Mixer. Its high capacity bowl is made for serious bakers who want to make large quantities of dough – ideal for pizza, cakes and much more.

All of the attachments and bowls are dishwasher safe, making this food mixer extremely low maintenance and easy to use.  

best stand mixer - Smeg SMF01 Stand Mixer

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3. Smeg SMF01 Stand Mixer

Best retro style food mixer: a timeless, retro-inspired stand mixer that makes a stylish addition to any countertop

Specifications
Best for: Retro-design
Capacity: 4.8 ltrs
Power: 800W
RRP: £350
Reasons to buy
+Gorgeous, retro design+Available in a variety of colours

Designed with the same iconic 50s styling Smeg is renowned for, the SMF01 Stand Mixer makes a timeless addition to any kitchen, whatever your interiors style, and is available in a variety of colours.

In addition to a 4.8ltr high-polished stainless steel bowl and a die-cast aluminium body, it boasts 10 different speed settings which ensure you achieve your desired mixture consistency. As if this wasn't enough, a range of accessories are also available to help with a range of cooking and baking tasks.

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best food mixer - Aucma 6.2L Stand Mixer

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4. Aucma 6.2L Stand Mixer

Best budget food mixer: a stylish, and versatile mixer suitable for all your kitchen-related needs

Specifications
Best for: Versatility
Capacity: 6.2 ltrs
Power: 1400W
RRP: £106.99
Reasons to buy
+Versatility +Stylish design+Affordable, compared with some models+Choice of 5 colours
Reasons to avoid
-None that we can think of at this price!

Another of our top picks, when it comes to the best food mixers, is the stylish and versatile Aucma 6.2L Stand Mixer, which comes with a very reasonable price tag.

In addition to the large capacity bowl, which is perfect for all types of dough and cake batters, this stand mixer also has a six-speed control and a neat blue LED light as a power indicator. Attachments include a whisk, mixing beater, dough hook and splash guard. And this option is available in five colours – blue, black, red, silver and champagne – so it can be bought to suit your kitchen decor.

KitchenAid 4.8L Artisan Stand Mixer an example of the best food mixers

5. KitchenAid 4.8L Artisan Stand Mixer

Best food mixer for style: a colourful mixer for Bake Off obsessives

Specifications
Best for: Bake-off Lovers
Capacity: 4.8ltrs
Power: 300W
Accessories: Whisk, Flat Beater, Dough Hook, Flex Edge Beater
RRP: £549.99
Reasons to buy
+Range of colours+Sweet and savoury baking
Reasons to avoid
-Very pricey -Lower power than most

If you fancy yourself a bit of a Mary Berry, then this KitchenAid 175 Artisan Stand Mixer is the ultimate tool for you. It comes in a huge range of colours to suit all styles of kitchen, and a range of attachments so you can whip up anything from frosting to creamy mashed potato

Although pricey, if you are passionate about baking, this is a stunning food mixer that will look good and stand the test of time on your kitchen worktop.


How to buy the best food mixer

When it comes to buying the best food mixer to suit your needs, there are a few factors and functions we'd recommend considering:

Is it a food mixer that you actually want?
Food mixers are a baker's best friend, allowing users to whisk and whip ingredients with ease. If you're looking for something that can whizz up soups, smoothies, and the like, you might be better suited to a food processor.

Ease of use
The whole point in a food mixer is to make your life easier. With that in mind, look out for devices that are easy to use and subsequently easy to clean. Some parts may be dishwasher safe, while others are not, and some machines are louder than others.

Cost
A top quality food mixer can cost anything from £100 to £800, but there are plenty around for those on a budget, too. 

The price does not always reflect the quality, so it is important to look for the features you want and consider what you want to use it for before buying something expensive that doesn’t cater to your needs. 

What is the best food mixer?

In our opinion, the best food mixer currently available comes in the form of the Sage by Heston Blumenthal Bakery Boss, a professional grade mixer which is perfect for keen bakers.

Designed with the capacity to mix a range of ingredients, quickly, you'll be making everything from thick dough to fluffy meringues in no time. Plus, it comes complete with a built-in timer, which means you can leave it to work its magic.

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