The Best Stand Mixers for Cakes, Cookies, and All the Carbs

The secret to making fluffy sponges, perfectly peaked meringues, and house-warming loaves is in the equipment you use. Mixing, kneading, and whisking by hand may feel wholesome, but why bother when you can get a stand mixer to do the hard work for you? Whether you’re a seasoned baker or a total novice, stand mixers are not only convenient and easy to use, but also look great on the kitchen countertop.

Otherwise known as a food mixer or kitchen machine, stand mixers can be found in various shapes, sizes, and colorways to suit your setup. With stylish finishes and statement hues to choose from, it’s an appliance you’ll want to keep on display to tempt you to get baking when the opportunity arises. But as many of the best stand mixers are an investment buy, it’s worth thinking about your priorities to find a model to best suit your kitchen requirements—and your sweet tooth. We’ve put them through their paces (while stuffing ourselves with cake) to rate the latest models on performance, versatility, and design.

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