Which food mixer should I buy?

Wondering which food mixer or stand mixer to buy for all your cooking and baking needs? We help you choose…

KitchenAid Artisan

Kneading, mixing, whisking and chopping. Baking and general food prep can be a chore.

Thankfully, you can give your arms a rest with the latest kitchen gadgets. They do all the hard work for you, making baking and food prep a breeze. But which should you choose – a stand mixer, hand mixer or food processor?

We help you decide with our guide.


Stand mixer

In a nutshell: A baker’s best friend – take the strain out of whipping, whisking and kneading with the ultimate baking tool

KitchenAid Stand Mixer

Keen baker? As you’ll have seen from a certain TV show, a stand mixer makes everyday baking effortless – unless you’re Alan Carr, that is. Use it to cream butter and sugar together, knead dough and whisk eggs and cream.

With it you can:

  • Multi-task as you don’t need to hold it. Pop in your butter and sugar and get on with something else
  • Knead dough without feeling like your arms are about to drop off – stand mixers are seriously powerful and can take on thick doughs.
  • Handle big batches – you can find stand mixers with large 4.6 to 4.8 litre bowls
  • Keep your kitchen clean and your mix in the bowl – not all over the floor – with flexible beaters and splash guards
  • Have more control with features like slow start and automatic stop

Stand mixers come with attachments like balloon whisk for beating eggs and whipping cream, and a beater for folding cake batter or beating fluffy frosting. Like to bake your own bread? The dough hook can knead dough in next to no time.

Why not try…KitchenAid Stand Mixer

The KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer is the stand mixer of most home bakers’ dreams. It combines curvy retro styling with a powerful motor, large mixing bowl and attachments for general whisking, blending and a hook for kneading bread.

Get the KitchenAid Artisan in Almond Cream

If cleanliness is a must:kenwood chef premier

Love baking but don’t have the time for mess? The Kenwood Chef Premier is perfect.

Its sleek and clean design looks neat, but it packs a punch with its powerful 1000 watt motor.

With it you can:

  • Mix an impressive celebration cake in the ample 6 litre stainless steel bowl
  • Enjoy smooth and fluffy mixes with variable speeds and pulse action
  • Speedily add ingredients via the large chute, with the splashguard keeping things tidy

Get the Kenwood Chef Premier Stand Mixer in white


Hand mixer

In a nutshell: Great for occasional bakers – effortlessly whip cream and beat eggs without spending too much on equipment

Do the odd bit of baking every couple of months? A hand mixer is a useful alternative for less serious bakers.

With it you can:

  • Whisk eggs and whip cream and do other basic baking tasks
  • Save money as it’s cheaper to buy than a stand mixer
  • Save counter space as there’s no large bowl and it will slot neatly into a cupboard or drawer

Why not try…kitchenaid hand mixerThe KitchenAid hand mixer will help you create bakes with the perfect consistency that Prue and Paul would be proud of. It has 9 speed settings, for precise control. And keep track of exactly which speed you’re using with the LED speed indicator. Accessories include a mixing rod and two dough hooks.

Get the KitchenAid hand mixer in red


Food processor

In a nutshell: An all-round food-prep tool for busy cooks that can also be used for baking

A food processor is your go-to kitchen gadget. The one-stop shop of food prep. It comes with different attachments that you use to blitz through heavy-going tasks.

With it you can:

  • Chop onions, herbs and nuts with the blade attachment
  • Slice carrots or cucumber with the slicing attachment
  • Grate cheese, carrots, fresh ginger and chocolate with the grating attachment
  • Mix together ingredients to make pesto and curry paste
  • Mix flour, butter and water for easy shortcrust

Some models can even mix cake batter and whisk eggs – although food processors are designed as an all-round food preparation tool, rather than for baking alone.

Why not try…Kenwood MultiPro Compact food processor

Take the strain out of cooking and baking with the Kenwood MultiPro Compact food processor. Work culinary magic and get to slicing, grating or liquidising at 2 different speed settings. No more tedious vegetable chopping or chunky soups.

With a 2.1-litre mixing bowl, you’ll have plenty of room for your ingredients to whip up family meals in no time.

Get the Kenwood MultiPro Compact food processor


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