Choosing a Mixer

When purchasing a mixer consider the following:

  • How often will you be using a mixer?
  • What you will be using a mixer for?
  • How much space do you have in your kitchen?
  • What is your budget?

If you are making the odd cake or beating egg whites every once and a while, you may not need a fancy industrial mixer used in professional kitchens. You might be able to get by with an inexpensive electric beater. This is a good option if you have very limited space and a smaller budget. However, if you are going to be baking a lot of gluten free baked goods, pasta and pizza dough I couldn't recommend a Kitchen Aid stand mixer more highly.

I know they can be pricey, but in my opinion, a good quality stand mixer is a gift from the gods that makes baking a breeze. Start a kitchen savings account or put it on your Christmas or birthday wish list. All of your friends and family could pitch in. 

Other things to consider when buying a mixer:

  • Take note of the settings available. Some mixers have up to ten settings, which you may or may not need. If you are doing general baking for fun you might only need a very simple mixer. But the more passionate bakers may want a mixer with all of the bells and whistles.
  • What attachments are available that might make your mixer even more helpful in the kitchen. The thing I love about the Kitchen Aid stand mixer is that it has all of these optional attachments like grinders, grain mills and ice cream makers that make this kitchen appliance even more versatile.
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