I Recommend the Kitchen Aid Artisan Series Stand Mixer - US$300.
This stand mixer has a 5-Quart mixing bowl and an all-metal, heavy duty, ten-speed mixer that can deal with a heavy load! The machine comes with a handy spatula, measuring spoons, flat beater, dough hook and wire whip. Kitchen Aid also has an incredible range of mixer accessories that turn this already fabulous machine into a one-stop shop! There is a fantastic ice cream maker attachment, a pasta maker attachment, grain mill, grinder and more.
This stand mixer is for anyone who loves to bake. It makes fantastic stiff dough, whips egg whites beautifully and comes in 25 colours!
Kitchen Aid offers a one year warranty with this machine.
These Kitchen Aid stand mixers are not the cheapest on the market. But I firmly believe you get what you pay for. This is the best stand mixer on the market. Trust me, create a savings account and put in on your gift wish list. I could not live without my Kitchen Aid stand mixer, and all of the pigtastic accessories.
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If you can’t afford a top-of-the-line mixer, make sure you are still getting a good quality and durable mixer that will not let you down for all of your cooking needs. Check out the consumer reviews on different websites to get a good varied opinion in order to make an informed decision. Also, ask friends and family what they use and ask to come over and have a spin.
To save even more money, you could purchase a good quality hand mixer. For those of you with small kitchens and limited storage space, a hand mixer is a great option.
The Cuisinart Power Advantage 7-Speed Hand Mixer – US$50
is the best hand mixer I have used and it gets great comments on the consumer review websites.
This hand mixer has seven speeds, which makes controlling your mixing easier. It also comes with a whisk and spatula attachment which makes this machine a bit more versatile, and even has enough power to knead dough. Make sure you build up those biceps! A hand mixer can take it out of you at times.