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Which Stand Mixer Is Best? Compare Models Side by Side

Stand Mixers Are Cheaper HereHere are the Top 10 kitchen stand mixers UK 2013, as found through our consumer survey and poll among 3,825 British users.

To answer the question, which stand mixer is best? we consulted the people who really know – 3,825 UK buyers and users who’ve used their counter top food mixer for 3 months or more. The results of this user survey and poll are published here.

Our comparison table lets you both judge & review the best options for you, guided by the wisdom and experience of fellow family cooks and caterers.

These electric kitchen tools are designed for sustained beating & kneading. They are good for preparing anything from family meals to family gatherings or even in an artisan food business. What’s more they will provide years of service.

These models will make light work of beating eggs, whipping cream or meringue, mixing batter, light to heavy cake mixes and kneading sticky or heavy dough – like wholemeal bread.

Help me choose – find user-led recommendations here - see the User Satisfaction Ratings in the table below: 

The Stand Mixers Users Recommend  Kenwood Chef KMC570  Kenwood Chef KMM020  Kenwood Chef KMC010  Kenwood Kmix 5 Series  

Kenwood Chef Premier

Kenwood Chef Major Titanium

Kenwood Chef Titanium KMC010

Kenwood kMix KMX54

Bosch MUM48R1GB

Kenwood Chef Titanium KM010

Bosch MUM52120GB

Kenwood Chef Classic KM336

KitchenAid K45SS

Tefal Kitchen Machine QB403D40

Morphy Richards Folding 48992

Model 

KMC570

KMM020

KMC010

KMX
51-54 &80

MUM48R1GB

KM010

MUM52120GB

KM336

K45SS

QB403D40

48992

Overall Users' Satisfaction Rating* 

9.88/10

9.77/10

9.70/10

9.64/10

9.50/10

9.36/10

9.33/10

9.27/10

9.15/10

9.03/10

9.00/10

Expect to pay around** 

£325

£480

£460

£350

£100

£450

£100

£170

£305

£120

£70

Best buy? 

Best Buy

# 

Best Buy

Best Buy

# 

Best Buy

# 

Mixing bowl 

 4.60L

6.70L

4.60L

5.00L

3.90L

4.60L

3.90L

4.60L

4.83L

4.00L

3.50L

Beaters 

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

2

Dough hooks/kneaders 

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

2

Balloon whisk 

1

1

1

# 

1

1

1

1

1

1

2

Kenwood flexi beater (creaming) 

1

1

1

# 

1

# 

Splash guard 

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

1.5L Thermo Liquidiser flask 

Y

Y

Y

# 

Y

Y

Y

# 

Y

Food processor 

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

#

# 

Y

# 

Speeds 

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

10

6

6

Oscillating Planetary Fold Function 

Y

Y

Y

Y

# 

Y

# 

Y

Y

Y

# 

Table © 2013 Best Buys Compared - which stand mixer is best? comparison table
Based on a survey of 3,825 UK stand mixer owners

Bosch MUM48R1GB  Kenwood Chef KM010  Bosch MUM52120GB  Kenwood Chef KM336  KitchenAid K45SS   Tefal QB403D40 Kitchen Machine 

Based on our survey results, you'll find the users’ overall satisfaction ratings per model – its marks out of ten - plus a run-down of the facts owners tell us are important – like how many eggs can I beat at once and can this kitchen aid cope with making wholemeal dough two or three times a week?

Review the best stand mixers – as voted by UK owners - from Bosch, Kenwood, Kitchen Aid, Morphy Richards & Tefal. Sadly, no models from Charles James, Designer Habitat, Duronic, Grundig or Pure Gadgets made the users’ top 10 this survey.

7 Things To Look For In A Best Buy Stand Mixer

Electric stand mixers are designed for kitchen grunt work. They have sturdy electric motors, usually two or three times more powerful than a hand-held beater. A strong motor allows for sustained running, for example, when making meringue or in mixing heavier, stickier dough like wholemeal bread.

Kenwood Chef Premier

Kenwood Chef Major Titanium

Kenwood Chef Titanium KMC010

Kenwood kMix KMX54

Bosch MUM48R1GB

Kenwood Chef Titanium KM010

Bosch MUM52120GB

Kenwood Chef Classic KM336

KitchenAid K45SS

Tefal Kitchen Machine QB403D40

Morphy Richards Folding 48992

Model 

KMC570

KMM020

KMC010

KMX
51-54 &80

MUM48R1GB

KM010

MUM52120GB

KM336

K45SS

QB403D40

48992

Overall Users' Satisfaction Rating* 

9.88/10

9.77/10

9.70/10

9.64/10

9.50/10

9.36/10

9.33/10

9.27/10

9.15/10

9.03/10

9.00/10

Height x Width x Depth

H285 x W230 x D390mm

H408 x W238 xD3 43mm

H297 x W227 x
D400mm

H349 x W223 x D361mm

H265 x W265 x D305mm

H297 x W227 x D400mm

H282 x W280 x D271mm

H390 x W235 x D290mm

H419 x W279 x D414mm

H402 x W438 x D447mm

Wattage (oomph) 

1000w

1500w

1400w

500w

600w

1400w

700w

800w

300w

900w

300w

Mixing bowl size

4.60L

6.70L

4.60L

5.00L

3.90L

4.60L

3.90L

4.60L

4.83L

4.00L

3.50L

Cake mix capacity 

c2.76Kg

c4.02Kg

c2.76Kg

c3.00Kg

c2.34Kg

c2.76Kg

c2.34Kg

c2.76Kg

c2.90Kg

c2.40Kg

c2.00Kg

Dough capacity

c2.30Kg

c3.35Kg

c2.30Kg

c2.50Kg

c1.95Kg

c2.30Kg

c1.95Kg

c2.30Kg

c2.40Kg

c2.00Kg

c1.75Kg

Egg whites capacity

c12

c16

c12

c13

c10

c12

c10

c12

c12

c10

c9

They also have a generous mixing bowl that rotates as ingredients are combined. In top models the bowl not only rotates, it also oscillates. This oscillation (or wobble) ensures all ingredients in the bowl get swirled into the path of the beaters or dough hooks.

A counter top kitchen mixer will cope with the daily needs of a family, a family gathering or even a small catering business. Older people also find them labour saving.

The category leader is Kenwood with its “Chef” models. These have additional power sockets into which you can clip Kenwood Chef attachments like a food processor or blender.

Here are the 7 qualities to look for when you buy a counter top mixer to provide your food preparation needs.

• How big is the mixing bowl?
• Does the bowl oscillate in use?
• Can I vary the speed for different ingredient preparation?
• Do the tools combine/beat, whip & knead (even heavier dough)?
• What quantities of ingredients can it cope with?
• Can you add other attachments? E.g. a food chopper/grater
• Is this stand mixer easy to use, maintain & clean?

To get the most out of these kitchen aids, here’s the reason why you should ask these key questions:

How big is the mixing bowl?

Look for models with a generous mixing bowl in the region of 4-5 litres. This gives you the option of making small – medium – large quantities of mixture at need.


Does the bowl oscillate in use?

As the beaters or dough hooks spin against the bowl’s ingredients they cause it to rotate on its turntable base. The turntable is designed to oscillate (or wobble). This helps bring all ingredients into the beaters path and prevents a coating of non-mixed ingredients on the sides of the bowl.


Can I vary the speed for different ingredient preparation?

You want a smooth build-up of speed to suit different ingredient mixes and to avoid splatter.


Do the tools combine/beat, whip & knead (even heavier dough)?

All the top models come with a variety of tools – beaters, balloon whisks and dough hooks in order to tackle different food mixes.

What quantities of ingredients can it cope with?

We’ve estimated maximum capacities in the comparison table below

Can you add other attachments? E.g. a food chopper/grater

The Kenwood Chef models (not Kmix models) also offer additional attachments like a food processor and even an ice cream maker.

Food processor
Blender/liquidiser
Mincer/grinder
Shredder
Mini-chopper
Ice-cream maker
Pasta maker
Citrus press
Potato peeler

Tefal QB403D40 Kitchen Machine also includes add-on attachments

Is this stand mixer easy to use, maintain & clean?

Stand food mixers are quite bulky so will take up room on the kitchen counter, but they also make a strong design statement for your kitchen.

These food mixers can look daunting, but are easy to use.

Simply add ingredients to the bowl, plug in the chosen beater(s), lower the beater into the mix, switch on and adjust the speed to suit.

Most models have a splatter guard that sits on top of the bowl. After use the only washing up is the bowl, splatter guard and beaters.

The Kenwood chef models can also be micro adjusted to optimise the rake of the beaters and ensure no ingredients are left on the sides of the bowl.

 

Compare Stand Mixers Easily

You can review and compare kitchen counter food mixers easily here.

What stand mixer is best? Which models have smooth variable speed settings? And which have add-on attachments that enable food-processing as well as simply mixing?

What’s published here are the user nominated, top stand food mixers for 2013.

So, which is the best stand mixer for your kitchen or catering business? Use this at-a-glance guide to find out.


Guide to Using Our Stand Mixer Comparison Table 2013 UK

Overall Users’ Satisfaction Rating

The key question we asked in our user survey was this: “You’ve been using your counter top food mixer for three months or more.

Given your experience to date, how would you rate your mixer overall on a scale of 1 (low) to 10 (high)? Think about your food or drink preparation results, durability of construction, ease of use, plus value for money”.

We then took all these ratings for a given model and found an Overall Users’ Satisfaction Rating per model.

A best buy stand mixer will have a score of 8 or more. A score of 7 suggests a good design marred by poor reliability. A score of less than 7 suggests a product has both design and reliability faults. It’s probably a waste of your money.


Expect to pay around

A guide at the time of publishing.


Compare the Best Stand Mixers in Britain AND Snaffle a Bargain

When you’ve found out which stand mixer is best for your needs you’ll want to pay the best price, too.

So, whether you need to beat a couple of eggs, or whip up cream for a celebratory trifle, or make a batch of wholemeal dough, there’s a good looking, counter-top mixer for you.

Coounter Top Mixers Are Cheaper HereThe Bosch MUM48R1GB 9.50/10 offers a well-made value proposition. It also comes with a food-processor attachment. It well deserves a best buy accolade.

With the help of the Best Buys Compared UK price research service, we’ll guide you to the right kitchen aid for your easy, quick and powerful food or drink preparation with a handy food combining tool.

The types with the top-user rating are the sleek, sturdy Kenwood Chef models. Certainly, these are an investment, but one that will repay with years of service.

They are also a clever design option – a sort of food processing hub with the ability to add-on attachments that replace other kitchen gadgets, e.g. pasta makers or food graters.

So go on, with the right stand mixer you can combine small – medium or large amounts of food ingredients, from liquids to sticky dough.

Thank you for reviewing our UK 2013 which stand mixer is best? comparison & guide.

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