It kneads. It mixes. It whisks. Is there anything the Ankarsrum stand mixer can’t do? This Swedish-designed stand mixer is made for the pros, but easy enough for a newbie, to create the ultimate breads and baked goods. The generous 7.4-quart stainless steel bowl can accommodate plenty of dough, cake batter or buttercream, while the mixer comes with interchangeable paddles, whisks, dough hooks and more for all kinds of cooking creations. If you can bake it, this mixer will make it. It even has the seal of approval of the crowned master of baking, King Arthur Baking Company. Ankarsrum Original Stand Mixer, $699.95, available in five colors. kingarthurbaking.com.
The KitchenAid Professional stand mixer has been a favorite for home chefs for generations. “Versatility” is this mixer’s middle name. From baked good to weeknight family dinners, the KitchenAid Professional mixer can get the job done. The 5 Plus series features a 5-quart bowl, a flat beater, dough hook and whisk, with 10 speeds. The bowl-lift allows bakers to mix more at one time and provides stability when in use. KitchenAid also has additional accessories for even more cooking options, such as a food grinder or a pasta maker, that will make this mixer worth the investment. KitchenAid Professional 5 Plus Series, $429.99, available in eight colors, kitchenaid.com.
Appliance maker SMEG has produced vintage-style appliances with top-of-the-line technology since 1948. The company’s iconic stand mixer is no exception. Forget the appliance garage. This is one mixer that home cooks will want to keep on the counter. The 1950s-inspired design comes with a 5-quart stainless steel bowl, elongated wire whisk, non-stick dough hook, flat beater and pouring shield, and has a 10-speed capacity. An additional glass bowl and flex beater are available separately. SMEG Stand Mixer, $499.95, available in seven colors, williams-sonoma.com.
The Cuisinart name has been trusted in home kitchens for decades for a reason. The brand produces quality products at an affordable price. The Cuisinart Precision Master Stand Mixer goes above and beyond with a 5.5-quart mixing bowl, a tilt-back head for easy access, 12 variable speeds and is available in nine colors sure to match any kitchen décor. The basic mixer comes with the standard paddle, whisk and dough hook, but may also be fitted with any of the Cuisinart accessories available, such as pasta rollers and cutters or ice cream maker. Cuisinart PrecisionMaster Stand Mixer, $249.99, available in eight colors, bedbathandbeyond.com.
The Delish by Dash is ideal for small spaces or for the home cook looking to whet their baking appetite. With a perfectly apartment-sized 3.5-quart mixing bowl, two mixers and two dough hooks, a compact retro design, and 5-speed capacity, the Delish mixer can mix up cookies, whipped desserts or side dishes. Weighing in at less than 5 pounds, the mixer can easily be moved when not in use, a plus for kitchens with limited counter space. Delish by Dash, $79.99, available in five colors, bydash.com.