The best stand mixers to get your kitchen ready for baking

Whip up all sorts of tasty treats.

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Standing up for stand mixers.DepositPhotos

It’s on every wedding registry, in every commercial kitchen and probably on your Christmas list: a stand mixer. While mixers are known for whipping up sweets, they can do so much more: think mashed potatoes, salad dressings, and shredded chicken. They’re versatile, powerful and cut down your prep time in the kitchen. Here are some stand mixers that will perfectly combine (or tear apart) all of your ingredients.

KitchenAid Stand Mixer
The power hub on the KitchenAid mixer can fit 12 attachments, including a cheese shredder and pasta maker.Amazon

KitchenAid is the most well-known brand of kitchen mixers. This timeless mixer features 10 mixing speeds from a slow stir to a quick whip. The five-quart mixer can hold up to nine dozen cookies or seven pounds of mashed potatoes. It comes with a coated flat beater, a coated dough hook, a six-wire wire whip, and a pouring shield. The KitchenAid touts its planetary mixing action feature, which hits 59 touchpoints each rotation around the bowl, ensuring the perfect mix. With four additional speeds and more advanced features than other options, this mixer is the best option available.

Dash Stand Mixer
The Dash stand mixer comes in seven colors that are perfect for a retro-styled kitchen.Amazon

At three-quarts, the Dash is one of the smaller kitchen stand mixers available, but is still a great option, especially for smaller kitchens. Similar to the Hamilton and Aucuma, it also has six mixing speeds varying from low to high. This lightweight, 2.65-pound mixer comes with two large beaters and two large dough hooks for your baking needs. The motorhead of this mixer tilts fully up so you can easily remove the bowl once you’ve whipped up your creation using its 250 watts.

Hamilton Beach Hand Stand Mixer
The Hamilton Beach stainless steel mixing bowl is dishwasher-safe.Amazon

This 10.5-inch tall Hamilton Beach stand mixer doubles as a detachable hand-held mixer. The stand mixer comes with a four-quart stainless steel mixing bowl and five attachments: two beaters, one whisk, and two dough hooks. Another plus: the shift and stir feature, which rotates the bowl underneath for even mixing, and the bowl rest feature, which lets the hand mixer sit on the edge of the bowl so it won’t make a mess. There’s also quick burst, which allows you to tailor the mixing speed yourself. At peak power, this mixer reaches 290 watts.

Aucma Stand Mixer
The Aucma features a splash guard that be opened to easily drop ingredients in without making a mess.Amazon

Aucma’s 6.5-quart stand mixer has all the things you want in a mixer, including a pulse function that lets you control the mixing. The 660-watt mixer is equipped with six mixing speeds and has three attachments: a dough hook, a beater, and a whisk. This mixer’s stainless steel bowl also has two handles to easily transport it. Aucma touts that its appliance is quieter than the other mixers.