Best Stand Mixers in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 6, 2020
Save yourself the trouble of hand mixing ingredients. Hand over this messy work to a multitasking stand mixer. For this review, we have handpicked the most popular stand mixer as of today so that you could find a suitable model for your needs. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Type
Power
Speed
Mixing Action
Bowl Size
Attachments
Material
Convenience
Warranty
 
PROS

The fold function will let you fold and layer ingredients, preparing soufflés, mousses, and meringues with no trouble at all. Using the balloon whisk, you'll be preparing light and fluffy cakes that look and taste flawless. 

CONS

The machine is heavy. 

OUR VERDICT

The Kenwood kMix 0W20011139 combines form, fit, and function. Its retro presence will sit comfortably within most kitchens, whilst the complementary baking tools will make sure that every ingredient gets the treatment it deserves. Using the spatula, removing these ingredients will be a breeze.

detailed parameters
Type

Stationary

Power

1000 W

Speed

6 speeds + fold function

Mixing Action

Planetary

Bowl Size

5 litres

Attachments

- K-beater

- Whisk

- Dough hook

Material

Body: Metal, Plastic

Bowl: Glass

Convenience

Full safety interlock system, Non-skid feet, Splash guard and spatula included

Warranty

1 year (5 years for the motor)

PROS

Using the model's low- and high-speed outlets, you can switch between 25+ attachments, including the 3 attachments that always come with the package and the 20+ attachments that you can purchase separately.

CONS

A little bit noisy on the highest speed setting. 

OUR VERDICT

With its planetary mixing action, the Kenwood Chef KVC3100W is as good at preparing savoury dishes like pizza as it is at whipping up mouthwatering desserts like cakes, cupcakes, and biscuits. With 6 speed settings and a pulse function, you can realise countless recipes.

detailed parameters
Type

Stationary

Power

1000 W

Speed

6 speeds + pulse function

Mixing Action

Planetary

Bowl Size

4.6 litres

Attachments

- K-beater

- Whisk

- Dough hook

Material

Body: Metal, Plastic

Bowl: Stainless steel

Convenience

Full safety interlock system, Non-skid feet, Splash guard and spatula included

Warranty

1 year (5 years for the motor)

PROS

The large-capacity bowl will accommodate enough batter for 60 cookies. It can also stir 6 cups of dry ingredients. The ergonomic handle will let you carry the bowl without spilling. The tilt-head design makes the mixture easily accessible. 

CONS

The splash guard is not very steady.

OUR VERDICT

The Heska 1500W 4-in-1 Food Stand Mixer is worth every penny. Drawing and outputting 1500 watts, this appliance prepares the same dishes/desserts in less time than its 1000-watt peers. Plus, the flexible silicone beater will enable stirring, mixing, and beating cookies and batters, preparing perfect pastries.

detailed parameters
Type

Stationary

Power

1500 W

Speed

6 speeds + pulse function

Mixing Action

Planetary

Bowl Size

5.5 litres

Attachments

- Beater

- Flex silicone beater

- Whisk

- Dough hook

Material

Body: Plastic

Bowl: Stainless steel

Convenience

Full safety interlock system, Non-skid feet, Splash guard and spatula included

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The pulse function ensures that the dough always comes out with the right consistency. The splash guard will enable spill-free mixing. Plus, the guard's transparent, which means that you'll be able to observe the mixing process. 

CONS

The power cord is short.

OUR VERDICT

At this price point, there are no stand mixers that can even dream about duking it out with the Tower T12033. Apart from its solid and consistent performance, the model looks brilliant, with its rose gold accents matching the company's trademark black housing.

detailed parameters
Type

Stationary

Power

1000 W

Speed

6 speeds + pulse function

Mixing Action

Planetary

Bowl Size

5 litres

Attachments

- Beater

- Whisk

- Dough hook

Material

Body: Plastic

Bowl: Stainless steel

Convenience

Full safety interlock system, Non-skid feet, Splash guard included

Warranty

1 year (2 more years for product registration)

PROS

With 31.3 x 24.3 x 29.2 cm in overall dimensions and less than 4.5 kilos of weight, this is one of the more portable mixers out there and you should be able to find enough space for it even if you live in a compact studio flat. 

CONS

The plastic housing is prone to scratches. 

OUR VERDICT

The KM240 is one of those stand mixers that is defined by two of its elements. First, there's the compact design that makes it a great option for people with a limited amount of space. Second, there's the simple and convenient operation that makes the appliance a particularly suitable choice for inexperienced users.

detailed parameters
Type

Stationary

Power

900 W

Speed

6 speeds + pulse function

Mixing Action

Planetary

Bowl Size

4.3 litres

Attachments

- K-beater

- Whisk

- Dough hook

Material

Body: Plastic

Bowl: Stainless steel

Convenience

Full safety interlock system, Non-skid feet, Splash guard and spatula included

Warranty

1 year

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Kenwood kMix 0W20011139

Going Retro

The Kenwood kMix 0W20011139 has no chill. From its retro style blasting from the blast (there's something about kitchen appliances from the 60s that makes them look much more interesting than the sleek but otherwise bland units we have today) to the model's functionality, ergonomics, and performance, there's almost no room for complaints here.

That said, ditching the modern look and sticking with its retro-inspired profile, the machine has also gained some weight. Where most stand mixers nowadays usually stop at ~7 kilogrammes, this one goes the extra mile extra pound. At 9.1 kilogrammes, the model's pretty heavy, no doubt about it. Of course, you seldom move stationary mixers, so we wouldn't call its considerable weight a considerable drawback. Plus, measuring 38.5 x 24 x 35.5 centimetres, this appliance is as compact as its more lightweight competition, so even one-handed relocation is possible. Challenging, maybe, but possible.

What's also possible is that the complementary attachment list is quite thorough. Most modern-day stationary mixers come with k-beaters, whisks, and dough hooks. Despite its almost vintage appearance, the model follows the same suit. Using these attachments, you can prepare flavoured bread, whip up brilliant-looking cakes, and treat guests to a delicious pavlova.

But, again, there's nothing unique about these attachments, so there's also nothing unique about the dishes and desserts you can prepare with it. There is, however, something unique about the model's fold function. With this function, the machine enables folding and layering ingredients together so prepare soufflés, mousses, or meringues with relative ease.

Review of Kenwood kMix 0W20011139 Stand Mixer

Smart Speed Control

The ergonomically designed controls that this machine incorporates do not just mesh well with its retro profile but also let you manage the model's speed settings with comfort and ease. Using the smart speed control dial, you can smoothly and carefully build up speed without spilling ingredients. Apart from that, the appliance will automatically stop when its head's lifted, making sure that the machine remains safe.

Like most stand mixers, the Kenwood kMix 0W20011139 arrives with a splash guard and a spatula. The splashguard employs an extra-large chute, which means you'll have no trouble adding sizable ingredients. The spatula, as always, will let you remove these ingredients, catching every last drop.

Bottom line, this machine from Kenwood matches retro aesthetics with modern-day performance, making one impressive stand mixer.

Kenwood kMix 0W20011139 Stand Mixer in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer

Last updated price $0.00
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ASIN B072175JWB

 

Kenwood Chef KVC3100W

A Long Attachment List

The Kenwood Chef KVC3100W is a pretty massive machine. At 38 x 28 x 30 centimetres, this is not the most compact appliance on this list, not quite. On the plus side, there's a pretty good chance that most people will find this model a little more practical and a lot less awkward than the more space-spacing stand mixers. Appearance-wise, the machine looks a bit bland, but that's not something that most companies prioritise with mixers anyway. Looking decent is acceptable in this business and we can give 'decent', no sweat.

Discussing more important matters, this appliance can come with 25 attachments, which is not a short list, not one bit. Aside from the usual suspects (k-beaters, balloon whisks, dough hooks, you know them) that will always arrive with the unit, you can pony up some extra dough and receive a food mincer attachment, a food processor attachment, a fruit press attachment, the company's very own ThermoResist™ blender attachment, and many more. Needless to say, between these attachments, there's almost nothing this machine won't let you prepare. They're pretty cheap as well, so we would not advise against some browsing, to say the least. Pasta rollers, ice cream makers, the company has them all, and they're all compatible with this appliance.

Review of Kenwood Chef KVC3100W Stand Mixe

Flawless Dough

Even without complementary attachments though, this is one capable unit. The bowl's 4.6-litre capacity will let you prepare 44 cupcakes. Made from stainless steel, the same bowl should last decades without wearing out or showing corrosion signs.

The above-mentioned attachments are compatible with this appliance thanks to the low- and high-speed outlets that you can switch between. With the same outlets, you can also replace the dough hook with a whisk, preparing bread and pizza with the latter and cream, sauces, and egg whites with the former. Not unlike most k-beaters, the one that comes with this stand mixer will make sure you're able to mix cakes and cookie dough.

Supporting these attachments will be the variable speed control dial and the pulse function, tailoring the speed and the motion to the recipe's requirements. In the meantime, the model's planetary mixing action will be ensuring a thorough mix, making flawless pizza dough.

Counting the non-skid feet on the bottom, the splash guard, and the included spatula, the Kenwood Chef KVC3100W is a complete package. Unpack it and you can start preparing mouthwatering savoury dishes and yummy desserts.

Kenwood Chef KVC3100W Stand Mixe in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer

Last updated price $0.00
Stock In stock
ASIN B071L62RL5

 

Heska 1500W 4-in-1

Doing More with Less

The Heska 1500W 4-in-1 Food Stand Mixer does more with less. Despite the model's value-oriented price tag, the appliance draws and outputs 1500 watts, a lot more than most stand mixers these days. Because that's the case, the machine takes less time to prepare the same desserts and dishes that you would be preparing typically.

What's more, besides the traditional balloon whisk, dough hook, and k-beater, the model also arrives with a flexible silicone beater, hence its '4-in-1' disposition. With this beater, you can stir, mix, and beat cookies and batters, preparing perfect pastries. As per usual, the balloon whisk will make sure you'll be able to whip eggs, egg whites, and heavy creams. The dough hook, on the other hand, will give you the means to knead yeast dough, preparing different bread types, rolls, and pretty good pizza.

Considering the model's increased power, the same <5-litre bowl that 9/10 stand mixers come with would make very little sense, therefore the manufacturers have supplied this machine with a 5.5-litre bowl. Owing to this large-capacity bowl, you can mix enough batter for ~60 cookies or stir ~6 cups filled with dry ingredients. Made from stainless steel and polished with a chrome finish, the bowl looks good and will continue looking good, thanks to its scratch-resistant treatment and stainless steel composition. To add more, the bowl adopts a sizable handle. Holding the handle, you can relocate the bowl with one hand without worrying about spilling one drop. Plus, it is dishwasher safe, so you can clean it up without wasting a substantial amount of time or energy on it.

Review of Heska 1500W 4-in-1 Food Stand Mixer

Ready, Steady, Go

Of course, since the model costs less than 100 quid and packs an even more serious punch than its mid-range competition, a few drawbacks will be inevitable. From where we're standing, the biggest one lies with the splash guard. Because it is not very steady, the guard might let an occasional splash fly. On the bright side, the opposite can be said about the machine's tilt-head design. With it, you can access the mixture without bending. Likewise, the anti-slip silicone suction cups on the bottom will make sure that, unlike the splash guard, the appliance remains steady, preventing it from damaging the countertops.

Not even mentioning its low-key brilliant red paintwork, the Heska 1500W 4-in-1 Food Stand Mixer is a small investment that will pay big dividends from the get-go and down the road.

Heska 1500W 4-in-1 Food Stand Mixer in the use
Last updated price $0.00
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ASIN B079NCW4WZ

 

Tower T12033

Intense Mixing

The Tower T12033 looks about as intense as the company's appliances usually look. Sporting Tower's staple black housing, the model matches the brunet paintwork with bronze/rose gold accents, creating a pretty elegant combination that makes the machine look much more expensive than its low-end price tag would suggest. Besides looking good, this appliance is also no slouch in the performance department. Still, keeping the price around 75 quid and producing a machine without a few weak points is nigh impossible, so we're not saying that this machine is flawless, not really.

First, the power cord is fairly short, which means that you'll be more tied to the mains than you normally would be. Second, the package does not include a spatula. That being said, at this price point, there's no shame in that, and you can always purchase one for 5-10 quid separately.

Setting these almost negligible drawbacks aside, we have basically no complaints left. Following in its less affordable contemporaries' footsteps, the machine arrives with a sizable, 5-litre bowl. Crafted from stainless steel, the bowl's protected against rust and corrosion. Plus, it is pretty thick, meaning that the bowl can take a serious lickin' and keep on tickin'. Along with the bowl, what should not deform is the handle that's attached to it, making sure that you can grab, hold, and carry the bowl with one hand.

Atop this bowl, you can put a handy splash guard that's also supplied with the package. With this guard, even on the highest speed setting, the machine works without spilling. Furthermore, the guard is transparent, so you can keep an eye on what's happening in the bowl without removing the splash guard.

Review of Tower T12033 Stand Mixer

Ensuring the Right Consistency

Looking elsewhere, there's very little separating this machine from its stationary peers. You have the same 6 speed settings that you can switch between and the pulse function that makes sure the dough's given the right consistency. Power-wise, the appliance reaches 1000 watts, which is standard among budget and mid-priced stand mixers. The planetary mixing action, with its signature thorough approach, leaves no ingredient behind. Last but not quite least, the non-skid feet will prevent the machine from skidding and shaking around the countertops.

In closing, when you're working with less than 100 quid, you'll have a pretty hard time finding a machine that can compete with the Tower T12033, let alone beat it.

Tower T12033 Stand Mixer in the use

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Last updated price $0.00
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ASIN B07T2NLLZS

 

Kenwood KM240

Just the Right Size

We've all been there in our life at one point or the other: you're short of space, you wouldn't describe yourself as an experienced cook, but you would still like to have the opportunity to prepare all kinds of delicious foods without putting in a ton of effort. And if you're at that point right now, you simply cannot go wrong with the Kenwood Stand Mixer KM240. The idea behind this kitchen appliance is quite simple: you get a relatively small and simple device that does the bulk of the job for you.

Starting with the small part, the model adds up to 31.3 x 24.3 x 29.2 centimetres in overall dimensions and less than 4 and a half kilograms of weight, so you should be able to find some space for it whether you live in a compact studio apartment or an adequately-sized house with lots of different pieces of cookware. The housing makes the whole thing rather stylish too, though it is prone to scratches, so we would advise caution when operating it.

Review of Kenwood KM240 Stand Mixer

Mix It Up

Aside from being moderately stylish and definitely compact, the model's design doesn't come short in the safety department either. Since all of the outlets are fully interlocked, you won't have to worry about a power outage or any other situation that could potentially cause harm to you or your appliance otherwise.

When it actually comes to mixing, the model will prove to be a capable piece of cookware equally suitable for small batches and everyday family use. Just like the majority of these appliances, it comes with a flat beater, a dough hook, and a whisk. Using the latter, the stand mixer will handle all of your kneading and whisking needs. It will also beat all of the ingredients you need to prepare all kinds of delicious types of bread, cakes, and pastries. And if you don't have any experience with any of that, you can always refer to the relatively comprehensive instruction manual that also comes along with the mixer.

As some of you probably know, no mixer is complete without a bowl. In this case, a rather large 4.3-litre bowl made of stainless steel. Thanks to the said volume, the bowl is more than capable of kneading up to 500 grams of bread dough or whisking no less than 8 medium egg whites.

Most mixers nowadays utilize a planetary mixing action and this model is no exception to this rule. So it isn't a unique solution but, with it, you'll know for sure that all of your ingredients will always be perfectly mixed without any unstirred pockets. And in case you feel like this machine was designed strictly with inexperienced users in mind, the last element of its design we would like to mention is the variable speed control and a pulse function. Again, they aren't unique to this product but, with their help, you'll be able to have the right amount of control over the process.

To rephrase our earlier point, what we have here is a stand mixer that is defined by two of its elements. First, there's the compact design that makes it a great option for people with a limited amount of space. Second, there's the simple and convenient operation that makes the appliance a particularly suitable choice for inexperienced users. 

Kenwood KM240 Stand Mixer in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer

Last updated price £249.99
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ASIN B00WWPTS90

 

What Is a Stand Mixer?

Every modern homemaker cannot deny the importance of kitchen appliances and a stand mixer is not an exception. It is made for mixing and whipping the ingredients, therefore you can process dough, make purees from any ingredients, make milkshakes and other delicious dishes. The main advantage of these mixers compared to the hand ones is the high motor power that helps achieve a perfect and even mixture, especially when dealing with sticky batter. It also doesn't put any stress on your arms since it stands on a counter and the only thing you're required to do is to press a power button at the right speed. The best stand mixers like separate outlets for attachments or pouring shield to protect you from the mess in the kitchen.

If you adore drinking vitamin cocktails in the mornings, then we strongly advise taking a close look at countertop blenders. They can process solid and soft ingredients in mere seconds, rewarding you with your favourite drink. 

What Features to Compare

Performance

The first thing you should consider when choosing an appropriate mixer is its performance that might depend on the following factors:

  • A fine motor power allows processing stiff dough or tricky batter properly and quickly. So, if you are likely to make such mixtures, then a high-performance stand mixer is the one for you. The max power of the stand mixer can be up to 1000 watts. Not only high-end machines can process whatever you make them to, but also more humble ones can surprise you with their persistence.
  • The speed settings also determine the time it takes to process the whole mixture. The average stand mixer has 3-5 speed levels and they are used differently depending on the consistency of the ingredients. There are also stand mixers that have 12 speed levels, but such a distinct speed variety is mostly related to the high-end models.
  • And the last but not least thing to consider is the method of mixing. It influences both the speed and the quality, and how even the ingredients are mixed up together. A planetary rotation is considered to be the most effective way of mixing however it usually concerns more professional mixer machines on the market. The nozzles rotate in a certain manner mixing ingredients thoroughly while the bowl is fixed. The rest of the stand mixers typically use a standard way of processing, when the head rotates in one direction only. It often causes discomfort since the ingredients are badly whipped off the walls or small lumps are created. To avoid this effect, some manufacturers make rotated bowls for even mixing.

Bowl

The size and the design of the bowl also matter since you will want to know how much batches you can prepare in one row. The bowl can be either plastic or metal, the latter is considered to be the most durable and reliable. The capacity of the bowl should be at least 2-5 litres. However, a number of portions you can process will be a bit less than that. There are also electric mixers that have a rotating bowl or a planetary action, which allows to process the ingredients properly and leave nothing behind.

Attachments

With a help of different attachments that come in the package, you can prepare a variety of recipes. Generally, the set contains beaters (for whipping) and dough hooks (for kneading). The design of all attachments is mostly the same as well as the mode of operation. They only differ in the material they're made of and quality. As an addition, stand mixers often have a masher/puree attachment included.

Convenience

And the last but not least thing to consider is the convenience of the mixer. There are some vital features and functions that stand mixers should possess. For instance, it is great to have such an extra feature as a slow-start for preventing the ingredients from splattering all over the counter. Quick burst button may also come in handy when you want to dissolve small lumps in the dough or make even mixtures quickly. You can detach the bowl and the attachments in common mixers, however, some units can be transformed into hand mixers. You simply need to take off the mixer from the stand and use it for your needs. The steel casing and steel bowl are the most reliable and impact-resistant, therefore you don't have to worry that something may happen to it.

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