What Wattage Stand Mixer Should I Buy?

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Q: I am accustomed to using a hand mixer and only recently decided that it would be a good idea to have a stand mixer. How do I determine what motor watt to buy? Watts are confusing to me — my hand mixer is only 200 watts and does a fine job, so am I too far off in thinking that a 275 watt stand mixer would do the trick for me?

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Editor: My understanding is that watts translates into power — more watts, more power. Almost any stand mixer is going to be able to handle basic batters and doughs, but the higher wattage mixers will do a better job with things like very stiff bread doughs.

Readers, what do you think? What wattage do you recommend?

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