It's the classic option, but the KitchenAid stand mixer isn't the only machine in town. Plenty of companies make stand mixers! And some even sell them for a fraction of the price!
Take a look at these non-KitchenAid options.
- Dash Everyday Stand Mixer, $45: This little guy is basic, but it gets the job done when your arm muscles just can't step up to the task at hand.
- Smeg Stand Mixer, $460: To go with your retro fridge, this '50s-style mixer comes in mint green, pastel blue, white, silver, black, and red.
- The Scraper Mixer Pro, $300 at Breville: Designed with bakers in mind, the flexible edges of the scraper beater get to the sides and bottom of the five-quart bowl, so you don't have to pause the machine and scrape down the sides yourself.
- 5.5 Quart Stand Mixer, $349 at Cuisinart: Just like the classic KitchenAid, this mixer has an attachment port that'll let you process food, squeeze juices, make homemade pasta, or grind your own meats. Just note that the attachments are sold separately.
- Orbital Stand Mixer, $120 at Hamilton Beach: According to the company, this soon-to-be-released model features the same mixing action as KitchenAid mixers.
- Sunbeam 2371 MixMaster Stand Mixer, $80: If your grandmother had a stand mixer, chances are it was a Sunbeam. Use her vintage hand-me-down or get this updated version, which has 12 speeds and works like a hand mixer on overdrive.
- Kenwood Cooking Chef Machine, $1,000: Yes, this is very expensive. But it's not just a stand mixer with planetary mixing (the mixer head orbits one way while the attachment orbits another) for 360-degree coverage — it also features an induction heating element, so you can steam and cook right in the bowl.
- Planetary Stand Mixer, $160 at Oster: With 12 speeds, a 4.5-quart stainless steel bowl, and three beater attachments, this mixer does everything a casual baker needs it to do.
Do you have one of these? Would you get one instead of a KitchenAid?