A good stand mixer will stand up to dough better and work faster than a hand mixer. Some use two beaters, which spin against each other, and others use one beater, which spins in one direction and moves around the bowl the opposite way.
Whether you’re a rookie or a semipro in the kitchen, a reliable mixer is essential for tackling a host of food-prep tasks. Hand mixers are ideal for lighter jobs and smaller batches—it’s far easier to whip up two egg whites with a hand mixer, rather than hauling out the heavy equipment. Stand mixers are the go-to appliance for heavier chores such as mixing big batches of cookie dough and kneading bread dough.