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Experts at our National Testing and Research Center tested 41 models in mixers to see which ones perform best.
We look for:
  • Overall score
    Overall score is based on performance and noise, plus convenience factors. The displayed score is out of a total of 100 points.
  • Whipping time
    All mixers made whipped cream; whipping time reflects how fast they did so.
  • Mixing
    Proficiency at mixing cookie dough.
  • Convenience
    Convenience considers factors such as ease of using controls and inserting and removing beaters.
  • Noise
    Noise was judged at the unit's highest speed.


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Recommended mixers are standout choices with high scores. They include CR Best Buys, which offer exceptional value. When narrowing your choices, weigh features, price, and attributes that matter to you.
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Just about any stand or hand mixer will do for simple chores. Hand mixers cost less but don't do as well at heavy-duty tasks such as mixing dough. Stand mixers are more expensive and take up more space, but a good one can save you a lot of muscle power. If you're looking for information about mixers, Consumer Reports is your best resource. Consumer Reports’ mixer reviews will give you honest buying advice that you can trust. Use our mixer buying guide to discover which features are most important to consider. We also provide unbiased ratings and mixer reviews to help you choose the best mixer for your needs.

Mixer buying guide

For whipping, puréeing, and a host of other food prep tasks, a reliable mixer is essential. The market is divided into hand mixers and stand mixers that range in price from $20 to $550.

Just about any stand or hand mixer will do for simple chores. Hand mixers cost less but don't do as well at heavy-duty tasks such as mixing dough. A few models we tested did a good job when we used their dough hooks, though.

If you're buying a hand mixer, look for one that comes with extra attachments. A separate whisk makes whipping easier. Wire beaters are easier to clean than traditional center-post beaters. In addition, mixers with slow start-up are less likely to cause splatters.

Stand mixers are the go-to appliance for mixing big batches of cookie dough, kneading bread dough, and whipping cream until it's light and airy. For an extra $60 to $140, you can add attachments that transform the mixer into a grinder, ice-cream machine, or fresh-pasta maker.

Our tests showed considerable differences in how well particular models of hand and stand mixers performed. And while manufacturers stress wattage and number of speeds, neither figure necessarily translates into better performance. Use this mixers guide to help your buying decision.

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