StyleTilt-head style- the head is lifted up and down into the bowl. Bowl-lift-the bowl lifts up to the beaters and head of the mixer. Open bowl- the beaters are placed on a spindle in the center of the bowl.
Single beater style
Single beater styleA single beater, whisk, or dough hook rotates in one direction and moves around the bowl in the other direction. This is in contrast to two-beater style mixers, with beaters similar to those of hand mixers, with a rotating bowl.
Bowl handleWhether the bowl has a handle.
WhiskFor mixtures that need air incorporated, such as meringues (egg whites), whipped cream, mousse, and some types of cakes and custards.
Dough hooksUse for kneading yeast bread doughs.
Takes power attachments
Takes power attachmentsMany models offer optional accessories such as food grinders, or pasta makers. These attach to a power port on the unit.
Detachable hand mixer
Detachable hand mixerMixer "head" comes apart from the stand to be used as a hand mixer. Typically found only on light-duty stand mixers.
Two loaf capable
Two loaf capableOur Kneading score considers performance making one-loaf of bread. We attempted to make two-loaves if appropriate for the mixer, and list those that handled the task with little or no difficulty.
Dishwasher-safeDishwasher safe is based on the manufacturers' information; many recommend washing by hand.
Warranty (yrs.)The length of the warranty, in years.
Additional featuresAny additional accessories or features the mixer may have. (For ex. spatula, pouring shield, timer etc)