Trying to narrow down which mixer I wanted was was more difficult than I thought it would be. I mean, so many of them look amazing, and others are very similar with only minor differences. Then, I begin to worry about how much those minor differences matter, and I have to make lists of the similarities and differences. It’s just how my brain works. Anyway, over the compilation of this information, I learned a lot that doesn’t directly have to do with any kind of mixing action. There is a lot more to mixers than meets the eye (like a motor!) and you should know what to look for to get what you want.
There really are a LOT of options, though, so take your time to figure out what you want, and then use these posts that I put together to help you understand what all the jargon means.
STAND Up For Your Right To Deliciousness
Every chef or baker should have a stand mixer in their kitchen if they want to be able to make ALL THE THINGS. It’s a tool that can be used to help in almost every kind of baking and a lot of different savory dishes as well. That being said, not everyone needs a stand mixer. They take up a lot of room, they can be loud and they are pricier than alternatives (like hand mixers and, you know, spoons). The best decision for you might not be the best decision for someone else.
Give Yourself A Hand
A smaller alternative to stand mixer land is the hand mixer. They’re portable, handheld and much less expensive. That being said, they can still run as much as $100 for a high end one, but that’s not putting you back several hundreds like the the bigger brother will. That being said, the hand mixer doesn’t have the expansive options that can be found with a stand mixer, but they can be easier to use, easier to clean, and much less space consuming. All of those things matter if you’re going to be using the items at all.
The Biggest Differences That Matter
There are some differences between the two types of kitchen appliance that really matter, and others that just really don’t. Make sure that you think hard about what you want the mixer for as well as when and where you’re going to use it. This post walks you through the three biggest differences between the functionality and usage of hand and stand mixer as well as a few other things to consider in your search.
Do You Need All Of The Bells and Whistles
There are a lot of extra things that come with mixers or can be purchased for them. In the beginning, it will seem like you need EVERYTHING because it all looks SO COOL. Some features on stand mixers will seem like a must have as well as a justification for spending the extra dough, but that’s not always the case. Take a trip through the different perks and wasted additions that may very well come with the mixer that you fall in love with.
More Things To Keep In Mind
As you scoot around the site, you’ll notice a lot of other posts about things to look for when you’re shopping. Your head might be spinning from the sheer number of differences between the types that are available, but I promise it will all make sense when it comes together.
Make sure you know the difference between the different mixing mechanisms so you don’t end up with something that won’t even mix like it should. Also consider the amount of power you need (basically the more Watts you have the better), and don’t forget that standmixers are heavy and need quite a bit of counter space. Then, before you drop any money on the mixer that you think is right check out the features you really need, sort through the options for attachments to get a really good idea of just how much you can use your mixer for. (Hint: EVERYTHING.)
And Don’t Leave Without Some Options For Your Sweet Tooth
Just incase you’re a little overwhelmed with all of the things that you can make once you get your stand mixer, I threw in a couple of my favorite recipes from my favorite baking site. They are not for the low carb, low gluten, low cal bunch, but the same site offers plenty for those pals as well. And the recipes that I included? AOM NOM NOM.
Yes, it’s a lot of information. Yes, you could make a decision without digging through all of the nitty gritty details, but I always think that it’s better to have too much information than not enough. Stand mixers come in a bunch of different capacities, but they can look exactly alike while doing it, and it can be hard to figure out the differences. If you get lost, you can figure out the rest with all of the info that I left for you above. Deal?