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A mixer makes it possible to mix a wide variety of ingredients evenly and easily. Whether in a private or professional kitchen, a mixer should never be missing. The mixing machine mixes the ingredients very evenly, quickly and highly efficiently through highly developed technologies and thus saves you tedious work when cooking. While the mixer is working, your hands are free to do other things.
With our mixer tests 2023 we would like to make your purchase decision easier. We have compared different mixers and compiled a list of the most important purchase and evaluation criteria. We have also compiled an overview of the different types of mixers and listed their respective advantages and disadvantages. This allows you to find out which mixer is best suited to you and your cooking skills.
- 1 Summary
- 2 The Best Mixer: Our Picks
- 3 Mixers: Buying and rating criteria
- 4 Mixing machines: Frequently asked questions and answers
- 5 Conclusion
- With the help of mixing machines, you can mix all kinds of ingredients into dishes without having to do much. The machine stirs and kneads by itself.
- A distinction is made between hand mixers, mixing and kneading machines, mixers with a cooking function and multifunctional kitchen machines. The different types are available in different designs and price segments.
- Hand mixers are well suited for beginners as they are very handy and rather inexpensive. Mixing and kneading machines as well as mixers with a cooking function are particularly suitable for families and hobby cooks. Multifunctional food processors are best suited for experienced hobby to professional chefs. You should definitely think about what you want to prepare with your machine before you buy it. This way you can easily find the perfect mixer for your needs.
The Best Mixer: Our Picks
Mixers: Buying and rating criteria
In this section, we present some criteria that you should consider when buying a mixer. Based on the criteria, you can easily compare the different models. The most important criteria are:
In the following paragraphs we explain the criteria in more detail.
Mixing machines come in many different sizes. For this reason, you should consider the quantities you want to process with the machine before buying. For families with children, machines with a capacity of three to five litres are suitable. For singles and couples, smaller mixers with a capacity of about two litres are sufficient; larger households should go for a larger machine. It is important to note that the different mixers can process a minimum and maximum quantity. It is within this specified capacity that they can perform best. Therefore, you should buy a machine whose capacity really corresponds to the amount you would like to process.
The basis of a good mixer is a powerful motor.
Therefore, when buying, be sure to pay attention to the power rating. For smaller household models, motors with approximately 1,000 to 1,200 watts of power are sufficient; professional models should be equipped with up to 2,500 watts. If you mainly want to use the mixer to stir cake batter or mix drinks and sauces, devices with a low power output are completely sufficient. However, for higher loads when stirring with more resistance, a more powerful motor is required. The power should then be at least 1,000 watts. It also depends on how often you want to use the machine. If a machine is used daily, it should be equipped with a more powerful motor. Machines that are used occasionally do not necessarily need an equally powerful motor.
Besides capacity and power, mixing machines also differ in weight and dimensions. Before buying, you should therefore consider how much space you have in your cupboard or on your work surface for the machine. An appliance that is stored in the cupboard should also not be too heavy so that you can lift it easily. Larger food processors can easily weigh more than ten kilograms and are not very easy to move. However, they have the advantage of having a firm footing.
Heavy mixers usually run more quietly than lighter machines, even at a high speed. From a weight of about eight kilograms, the machine also stands securely even during jerky and fast movements and does not rattle or wobble.
Smaller machines are often quite light and therefore easier to handle, but they have the disadvantage that they tend to “wander” across the worktop when stirring. If you want your appliance to stand firmly on the worktop, you should therefore opt for a heavy food processor.
There are also differences in the mixing system. As a rule, a distinction is made between the classic and the planetary mixer. Which mixer is best for you depends on what you want to process. The stirring system has a significant influence on the quality of the food. The ingredients are mixed together differently and different amounts of air are added to the dough through the various kneading processes.
Depending on what you want to prepare, you should therefore opt for the more modern planetary mixer. A classic whisk, which rotates in the middle of a bowl, causes the dough to move to the edge of the bowl and not be stirred any further. However, for more liquid contents, such as soups or drinks, the classic stirring system is quite sufficient. The more modern mixing system is the planetary mixing system.
With the help of more complex technologies, it can imitate the movement of a human hand. In this way, the mixer reaches different places in the bowl and ensures that the ingredients are mixed evenly. The whisk rotates around itself as well as around the centre of the bowl. The dough is thus constantly moved from the edge of the bowl back to the centre.
When buying your mixer, you should also pay attention to the material of the machine and the bowl. Most machines are made of metal or plastic. Combinations of a plastic machine with a metal mixing bowl are also available. Machines made of plastic are lighter and therefore easier to handle. If you want to leave your mixer on your work surface, however, a stainless steel machine is the more suitable option, because it looks better, has a firmer stand due to its heavier weight and is easier to clean. In terms of price, plastic machines are significantly cheaper than the metal alternatives.
At the same time, mixing machines made of metal are usually more durable, so you don’t have to buy a new machine after a few years. At least the bowl of your machine should be made of metal, because it is much more stable than a plastic bowl. In addition, small scratches will form in the plastic in the long run, in which leftovers can accumulate. Metal bowls are less susceptible to scratches and are therefore easier to clean and more hygienic.
Accessories / attachments
Whether a mixer comes with additional accessories depends on the manufacturer. Some brands offer the various attachments for additional purchase, other brands sell complete sets directly. If you are initially interested in a basic set of whisks and dough hooks, you should rather go for a renowned brand, because there is usually the possibility to buy accessories at a later date.
This gives you the option of expanding your mixer with and without accessories. The cheaper mixers from discounters, which you can buy on sale, are usually fully equipped, but there is often no option to buy or replace attachments later. If a package contains all the attachments you need, a discount mixer may still be suitable for you.
Products from well-known brand manufacturers often have the advantage that accessories or the machine itself can be purchased at any time. Older accessories, for example, also fit newer models, so you can use and expand your machine for many years. Brand-name manufacturers also often offer a good service in the event of replacement or repair of individual parts.
Most manufacturers produce dishwasher-safe accessories so that cleaning your appliances is hassle-free. However, some attachments may not be placed in the dishwasher. You should take this into account before buying your mixer.
To ensure that your kitchen is still clean after using your mixer, you should also make sure that your appliance is equipped with a splash guard.
The machine itself hardly ever gets dirty during use. As a rule, it should not be cleaned in the dishwasher, but wiped with a damp cloth.
Mixing machines: Frequently asked questions and answers
Who is a mixing machine suitable for?
To make your mixer a stylish eye-catcher in your kitchen, there are appliances made of different material compositions and in many different colours. Mixing machines reduce the amount of work involved in cooking enormously. You no longer have to spend minutes mixing your ingredients and kneading the dough, but can devote yourself to other things while the machine works for you. In addition, the mixer allows you to mix more evenly than any human hand, so that every dish turns out perfectly.
What types of mixers are there?
|handmixer||good handiness, easy to store, rather inexpensive||small quantities can be processed, higher workload, lower performance|
|mixing and kneading machine||handy, not too expensive, no unnecessary accessories||limited applications|
|Stirring machine with cooking function||cooker can remain switched off, little effort required for cooking||usually expensive, less handy, heavy|
|Multifunctional kitchen machine||endless possibilities, accessories additionally available for purchase, simplifies cooking and baking enormously||usually expensive, heavy, not easy to store|
The biggest advantage of a hand mixer is its handiness. It is easy to use and, due to its small size and weight, easy to store. It is also very inexpensive compared to many alternatives. However, as hand mixers are usually low-powered, they are more suitable for smaller quantities and easy-to-process foods. If you are looking for an appliance to mix dough or the like from time to time and don’t have much space to store it, a hand mixer is just the thing for you.
Unlike a hand mixer, a mixer and kneader has the advantage that it works on its own and you can spend your time doing other things. In addition, they are usually equipped with a more powerful motor so that they can also process larger quantities. In addition, they are usually quite inexpensive and not too heavy and large, which means they can also be easily accommodated in a smaller kitchen. Probably the biggest disadvantage is the limited use of the mixing and kneading machine. As the name suggests, it can only mix ingredients and knead dough with a beater and dough hook.
Mixing machines with a cooking function are an extension of conventional mixing machines. The cooking function allows you to heat food, so you can do the preparation and heating at the same time in one step. For example, if you like to eat warm soups and stews, it is worth buying a mixer with a cooking function. Finally, multifunctional food processors are a very complex all-rounder.
With the help of various attachments, they offer you endless possibilities for cooking and baking. At the same time, however, they are significantly more expensive, heavier and larger than the alternatives mentioned above. If you value variety and speed in cooking, you should consider a multifunctional food processor. You can usually buy your favourite attachments separately, so you can always expand your equipment.
How much does a mixer cost?
|Hand mixer||approx. 20 to 200 euros|
|Mixing and kneading machine||approx. 50 to 1,500 euros|
|Mixer with cooking function||approx. 100 to 1,500 euros|
|Multifunctional kitchen machine||approx. 100 to 2,000 euros|
If you are looking for a simple hand mixer, you can buy one for around 20 euros. However, there are also big differences in terms of material and performance, so that hand mixers can cost up to around 200 euros. The most expensive mixers are multifunctional machines with many accessories. They are usually made of high-quality materials and equipped with complex technologies, so they can cost up to 2,000 euros. In professional kitchens, where the machines are in constant use and have to process large quantities, even more expensive machines are used.
What are the alternatives to a mixer?
A hand mixer is the best choice for beginners. It is handy, small and there are very inexpensive versions.
How do I clean a mixer?
Mixing machines make the preparation of food much easier. The appliance takes over the stirring and mixing of the ingredients so that you can do other things at the same time. This saves you a lot of time and energy when cooking or baking. When buying a mixer, you can choose between a small hand mixer, a mixing and kneading machine, a mixer with cooking function and a multifunctional food processor.
Hand mixers are well suited for beginners due to their light weight and usually low price. Mixing and kneading machines, as well as mixers with a cooking function, are best suited for families and hobby chefs. Multifunctional kitchen machines are perfect for experienced hobby to professional chefs. They offer endless possibilities in the preparation of dishes and are usually equipped with many attachments and accessories, which, however, are not absolutely necessary for many conventional dishes.
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