Why would you want a stand mixer versus a hand mixer?
Because of a stand mixer's size, you might be tempted to bypass it, but a stand mixer serves multiple purposes, whereas a hand mixer has more limited usage. A quick comparison of the two will help you choose.
|Compact and lightweight – can be stored in a cabinet or drawer
||Much larger, heavier, requires more counter storage space
|Motor less powerful – can only use with thinner consistencies
||Powerful motor – can handle just about any mixing task
|Handheld, you control where the removable beaters go
||Can have a bowl that locks into place and may rotate
||Variety of accessories and attachments add to versatility and greater usage
What can you do with a stand mixer?
A stand mixer enables you to mix, knead, whip and beat ingredients together effortlessly. Many of the attachments and accessories are considered basics for anyone who enjoys baking/cooking.
With so many types how do you find the right stand mixer?
Consider what types of food you will be making. Pancakes don't require a heavy duty mixer, but if you make pasta dough, cakes, cookies, other deserts, sauces, or bake bread, a quality stand mixer will be worth the investment.
Counter space - measure the available counter space to ensure the stand mixer will fit and is in a convenient location.
Color and finish - select one that coordinates with the color and finish of your kitchen other appliances.
Capacity – a 4.5 or 5 quart capacity will be sufficient if you are baking for your family, but if you entertain a lot you will want a 6 or 7 quart size mixer.