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Stand mixer

Letoatreides3508's picture

Stand mixer

Um hi. I'm still a little new to the board and wasn't sure which category would be best for this post..

I was considering getting a stand mixer to make kneading a little easier. Im looking to spend between fifty and a hundred dollars. What brands would you guys recommend and what features should I look for?

cranbo's picture

For your price range, this one might work well:

Hamilton Beach 6 Speed Stand Mixer, models 63326/63327/63328. Comes with paddle, whisk, dough hook. Reviews looks OK. For $70 from Amazon or Walmart, seems like a pretty good value. 

Compared to my KitchenAid Artisan: 

This has smaller bowl (3.5qt vs 5qt), so smaller capacity
Power appears close (300W vs 325W for KA) 




Antilope's picture

to knead dough in that price range. The strain of kneading bread dough will break most mixers sooner or later. You may be able to get a used Kitchenaid mixer in that price range. That would be the most reliable mixer in that price range.

Another alternative for kneading dough is a bread machine. Use the dough cycle for kneading and bake in a conventional oven. You can get a good new bread machine in that price range. Sometimes you can find a good used bread machine at a garage sale for $5. They do a really good job of kneading dough.

fotomat1's picture

in the fact that anything purchased in that price range new would certainly not hold up to extended use. Look for a used Bosch Compact on ebay or save a bit more and buy it new for 199. In light of the fact people here are constantly complaining about burning up 250-350 KitchenAid mixers. Great idea as well about a used bread machine...there are millions out there collecting dust.