Start your conversation with the customer in front of your mixer and blender display by asking what they plan to bake. A hand mixer is good for customers who only do occasional baking and bread making. If a customer is an avid baker who regularly bakes and requires help with kneading large amounts of dough, a stand mixer will be a better choice. A strong blender, like Blendtec Designer 725, will be able to make small batches of batter, dough and whipped cream.
Other differences between appliances for mixing and blending include materials. Reading the fine print on the specifications of stand mixers will give insights as to the difference between a $100 mixer and a $600 one. The motor gearing can be metal or nylon, metal being more long-lasting. The mixer can have a lift or tilt mechanism for the bowl, the difference being a matter of preference. The number of speeds will vary, but at least six are preferable. Consider the weight of the mixer; a heavier machine will minimize any movement while in action. Dishwasher safe attachments will make clean up easier and a splash guard will help keep the batter in the bowl. A mixer with planetary mixing action will reduce the amount of time spent scraping down the sides of the bowl.
Then of course, there are the accessories. Some mixers will come with all the extras while others are limited to the basics: a whisk, dough hook, and beater. Others might have a special drive where separate attachments will transform the mixer into a meat grinder, pasta maker, citrus juicer, food processor and more. Here are a few choices for you to consider adding to your selection.
The Ankarsrum Original Kitchen Machine (formerly known as Verona, Magic Mill, Electrolux Assistent, DLX), a favorite mixer of Swedish cooks since 1940, is now available for North American homeowners. Fashioned from sturdy chrome and steel, this 600 watt professional quality kitchen tool is a durable all-purpose mixer that produces superior baking results. A variety of optional attachments transforms the Ankarsrum Original into a complete kitchen center, eliminating the need for a separate food processor, meat grinder, or slicer. The Ankarsrum Original offers professional functionality and versatility in one convenient counter top tool.
The Blendtec Designer 725 is a 1700 watt super‐machine that delivers the commercial‐quality power and speed needed to blend even the toughest ingredients like ice and frozen fruit safely, quickly and evenly. Exclusive SmartBlend technology senses and identifies potential problems that could interfere with the perfect blend-including loading errors, overheating, or air pockets – and then tells users how to fix them. The capacitive touch slider provides seamless precision speed control for 100 speeds with the slide of a finger. The Blendtec Designer 725 features six preprogrammed custom cycles: Smoothie, Salsa, Ice Cream, Whole Juice, Hot Soup, and Clean. Suggested retail price: $649.00
Perfect for the design-conscious baker, the BISTRO Stand Mixer from Bodum is a stylish addition to any countertop. It has a compact design for convenient under-counter storage, tilt-up head, 4.7-liter steel mixing bowl and a body made from rubber-sprayed plastic that comes in many colors with a transparent top. The Stand Mixer comes with three dishwasher-safe hooks: a dough hook and a flat bubbler made from aluminum, and a stainless steel egg beater. The powerful 700-watt motor has seven speeds to mix, knead, stir and whip. A removable splash-guard and funnel attachment allows users to safely and easily add ingredients into the bowl while mixer is operating, eliminating countertop mess. Suggested retail price: $286.00
With the new design, stainless steel bowl and 450-watt motor, not only does the Bosch Styline Mixer look good but it also performs well. Mixing, blending, whipping, and kneading can now be done in style. Includes motor drive covers, accessory bag, beating whisk, stirring whisk, dough hook, transparent lid with filler hole and continuous shredder. Features an easy arm lift with special gearing and three drives. Bowl and tools are dishwasher safe. Rubber suction feet add extra stability. One year warranty included. Suggested retail price: $379.99
Chefman Rubberized 6-Speed Hand Mixer
Thanks to its powerful motor, this convenient hand mixer from Chefman can take on almost any mixing task – from whipped cream to dense cookie dough. Shift from six speed settings with the easy to use slide control. It also comes equipped with an extra long 6-foot power cord giving you more mixing options. The rubberized finish not only looks good but feels great in the hand. Accessories include dough hooks for even more versatile mixing. Available in black, purple and red. Suggested retail price: $29.99
With a 1000 watt motor, 12 variable speed settings, 4.8 liter bowl and powerful planetary mixing action, this Dualit stand mixer can be used to create a host of culinary treats with ease. Included is a beater, spatula beater, dough hook and whisk making quick work of whipping up sponge mixtures, cream, meringues as well as kneading bread and making pastry. The mixer also benefits from a timed mixing action, with countdown timer, so other tasks in the kitchen can be completed, while the unique instant pause function lets users check the progress of their creation or add extra ingredients.
The newest Stand Mixer from Hamilton Beach® (Model 63390) features planetary mixing action with a mixing head that spins as it rotates, ensuring complete bowl coverage and better mixing than stand mixers with two beaters. No need to stop and scrape ingredients from the side of the bowl. Three attachments for mixing versatility: includes nonstick flat beater, nonstick dough hook and stainless steel whisk. Attachments are dishwasher safe for fast, easy cleanup. Splatter shield guards against messy drips, drops and spills. Mixture stays in the 4-quart stainless steel bowl and off the counter. Seven speeds and a 300 watt motor power through any mixing job. Suggested retail price: $99.99
BODUM® introduces the stylish and functional BISTRO Stand Mixer, which can mix, whisk, knead and stir batter, cookie dough, cake mix, egg whites or cream to perfection! The mixer features a powerful 700 watt motor, six speed settings and comes with three attachments: a dough hook, a flat beater, and an egg beater. The stainless steel mixing bowl features a silicone-covered handle for control when pouring or transporting and the removable splash-guard allows users to add ingredients while the mixer is operating. For easy cleaning, the dough hook, flat beater, egg beater, splash guard and bowl are dishwasher safe. The BISTRO Stand Mixer is available in multiple colors.