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The purpose of this buying guide is to help you find the best food mixer for your lifestyle. This will be part one in a four part series.

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With more and more consciousness on healthy eating and special diets, more and more people are looking into better dieting through food preparation at home. That’s where the food mixer comes in: It helps make preparation time easier and faster and also more fun! Whether you’re looking for a hand mixer or stand mixer, there are a variety of features and prices in the food mixer spectrum.

But choosing the right food mixer is not as easy as a snap. There are a lot of things to consider such as quality, affordability, and user-friendliness. So to make your food mixer hunting more informed, here is a quick guide.

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IN PART 1, WE REVIEW THE TYPES OF FOOD MIXERS

While there are two clear types of mixers, there are a few other sibling kitchen appliances which have overlapping functions with the food mixer. Each has its specialty that caters to a certain baking function.

Food Processors:

Cuisinart DLC-10S Food Processor PicThis is an electronic kitchen appliance that performs repetitive tasks in the food making process. It cuts and mixes ingredients using interchangeable disks and blades. It also has a slight similarity with blenders.

I have both, and use both frequently. One of the main resons to need a stand mixer is the fact that it has variable speeds. Some delicate cake batters, cheesecake batters, etc’ have to be put together at a lower speed to ensure the proper consistancy as well as thorough incorporation. One particular application that would be very difficult with a processor would be whipping cream. In order to get a stable whipped cream, you must chill the mixing bowl and the beater, which are both metal on the mixer, and will retain the lower temperature. Also, heat tends to build up quicker in a processor because of the proximity to the motor.

I have never tried to put bread together in a processor, but I can’t imagine anything doing a better job than my KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer.
By the way, I LOVE my food processor, and use it primarily for veg prep when cooking and for pie crusts.(It also makes a great flour sifter.)
However, all of this is the opinion of a home cook/baker, I am not a proffessional

Blenders:

As mentioned, and mixers and blenders have a lot of things in common. But if you are mixing liquid-based ingredients, then choosing blender over hand mixer is more apt.

Blenders allow you to emulsify, puree, crush, and mix food ingredients. These usually consist of a blender jar, rotated blades at the bottom, and a motor which forms as the base.

Hand Mixers:

Sunbeam 2551 Heritage Series Hand Mixer Pic
Now, this type of mixer is for a sure delight for those who love baking. This device lets you mix flour and dry ingredients, beat eggs, and whip batter. A typical hand mixer features five speeds which range from slow to very rapid beating. One of the best things of a hand mixer is that it can be stored anywhere with its compact size. For limited space, the hand mixer is good to go.

Stand Mixers:

KitchenAid KSM75WH Classic Plus Stand Mixer PicNow, this is very useful if your main goal is to bake breads. Stand mixers are electronic device which makes your cake layers airy and light, your frosting smooth, and your cookies chewy and crisp. It cuts the time spent on manual stirring by doing all the necessary mixing for you. The main highlight of this type of mixer is its stability. It is ideal for making thicker batters and doughs. If you plan to make breads and cookies more frequently, then choose a stand mixer with 325 watts at least. For baking, choose a power with 525 watts to prevent the motor from tearing easily. Stand mixers are much heavier than other types of mixers. If you have a spacious kitchen, then this one will do the trick.

Combo Mixers:

A mixer which can function as both a hand mixer and stand mixer.

That Concludes This Portion Of Our Buying Guide

Now that you know the basic differences between the various types of food mixers, we’ll move on to Part 2: Getting To Know Your Food Mixers where we look at the various parts of hand mixers and stand mixers.

Here are links to all four parts of our buying guide:

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