For perfect cakes, whipping up desserts and baking bread, there’s a perfect blender for your needs.
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A good blender will do the hard work of aerating, kneading, and binding for you, reaching every part of the bowl and handling any consistency of mixture well. Hand-held “beater” models have the power to get through lighter batters and make frothing and smoothing ingredients easier.
When choosing your blender, keep in mind how robust it needs to be. Some of the machines in our range have high prices, but if you’re an everyday baker and making heavy doughs, you need these solid gears to handle it and avoid burning out the motor. A heavier body keeps the machine stable on the countertop during operation.
All of the models reviewed here have beaters for evenly mixing cake mixes etc. Some models have attachments for whisks and dough hooks, which you will need when baking bread or whipping air into egg whites, cream and batter.
The more you invest in a blender, the more opportunities there are to add different, bespoke attachments for making pasta, ice cream and ground beef. As one of the most versatile machines in your kitchen, you can really add a lot to even the simplest of dishes. (Just try the mashed potatoes and you’ll never go back to a masher.)
Whether you opt for a simple handheld version with a rotating beater or a fancy countertop showstopper, a blender will bring new possibilities to your menus.
KitchenAid Artisan 4.8L Tilting Head Mixer
KitchenAid certainly makes the most well-known stand mixers on the market and this model will work perfectly too. We love milkshake this color but of course there are many more choices so match your kitchen to match or stick with classic red, white or black.
It can handle any baking task with its spring-loaded attachments for dough hooks, beaters and whisks, and there are a number of additional attachments for sale if you want to make pasta, sausages… even ice cream.
This model is an investment but has the performance and build quality to become an heirloom. It’s heavy, so you won’t want to swap it in and out, but that’s not a problem when it looks this good. And it works perfectly, with easily interchangeable attachments that work exactly as they should for whipping, beating and blending. Perfection.
Accessories included: 4.8L bowl, 3L bowl, pour guard, 6 wire whisk, flat beater, flexible beater, dough hook
Kenwood Chef Titanium XL food processor KVL8300S
Serious about your cakes and baked goods? This is the real deal – an investment blender that will no doubt enhance your recipes and make life that little bit easier.
It’s powerful, made from quality materials and of course versatile, but this pastry chef’s version of the Titanium Chef has extras like a built-in scale and an EasyWarm bowl that gently melts ingredients like butter or chocolate while you mix or proof bread dough.
The clear built-in lighting ensures that you can see every leftover mix in the clearly sized bowl, which incidentally comes in two sizes – 5 or a whopping 7 liter capacity. There’s a touchscreen control panel that displays weights, speed and temperature, and it’s easy to wipe down and keep clean.
Overall, the whole thing screams quality, from the way the attachments snap easily into place, to the noise levels and precise mixing. A dream.
Accessories included: Whisk, spiral dough hook, K-beater, splash guard
Morphy Richards MixStar Compact Stand Mixer
This is a brilliant stand mixer option if you don’t have the space to keep one permanently on the countertop.
Not only is the footprint compact, but it doesn’t have a tall mixer arm, allowing it to fit under lower cabinets. Everything packs away into the molded caddy that sits comfortably in the mixing bowl when not in use.
While it’s not the largest capacity of the blenders here at 4 liters, we found it was ample in size for standard family cake baking.
With six speed settings and a timer, we could change the speed of the mixes or walk away and leave the machine to its own devices, with the dual spinner attachments collecting every last bit of mix from the sides of the bowl.
Accessories included: Stainless steel bowl, 2 x beaters, 2 x whisks, 2 x dough hooks
Cuisinart cordless power hand mixer
It’s so annoying to have power cords lugging around messy baking areas, so this brilliant cordless hand mixer is great when charging via its USB cable and barely ready for busy cooking sessions.
With a 130x charge, you’ll have half an hour to process any mix, the heavy-duty stainless steel beaters perfect egg whites, omelet mixes, guacamole and creamy mashed potatoes, although they’re not strong enough for chewy bread dough.
We loved the 5-speed digital display and the comfortable, soft grip, and now we always have this versatile device charged and ready to go.
Included accessories: mallet.
Smeg food processor SMF03
This heavy-duty blender really makes a statement with its spherical retro body and 1950s-inspired design elements. More than just pretty packaging, however, it has the power to handle the heaviest bread doughs and make light, fluffy cake doughs.
We liked the cover for the bowl which meant fingers didn’t get near beaters while working. Everything felt sturdy and premium, with the stainless steel bowl feeling particularly premium compared to some others we’ve tested.
The slider was easy to maneuver, meaning the transition from slow start to power mix was smooth and less likely to cause flying flour and clutter. One for style fans who are serious about home baking.
Accessories included: Flat Beater, Flex Edge Beater, Dough Tool, Splash Guard
Black blender by Shef
This stand mixer has impressive performance that comes with every accessory you need to prepare for baking. We liked the strength of the stainless steel used for the bowl, which made it appear to be of great quality for the price. It’s pretty quiet too.
There are eight speed settings here, as well as a pulse function, which is useful for perfecting the firmness of meringue mixes, for example. The additional splash guard is easy to wipe down and keep clean, ensuring no mess is left in the bowl.
We had to scrape the sides of the bowl from time to time, but it did a good job of combining ingredients across the board. great value
Accessories included: Flat beater, whisk, dough hook, splash guard
Tower hand and stand mixer
If you need a blender for light baking sessions but also enjoy using it for hand blended recipes, this is a great choice that doesn’t take up too much storage space.
Like a regular stand mixer, the beaters are lowered over the bowl, but with this model you can also detach it to create a lightweight handheld beater unit that’s great for tackling the various tasks around the kitchen with its interchangeable beaters and dough hooks Mixer is suitable countertop.
We loved the black and rose gold design and especially the bargain price. You don’t have to spend a fortune to get great results, you know. We suspect this could be an entry-level machine for new bakers that will become a firm favorite.
Accessories included: Beater, dough hook, splash guard
Cordless hand mixer
We like the quick charge option of this lightweight cordless hand mixer from the legendary mixer brand, which took just ten minutes to give our tester enough power to mix a batch of cake batter.
Choose from Matt Black or Empire Red – both look glossy and premium, despite the fact that the body is made of sturdy plastic rather than the cast metal you usually associate with KitchenAid. The controls were so easy to use, with a slider on top of the handle allowing for a selection of seven speeds.
The attachments contained a couple of beaters without the option to switch to dough hooks like some other models. That being said, we loved the design and its solidity as it sat easily on the countertop without falling over or making a mess. The slow start feature was also good for making sure the mixes stayed in the bowl where they belong.
Accessories included: bat