Just about any stand or hand mixer will do for simple chores. Hand mixers cost less but don't do as well at heavy-duty tasks such as mixing dough. A few models we tested did a good job when we used their dough hooks, though.
Stand mixers are more expensive and take up more space, but a good one can save you a lot of muscle power. A heavy, powerful stand mixer can knead even two loaves' worth of bread dough with ease.
Our tests showed considerable differences in how well particular models of hand and stand mixers performed. And while manufacturers stress wattage and number of speeds, neither figure necessarily translates into better performance. Use this mixers guide to help your buying decision.
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