First off, you definitely should own a stand mixer if you’re serious about cooking and baking. You’re missing out on a ton of functionality, ease, and convenience if you don’t own one. However, I’m not going to try to convince you to buy one, but if you feel like getting one for yourself, check out this guide that shows you the best ones to buy.

Mixers are used for a wide variety of purposes thanks to the wide variety of multi-purpose attachments they support. They can knead dough, make pasta, whip eggs and cream, and mix all sorts of ingredients, batter, and dough.

A good alternative

Benefits vs Drawbacks

With the aid of these countertop appliances, you can mix all of your ingredients within a short period of time and get consistent mixtures free of lumps or any other issues that come up with manual mixing methods. That said, they do have their disadvantages.

First off, they cost money, and you’ll need to spend hundreds of dollars to buy a model with a powerful motor if you want one that can handle anything you throw at it. Cheaper models do a wonderful job for the average user as well, but they still do cost money and will set you back around $60 to $200.

Also, they are heavier than alternatives such as using your hand where you need no equipment except your mixing utensils, or a hand mixer which is lighter and easier to move than a stand mixer.

Alternatives

  • Your hands: This is the most obvious alternative. You can whip, knead, and perform a lot of mixing tasks using just your hand and the appropriate utensils. However, no matter how good you are, you’ll never be faster than a mixer. Also, you’ll never achieve the consistency that these machines produce. You might have clumps of ingredients in your mixture that you can’t smooth out if you use your hands alone. You’ll also need to apply a lot of effort to achieve the desired result.
  • A Hand Mixer: This will do the simple and lighter jobs that a standing one does, like whipping and beating light and moderately thick mixtures, but it won’t do anything that requires a heavy amount of work, like kneading dough. It’s lighter, cheaper, easier to store, and takes up much less space relatively, but it can get messy during usage and it’s only useful for light mixing tasks. If you’re going to buy a hand mixer, pick an electric one over a manual one. You’ll be glad you did.
  • A food processor: I don’t recommend using this in place of a stand mixer even though it’s a great alternative unless you already own one because it can cost you just as much money. So, if you’re going to buy a food processor for mixing, you’re better off spending that cash on a mixer instead and enjoying the versatility it has to offer.

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