The Best Stand Mixer for Australian Kitchens 2018

Libby Hakim, Writer and blogger

3 August 2018 (Updated 15 October 2018)

If you’re asking yourself which is the best stand mixer for your home kitchen, you’re in the right place.

Here, I run through the popular kitchen stand mixers available in Australia, and the pros and cons of each.

My stand mixer recently stopped working for the third time. This time, it was quite spectacular with metal shavings everywhere. Sadly, it looks like there’s no chance of repair. “Too much cooking, Mummy,” said my 5-year-old.

She’s right. That mixer did an awful lot of mixing, folding and beating over about 10 years.

So let’s investigate the best stand mixer options for serious home cooks.

 

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1. KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer (KSM160)

First on my list was the KitchenAid stand mixer. Why? Because these mixers look so darn lovely, and my mum and sister have been raving about theirs for years.

The Important Bits

Bowl size: 4.8L and 2.8L (the KSM150 has only the larger bowl)

Weight: 10.6kg

Wattage: 300W (DC motor which is more powerful, quiet and efficient – others listed here appear to be AC)

Mixing action: planetary

Speed: 10-speed variable

Colours: heaps!

Included: flat beater, stainless steel wire whisk, dough hook and pouring shield

Available attachments: food grinder, pasta maker, food processor and more

PROs

Good looks

Lovely colour options

Excellent reviews (number 1 rated stand mixer on Product Review)

CONs

Weight

Price

Conclusion

As the highest rated stand mixer on Australia’s Product Review website, if you’re a serious home cook this really is an attractive option. With a 5 year warranty, sturdy construction, and rave reviews, it seems the higher price tag is justified. You do often get what you pay for! The only serious drawback is the weight. But with seriously good looks, you can leave this one out on the bench if you have room in any event.

2. Kenwood Chef XL Elite Stand Mixer

This is another serious contender for home cooks that want something a bit special in a stand mixer.

The Important Bits

Bowl size: 6.7L

Weight: 8.9kg

Wattage: 1400W

Mixing action: planetary

Speed: variable plus pulse and fold

Colour: silver

Included: K-beater, creaming beater, whisk, dough hook and a folding tool

Available attachments: food grinder, pasta maker, food processor, rotary slicer, fruit press and more

PROs

Powerful motor

Large capacity

Excellent reviews (number 2 rated stand mixer on Product Review)

CONs

Less popular option so less reviews

Price

Boring design

Conclusion

This stand mixer has some seriously good features, with more inclusions than others in its class, pulse and fold option, and a huge selection of additional attachments. The large bowl means it’s great for those who cook for a large family or often cook up bigger quantities for parties. While it’s less popular than the KitchenAid, the reviews it does get are very complimentary. The main drawback in my mind are its looks – it’s a little too industrial looking for me. But perhaps it would look just perfect in your kitchen?

3. Smeg Stand Mixer

This 50’s inspired stand mixer is pure elegance. If I was choosing on looks alone, this one would be in my shopping basket. But how does it rate when you put it into action?

The Important Bits

Bowl size: 4.8L

Weight: 9.5kg

Wattage: 800W

Mixing action: planetary

Speed: variable

Colour: black, red, cream, silver, pastels

Included: whisk, flat beater, dough hook and pouring shield

Available attachments: food grinder, and pasta maker

PROs

Elegant looks

Excellent reviews on Product Review

CONs

Less popular option so less reviews

Price

Conclusion

This mixer is comparable to the KitchenAid. I think the Smeg has the edge when it comes to looks, while the KitchenAid is more popular and boasts more positive reviews. So, what will you choose: looks or popularity?

4. Breville Scraper Beater Stand Mixer

This mixer promises that you can say goodbye to your spatula and hello to “light and fluffy” ingredients, since it “scrapes the bowl up to 1120 times per minute.” Sounds impressive.

The Important Bits

Bowl size: 4.5L

Weight: not available

Wattage: 700W

Mixing action: planetary

Speed: 8 speeds

Colour: silver and coconut

Included: double scraper beater, whisk, dough hook and pouring shield

Available attachments: none

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PROs

Promises no manual scraping during mixing

About 1/3 of the cost of other mixers

CONs

Mixed reviews on Product Review

Conclusion

This mixer is worth a try if you’re on a limited budget. But do read the reviews first.

After writing this review post, I’m leaning towards the KitchenAid. It’s just so popular, it looks good and my mum and sister have had theirs for more than 10 years (and they look and mix as good today as they did at the time of purchase).

I’ll update this post once I’ve made my decision.

If you have a stand mixer you love and think it should be listed here, get in touch and let me know which one it is and why you love it.

UPDATE: THE FINAL VERDICT

As you can see, I did indeed opt for the KitchenAid. I’m thrilled with my new stand mixer and although I didn’t actually road test the others, I’m completely satisfied with my decision and absolutely LOVE the KitchenAid mixer. It’s so powerful and lovely to use and look at. I’m glad I opted for the KSM160. It’s a little more expensive than the KSM150 but comes with 2 sized bowls and I use both bowls regularly, depending on what I’m making.

I really think there’s only one decision you need to make… which colour?!?

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