Some of the things to look for when you buy a stand mixer are the price, power, accessories, speed settings, motor, and so on. One thing most people fail to check is the size of the stand mixer. The size matters because this is an investment that is supposed to last you a few years, and you do not want to spend it on a mixer that is too big or too small.
In this article, we will give you a brief idea regarding all the aspects of a stand mixer to know which size stand mixer is good for you.
What Is A Stand Mixer?
There are two types of mixers in the market – hand mixer and stand mixer. The former one, as the name suggests, is an electric mixer that is handheld. This means that you have been told to hold the appliance in your hand while it functions.
A stand mixer, on the other hand, is a heavy-duty electric mixer. Unlike the hand mixer, this is built into a stationary stand with a bowl. In simple terms, it has a head that holds the beater attachment (which can be changed according to your requirements), and the bowl is placed below the beater.
Most companies offer various accessories which help with mixing, whipping, kneading, shredding, mashing, churning, etc. The powerful motor, along with the multiple attachments, helps to tackle heavy-duty mixing and blending. It guarantees a good result that is less time-consuming and messy.
7 Things To Consider Before Buying A Stand Mixer
Consider the following things before you buy a stand mixer grinder.
1. Types Of Stand Mixer
Based on how you access the bowl and the attachment, there are two main types of stand mixers in the market. One is the tilt-head stand mixer, while the other one is the bowl-lift stand mixer. Both of these models are available in different sizes in the market. You might have already guessed how it works from its name, but we will briefly explain.
A tilt-head stand mixer has a head that can be tilted for accessing the bowl and the beater easily. This type of mixer makes it easy to add in the ingredient as well as change the attachments according to our requirements. The head locks back in its place when it is tilted forwards, and you are ready to use the appliance.
The capacity offered is less, which means that it is suitable only for small or medium work. Also, this stand mixer is not ideal to be placed on countertops with low cabinets. It won’t be easy to operate the appliance since it requires more up and down movement, i.e., tilting the head to add ingredients.
Unlike the tilt-head mixer, the movement involved for a bowl-life mixer is the lifting mechanism that raises the bowl to its place under the beater. This is done with the help of a lever that is usually in the form of two extended arms. These arms provide stability and support during heavy-duty work. These mixers have a large capacity and are ideal for mixing large batches of batter.
One way to decide what size of the stand mixer you need is by looking at the size of your family. It is directly proportionate, i.e., if you have a bigger family, then opt for a bigger model since it is more efficient in handling large batches of mixtures. The size of a large stand mixer ranges from 6 to 8 quarts.
The standard size of a mixer bowl is between 4.5 to 5.5 quarts. It is apt for homemade backing and daily use. If you have limited counter space, then choose a smaller model as they do not occupy large areas and can easily be shifted. The size of the small model is between 2 to 3.5 quarts.
If you didn’t know, it does become a problem if you do not pick the right size that suits your cooking needs. The problem with a large capacity mixer is that it is a lot of space within the bowl. So, if the ingredients are less, it can slosh around, thus increasing the splashing, and even the batter will not be mixed thoroughly.
Personally, I think that the best mixer grinder for an Indian household would be the standard-sized stand mixer. The problem with a small capacity stand mixer is the opposite, i.e., you will not have sufficient space, and you will have to make multiple batches of dough or batter. Trying to add more quantity than what the mixer can handle will lead to overheating, resulting in a damaged motor.
Most brands offer bowls made out of stainless steel, but there are glass-bowl, copper-bowls, porcelain bowls, and plastic bowl models in the market. However, stainless steel bowls are the most durable and easiest to clean and maintain. The bowl size depends on the size of the model you bought. A large stand mixer will have a large bowl big enough to make large batches of batter or dough.
Generally, a large mixer bowl will have a capacity of five to seven liters, whereas a small and a medium will have three to four liters depending on the brand. The question you should ask to decide the size of the mixer (bowl size depends on this) is how big is your family and how much batter or dough you make on a daily basis?
4. Counter Space
This is one of the most important things you should consider while buying a mixer grinder of a particular size. Large stand mixers need a lot of space, both length-wise, and height-wise. If you have low cabinets, then don’t opt for a large stand mixer, especially a tilt-head mixer.
Make sure you buy one that can comfortably be placed on your countertop, preferably somewhere near a plug point. The appliance will be difficult to move around since it is heavy.
The power varies for various sizes; the bigger the model, the higher the power needed. While buying a stand mixer, remember that not all high-capacity mixers are powerful. A stand mixer with a direct drive (roughly around 300 watts) runs on lesser power than one that runs on an indirect drive (approximately 800 watts).
If you occasionally use your mixer, you can choose a mixer with a direct drive from 300 watts or an indirect drive from 800 watts. If you use it regularly for an extended period of time, opt for a direct drive from 325 watts or an indirect drive from 1200 watts.
6. Features And Accessories
While purchasing, opt for a mixer grinder that has multispeed settings. You do not want to spend all your money on one that runs only one or two speeds; if you do, there will be a little to what you can make. Also, check the type of attachment the brand offers. Note that not all attachments fit in all mixers, i.e., certain ones only fit in the large stand mixers but not in the small capacity mixers.
Most companies offer the stand attachments like whisks, a dough hook, and a paddle. But there are other attachments like blender attachment, pasta roller, meat grinder, grain grinder, food processor attachment, ice cream maker attachment, etc. Some come with the mixer, while others can be bought individually.
Bosch, Philips, Bajaj, Morphy Richards, Prestige, and Havells are some of the best mixer grinders brands in India. If you prefer international brands, some of the best ones in the market are KitchenAid, Hamilton Beach, Sunbeam, Cuisinart, and Kenwood. While buying a mixer grinder, if the brand is an essential factor, then please check the above brands.
What Can You Make In A Stand Mixer?
You would be surprised with the different ways you can use your stand mixer. All of us are familiar with the primary function of a stand mixer, i.e., to matter doughs and batters. But there are numerous other ways you can use it by changing the whisk attachments. Some of them are given below –
- Shred cooked meat and chicken.
- Mixing the shred meat for patties in burgers.
- Mash potatoes and make dips, sauce, and pastes.
- Make a quick batch of guacamole.
- Make dough for chapati, potato, tortillas, and so on. It can also be used for cakes, cookies, muffins, bread, rolls, etc.
- Whip up a quick batch of frosting or heavy cream, or you can even make meringue.
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There are three different stand mixers in the market based on size – large, medium (standard size), and small. For an Indian family, I would suggest a standard-sized mixer as it meets almost all the needs of an average-sized family. However, there are other factors that should also be considered while buying a mixer grinder.
What size stand mixer do you have at home? What all do you use it for? Do you recommend it for others? Please do let us know in the comment section below.