So you're looking for a great, cheap stand mixer? Well, you've come to the right place! To help you pick the best affordable stand mixer we've tested over 20 new products to help find a perfect, money-saving alternative to the bestselling (but pricey) KitchenAid Classic. The result of this search for a top cheap kitchen mixer is called the Cheftronic Planetary. It's a powerful and easy to use electric mixer that offers virtually the same features as KitchenAid, plus a great price. Let's see how the two electric mixers compare head-to-head!
The KitchenAid Classic is the number one, bestselling stand mixer on the market. It offers everything you could want from a mixer but the KitchenAid name also means that this mixer carries a big-brand price tag. We recommend it for chefs and bakers that are looking for a very versatile attachment system which can be expanded in the future. For everybody else, it's a smart idea to save lots of money and go with the equally great Cheftronic.
The Cheftronic Planetary is hands-down the best cheap stand mixer we've tested. It offers essentially the same specs as the expensive KitchenAid but you can buy it at a very affordable price. Additionally, this electric mixer offers incredible power (much more than the KitchenAid Classic Plus), a higher capacity, and a very useful splash guard. In short, it's the better, smarter, and most importantly cheaper choice. We highly recommend it!
The KitchenAid Classic Plus includes three attachments. You get a flat beater, a dough hook, and a 6-wire whip. These are great standard attachments, allowing you to make a wide variety of food with the mixer. You can also buy 12 optional attachments.
The Cheftronic Planetary Mixer also includes a flat mixer, dough hook, and a 6-wire whip. Additionally, it includes a flexible beater attachment that works great for cakes and other smooth dough. In short, the Cheftronic offers one extra standard attachment.
The KitchenAid mixer comes with a stainless steel bowl that has a 4.5-quart capacity. That's a lot of room, enough to make, for example, about six dozen cookies or three loaves of bread.
The Cheftronic Planetary again wins this comparison. It offers an excellent, 5.5-quart capacity. This is enough room to make over seven dozen cookies or four loaves of bread.
The KitchenAid stand mixer includes ten different speeds. That's a lot of setting and great for mixing wet or dry ingredients.
The Cheftronic mixer offers six different speeds, plus a pulse function. That's fewer speeds than KitchenAid but still plenty.
A tilt head design is important to get the mixer attachments out of the way so you can add items to the bowl or remove the bowl entirely. The KitchenAid Classic Plus offers exactly that. With the push of a button, you can easily swivel the top back.
The Cheftronic Planetary Mixer also offers a very well designed tilt head. Simply pull the lever on the side of the mixer, and you can tilt the entire top back up to 50 degrees. This gives you convenient access to the mixing bowl for easy removal.
As our little icon indicates, planetary mixing movement means that the mixer's attachments move in an intricate pattern to ensure that all your ingredients are well blended. The KitchenAid Classic Plus offers planetary mixing which is an essential feature to have.
The Cheftronic Planetary (as the name suggests) offers a very similar, excellent mixing action as the KitchenAid. The attachments rotate with complex movements to make sure that all ingredients are thoroughly combined. This leads to optimal mixing results.
This particular KitchenAid mixer model does not offer a splash guard. We find this disappointing, especially given the price of this product. While it's not a big deal, it would be nice to have.
The Cheftronic mixer does offer a very useful, transparent splash guard. This helps to prevent unwanted spills and cuts down on the mess. In turn, you won't have to clean up!
The KitchenAid Classic Plus offers 275 Watts of power. It's enough to work great, but for the price, we would like to see at least 500 Watts. This, however, is reserved for even more pricey KitchenAid mixers.
The Cheftronic Planetary includes an outstanding 650 Watts of power. This is more than even top-of-the-line KitchenAid mixers. It's sufficient power for any cooking and baking task you can ever have.
The Classic Plus measures 14.1 x 13.9 x 8.7 inches. It's a typical size and just what you would expect from a kitchen stand mixer.
The Cheftronic measures 19.8 x 16.7 x 11 inches. That's still a standard size, though it's slightly bigger than the KitchenAid.
The KitchenAid weighs about 15 pounds. Since it's a stand mixer you won't have to move it but we still wanted to point it out.
The Cheftronic Planetary Mixer weighs 18 pounds, slightly heavier than the KitchenAid. However, weight isn't crucial for a stand mixer.