When I started baking, my first purchase was a hand mixer. It just had two whisks, but it did exactly what I needed it to do, not to mention it only cost me $20. Bargain! But I knew if I wanted to level up my baking game, I had to bring in the big guns; a stand mixer.
Stand mixers really take your baking up a few notches, and it allows you to do so much more than just mixing up the occasional cupcake batter from time to time. That is not to say you should get rid of your hand mixer. They are still fantastic tools to have and are very useful for baking.
Stand mixers can range from super budget-friendly, costing as little as $70, to as much as $700 (yes I’m talking about KitchenAid here.) If you are just starting off your baking adventures, then chances are you probably don’t want to invest in these ridiculously expensive stand mixers. Unless… is there a KitchenAid mixer under $200? Nope, okay.
If you are looking to invest in a stand mixer around the mid-range price, then stick around as I will share with you the best stand mixer under $200 that you can get in 2023.
What To Look Out For In a Stand Mixer
So many of us have turned to baking to relieve the pressure and stress from our busy lives. We have all become experts at baking banana bread and lots of us have mastered the art of bread dough.
Baking cakes and making bread has become so popular, many of us are looking to upgrade to bigger and better appliances. To make the most delicious cake, you don’t just need good quality ingredients, you also need to have good equipment that works efficiently and allows you to thoroughly mix your batter or dough to perfection.
The market is filled with countless types of stand mixers and it can be overwhelming trying to figure out which one is the best for you. But before you even think about what mixer you want, you need to first figure out what you want out of your mixing and what features best suit your baking needs.
The first thing to look out for is the mixing technique. Stand mixers have three types of mixing techniques; planetary, spiral and rotary. A stand mixer with a central mixing rotation will rotate the attachment in one direction. A planetary rotating stand mixer will rotate the attachments in all directions and a spiral mixer will spin the bowl as well as the attachment. The spiral and planetary motions cover more surface space and contribute to a more thorough mix.
All of these mixing techniques are equally as efficient, but how well your machine mixes the ingredients really comes down to how powerful your stand mixer is. This brings me to the next point… speed!
Most stand mixers will have a motor power of anything between 150 watts to 1500 watts. Whether the motor is an AC or DC motor also matters, but that’s a story for another day. Click here to find out more AC and DC motors.
As amateur bakers, we don’t really choose stand mixers depending on their power. We would rather spend our time picking a pretty color that goes with our kitchen or reading the 5-star reviews. It’s not until we venture out to bread-making that we realize how important speed is.
When choosing a stand mixer, you should really take into consideration how effective it is at kneading dough or making meringue.
Both require a strong motor, so if your stand mixer is powerful enough to knead dough, then you’ve got a winner in your hands.
Size and Attachments
Stand mixers come in all sorts of different sizes. They can be awkwardly big and heavy so you want to make sure your stand mixer fits well in your kitchen and can be lifted and stored easily.
The bowl size is also important as it will help you determine how much you can bake at once. If you only bake occasionally for a few people, a small 3.5-quart stand mixer should be just right for you. If you do a lot of batch baking, then you might want to consider getting a stand mixer with a large 5 or 6 quart bowl. Bowl sizes can range from 3.5 to 8 quarts.
The standard attachments that come with a stand mixer are a flat beater, whisks and dough hooks. These are all the basic attachments you will need for all your baking needs. Many stand mixer brands also have additional attachments you can purchase.
Price is probably the most important aspect to consider when purchasing a stand mixer. If you are really on a budget, you can find one for as little as $70. Price also determines the quality of the mixer, its features and capacity.
Having said that, there are plenty of budget-friendly stand mixers out there that tick all the boxes. On that note, let’s take a look at some of the best stand mixers under 200.
The Best Stand Mixers Under 200
The Cuisinart SM-50TQ is my top pick for stand mixers under $200. If I were to buy another stand mixer, this would be the one I would choose. Cuisinart is one of my favorite kitchen brands; the company is known for building reliable machines and I’m never disappointed with their quality. These mixers are a great alternative to KitchenAid, and come will a significantly smaller price tag.
Now, admittedly their new mixers are slightly over our $200 price cap, but only just. Also, the company sells renewed machines for under $200, which work (and look) just as a brand machine would.
The mixer itself is a powerful machine with a 500-watt motor and a very respectable 5.5-quart bowl, large enough to make loads of batches of your favorite cake batter. It delivers on performance and its 12 speeds allow you to mix the lightest of batter to the toughest bread dough.
The stainless steel bowl with handles screams quality and the tilt-back head allows for easy access to the mixing bowl. With your mixer, you get a chef’s whisk, dough hook, flat mixing paddle and a splash guard with a pour spout. You also get a recipe book too!
One of the best features of the Cuisinart, unlike any other budget machine on this list, is that it has a multi-purpose hub on the front. This allows you to attach accessories that allow your machine to take on a huge range of tasks, including grinding meat, cutting past and shredding vegetables.
Here’s a quick look at the mixer in action.
This Hamilton Beach stand mixer falls well under the 200 dollar price point, making it great for baking on a budget. It features a motor speed of 300-watt, a tilt-head mechanism, and a mixing bowl capacity of 4 quarts. It has the mixing ability of a much more expensive machine, providing complete coverage of the bowl with its planetary mixing action leaving no ingredients untouched.
You can choose between 7-speed variables, which is more than you ask for from a stand mixer of this price. The various speeds allow you to move from a gentle speed to a fast, aggressive mix. Perfect for mixing a light aerated sponge or a tough bread dough.
With your Hamilton Beach stand mixer you will get a flat beater, dough hook, whisk and a splash guard to stop all your mixture from flying around your kitchen.
Similar to the stand mixer above, you could say this is the upgraded version of the Hamilton Beach stand mixer we just reviewed. It features a 300-watt motor and 7 speeds with an easy-to-use dial on the side of the mixer to adjust to the desired speed.
The planetary mixing action provides complete bowl coverage and is designed for hands-free mixing without the need to scrape the bowl down afterward. It also features a tilt-head mechanism, making it easier to add ingredients or change attachments.
What I love about this stand mixer is the mixing guide positioned underneath the handle. This guide tells you which speed to use depending on what you want to mix. I find this is very useful for beginners who are still learning the tricks of the trade.
The handle at the top of the mixer is also a great addition that helps with tilting the head back or carrying it to storage.
The Cusimax stand mixer is a beautiful and classy appliance that will fit in your kitchen really well. It features a very beefy 800 watt motor and 3-speed variables, from a slow stir to a fast mix.
With a 5 Quart stainless steel mixing bowl, you can mix large quantities with ease. There is also a splash guard with an access port that you can open and close as you add more ingredients to your mixture.
The mixer features a tilt-head design that allows you to place your bowl and its accessories with ease. There are also anti-slip suction cups that keep your mixer steady while it’s doing its thing.
With your Cusimax stand mixer, you’ll get a whisk, a dough hook and a mixing beater.
The attachments are not made out of stainless steel so you might find that the coating starts to come off after a few washes. If you opt for this machine, I would suggest hand washing the attachments so you minimize wear and tear.
With a powerful 660 watt motor and 6-speed controls with a pulse function, you’ll have everything you need from a stand mixer.
With this stand mixer, you get a huge 6.5 Quart stainless steel bowl with handles. This is large enough to mix large quantities and the dual handles make it more convenient to hold.
The Aucma features a tilt-head design, making it easier to install your accessories and the mixing bowl. The LED light is also a great feature that indicates when your mixer is turned on.
You’ll get a whisk, a dough hook and a mixing beater with the Aucma stand mixer. As well as a splash guard with an access hatch to make it easier when adding extra ingredients to your mix.
The Aucma features anti-slip pad and the bottom and is also much quieter than other stand mixers out there.
The CookLee Stand Mixer might not be the prettiest machine you have ever laid eyes on, but what it lacks in style, it makes up for in performance.
With a 9.5 Quart stainless steel mixing bowl and a decent 660-watt motor, the CookLee Stand Mixer offers enough capacity and speed to mix batter for a thousand cakes… Okay, maybe not a thousand, but you get my point. It has one of the largest capacities in a stand mixer and the 10-speed variable suits any recipe. There is also a pulse setting for a quick blitz. It also features a planetary mixing action, making sure that all sides are mixed well.
What’s great about the CookLee stand mixer is that its attachments are all dishwasher-friendly. No more spending hours cleaning up after a day of baking. Simply throw them in the dishwasher and you’re all set.
The SanLidA comes with a dough hook, a beater and a whisk, as well as a spatula and a splash guard.
Choose from 5 colors; Nemesis Black, Cream White, Pink, Red and Silver.
This CookLee stand mixer is similar to the previous one we reviewed, with a few differences. This stand mixer has a family-sized 8.5-quart stainless steel bowl capacity and a 660-watt motor. It also features 10-speed variables to suit any type of recipe and boasts a powerful planetary mixing action.
What makes this stand mixer stand out from the CookLee SM 1551 is the multipurpose attachment hub. This hub allows you to transform your stand mixer into something more than just a baking tool. The hub diversifies your stand mixer and you can add attachments like pasta maker, juicer, vegetable slicer, food grinder and many more. And the best thing about this? All these attachments are included!
Yes, you heard right. With your CookLee you will get a pasta roller, meat grinder, sausage stuffer, slicer and shredder, cookie press and a 1.5L juicer. And of course, you also get the standard dough hook, flat beater and whisk attachments.
Choose between 4 colors; Nero Nemesis, Mojito Blue, Pure White and Ruby Red.
Take Your Pick!
So, there you have it. The best stand mixer under 200 dollars. In honesty, if I were looking for a mixer around this price point, I would buy the Cuisinart SM-50TQ in a heartbeat. This machine has the build quality, and performance, of a significantly more expensive mixer and has the ability to do so much more than mix ingredients.
That said, if you are wanting to go for a super budget-friendly stand mixer that performs well, then I would recommend you have a closer look at the Hamilton Beach mixers I suggested earlier in this article.
If you bake more than the average person and make large quantities, then you’ll find nothing better than the CookLee. The humongous bowl capacity allows you to batch bake with ease.
Which is your favorite stand mixer?