A mixer is a household appliance that is used for mixing, beating and whipping food items. There are several different types of mixers, the two main categories are hand-held and stand mixers. Sir Walter Scott first invented the first mixer in 1870. The first and most common mixer used in kitchens was the small hand-held egg beater mixer. However, Herbert Johnson invented the first electric mixture in 1908, which was later sold by Kitchen Aid.

Due to the fact that mixes come in a variety of shapes and sizes it might seem to be a daunting task trying to select a new mixer. However, there are things that you can keep in mind when trying to buy the perfect mixer for what you need. Companies will push you to buy one that has the most power; however, this might not be what you need.

When looking at buying a new mixer you must keep in mind how much you will actually use the appliance. Are you someone who bakes a lot and needs to have a large powerful mixer, or would a small mixer suit your purpose? You should avoid buying the mixers that claim to have the most voltage and speed settings. Often these things have been added to increase the price, but really do nothing to increase the performance of the mixer.

If you are looking at buying a hand mixer you should consider the weight of the mixer. If you are going to be using this mixer a great deal, you don’t want a mixer that is extremely heavy and would cause you to stop and rest your hand and arm throughout the mixing process. For larger jobs or frequent baking you might want to consider getting a stand mixer. This allows you to stand back while the machine does the work for you. However, keep in mind that bigger is not always better. When looking at a stand mixer, make sure that it has the tilt feature. This allows you to tilt the mixer up so that it is out of the way and you can remove the bowl easily. There are some stand mixers that don’t have a great deal of clearance when the mixer is tilted up so you might want to test this before purchasing to make sure that the mixer can handle large bowls as well as small ones.