A food mixer is different to a blender and has different uses. A good blender is great for smoothies and cocktails, but a food mixer is what you want to be looking at if you're looking at doing some home baking and cooking. So if you're into making breads, fresh pasta, pizza and great cakes, then you'll want to be looking at a food mixer.
If you're on a budget and not wanting to buy both a food mixer and a blender, then we'd suggest getting a cheap quality food mixer as this can blend, as well as mix ingredients for baking and cooking. Some blenders, like the nutibullit are to good when it comes to making smoothies though. They make cleaning up so easy. You don't get this with a food mixer. So make sure that you're looking at the best product for your needs as this will save you more money.
The first thing you want to be looking for in a food mixer, after deciding on your budget, is the power and different speeds. If you want to be making loads of different types of breads and cakes, then you'll be wanting a food mixer that has a lot of different speeds, as this is important when mixing the dough. Some of the high end food mixers can mix up to 1000 watts. This will mix just about anything that you want.
Average food mixers usually have about 5 different speed settings. This will be enough for most home cooking jobs. Some of the higher end food mixers can have 10, or even 12 different speeds. These can be expensive and it's worth asking yourself if you'll be needing all these different speeds.
Another thing to consider, and this might sound strange to the novice cook, is the way the food mixer mixes the ingredients. Planetary mixing is generally considered the best way. Not only do the nozzles rotate, but also the bowl the ingredients are in also rotates to. This gives a better mix. Cheaper food mixers just have the nozzles rotating and the bowl is static. These can be okay for limited cooking, but not great for anything major. Planetary food mixers are a little more expensive, but we feel they are worth the extra in cost as they are more versatile.
Bowl size isn't all that important to most people. Most food mixers will come with a bowl big enough for mixing enough ingredients to make bread, large pizzas and cakes for example. But if you're going to be making larger quntaties than normal you may want to consider getting a cheap food mixer that has a bigger bowl.
Different attachment heads that come with the food mixer, or that you can buy separately, are also something that you should look at. The different heads will be good for your mixing as not all ingredients should be mixed with the same attachments.
Not as important to some, but we feel it is, is the look and style of the food mixer. Smeg do a great range of cheap, great looking retro food mixers in a wide range of colours. There are also other top brands doing nice looking food mixers too. Morphy Richards and Breville to name just two.
So now you know what a food mixer can do and if one is right for you Take a look at the best prices on food mixers from Argos, Currys and AO.Com. We've compared all the prices of all the different brands that you can buy from these big UK retailers so you can easily see who is selling the one you want at the cheapest price.