Since launching, the KitchenAid mixer has remained atop of every baker's wishlist.
The iconic KitchenAid food mixer is said to have got its name in 1918 when prototype models were given to the wives of factory executives in Ohio, who declared it the best "kitchen aid" they'd ever had.
KitchenAid mixers saw such a high demand that in the late 1930s the factory would completely sell out each Christmas as eager bakers hurried to get their hands on one. It has a sturdy exterior, a pleasingly retro design, and can be used for everything from cake batter to bread dough (the KitchenAid is also an excellent bread mixer).
But, nearly a century on from their debut, are KitchenAid food mixers still the best around - or are there better models on offer? Is Kenwood better than KitchenAid?
And whether you're on a budget or willing to spend a little extra, what are the most important things to look for in a stand mixer?
To help you decide which device to invest in for your kitchen, we have reviewed some of the best stand mixers on the market.
1. KitchenAid Artisan food mixer
The KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer exudes style and quality but, like other KitchenAid products, it's an investment which comes at a price. If you're prepared to pay more than £500 for the very best stand mixer, however, it won't disappoint - it delivered almost perfect scores in performance evaluation tests by The Good Housekeeping Institute.
It also benefits from an iconic retro design and in the case of this model, a 4.8 litre capacity. It's available in a whole rainbow of colours to suit every kitchen - though we like it best in red and almond cream.
According to Eric Chavot, consultant chef at Coda by Eric Chavot at the Royal Albert Hall: "‘At home, it’s got to be a KitchenAid. I’ve been using one for over 35 years and wouldn’t change it. KitchenAid has been 100% reliable, it’s simple to use and clean, and the range of attachments gives me all the core functionality I need, from whisking and whipping to mincing amd grinding. Kenwood, Bosch, Sage all have models that are also good all-rounders." It also works well as a bread mixer.
2. Kenwood KMix stand mixer
Kenwood is one of KitchenAid's most formidable competitors - but the Kenwood kMix stand mixer is significantly cheaper than the lustworthy KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer.
The Kenwood kMix stand mixer has 6 speeds, and a folding speed. According to The Good Housekeeping Institute: "It kneaded bread dough and mixed cake batter and pastry with ease. It also coped really well with whisking the maximum quantity of 12 egg whites.
"Unfortunately, when we tried to whisk just one egg, the whisk didn't reach it. This mixer feels sturdy and the attachments are easy to fit, we like that they all fit in the bowl when not in use."
It's entirely dishwasher safe, including all attachments. While the glass bowl is heavy, it has a sizeable handle and is easy to pour from and see through (it's made of glass).
3. CRUX Bake and Blend stand mixer
This gargantuan stand mixer has a hefty capacity of 5.5 litres. It's versatile, thanks to its glass blending jug, and has a powerful 1200w motor, and 8 speed settings for full control. Use it to whip up everything from batters to smoothies, sponges to scones, biscuits to bread and meringues to macaroons.
If you need any concentrated power, there’s a pulse function for controlled, short bursts too.
This full-on stainless steel stand mixer from Sage by Heston Blumenthal boasts a large 4.7L capacity, a powerful 800W motor and 6 electronically controlled speed settings. It's also able to detect when heavier batters are being mixed, and automatically adjusts the power to maintain the selected speed.
This Smeg cream stand mixer offers plenty of style, and comes in three colours - cream, black or red (for if you want a bolder pop of colour).
Its retro look may make it a stand-out appliance in any kitchen, but does it have any substance? The steel bowl has an impressive 4.8-litre capacity, and there are 10 different speed settings - slow for mixing heavier mixes and fast for whisking. It's easy to use, although reviewers have remarked that it fares less well when you are mixing fewer ingredients.
The machine also comes with a number of accessories, including a stainless steel wire whisk, aluminium flat beater, aluminium dough hook, plastic bowl cover and flex edge beater. So, although the price is quite steep, it may be a worthwhile investment.
6. Breville SHM2 Twin Hand and Stand Mixer
The white Breville digital twin motor hand and stand food mixer is 500 watt and comes with a detachable hand mixer feature. It has 12 speeds and accessories including a beater, whisk, dough tool, blender and shredder.
According to The Good Housekeeping Institute, it's a versatile machine can be used as a hand mixer as well as a stand mixer: "It performs well at combining heavy mixtures and cake batters. Yet it struggles to reach and mix some ingredients."
It's exceptionally good value - so we're not complaining too much.
7. VonShef 2 in 1 twin hand and stand mixer
In a range of vintage colours, this classic blue stand mixer offers style as well as functionality. It has eight speed settings and a 4.5 litre capacity. It's a compact model that will snugly slot in to any kitchen counter.
While it certainly looks the part, some online reviews have claimed that it isn't a very strong whisker; some claim the whisk doesn't quite reach the bottom of the bowl, so the process can take longer.