The Breville Scraper Mixer Pro splits the difference between the Kenmore 5 Quart and the KitchenAid Artisan. While it isn’t cheap enough to be called a Best Value, if you’re looking for a great mixer that is less expensive than the list price of the KitchenAid, this is it.
The Breville's motor is slightly louder than the Artisan, but significantly quieter than the Kenmore. It is 5 pounds lighter than the Artisan, with user-friendly handles on the front and back of the head for easy carrying, a well-made speed dial, and a cord capture to keep the power cord tucked safely away. The Breville consistently completed tasks faster than the Kenmore, but the ultimate results were the same: 3 cups of whipped egg whites, well mixed cookies, and great bread.
The Breville does have a few flaws. As with the Kenmore 5 Quart, there isn’t enough space at the top of the paddle attachment, so you will get your hands covered in cookie dough when you remove the paddle. In addition, the bowl does not lock in as smoothly as our two top picks. Most importantly, when the Breville mixes something heavy at high speed (like sticky pizza dough) the entire mixer “walks” all over the counter.
Still, if you want a great mixer for lighter-weight baking (cookies, cakes, bread) and you don’t want to purchase a KitchenAid, this is a good choice.