According to Consumer Reports, the best brands of mixers as of January 2015 include KitchenAid, Hamilton Beach and Sunbeam. CR also lists Cuisinart and Viking as top mixer brands.
KitchenAid accounts for about half of the stand mixer market. It offers seven different models with the tilt-head and bowl-lift functions, and the mixers hold up to 14 cups. Hamilton Beach is the next top seller listed, with mixers sold at several retailers as well as commercially. Sunbeam is the next most popular, selling mixers priced in the mid-range at various retail outlets and online. Cuisinart is new to the mixer market with two models, and Viking also offers two more expensive mixer options.