Cuisinart 12-Speed Mixer Review

Review of the Cuisinart 12-Speed Mixer

Note:Reviewed by Sheila Watson Kraklow
Cuisinart 5-1/2-Quart 12-Speed Stand Mixer

In my professional food industry career – which spans about four decades and two centuries – I have had occasion to use many Cuisinart appliances, from home-grade to professional. I have never been disappointed in them and this one, the Cuisinart 12-Speed Mixer, is no exception.

Features of the Cuisinart 12-Speed Mixer:

 

  • 5-quart, deep stainless steel bowl
  • Limited 3-year product warranty and 5-year warranty on the motor
  • 800-watt motor
  • 12 Speeds
  • Auto Shut-off
  • 15-minute mixing timer
  • Dishwasher-safe bowl
  • Comes with stainless steel bowl; rubber spatula; 3 attachments; wire whip; a paddle and dough hook, the latter two with non-stick coating
  • Plastic splash-guard with big pour-spout for adding ingredients to the bowl
  • Stainless steel bowl and attachments are all dishwasher safe
  • Recipe booklet included

Options of the Cuisinart 12-Speed Mixer:

Cuisinart 5-1/2-Quart 12-Speed Stand MixerThis Cuisinart 12-Speed Mixer is available in three common colors: black, white, and silver (brushed chrome), so it does fit well within any color scheme.

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Use-ability of the Cuisinart 12-Speed Mixer:

This mixer weighs in at a whopping 24 lbs. (shipping weight), so when it is unpacked, be sure you place it where you want it; moving it could be difficult.
Mixer has a “high lift” feature that allows the mixing arm to be lifted high enough to add ingredients with ease, or to scrape the sides of the mixing bowl. Once raised, the arm is locked in position, a great safety feature. This high lift feature also makes it easy to remove bowl when mixing is complete.
The stainless steel bowl is deep enough to hold a lot, but narrows to make mixing at the bottom of the bowl a breeze.
The bowl locks in place for hands-free mixing.
Cuisinart 5-1/2-Quart 12-Speed Stand MixerComes with three attachments, wire whisk, flat paddle and dough hook…specially coated for non-stick, and a splash-guard with pour-spout
Bowl and attachments are dishwasher safe. Splash-guard is top shelf only, and will become brittle with continued dishwasher cleaning.

Functionality of the Cuisinart 12-Speed Mixer:

  • 12 speeds, from very low for gently mixing, to high speed for stiff doughs and icings
  • Mixing timer with auto-shut-off
  • Slow feature, a lot like pulse on blenders/food processors, with timed running, then shuts off.

Pros:

  • Timed mixing is great for kneading bread doughs or when a timed use is called for. This makes easy work of a time-consuming task.
  • Easy clean-up with a soft, wet dishcloth or sponge on the surface of the mixer and unit
  • Also, attachments clean easily because of the non-stick coating, even with sticky doughs and batters.
  • Splash-guard has large opening on the side to allow adding ingredients while mixer is running – with no mess.
  • Gradual high-speed running: speed increases slowly, thus keeping all ingredients in the bowl, no flinging flour and dry ingredients into the air when turned to high speed.

Cons:

  • Heavy piece of equipment; hard to move to a different location.
  • Occasionally, I bump the accessories lid while raising the arm or when adding this or that to the bowl and it opens up. This irritates me, but it is easy to close.
  • Splash-guard is sometimes hard to get back into position.
  • It can get a little loud when running at high speeds.

Today I am discussing the Cuisinart 12-Speed Mixer. Now, to me, it is misnamed. It could be, and maybe should be, called a Kitchen-Center, because it is truly multi-functional and can be equipped with attachments to make it a food processor, blender, juicer, pasta maker and food grinder. This machine is so versatile! Today we are looking at the mixer and its functionality and general options.

Our Experience With the Cuisinart 12-Speed Mixer:

I was at my sister’s home when her mixer arrived. It was well-packaged and the box made it through the shipping process in good shape, with no tears and only a few transportation dings and scrapes.
Removing the mixer from the box was not difficult and we did notice how well-packaged it was. This had prevented any damage to her beautiful black Cuisinart 12-Speed Mixer.
After following the directions for proper cleaning and installation before use, we immediately took it into the kitchen for a test run.
Everything was there: the three attachments; whip; flat beater and dough hook; as well as plastic splash-guard, rubber spatula, and the cook book.
We decided to make a decorated cake for the mixer’s first and most important test.
The dry ingredients were added to the deep (and somewhat heavier than I expected) bowl, and we turned the machine to low speed – not one bit of flour left the bowl, the speed was perfect for this.
After adding the butter, egg, milk, sugar, and vanilla, we again turned the machine on, this time to a high speed and, just like the booklet said, it did indeed power-up slowly but continuously until the high speed was achieved. NO MESS! We were elated.
With the cake in the oven, the mixing bowl freshly washed and the mixer rubbed down with a damp cloth, we were ready to make a cake-decorator’s icing, which is somewhat stiffer than regular icing or frosting. The mixer breezed through the process, giving us a velvety-smooth, stiff, cake-decorator’s icing. It was perfect for making the stiff icing used in forming icing roses and stiff borders.
Needless to say, the cake turned out magnificently.
I have “borrowed” my sister’s Cuisinart 12-Speed Mixer (at her home) a few times. I often make large batches of bread dough, or cookie dough, and find this mixer so very valuable in the kneading of bread doughs, and for the gentle touch needed for semi-stiff cookie dough. I love this machine.
My sister and I do most heartily recommend this Cuisinart 12-Speed Mixer to anyone who is in the market for a well-built, reliable, powerful 12-speed mixer. It is a gentle giant in the world of electric mixers.

What Others Are Saying About the Cuisinart 12-Speed Mixer:

We are absolutely thrilled with our purchase of the Cuisinart 12-Speed Mixer. It currently has a 4 out of 5 star rating on Amazon. Here is what others have to say about it:

“I just got this Cuisinart stand mixer the other day and just in love with it. I was wanting a more advanced and updated mixer than the original one I had (sold my other one) and debated and debated over the Cuisinart and Kitchen Aid. Both are excellent stand mixers but after reading reviews from each and finally chosing this Cuisinart stand mixer with amazing features that the Kitchen Aid was lacking. This 5.5qt Cuisinart comes with a 800Watt Motor which the Kitchen Aid Artisan 5.5qt only has a 325Watt motor and the Cuisinart also comes with 2 extra speeds which it brings to 12speeds and the Kitchen Aid Artisan only has 10. The Cuisinart also come with a timer and the Kitchen Aid Artisan does not. It comes with 3 mixing elements such as the Beater & Flat Whip & Dough Hook just like the Kitchen Aid Artisan. The price on the Cuisinart 5.5qt was amazing and much better than the Kitchen Aid Artisan and with free shipping I just could not pass up an opportunity on this stand mixer. The Cuisinart only has the 3 colors: Black & White & Brushed Chrome (I got the Brushed Chrome) and that is the only drawl back on that since Kitchen Aid comes in all colors but the Brushed Chrome is very nice and will make a perfect addition to my new granite counter tops. I love Cuisinart and I am a Cuisinart owner of 3 nice appliances now. I am happy with my purchase and the features on this bad boy. With today’s economy you have to compare before you buy and not be impulsive on your purchases!”

“I JUST BOUGHT THE CUISINART SM-55BC 5-1/2QUART STAND MIXER BOWL SEEMS SMALL FOR A 5 1/2 QUARTS, BUT SHOULD BE OK, THIS ONE WAS A REFURBISHED MODEL.THAT I BOUGHT AND LOOKS VARY NEW NOT USED AT ALL,IF YOU REALLY WANT TO SAVE MONEY AS I DID ITS WORTH IT ,I SAVED 150,00 WAS ONLY 200,00 DID NOT REALLY WANT TO GET A KITCHENAID THE OLDER ONES ARE BETTER THE NEW ONES ARE JUNK I KNOW I HAD ONE SO I HOPE THIS REVIEW HELPS ANYONE AND ANY REVIEWS THAT YOU READ ARE REAL I THOUHT THEY WERE FAKE UNTIL I WAS ABLE TO PUT MY OWN REVIEW IN,THANKS AMAZON.”

“I purchased a Cuisinart because I have their food processor. That was the first big kitchen product i bought and it is great! I was slightly concerned when i saw how deep the paddle is in the bowl- this leaves space that is unusable. That being said, so far I am LOVING this machine. I make cakes for all occasions and use it regularly. I love it. It mixes the ingredients well and i love the timing on it. I am able to start, let something mix, and continue on with the next set of ingredients. Completely worth the purchase!!!!! Very pleased!! My hand mixer stays put away most of the time now :-)”

“Have always owned KitchenAid but decided to try Cuisinart as I have several other of their products. I love this. Like the size, the performance is great. Would recommend this to everyone.”
“The mixer is very powerful! You do not even need to use it all to properly mix breads and thick doughs. It is also very sturdy, as it does not rock or shake when handling high torque or power situations. It is also extremely easy to use.”

More Reviews About the Cuisinart 12-Speed Mixer:

On the Amazon site there are 196 reviews for the Cuisinart 12-Speed Mixer. They are all by consumers like my sister and I. If you would like to read more about this mixer you can find it by clicking here reviews of the Cuisinart 12-Speed Mixer.

Where to Purchase the Cuisinart 12-Speed Mixer:

The Cuisinart 12-Speed Mixer is widely available from many kitchen supply stores, outlets, and discount stores. However with Amazon’s fabulous delivery service, great return policy, and good customer service, we believe that to be best place to purchase the Cuisinart 12-Speed Mixer.

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About Pat Tate

Always a very busy person Pat has been interested in cooking and collecting recipes. In an effort to sort out a mound of favorite recipes and to be able to pass them on to the next generation she started this site Family, Foods, and Friends. Again she invites people to join her and to share their cooking adventures.

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