Stand mixers come in two common varieties. The “bowl lift” type has arms to hold the mixing bowl a few inches off the counter; when you’re done mixing, you lower the bowl to remove it. The “tilt head” type has a hinge so that when you’re done mixing, you tilt the top of the apparatus back, mixing attachment and all, and slide out the bowl. Learn about the joys and frustrations of each type—things that aren’t apparent in the store—plus tips from users of each model for getting the most out of your mixer.

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