There was a time, not even that long ago, when buying a high-quality stand mixer for home use meant picking up a Cuisinart. While some well-heeled elitists in those days might have preferred the less common, semi-professional offerings of companies like Hobart, the Cuisinart stand mixer generally stood unchallenged at the top of the consumer market.

Other companies, of course, took notice of that desirable status and began turning out their own would-be contenders. Initially, Cuisinart seemed set to reign forever, with the first few attempts at dethroning failing miserably. It did not take long, though, for these ambitious upstarts to focus in on what was preventing them from rising higher, and the industry has undoubtedly benefited as a result.

Today, then, there are many truly credible alternatives to the longtime champion of the segment. Those looking for a powerful, high-quality 6-quart counter top mixer for home use can count on finding a number of viable alternatives to the venerable Cuisinart that still offers so much to its owners.

That kind of quality, of course, still comes with a price. Because those looking into these options thereby commit themselves to spending hundreds of dollars, it only makes sense to do as much research as possible before taking home a particular model. While it can be tempting to assume that one five-star rated machine will be as good as the next, the reality is that these various options all have their strengths and weaknesses.

Fortunately, the availability of information about the top stand mixers has improved just as much in recent times as the mixers themselves have. The most detailed stand mixer reviews on the web today are nearly as good as spending hours with the physical machines themselves, going into every facet of each model's features and traits in ways that make it easy for buyers to decide.

In addition to having more in the way of choice, today's stand mixer buyers also benefit from having access to more mixers that are likely to suit their needs precisely. Often all that it takes is a little time spent reading reviews online, with everything else, including basic quality, following naturally thereafter.