Smeg Smooth Start Retro Stand Mixer

Last updated: September 15, 2022

We looked at the top Stand Mixers and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Stand Mixer you should buy.

Product Details

In our analysis of 33 expert reviews, the Smeg Smooth Start Retro Stand Mixer placed 15th when we looked at the top 18 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

50s Retro Style Stand Mixer. 10 variable speed with Smooth start function. Planetary action. Direct drive motor.

Our Expert Consultant

Julie Chernoff
Culinary Expert

Julie Chernoff is a long-time member of Les Dames d’Escoffier (past president of the Chicago Chapter, and current co-chair of the LDEI Legacy Awards Committee), the Association of Food Journalists (AFJ) and the International Association of Culinary Professionals.

Chernoff is the dining editor of Better, a lifestyle website and print magazine. Her journalism started in the test kitchens of Weight Watchers Magazine. She holds a BA in English from Yale University and is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy. She has spent the last few decades styling, photographing, teaching, developing recipes, editing, thinking and writing about food.

Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

The same aesthetic also applies to its more functional features, from the gearstick-style knob that cycles through its speeds, to the front cover that twists off to reveal an outlet for optional attachments.
Bowl can be washed in the dishwasher. Attractrive retro styling.
The Smeg passed every test we put it through. It creams butter and sugar beautifully, its kneading ability is akin to the Cuisinart’s, its egg-beating ability a little better, and when it came to cookie dough, Smeg’s mixer performed similarly to KitchenAid’s. It did a great job mixing everything together, though we had to scrape down the bowl quite a few times to re-incorporate ingredients. If you love the retro design, this mixer is another great alternative to KitchenAid.

What reviewers didn't like

It is heavy, expensive and difficult to store.
Pouring shield quite narrow, so it's awkward to feed ingredients through. Attachments are not dishwasher-safe
It is expensive
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