I love cooking AND trying out new products so I jumped at the chance to do both and review the new Planetary Stand Mixer from Oster. I was given one of the new mixers to keep or share with someone else in exchange for my honest review.
The mixer comes out of the box ready to use (after washing, of course) with no complicated assembly. The mixing accessories include a steel whisk non-stick beater/paddle and dough hook. First, I made pizza dough using the dough hook with this recipe because dough-kneading is my #1 concern when it comes to a stand mixer. The recipe turned out quite well. I wasn’t crazy impressed with the mixer’s handling of the dough but it got the job done just fine. While the pizza baked, I mixed up a batch of chocolate chip cookies using the paddle attachment. It was easy to swap between attachments, which are nice and light. The “Planetary Action” made sure I didn’t need to scrape the edges of the bowl as everything mixed. I loved the big handles on the bowl. It made for very easy transport in and out of the fridge when I chilled the cookie dough.
- Sleek, modern design. It looks so fancy!
- Light-weight. It’s easy to lift if you need to move it.
- It’s low profile enough to fit under the cabinets. Some stand mixers won’t fit if you don’t have much space.
- The top of the mixer locks in the up position. I can’t tell you how many times my current mixer’s top has come crashing down loudly scaring me and whatever animal happens to be in the kitchen waiting for me to drop some food. It DOES take two hands to unlock it to lift the top because you have to push the button and lift at the same time. I found that awkward, especially if my hands were messy but I think I would get used to it.
- The “Planetary Action” mixes all of the ingredients with little to no scraping needed on the sides of the bowl.
- The highest speeds shake the whole unit because it isn’t heavy enough to keep it steady past speed 7 or 8.
- It encountered some resistance on speed 1 with the pizza dough; slowing down one spot of each rotation of the dough hook. It was able to handle it fine on higher settings and this won’t be a problem if you don’t do bread dough anyway. I personally do a lot of dough so this would probably annoy me.
- It may not be a con in the long-run, but there are plastic pieces on the mixing accessories and I wondered it these pieces might be prone to break with lots of use. Only time and lots of use will tell. That might not be an issue at all.
The mixer sells on Walmart.com (and in stores) for $159. It has a stronger motor than the entry-level Kitchen Aid mixer ($199) so I would say this is a competitive price. I think this would be a good mixer for someone who wants to transition from a hand mixer to a stand mixer but doesn’t want or need to get a big heavy duty version. If you want your mixer for making a lot of breads this one might not be your final resting point but it could be a good start. If you don’t plan on doing any dough at all or making it rarely, I think the Oster Planetary Stand Mixer will be plenty of strength for your standard mixing needs. It’s also a good fit for someone looking for a modern look in a counter-top appliance or a nice stand mixer that doesn’t weigh a zillion pounds. I gave mine to my sister since I already have a mixer plus a lot of extra attachments and the Oster Planetary Stand Mixer coordinates perfectly with her modern black appliances. She has been wanting a stand mixer for a while so I was really excited to be able to give her one that will work hard for her and her family of 6 and make her life in the kitchen a little easier.