Cement Mixer Buyers Guide – 2017
When you are undertaking building work and need to mix up a large amount of cement, a cement mixer will come in invaluable.
These machines let you pop in the required amounts of sharp sand, cement and water to create the concrete you need.
They are a great time saver and labour saver too.
So which is the best cement mixer for sale in the Uk?
If it comes down to a budget then you can find plenty of brand new cement mixers for sale for around the £100 mark, and the prices increase for higher end machines such as a Belle mixer.
Belle are renowned for being “the cream of the crop”, however you certainly don’t have to spend out £400+ on a Belle, although it would be a good investment.
If it is a cheap cement mixer you are after then read on, as we have tested, worked and found what we believe to be the top 10 best concrete mixers at the current time.
Consider whether you will need an electric cement mixer or a petrol mixer and you will then narrow down your best option based on needs and budget.
Plus, thankfully, with our review, you can rest assured that these 10 are “top notch”.
Why bother with a cement mixer?
This is probably fairly obvious, but if yoou’ve ever mixed together more than a few barrowloads of cement by hand on a board then you’ll quickly realize how slow, tiring and cumbersome it is.
It is far easier and more efficient to pop the materials into the mixer and leave it spinning. This lets you get on with the real work in hand.
Which concrete mixer is best?
There isn’t any REAL best mixer. Whichever cement mix you use, just make sure you follow the instructions and try to choose one that meets your budget and workload.
The Belle range of mixers are time served, well made and trusted by thousands of builders, but the downside is that they are more expensive than other brands. You get what you pay for though. Complete this with superb customer service and you’ll be glad you chose Belle.
For the rest of the bunch, consider build quality and how often you’ll be using the mixer. If you are a small business then of course get the bets you can afford. The 10 in this list are all GREAT. We filtered out the stuff that is not worthy and fouind these to be the best of the bunch. We particularly liked the Foxchunter models.
See below our comparision table of the top 10 best cement mixers.
Top 10 best cement mixers, summary table
|Cement Mixer||Comments||Click To View Current Best Price|
|1: Belle Minimix 140||Electric cement mixer. Premium brand, total reliability, but expect higher prices|
|2: Progen 63 Litre Cement Mixer||Fantastic value for money. Sturdy, ideal for small to medium sized jobs|
|3: DIY Essentials 120 Litre Electric cement mixer||550 Watts, Yellow, great build quality|
|4: Dirty Pro Tools Black Cement Mixer||Well made, reliable, cautionary advisory with regards to previous customers having a poor customer service experience (although ours was fine)|
|5: Charles Bentley 125 Litre 550w Cement Mixer Our 2nd Choice!||Nice tough powder coated drum. large capacity|
|6: Foxhunter 120 Litre concrete mixer||Brilliant brand, very robust and tough and great prices|
|7: Fox Hunter 180 Litre 650 Watt Cement Mixer Our Choice!||Brilliant large capacity cement mixer that is well made and ultra reliable|
|8: Belle Minimix 150 (without stand)||Belle complete reliability, thick tough paddles and great customer service|
|9: PETROL Belle Minimix With Stand Our 3rd Choice!||PETROL version for use anywhere any time. Easy start, amazing build quality and total reliability|
|10: Scheppach 125 Litre Cement Mixer||From a long time served company, good trusted name in Europe|
Featuring the renowned Belle brand, superb construction in a semi-professional setup, your own DIY projects will be complemented perfectly by this electric powered concrete mixer.
If you need a full barrow load of mortar or concrete then this cement mixer will handle it perfectly well and help keep you working constantly without having to wait for more mix to be made.
The Belle Minimix 140 230v tip up mixer features extra thick drum with quick mix paddles and a tough construction. It comes supplied with Barrow height swivel stand however the mixer can be used on or off its stand and is the ideal portable solution for mixing concrete and cement.
Unboxing video of a Belle Minimix (similar model):
How big is it?
121.5 x 60 x 85.2 cm
Pro’s and Con’s:
- A little pricey but you get what you pay for.
- Premium ultra reliable quality.
- Belle offer some of the best cement mixers known so you can rest assured that a Belle purchase will leave you with a smile on your face.
This 63 litre cement mixer is ideal for smaller jobs, but is equally effective at larger jobs. IF however you like the look of this, there is a larger sized 120 litre version for around £30 more here. While other cement mixers may boast huge 140 litre capacities, these mixer is good enough for most applications.
Ideal for concrete, mortar and plaster.
The Progen 63 litre cement mixer features:
- A rated voltage: 230 V
- 50 Hz Motor
- 220 W
- Drum mouth diameter: 267 mm
- Drum speed: 27.5 RPM
- Overall size: 110 x 55 x 93.5 cm ( L x W x H)
- FITTED WITH 3 PIN UK PLUG
- Material: Steel
- Weight: 25 kg
Pro’s and Con’s:
- Perfectly fine for most situations
- Highly rated by us – a great workhorse.
- Not ideal for large scale use where you need a lot of cement mixed up all of the time due to the smaller drum (be sure to check out the bigger brother here with a 120 litre capacity drum).
Yellow seems to be the new Orange, and why not. This 120 litre electric powered cement mixer is powered by a 550 watt engine perfect for all your mixing needs. It’s made by “DIY essentials” and is typical of many similar generic products with lesser known brand names.
This however does not detract from it’s build quality and reliability. Remember that all 10 in this list had to fight their way out of the swamp of poor mixers to reign supreme.
Great for smaller building sites it features a 39cm opening to the drum and rotates at 33 rpm.
It can handle a 4 to 1 bucket mix just fine – just give it a little time to ensure the cement mix is right.
Pro’s and con’s of this concrete mixer
- It works well and reliably
- It pours out into a bucket just fine.
- The only downside is thast the instruction manual is awful and probably for an older model – we wasn’t sure.
4: Dirty Pro Tools(TM) Professional Cement Mixer 80l Cement Mixer With Stand And Wheels 240V .350W review
This is a nice looking machine that works and functions as good as most of the other 9 in this list. However there “MAY” be an annoying let down with customer service, in so much as it might be hard to get a response.
When we emailed, we actually got a response in under 10 minutes.
In our research we found several people who have had shocking customer service and some people have gone so far as to blog about their experiences. You can read that here.
I wanted to be clear and honest.
Nice machine (and that is why it is in this list) BUT you may not get the help you want if you buy from them, although we are left thinking it may have been a temporary blip in their business growth where their customer service was poor, because more recent testimonials have come in showing customer service to be just fine (and highly recommended in some instances).
So that out of the way, let’s explain why we included this:
Good build quality.
Spins at 33rpm
Big enough to make a complete barrow load at a time.
It’s Black (flying in the face of Orange traditionalists!)
Our verdict is that it is actually a cracking little mixer that is brilliant for the DIY’er.
Pro’s and con’s
- Honestly, the pros of this machine definitely outweigh the con’s.
- It really is a great cement mixer and works tirelessly.
- There was at one point a momentary lapse in customer service skills (as far as we can tell) which doesn’t appear to be the case now though.
5: Charles Bentley 125L 230V 550W Portable Cement Concrete Mixer With Wheels 12 MONTH WARRANTY Review
This brilliant electric Yellow powered cement mixer is backed up by a 550 watt motor to help it work hard as long as you do.
When we got ours it took around 50 minutes to assemble (although it did encourage fellow reviewers to claim how they could have done it in half the time (yadda yadda!)).
Let’s look at it’s specifications:
- 550w motor, 230v/50hz, UK 3 pin plug, tipping wheel and meets European Standard IP45 & Double Insulation.
- Capacity: 125L drum capacity, 113L mix capacity
- Dimensions: H125 x D71 x W116cm Drum mouth – 36cm, Drum diameter – 57cm
- Materials: Powder coated steel Weight: 45.5kg
- Assembly Required: Some self-assembly required Warranty: A 12 month warranty is offered with this product.
What’s it like in use?
It does what you expect, and thanks to the larger drum size you can get more cement mixed at the same time.
We used ours to lay the foundations for a concrete shed base and it worked tirelessly.
Pro’s and con’s:
- Reliable and hard working.
- Instructions could always be a bit clearer to follow but once it’s done then that’s it.
6: FoxHunter 240V Volt 550W Portable Electric Concrete Cement Mixer Mortar Plaster Machine Capacity 120L Litre Drum Mouth Diameter 340mm review
So, the Foxhunter branded cement mixers have built up a fairly good name for themselves. We have featured two of their mixers here. This one is the cheaper 120 litre version (powered by a 550 watt motor), and then below, we have featured a larger 180 litre mammoth mixer powered by a 650 watt motor.
This 120 litre version concrete mixer is plenty big enough for the vast majority of jobs. The opening is 34cm (others in this top 10 are slightly bigger).
It’s a doddle to use and operate, and the wheels make it easy to maneuvre too.
Here are the specifications (taken directly from Amazon):
* Model: CM120L;
* Colour: Orange;
* Overall Dimensions: 1051(W) X 690(D) X 1257(H)MM;
* Thickness: Up drum 1.2mm lower drum 1.5mm;
* Motor: 550w electric motor;
* Motor Speed: 2800rmp;
* Voltage: 220V-240V/50Hz;
* Drum Capacity: 120L;
* Drum Speed: 28-30 turns per minute;
* Drum Opening: 340mm;
* Handle: Round handle;
* Carton Size: 74X58X42CM;
– N.W.: 43.8KGS;
– G.W.: 46.4KGS;
If you want bigger and better then take a look at our 180 litre model below.
Pro’s and con’s
- Foxhunter have produced a superb machine here that works very well.
- This is suited for small to medium sized jobs
7: FoxHunter 240V Volt 650W Portable Electric Concrete Cement Mixer Mortar Plaster Machine Capacity 180L Litre Drum Mouth Diameter 400mm review
With it’s HUGE 180 litre capacity, the FoxHunter CM180L cement mixer boasts an uprated motor, a larger drum and a wider 40cm opening, so you can throw in large amounts of cement or plaster etc for mixing.
This is the bigger brother to our other featured Foxhunter on here with it’s 120l capacity.
Still with the same great strong construction and powder coating, it’s tough and reliable and half the price of more well known “Belle”branded mixers.
It is certainly very well made and will easily make light work of many projects.
This is one of the recommended best cement mixers for sale.
Pro’s and con’s
- Priced just about £30 more than the 120 litre model, and yet you get a larger capacity, larger opening and uprated motor!
- Cannot fault this at all!
Here is the Belle minimix 150 electric cement mixer (without the stand). Lower in price than the model with stand, yet offers the same superb premium grade quality that can only come with a Belle mixer. No fluff, no hype, just one of the best work horses there is on the market.
It’s an electric cement mixer with 150 litre capacity.
It measures: 121.1 x 59.7 x 89 cm
If the best is needed without any hesitation then choose Belle and you’ll enjoy incredible and lightning fast customer service, brilliant high end perfectly formed machinery, and total peace of mind that your cement mixer will probably outlive you.
Pro’s and con’s
- Featuring the Belle brand name
- A standard quality cement mixer
Looking for a petrol cement mixer?
Here is the Belle Minimix 150 petrol cement mixer that offers you the chance to work anywhere even if there is no electric power supply.
Being a Belle, you get nothing but the very best.
This is the full set up. Mixer, stand and petrol power source powered by a Honda gxh 4Hp engine.
Here’s what you get:
- Belle Minimix 150 Cement Mixer and Stand Petrol GXH150
- A Portable and Compact machine making transportation easy
- Extra Thick Drum
- Quick Mix Paddles
- Full Thermal Overload Protection
Pro’s and con’s
- PETROL version of their brilliant cement mixers
- Expect to pay premium prices
- Ultra reliable work horse
As a cement mixer this is very well made, and yet quite light in weight. If you are fed up with Orange or Yellow, then why not splash a touch of Blue into your working day.
We feel this is great for small to medium sized projects. Like any cement mixer, if you take care of it, then that care should replay you over years to come.
With heritage coming from Bavaria in Germany, the Scheppach is a family named brand who started out in 1927 as an agricultural company who later expanded to appeal to a wide ranmge of people who need specific machines.
- Dimensions L x W x H: 1200 x 710 x 1400 mm
- Drum capacity: 125 L
- Max. drum speed: 26.6 rpm
- Motor: 240 V
- Input: 550 W
- Total Shipping Weight: 50kg
Walkaround video of the Scheppach MIX125 electric cement mixer
Pro’s and Con’s
- Refreshing Blue colour
- 125 litre capacity
- Backed up by a company that was formed in the early 1920’s in Germany
Wrapping up this cement mixer review:
When looking for any kind of mixer you need to remember to choose the best cement mixer for your needs. Do you want something that is designed for heavy use 8 hours a day 6 days a week, or something more for occasional use – projects around the home?
All 10 of these are “great” cement mixers.
We have weeded out the poor performing ones to leave this list of what is in our opinion the ones that are the most reliable, and good value for money.
Finally… the top 3 cement mixer machines in our list as defined by us:
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