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KITCHENAID STAND MIXERS AND ATTACHMENTS
FOR EVERYTHING YOU WANT TO MAKE
Make the KitchenAid Stand Mixer the culinary center of your kitchen. Our mixers let you make everything from fresh pasta to burgers, veggie noodles, salads and more by using the power hub that fits over 10 available attachments*.
*Attachments sold separately.
ARTISAN MINI STAND MIXER
MINI MIXER. POWERFUL PERFORMANCE.
Small but powerful.
The iconic KitchenAid Stand Mixer you know and love is now 20% smaller, 25% lighter* and as powerful as the full size tilt-head stand mixer, making it the ideal culinary tool for smaller kitchens. With a Qt. (L) bowl to make up to 5 dozen cookies and with over 10 available attachments**, the Artisan Mini Stand Mixer lets you explore your culinary creativity.
Helps to avoid ingredient splash and flour puff by starting at a lower speed
TILT HEAD STAND MIXER
CLASSIC DESIGN & PERFORMANCE
Versatility with style.
For family sized batches, in over 10 premium colors to choose from.
Power Hub to transform your mixer into a culinary center.
With more than 13 optional attachments use the power of your stand mixer to help you explore your culinary passion.
BOWL LIFT STAND MIXER
HEAVY DUTY HERO
The bowl-lift design provides sturdy bowl support for stability when mixing heavy ingredients or large batches.
All-Metal Construction with Direct Drive Motor
Durable, reliable and built to last.
*Attachments sold separately.
**Compared to full size KitchenAid tilt-head stand mixers.
***Excludes bowls and beaters. Attachments sold separately.
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So you have decided to purchase a KitchenAid stand mixer. Great! But which mixer is best for you? Purchasing a KitchenAid stand mixer is a big decision and potentially one of your biggest countertop appliance investments. With all the KitchenAid mixer differences and options out there it can be a little overwhelming, to say the least. Everything Kitchens has been selling KitchenAid Mixers online for over 10 years and is one of KitchenAid's top independent retailers. That being said, KitchenAid stand mixers are a big part of our business culture and what we know best. We understand how important this purchase is and enjoy helping our customers navigate the KitchenAid stand mixer differences and find the right one to suit their cooking and baking needs. We make our stand mixer recommendations based on our personal experience with them and from our customer's feedback as well. Spending some time thinking about the capacity you will be needing and what you will be making with it is probably the most important step to narrowing down your search for a new KitchenAid stand mixer. It is important you get the right mixer to meet your needs. No matter how good it looks on your counter if the mixer is not capable of doing what you need, you won't be happy.
With all the KitchenAid Mixer differences out there, breaking them down into groups is a great way to find the best mixer available for your needs. First, we will look at an overview of all the major KitchenAid Stand Mixers showcasing their basic differences while breaking them down into four distinct groups. Then we will take a closer look at each group of KitchenAid mixers in finer detail. At the end we will have a list of scenarios and the KitchenAid mixer we would suggest would you consider.
"The Entry Level"
KitchenAid Classic Series
All of these KitchenAid mixer models are great for doing small batches with their lower capacity bowls, quarts. This makes them great for smaller families, person households, and those that only bake occasionally. Like all KitchenAid Standmixers, these models have the KitchenAid Power hub. With over 12 attachments available for purchase separately including everything from a vegetable spiralizer attachment, to a food grinder attachment, to a slow juicer attachment, these mixers can become a truly versatile multi-functional kitchen appliance. However, if you are serious about home baking we recommend looking to the KitchenAid 5 qt Artisan and Professional 6 Series mixers for their added capacities and power to handle a wider variety of recipes.
If you are wanting a good solid mixer for your small household then you cannot go wrong with any of these options. If you are not concerned about color but are more budget conscious than the KitchenAid Classic Mixer or Classic Plus Mixer are going to be your best bet.
KitchenAid Artisan Series Stand Mixers
The KitchenAid Artisan is probably the most iconic kitchen appliance out there. It is by far KitchenAid's most popular stand mixer and with good reason. The watts of power are perfect for making recipes calling for up to 9 cups of flour. This power and the KitchenAid Artisan mixer's 5 qt bowl size is perfectly suited for mixing a standard size batch of 4 dozen chocolate chip cookies but can easily handle a double batch (8 dozen cookies) or as much as 9 dozen cookies which are considered its max capacity. Overloading the mixer or trying to mix up very chunky, thick cookie dough at speeds higher than the recommended 4-speed setting can cause the head to bounce or shake. So be sure you know the recommended mixing speeds for the type of recipe you are making. The mixer does have a failsafe in the form of a single nylon gear that will strip itself before burning out the motor in the event of the mixer being overloaded. Replacing this gear is more cost effective than replacing the entire motor.
The tilt head design gives the KitchenAid Artisan mixer the ability to fit and operate underneath standard sized cabinets, being only 18" tall with the head tilted up and " tall with the head down and locked. However many people, including myself, prefer to pull the mixer out from under the cabinet and close to the countertop edge to operate it. (Being under 5'4" is great) This is not so bad as the mixer has rubber pads on the bottom which makes it easy to pull and push it a few inches.
The KitchenAid Artisan Series consists of many models, but probably the most familiar are the KitchenAid Artisan KSM stand mixers, the Custom Metallic Series KSM, and the Artisan Designer Series KSM Essentially, all the Kitchen Artisans are the same machine with 5-quart bowls and tilt-head design, and watt AC motor. The KitchenAid Artisan Mixer differences are primarily in the color options, finishes and bowls, and accessories that are included with them. The KSM KitchenAid Artisan comes in a wide range of colors - over 32 actually which makes it the mixer with the most color options of any model of KitchenAid's mixers. The KitchenAid Artisan Mixer comes standard with a 5 qt stainless steel bowl, a coated flat beater, wire whip, dough hook, and pouring shield.
The KitchenAid Artisan Design Series comes in its own range of colors numbering 9+. With a double coating, these mixers have an added luster and shine similar to the candied paint effect in the automotive world. A glass 5 qt bowl with measurement markings, flat beater, wire whip, and dough hook are also included with this model mixer.
The Custom Metallic Series Mixers are definitely the higher end of the Artisan models line in regards to the price tag. These mixers come with all the same accessories as the standard Artisan KSM Mixer with the 5 qt stainless steel bowl, coated beater, wire whip, coated dough hook, and pouring shield. The higher price is due to their high-end metal finishes that are absolutely stunning available in brushed nickel, chrome, and satin copper. These mixers can make a bold statement in any kitchen.
*The KitchenAid Artisan stand mixers offer the largest array of colors to choose from. One thing we tell our customers when deciding on a color is that we all perceive colors differently and colors can appear different from one screen to another depending on your computer settings. Also, the type of lighting in your home can cause colors to look very different than they do when taken in a professionally lit studio.
KitchenAid Professional Series Mixers
While the Artisan Mixer may be the Iconic KitchenAid Mixer, the KitchenAid Professional Mixers are the real workhorses of the KitchenAid Mixer lineup. These powerful stand mixers are perfect for those who are serious about home baking and who like to make large quantities of just about everything. With watts of power and a 6-quart bowl capacity, these stand mixers can handle recipes calling for up to 14 cups of flour. This translates into standard loaves of bread dough or up to 13 dozen cookies at full capacity. If you enjoy making goodies and treats for your whole family and co-workers for the holidays or enjoy making artisan loaves of bread this is the mixer series for you. The Professional and 6 Qt Bowl-Lift mixers sport a wider bowl and come with an S or pigtail style dough hook that can knead thick bread doughs like its air. The Professional mixers also have an all-metal construction with steel gears.
Now with the higher wattage of the KitchenAid Professional & 5Qt Bowl-Lift mixers comes the need for a more stable base. That is why these mixers and other higher wattage KitchenAid stand mixers utilize a bowl-lift design. The bowl-lift design is where the bowl of the mixer fits into two arms and a lever raises the bowl to the stationary mixer head. If you were to put this much power into a tilt-head design mixer it would shake and rattle so much it would eventually ruin the motor and could damage the mixer as well.
These mixers stand an impressive " tall. Most modern kitchens have the clearance for these mixers to fit snugly under cabinets that are the standard 18" above the counter, but it may be too tall for some. So measure before you buy if you are planning on storing your KitchenAid Professional Mixer on your kitchen counter. Storage is something to consider if you are not able to keep it on your counter all the time. The Professional mixers weight lbs which can make it difficult if you are storing it in a pantry or cabinet and having to move it to your counter frequently. Remember to lift with your knees.
The Professional Mixers included many models featuring varying bowl types, finishes, and wattage. The most popular one sold by Everything Kitchens is the standard KitchenAid Professional , also known as the "Pro 6" Mixer. This mixer comes with a 6 qt stainless steel bowl, pouring shield, flat beater, wire whip, and S Dough Hook.
The Professional is a step above the Professional Design mixer. It sports the same 6 qt glass bowl and accessories, but the Professional Mixer brings a bit more power to the table with a 1 HP DC motor for quieter operation and the ability to run longer without getting hot like the Professional and Artisans AC motors. In addition, it includes a sensor that helps control mixer speeds and will even detect overload, shutting off the mixer to protect the motor from damage. The Professional Mixer also has the added feature of "soft start" which lowers ingredient splatter, which is good since the glass bowl mixers do not come with a pouring shield.
"The Next Level"
KitchenAid ProLine & Commercial Stand Mixers
These next two KitchenAid mixers are really in classes all their own, but what they do share in common is a powerful HP DC motor. If you are looking for mixers that come with longer manufacturer warranties than the standard 1 year of the other KitchenAid Stand mixers, larger capacities, and a powerful yet quiet hp DC motors, then one of these mixers may fit the bill.
The KitchenAid ProLine Series appliances offer exceptional support with a 5-year total replacement limited warranty from the manufacturer compared to the standard 1-year warranty of the other residential KitchenAid stand mixers. The 7 qt mixer is the largest bowl capacity among the KitchenAid residential model mixers. A hp DC Motor offers unmatched mixing power while also being relatively quiet compared to the Professional mixers. The 7 qt bowl gives you the capacity to mix up to 14 dozen cookies. Even though the ProLine only comes in 4 basic colors, they do have the double coating that gives them the additional luster that is usually reserved for the Design series mixers.
KitchenAid Commercial 8 qt - The only choice really for those that cook or bake professionally. Be it a small home business or a commercial kitchen, the KitchenAid Commercial 8 qt is what you need. This stand mixer is the only KitchenAid mixer that is NSF & UL listed, making it the only KitchenAid Stand mixer that's rated for commercial use. The KitchenAid Commercial 8 qt mixer comes with a 2-year manufacturer warranty, a stainless steel 8 qt bowl, stainless steel bowl guard, stainless steel wire whip, flat beater, and spiral dough hook.
KitchenAid Stand Mixer Recommendations
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Updated September 17, - Everything Kitchens LLC
Every home baker dreams of outfitting their countertop with a powerful stand mixer—and no one makes a better one than KitchenAid. While all of the brand's mixers are excellent, the numerous models, styles, and options can make it difficult to choose which one to bring home and put to work on your favorite cookie recipe.
Sure, they each have the same basic function: They hold a mixing bowl steady while a beater or whisk spins, providing efficient hands-free baking assistance. But the slight differences in models can be important to consider when choosing an appliance that you'll have for a very long time.
This guide will help you find the best KitchenAid stand mixer for you based on your baking needs, countertop space, price range, and personal preference. Once you've found the mixer of your dreams, check out our guide to mixer attachments to maximize your new machine's cooking and baking potential.
What are the basic model types?
KitchenAid mixers fall into one of two categories, which the company calls “bowl actions”: tilt-head or bowl-lift.
Tilt-head models allow the head of the mixer to hinge back on the neck while the bowl stays fastened to the base. They are are on the smaller end of the spectrum capacity-wise, with , , and 5-quart options.
Bowl-lift styles feature a lever that cranks the bowl up to or away from the head of the mixer, which stays fixed in the downward position. These are larger, and come in a wider range of sizes, from 5- to 8-quart capacities.
The two most common KitchenAid stand mixers are the Classic (quart capacity) and the Artisan (5-quarts)—both are tilt-head models. The company claims that this size range can make eight to nine dozen cookies or about five loaves of bread at once.
What other choices do you need to make?
In selecting a capacity and bowl action for your ideal KitchenAid mixer, there are a few other variables to keep in mind. Bowl material, color preferences, and the height of the space where you plan to store and use your mixer all factor into which model is best for you.
Almost every KitchenAid mixer comes with a stainless steel bowl; only certain Artisan models come with a glass bowl. Bowls are available for sale individually if you'd rather substitute one material for another or if you plan on doing a lot of multitasking—having an extra bowl on hand is an avid baker's secret weapon. Clear glass bowls with measurement markings on the side are available for tilt-head and select bowl-lift models, while frosted glass, hammered glass, and ceramic are only available for tilt-head.
Choosing your mixer color is perhaps the most fun part of the KitchenAid buying process. There are over 40 options, including dusty Matte Rose, deep purple Boysenberry, or the classic Candy Apple Red—though not ever color is available in every size or bowl action combination. The Classic quart tilt-head offers the fewest color options (white, black, or silver). If you want an array of color choices, the 5-quart Artisan tilt-head has the most, with The mini and the bowl-lift models fall somewhere in between.
Bowl-lift mixers are around 16 to 17 inches in height, tilt-head models are 14 inches, and minis about 12 inches. If you have low-hanging cabinets and plan to use your mixer on the counter, it's best to stay away from the taller bowl-lift models. However, if you regularly double and triple your baking batches or want to start churning out multiple loaves of bread, the bowl-lift, with its larger capacity, is the way to go—you just might have to pull it over to a different counter when you use it.
What comes with your mixer?
Every KitchenAid stand mixer comes with a fitted mixing bowl, six-wire whisk attachment, paddle attachment (flex-edge, coated white, or silver plated, depending on the model), and a dough hook (coated white or silver plated). Some models—like the Artisan and Pro —also come with a pouring shield, which keeps added ingredients from spilling out of the bowl while you work. While every mixer has ten speeds, only a few models (the Artisan Mini, Classic, and Pro ) have “Soft Start,” which eases into the top speeds to limit sudden flying flour.
Do you need more attachments?
KitchenAid attachments can turn your mixer into any number of culinary appliances. If you want a mixer that's also a juicing, sausage-stuffing, pasta-making, grain-milling machine, you need only amass a collection of certified attachments. KitchenAid products have a universal power hub, so your new attachments will fit any model.
Small But Mighty: The Artisan Mini Series
Here's a stand mixer that retains all the beauty and horsepower of a classic model at a fraction of the size. The Artisan Mini is the smallest and often most affordable of the bunch (though sometimes the Classic model is slightly less expensive, as is the case at the time of writing this article). The stainless steel bowl is quarts, and comes with a handle for easy attachment and removal. The machine is lighter (by 10 to 15 pounds), but otherwise you get all of the same features you'd get with the original model—plus 11 color choices. You can still make up to five dozen cookies in a single batch.
Quintessential: The Classic Series
This model lives up to its name: It's the standard KitchenAid stand mixer, a workhorse, with no extra bells or whistles. With a tilt-head body and quart capacity, it can tackle nearly any task or recipe, whether you’re making buttercream, kneading bread dough, or whipping egg whites for meringue. There are only three color choices with the Classic Series—white, black, and silver—so it's great for an indecisive shopper (or lover of neutrals). The Classic Plus model in the series is the same as the straightforward Classic, but with watts of power versus
KitchenAid Classic Series Plus Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer
Upgrade: The Artisan Series
This model is similar to the Classic, with a few exceptions. It is available with either a stainless steel or glass bowl (each with a handle), comes in 38 colors or patterns, and has a slightly larger capacity at 5 quarts. The tilt-head body of this mixer is slightly taller than the Classic if you choose the glass bowl (which offers handy measurements on the outside), but the stainless steel bowl version is the one that comes with a pouring shield for keeping messy ingredients from spilling out.
Heavyweight: Professional Series
These bowl-lift mixers utilize most of the elements of the Artisan series, but bump it up a notch. The larger capacity bowls can mix dough for 13 dozen cookies, eight loaves of bread, or eight pounds of mashed potatoes in a single batch—a must-have if you're cooking and baking for a crowd. Unlike the standard C-shaped dough hook, this model comes with a spiral-shaped one in burnished aluminum. It's available in more than 20 different colors.
Artisan® Mini Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer
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Artisan® Mini Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer
Mini Mixer. Powerful Performance. The Artisan® Mini tilt-head stand mixer makes up to 5 dozen cookies in a single batch, with the same power as the full size KitchenAid® tilt-head Stand Mixers while being 20% smaller, 25% lighter*. *KitchenAid® Artisan® Mini compared to the full size KitchenAid® tilt head Stand Mixers.
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Doughn't Worry, Be Happy
The dough hook is perfect for kneading all kinds of dough. Use it for making pasta, pizza and bread.
Grab the wire whisk when you need to incorporate air into your mixtures.
Flat out the best
The flat beater tackles heavier mixtures and gives you the right consistency for everything from mashed potatoes to frostings.
Fits in your life
The mini is a neat answer for people who love our stand mixer but have a small or shared kitchen. If you work in a tight space or need to store it easily, this is the model for you.
The fun in functional
With our smooth, rounded tilt-head design available in 9 different colours, you’ll find the perfect mixer for you. - Elegant, easy to use and quick to clean. Spend more time baking and cooking instead of going through the user manual.
Do the twist
It’s never been easier to add ingredients into your mixture, thanks to the original planetary action of our stand mixer. Low-effort and high-quality results go hand in hand. - The beater rotates in one direction while its whisk turns in the other, constantly pushing ingredients towards the centre of the bowl.
Built to last
Our stand mixers are built from the toughest materials and can take on any recipe you throw at (or in) them. What recipe will you challenge your stand mixer with? - Our stand mixers can withstand anything from sticky mixtures to compact doughs. So, don’t be shy. Give your stand mixer a challenge.
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The KitchenAid Artisan Mixer is probably the most iconic and most easily recognizable kitchen appliance out there. It is by far KitchenAid's most popular stand mixer and with good reason. The KitchenAid Artisan Mixer line consists of a number of models to suit every taste and lifestyle, from the Artisan Stand Mixer to the high-end Custom Metallic Mixers. A few things are consistent between all of the KitchenAid Artisan stand mixers including each coming with KitchenAid's 1-year hassle-free replacement warranty, the attachment hub to accommodate over 12 different attachments (sold separately), and the iconic tilt-head design that KitchenAid is so well known for. Let's look at a side by side overview of the KitchenAid Artisan Mixers, then dig into some of the finer points, and offer some suggestions on what mixer will work best for your needs.
The KitchenAid Artisan Mixer Differences
The KitchenAid Artisan Mixer
The most popular mixer in the Artisan line is by far the KitchenAid Artisan KSM stand mixer. The KSM KitchenAid Artisan comes in the widest range of colors - over 32 actually to suit almost every kitchen and personality. The KitchenAid Artisan Mixer comes standard with a 5 qt polished stainless steel bowl with handle, a coated flat beater, wire whip, dough hook and pouring shield. Essentially all of the Kitchen Artisans are the same machine with 5 qt bowl capacities, tilt head design, and watts of power. The KitchenAid Artisan Mixer differences are mainly in the color options, finishes, bowls, and accessories that are included with them.
The KitchenAid Artisan, Artisan Design Mixers, and Custom Metallic mixers are perfect for larger families and for people that enjoy baking and cooking for larger groups of people. The 5qt bowl and higher wattage is enough a double batch of sugar cookie dough or mash up 7 pounds of potatoes (that's enough for about 10 servings of mashed potatoes!) at max capacity.
The Artisan comes standard with a 5 qt stainless steel bowl, a coated flat beater, wire whip, dough hook and pouring shield. The KitchenAid Artisan Designer Series comes in its own range of colors with a double coating giving them added luster and shine. A glass 5 qt bowl with measurement markings, flat beater, wire whip and dough hook is included with this model mixer. The Custom Metallic series is the upper crust of the Artisan models with stunning, high end metal finishes. This Artisan Mixer comes with the same accessories as the standard KitchenAid Artisan Mixer with a stainless steel bowl with handle, coated beater, coated dough hook and wire whip.
The Artisan Mixer Power
The Artisan models all come with the same watt AC motor which is perfect for making recipes calling for up to 9 cups of flour. This power and the KitchenAid Artisan mixer's 5 qt bowl size is perfectly suited for mixing a standard size batch of 4 dozen chocolate chip cookies but can easily handle a double batch (8 dozen cookies) or as much as 9 dozen cookies, which is its max capacity.
Overloading the mixer or trying to mix up very chunky, thick cookie dough higher than the recommended 4 speed setting can cause the head to bounce or shake. So be sure you know the recommended mixing speeds for the type of recipe you are making. The mixer does have a fail-safe in the form of a single nylon gear that will strip itself before burning out the motor in the event of the mixer being overloaded. Replacing this gear is more cost effective than replacing the entire motor.
Storing Your Artisan Mixer
Thinking about how you will be storing your mixer could be an important factor when making your mixer purchase. The tilt head design gives the KitchenAid Artisan the ability to fit and operate underneath a standard sized cabinet, being only 18" tall with the head tilted up and " tall with the head down and locked. However, many people, including myself, prefer to pull the mixer out from under the cabinet and close to the counter top edge to operate it. This is not so bad as the mixer has rubber pads on the bottom which makes it easy to pull and push it a few inches. The 28+ lbs of the regular Artisans mixers can be a lot to pick up and carry around frequently so keep that in mind is an Artisan mixer is what you have your eyes on.
The Artisan Mixer Color
Once you know what mixer you want the next big thing is choosing what color. One of the biggest appeals of the Artisan mixer line is the wide array of colors that are available. Probably the most common color questions we get at Everything Kitchens is "What silver color will best match my stainless steel appliances?" While stainless steel can vary from brushed to high polished we have found, that generally the Contour Silver KitchenAid Artisan KSMPSCU is usually the best match. Don't be afraid of color. If the Majestic yellow mixer makes you happy go for it! Proudly display that color and let it be the brightest thing in your kitchen.
The Designer Series features a double coating paint process that gives more of a candied finish that is higher gloss and almost shimmers. If a high-end chrome, nickel or copper finish is more what you are wanting for your kitchen the Custom Metallic mixers are your best bet.
One thing we tell our customers when they are deciding on a color is that we all perceive colors differently. The way one person perceives a color may be different than how you see it. Colors can appear different from one screen to another depending on your computer settings. Also, the type of lighting in your home can cause colors to look very different than they do when the mixer is is a professionally lit photo studio. One of the colors we hear about the most in regards to color differences is the Cobalt Blue Artisan mixer. In warmer light this mixer can almost look deep purple while in cooler light it can look a navy or even royal blue.
Most Popular Stand Mixer Colors
The Best KitchenAid Stand Mixer for You
- Everything Kitchens mixer recommendations are based on our over 10 years of experience selling KitchenAid Mixers and feedback from our customers. Please be sure to do your research about the mixer you are purchasing to further ensure that it is, indeed, the right one for your needs. Always feel free to call our customer service agents at Monday-Friday 8am-5pm CST if you have further questions about the mixer you are looking at purchasing.
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