Sports a large capacity 7-quart bowl and professional-quality motor and bowl lift. Comes with compelling attachments – flat beater, wire whip, and dough hook. Backed by a 5-year limited warranty.
Falls on the high end of the price spectrum – but if you are looking the best for your kitchen you won't be shocked by the price.
A powerful machine designed for commercial use. Boasts a 1.3 HP motor for impressive mixing. Comes with an 8-quart bowl, lift and guard, and ability to work with 12 attachments for every professional mixing job.
Very expensive – but it's also an investment that will pay off over time for the professional chef.
Offers KitchenAid's iconic stand mixer for an unbeatable price compared to other models. Runs with 250 watts of power, has a tilt head, and comes with the same attachments as the Pro Line – flat beater, wire whip, and dough hook.
The warranty is only 1 year, and the bowl has only a 4.5-quart capacity – but these are small concerns if you want a top-quality mixer at a value price.
Has some features comparable to more costly models, such as a bowl lift, powerful motor, 10 speeds, and 3 attachments. Comes in more than 10 fun colors.
Though it's a bit less than the Pro Line, it's still on the higher end of the price spectrum. The bowl is also smaller, and the warranty is only 1 year.
Features a tilt-head design for easy mixing and attachment changing. Delivers 59 touchpoints for powerful mixing, and comes in 20 colors to fit any decor or personality. Falls at the middle of the price range.
Some of our testers commented that it seems a bit less powerful than others on our list. The bowl is only 5 quarts, and the warranty only 1 year.
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The KitchenAid mixer has been around for a hundred years. Over that period of time, it has evolved into a versatile appliance that can perform almost any task imaginable. It can mix, but it also functions equally well as a juicer, a meat grinder, a spiralizer, and more. But which model is the one that's best for you?
Knowing what's right for you begins with knowing your needs. Mixing bowls range from 3.5 quarts to 7 quarts. The higher end models have more durable accessories (a flat beater, a wire whip, a dough hook), but it's the attachments that give this machine its incredible flexibility. Whether you want to make anything from ice cream to spaghetti, it's all possible, but only if you have the proper attachments.
This article provides a robust understanding of the finer points of KitchenAid mixers. To learn more, read on. If your stomach is already growling, there are a number of mixers which made our approved short list so you can purchase quickly with confidence.
Moving well past its original model, KitchenAid’s website lists fours types of stand mixers to cover a wide swath of budgets and needs. Individual series are distinguished by the capacity of their mixing bowl, from 3.5 to 7 quarts.
The models differ in how the cook can access the mixing bowl. The priciest units — those generally used by professionals and in commercial kitchens — have a lever which lifts the bowl up and down for easy access.
Within each of these series, KitchenAid offers custom versions from time to time as well as units made specially for individual department stores, kitchen supply stores, and home shopping networks.
If you’re in the market for a new KitchenAid mixer, you’ll enjoy a dizzying array of choices, some of which come in as many as 22 colors. So if your dream kitchen is outfitted in onyx, fear not: there is a KitchenAid mixer that will blend in with your décor.
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One of the small options in the KitchenAid line, the Artisan, comes in two models, each of which allows a cook to make five dozen cookies or one loaf of bread.
The KSM3311X comes in five colors, has a brushed stainless steel bowl, and includes a flat beater, wire whip, and dough hook.
In this line, there are two Artisan models: the KSM150PS and KSM155GB.
The KSM150PS has a pouring shield, stainless steel bowl, wire whip, white-coated beater, and dough hook.
The pricier KSM155GB comes with a glass bowl and burnished (highly polished) flat beater and dough hook, as well as a wire whip.
Also in the 5-quart-line is the KSM152PS, a custom metallic model with a pouring shield and the same accessories as the KSM150PS.
A major difference is that it is manufactured in three metal-plated colors.
In this category, the mixers bear a “Professional Series” label due to their bowl size and use of the “lift” that raises the mixing bowl for easier access. These models, the KP26M1X and pricier KSM6521X, vary in that the more expensive appliance has a glass bowl with a beater, whip, and hook made especially for glass bowls. The less-expensive mixer, with its stainless steel bowl, has a special “Powerknead” dough hook that the company says kneads more efficiently.
With supersized mixing bowls, the KSM7586P includes a polished stainless steel bowl, nickel-coated flat beater, nickel-coated Powerknead dough hook, and 11-wire whip. The KSM7588P has a stainless steel flat beater and a stainless steel Powerknead dough hook. Both accessories are NSF-certified, which means they are approved for creating food for public consumption.
All KitchenAid attachments are dishwasher safe except the ones with motors (like the food processor) and the pasta maker.
The Kitchenaid KPRA Pasta Roller and cutter for spaghetti and fettuccine is the most popular attachment for the mixer.
KitchenAid has a museum in Greenville, Ohio called the “Retail Experience Center” which explains the world of the company.
According to the manufacturer, the best way to clean your machine is to follow these steps:
Unplug the appliance.
Hand-wash all attachments in warm, soapy water.
Clean the mixing bowl with hot water and soap, or place it in the dishwasher.
Clean up spills and other food residue on the mixer.
Wipe the unit down with a damp cloth after each use, taking care not to get liquid in any of the openings.
Carefully clean near the motor head and speed knob where food can easily collect.
Use baking soda and water with a small brush to access hard-to-clean areas.
Unscrew the nut in the motor hub and clean the inside.
Lift up the mixer and wipe away any dust and grime that may have collected on the bottom part of the stand.
The amount of time you can save by focusing on other tasks while your KitchenAid does the heavy mixing is reason enough to add one to your kitchen.
KitchenAid mixers are compared based on their planetary mixing action — i.e. the number of touchpoints per rotation around the bowl that an attachment makes.
KitchenAid attachments from the 1950s, such as one that shells peas, still work with even the newest machines.
In 1994, KitchenAid ran a contest to find the oldest mixer in use. The winner, a Pittsburgh-area woman, had a model dating back to 1919.
The U.S. Navy was one of the first customers for the original mixer. It was a timesaver for cooks who wanted to feed large numbers of sailors.
KitchenAid mixers were initially sold door-to-door by female salespeople who would demo the product in customers’ homes.
Some of the KitchenAid stand mixer’s earliest attachments, like the ice cream maker, were originally made of wood.
The appliance's name came from the wife of a Hobart Company executive who proclaimed it was the “best kitchen aid ever.”
Q. Where can I buy a used or refurbished machine?
A. As with other appliances, eBay or Craigslist is a good place to buy used KitchenAid appliances, but Amazon sells refurbished KitchenAid stand mixers at a discount.
Q. Where are KitchenAid stand mixers made?
A. The machines are assembled in Greenville, Ohio.
Q. What KitchenAid mixer did Julia Child use on her PBS shows?
A: The famous French chef used a model called the K5A.
Included in the price of each mixer are three accessories: a flat beater, a wire whip, and a dough hook. While the functions of these accessories are essentially the same for each model, the composition material varies. For example, the less-expensive units have plastic-composite accessories while the pro models’ beater, whip, and hook are made of stainless steel or coated diamond — materials that perform better at higher speeds and tend to last longer.
This is a must-have for any baker. The beater is used in a variety of recipes and excels when you are incorporating ingredients.
The dough hook is a workhorse when it comes to making pasta.
Viewed as a classic accessory, the wire whip is sufficient for everything from whisking egg whites for meringue to making flawless whipped cream.
All KitchenAid mixers share one common feature: a power hub. In fact, every KitchenAid stand mixer, whether you received it as a wedding gift last month or inherited it from your great-grandmother years ago, has a small circular connector in the front of the appliance to which you can add a variety of attachments.
These attachments extend the versatility of the mixer to allow it to become a pasta maker, juicer, spiralizer, food processor, peeler, meat grinder, and more. With increased capabilities, the KitchenAid mixer enhances its utility footprint and allows cooks to use one multipurpose appliance and gain more countertop real estate.
We used the attachments in our test kitchen and tried out all sort of recipes. We made juice, strawberry ice cream and pasta with meatballs, which utilized almost every attachment. Check out the process in the gallery below, and then read on to find out more of our thoughts about each attachment.
We tested some of the attachments available for KitchenAid stand mixers in our BestReviews lab. In general, we found them to be versatile and easy to use. In fact, some could even serve as replacements for separate appliances.
This juicer attachment only juices citrus fruits, which could be a consideration for some people. On the plus side, it’s dishwasher safe, so cleanup is easy after a juicing session. This attachment takes up little space and doesn’t have a lot of parts.
If you don’t regularly juice, this attachment is a good pick. It’s neither the best nor the worst juicer we’ve seen. If you like to have a juice every now and then, you may appreciate the low price point.
We made a juice mix of lemons, grapefruits and oranges.
In our opinion, the KitchenAid grinder attachment is not ideal for big projects, and you must cut the meat into small pieces to fit it through the tube. We did like the fact that, unlike a lot of other meat grinders, this one was quite easy to clean.
Overall, this attachment worked very well for us. Our only complaint was that some meat got stuck in the tube.
This is a good attachment, even with its limited capacities. In its favor, the KitchenAid shredder/slicer offers a few different shred options. You can create results that are very fine or in slabs. We like the fact that it aerates the cheese so it’s soft and fluffy. Unfortunately, it can’t handle harder/wetter objects, including some fruits and veggies.
Overall, we really liked the shredder/slicer, and it served its purpose excellently. However, we cannot see much practical use for it unless you make a lot of bread crumbs and shred a lot of cheese.
This attachment is ideal for those who have fallen for the “spiralizing craze,” since typical manual spiralizers can hurt your wrist. We like the fact that this KitchenAid spiralizer attachment comes with two different core attachments. If you want to spiralize an apple, you can core it. If you’re preparing zucchini, you can cut out a much smaller core.
We also like the fact that the spiralizer is easy to clean.
The KitchenAid food processor unit we tested was shaky, as if it didn’t it fit well. And the end product, the processed food, was not consistent in size. In addition, the attachment has lots of sharp components which could pose a danger to users.
As our least-favorite attachment, it’s our opinion that if you want the KitchenAid food processor for small tasks only — and you don’t want to invest the counter space in full-on food processor — it could be worth it.
This KitchenAid pasta maker attachment is great for first-time pasta makers; we found it very easy to use.
Granted, the pasta maker is not dishwasher safe. But our cleanup was simple, as the pasta did not get stuck and make a mess.
This KitchenAid ice cream maker attachment is easy to setup and use. We were able to make strawberry ice cream with no previous ice cream-making experience. On the downside, the process of making the ice cream took longer than we anticipated. We have mixed feelings about this attachment, but most owners we surveyed like it.
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