Sports a large-capacity seven-quart bowl and professional-quality motor and bowl lift. Comes with compelling attachments – flat beater, wire whip, and dough hook. Backed by a five-year limited warranty.
Falls on the high end of the price spectrum, but if you're looking for the best for your kitchen, you won't be shocked by the price.
Has 10 speeds and comes with four attachments. Hub opens the door to 10 optional attachments, including pasta makers. Available in over 20 colors. Many consumers appreciate the deeper bowl as opposed to wide bowls seen on other models.
Occasional reports of quality issues, such as broken attachments or peeling stickers.
Has some features comparable to more costly models, such as a bowl lift, powerful motor, 10 speeds, and three attachments. Comes in more than 10 fun colors. Designed for heavy-duty baking and bread dough prep.
Though it's a bit less than the Pro Line, the KitchenAid Professional 600 it's still on the higher end of the price spectrum. The bowl is also smaller, and the one-year warranty is shorter than some others.
Features 10 speeds and a generous 8-quart capacity. Includes a whisk, flat beater, and dough hook for working with various mixes. Comes in bright red, nickel, or pewter finish. Accessories are dishwasher-safe for easy cleanup.
Some buyers had units that did not last as long as they had hoped.
After going through an intensive research process to narrow down our short list of top products in this space, we tested KitchenAid Artisan Series 5 Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer to be sure that it’s worthy of our recommendation. Guided by experts, we spend hours looking into the factors that matter and test to verify manufacturer claims.
The KitchenAid mixer has been around for a hundred years. Over that time, it has evolved into a versatile appliance that can perform almost any task imaginable. It can mix, but it functions equally well as a juicer, meat grinder, spiralizer, and more. But which model is best for you?
Knowing what's right for you begins with knowing your needs. Mixing bowls range from 3.5-quart bowls to 8-quart bowls. Higher-end models have more durable accessories (flat beater, wire whip, dough hook), but it's the attachments that give this machine its incredible flexibility. Whether you’re making ice cream or spaghetti, it's all possible—but only if you have the proper attachments.
KitchenAid offers four types of stand mixers to cover a wide swath of budgets and needs. Individual series are distinguished by the capacities of their mixing bowl, from 3.5 to 8 quarts.
The models differ in how the home cook accesses the mixing bowl. The priciest units — those generally used by pros in commercial kitchens — have a lever that 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 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.
One of the “small kitchen” options in the KitchenAid line, the Artisan, comes in two models, each of which allows a home cook to make five dozen cookies or one loaf of bread.
In this line, there are two Artisan models: the KSM150PS and KSM155GB.
Also in the 5-quart-line is the KSM152PS, a custom metallic model with a pouring shield and the same accessories as the KSM150PS.
In this category, the mixers bear a “Professional Series” label due to their bowl size and use of the bowl-lift design that raises the mixing bowl for easier access. These Pro Line 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 for efficient kneading.
With supersized mixing bowls, the KSM7586P includes a polished stainless steel bowl, nickel-coated flat beater, nickel-coated Powerknead dough hook, and 11-inch 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.
According to the manufacturer, the best way to clean your machine is to follow these steps:
Included in the price of each mixer are three accessories: a flat beater, wire whip, and dough hook. While the functions are essentially the same for each model, the 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.
Also called a paddle, this is a must-have for any home baker. The beater is used in a variety of recipes and excels at incorporating ingredients.
The dough hook is a workhorse when it comes to making pasta.
Also called a wire whip and viewed as a classic accessory, this is sufficient for everything from whisking egg whites for meringue to making flawless whipped cream.
All KitchenAid mixers share a 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 to try out all sorts 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. On the plus side, it’s dishwasher safe, so cleanup is easy. 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 juice every now and then, you may appreciate the low price.
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 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 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 a 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 set up and use. We were able to make strawberry ice cream with no previous ice cream-making experience. On the downside, the process took longer than we anticipated. We have mixed feelings about this attachment, but most owners we surveyed like it.
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. Walmart may be another website to check out for refurbished machines.
A. The machines are assembled in Greenville, Ohio.
A. The famous French chef used a model called the K5A.
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