For decades, KitchenAid has been considered the gold standard for stand mixers, and that's understandable. A staple in home kitchens and professional bakeries alike, KitchenAid's best stand mixers are baking donkeys capable of preparing delicate cake batters and sticky bread doughs with ease and efficiency. After challenging five top models to a series of culinary tasks, I think theArtisan Series 5 quart mixer with tilt headit's absolutely the best overall thanks to its great performance, streamlined design, and overall ease of use. If you're a new baker or you're short on kitchen space, theArtisan 3.5 Liter Tilting Head Mini Mixer— which is more affordable and compact — is an equally impressive machine.
While KitchenAid isn't the only trusted kitchenware brand making quality stand mixers today, their models are easily the most iconic thanks to their unparalleled power and sleek, premium construction. “A KitchenAid stand mixer opens up so many worlds in baking,” says Joanne Chang, the James Beard Award-winning pastry chef behindFlour bakery and cafeIn Boston. “They look great with many colors, last a long time if you take good care of them, and have a good speed range and useful accessories.” While it's true that you can make meringue, bread dough, and buttercream by hand, Chang continues, "A mixer gives you a better end product because the machine is stronger."
Once you've decided to invest in a KitchenAid (or add one to yourmarriage registrationor holiday wish list), the hardest part of the buying process is deciding which model is right for you. After all, the brand sells a variety of styles, sizes, and colors, and even the most affordable options don't come cheap. The following is a list of the best KitchenAid mixers from my testing process:
- Best KitchenAid all-round stand mixer:Artisan Series 5 quart mixer with tilt head
- Best KitchenAid stand mixer for beginners:Artisan 3.5 Liter Tilting Head Mini Mixer
- Best KitchenAid stand mixer for big batches:Professional 6 quart bowl stand mixer 600 series
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As a full-time product reviewer specializing in kitchen equipment, I'm always looking for tools and appliances that help cooks and bakers feel more comfortable and confident in the kitchen. Over the past 5 years, I've tested hundreds of cookware, from non-stick cookware tofryersfor trimming knives, for stores like the Food Network,food and wineand Taste of Home. I have a degree in culinary arts from the Institute of Culinary Education, and before I started reviewing products, I spent years cooking in professional kitchens. For this piece, I also consulted with Jürgen David,director of pastry research and development at the Institute for Culinary Education, and Joanne Chang, owner of Boston'sFlour bakery and cafe.
How I Tested the Best KitchenAid Mixers
Since KitchenAid mixers are often big and bulky (not to mention expensive), it's a purchase you want to get right the first time. I kept this in mind when deciding which models to test, with the aim of choosing a variety of machines that would appeal to bakers with different preferences and skill sets. KitchenAid manufactures stand mixers in two styles: tilt-head (when the bowl is attached to the body of the machine and the head pivots backwards) and bowl-lift (when the head is stationary and the bowl is attached to two arms that extend of the mixer body). Each comes with its own advantages and disadvantages; While inclined head mixers tend to be shorter, lighter and easier to store, lift bowl models are heavy machines with more powerful motors. After meticulous research and consideration, I've come up with five main models that vary in functionality, capacity, power, and price.
To start, I took stock of each machine's size, weight, and overall aesthetics. I then put each stand mixer through a series of culinary tests using the three accessories included with each model - a flat beater, dough hook and wire whisk - to assess how efficiently and skillfully they handled four classic recipes. First there was the whipped cream, a relatively simple task I did with the whisk. As I used medium and high speeds, this test helped me to evaluate how easy it was to switch between different speed settings when needed. I also noted the noise level and any splashing during the process. I then made a large batch of cookie dough in the kitchen sink (enough to make 48 cookies) in each machine using the paddle attachment. Here, I wanted to see if the mixers could evenly incorporate a variety of toppings: desiccated coconut, nuts, raisins, oatmeal, and chocolate chips. Once the top of the dough appeared incorporated, I examined the bottom of each bowl to see if any ingredients had accumulated. After the cookies were baked, I checked one more time to see how consistently the mixtures dispersed.
To test how well the mixers handled tough dough, I challenged them to an entire batch of pizza dough (enough to produce two 14-inch pizzas). One of the most challenging parts of making pizza dough is not kneading it; You want to mix long enough to activate the gluten, but if you work too hard, the dough will lose its elasticity and take on a bread-like texture. As each machine (equipped with the dough hook) kneaded the ingredients into a sticky ball of dough, I also paid close attention to whether the mixers wobbled around my counter or became especially noisy when the machines were running at high speed. 🇧🇷
My last recipe was decidedly more delicate. In each model, I made a traditional sponge cake dough, which requires gentle folding and can fall apart if not mixed well. In this test, I used the whisk to mix the egg yolks with the sugar, adding the flour little by little; Then, I whipped the egg whites until soft peaks formed, which I finally incorporated into the rest of the dough using the paddle attachment. As each model picked up the dough, I noticed how easily the two doughs were incorporated.
Throughout each test, I looked at how easy each machine was to use, more specifically, how difficult it was to switch between speeds, remove the bowl from the machine body, change attachments, and add more ingredients. It is also worth mentioning that all KitchenAid mixers have a 1-year warranty (except the Pro line, which has a 5-year warranty).
Best KitchenAid stand mixer
An unbeatable model that is ready for any task
KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Quart Stand Stand Mixer
Style:tilt your head🇧🇷 Attached files:Beater, beater, dough hook, spill guard🇧🇷 bowl capacity:5 rooms| Weight:26 pounds🇧🇷 Dimensions:8.7 x 14.1 x 13.9 inches🇧🇷 Energy:325 watts
- Home bakers who are ready to invest in a premium stand mixer
- People who make a wide variety of baked goods, from bread to cakes.
- Those who want lots of color options.
- Typically makes larger batches of hard pasta
The KitchenAid Artisan earns full marks because, quite simply, it offers everything you could want in a stand mixer. With a 5 liter capacity, it's big enough for standard baking recipes, yet compact enough to fit in most kitchen cupboards. It's also easy to use, thanks to the intuitive tilt-head design and the handy guard that attaches to the top of the bowl and prevents wet and dry ingredients from flying around the sides. And perhaps most importantly, this stand mixer really excels at its job. Nothing I've made at Artisan, from whipped cream to pizza dough, has come out too mixed or too little.
The Artisan is KitchenAid's best-selling stand mixer, and during testing I could easily see why: It's an incredibly versatile professional-grade machine that manages to be both powerful and smooth at the same time. When I whipped cream with the whisk, medium peaks formed in less than 5 minutes; even when switching between medium and high speeds, none of the heavy creams squirted. The stand mixer also made the cookie dough work from the kitchen sink easy, mixing well and distributing all the toppings (shredded coconut, oats, raisins, chocolate chips, and nuts). The delicate sponge cake dough was also a piece of cake for the machine and produced a light and fluffy cake.
A common complaint against inferior mixers is that they wobble and bounce when mixing dense batters. I didn't notice that movement with this model. When mixing a batch of pizza dough with the dough hook, the Artisan stayed steady and secure on my counter, even at higher speeds. After kneading the soft ball of dough for about 5 minutes, it became springy and springy; when I pushed my fingers into its sticky surface, the dough came back. Together, these qualities indicated that the dough was perfectly kneaded. After testing the dough, I made mini pizzas that came out with soft (but not soggy) centers and golden, crispy edges.
For most home bakers, the Artisan is an unbeatable model. Thanks to its angled head design, it's easy to stop the mixer to check the dough, add more flour or scrape down the sides of the bowl. I also appreciated the ease of changing attachments without removing the bowl from the stand mixer, which is often required on bowl lift models. The spilled shield also deserves a mention. During the test, I was able to add dry ingredients to the mixer without the flour and cream coming out, thanks to this handy accessory. And last but not least, this mixer comes in 27 beautiful colors, including the iconic Empire Red. (For more details, here's myKitchenAid Artisan Series stand mixer review.)
Best KitchenAid stand mixer for beginners
A compact model that is more powerful than it looks
KitchenAid Artisan Mini Stand Mixer 3.5 Liters
Style:tilt your head🇧🇷 Attached files:Flexible beater with silicone edge, dough hook, beater🇧🇷 bowl capacity:3.5 rooms| Weight:18 pounds🇧🇷 Dimensions:7.8 x 12.3 x 12.3 inches| Energy:250 watts
- Those with small kitchens and minimal storage space
- New bakers who want to learn the ropes with a professional quality mixer
- People who like to make smaller half bakes of roasts.
- Do you like to make large batches of dough at once?
For new or casual bakers who want a premium stand mixer but aren't quite ready to add a larger, more expensive model to their baking arsenal, the Artisan Mini is a fantastic option. At 18 pounds, this mixer is the smallest of all KitchenAid models, no bigger than a drip coffee maker. As a tilt head mixer, it is very easy to operate. And while it might be small (at least compared to other models), it's an absolute powerhouse. During testing, it mixed cookie dough, pizza dough and pie crust with the same dexterity as the larger models. (You can read my detailed Artisan Mini reviewhere.)
Although I anticipated before testing that I would need to cut my dough recipes in half for this 3.5 liter mixer, I quickly realized that would be unnecessary. I was able to make whole batches of each, and as evidenced by the final products, everything was perfectly blended, folded, whipped, and kneaded. That said, the bowl was full. Although nothing was spilled, the cookie dough looked like it could boil over at times. The machine also started to move as I added more mixtures and the dough thickened, bouncing likewise with the gooey pizza dough. In the end, though, all of my recipes came out perfect: the pie was moist and fluffy, the pizza dough was airy and crispy, and the toppings were evenly spread on the kitchen sink cookies.
What sets this little mixer apart from its bigger brothers is its ability to handle smaller amounts of ingredients—enough bread dough to make a single loaf of bread or half a batch of chocolate chip cookies, for example. While the larger models I tested had trouble mixing a few egg yolks or a single batch of cake batter well, as the attachments didn't reach far enough into the bowl, the Artisan Mini didn't have that problem. Also, I was able to make whipped cream using only half a cup of heavy cream in the mixer. If you're just starting your home baking journey and experimenting with new recipes, the ability to make small batches is infinitely more valuable than the ability to make triple batches of cookies in one go.
The Artisan Mini also comes with an accessory that is useful for all bakers, but especially for new ones. While most KitchenAid stand mixers come with a flat beater, the Artisan Mini includes a flexible beater with a silicone rim, which has a flexible flap that scrapes bits of butter and dough off the sides of the bowl. When making cookies, cakes, muffins and the like, it's important to stop the mixer every now and then to manually scrape the bowl to ensure all the ingredients are well mixed. But thanks to the flexible beater, which I found incredibly effective, I didn't have to do this as often, a small but much-appreciated perk. For bakers who may not remember to tend to the sides of the bowl often, this benefit can save recipes.
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KitchenAid Professional 600 Series 6-Quart Bowl Lift Stand Mixer
Style:lifting bowl🇧🇷 Attached files:Whisk, dough hook, wire whisk, spill guard🇧🇷 bowl capacity:6 rooms| Weight:29 pounds🇧🇷 Dimensions:11.25 x 16.5 x 14.5 inches| Energy:575 watts
- Home bakers who like to double (or even triple) batches
- Those who mainly make bread and denser pasta
- More advanced bakers who are willing to invest
- Usually cooks individual batches
- You are short on space or have trouble moving large items
Since lift-bowl models are typically heavier and more powerful than tilt-head mixers, these heavy-duty machines are considered better for larger, stiffer mixes. A 29-pound behemoth with a 6-quart capacity, the 600 Series 6-Quart Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer has proven more than capable on this front. If you're an advanced home baker who frequently takes on more ambitious baking projects and has the storage space this model requires, the Professional 600 is your model.
The Professional 600 is one of the brand's biggest models. For my whipped cream test, I was able to mix 5 cups of heavy cream without splattering. In fact, the Professional 600 is so large that it had trouble mixing small batches during testing. When I tried to beat the egg yolks and sugar for the pound cake, the mixer skimmed the tops of the egg yolks, leaving a fair amount of sugar at the bottom of the bowl. My end result: a poorly mixed batter that produced a collapsed cake. With pizza dough, I had a similar experience. When I made a single batch in the stand mixer, the flour pooled on the sides and bottom of the bowl where the dough hook, or more specifically, the pizza dough dough the hook wrapped around, couldn't reach. However, after doubling the recipe, the dough hook had no trouble kneading the ingredients. Once the soft ball of dough came together, its sticky surface quickly picked up any remaining flour on the sides and bottom of the bowl. It whipped the cream into soft, smooth peaks with impressive efficiency.
What's more: when mixing the double batch of sticky pizza dough, the machine did not jump or move, even at high speeds. I also found that the actual construction of the bowl lift design gave the machine stability; while the head on tilt models can pivot backwards, the head on bowl models is fixed. To raise and lower the Professional 600's bowl, you use a lever on the body of the mixer which I found to be simple and intuitive. That said, even with the bowl all the way down, I sometimes found it difficult to add ingredients and scrape the sides of the bowl due to accessories getting in the way.
While newer home bakers can certainly learn the ropes of this stand mixer, it's best for more experienced bakers, those who routinely make multiple loaves at a time or triple cookie recipes. Not only is this KitchenAid model one of the most expensive (it typically retails for $550), but it also requires a significant amount of storage space. While it easily fit in my tall kitchen cupboard, it required an entire shelf by itself. The Professional 600 is also not ideal for anyone who struggles with weightlifting, as it's difficult to move the heavy machine from the pantry to the bench. However, if you can handle the mixer or intend to leave it on the counter, it will be more than enough.
Other products I've tried
KitchenAid Classic Series 4.5-Quart Stand Stand Mixer: This is a solid tilt head mixer that has tackled all the tests with ease. However, it has a smaller bowl than the Artisan 5 quart stand mixer, giving it the perfect capacity for most home baking projects. It also doesn't come with a spill guard, which I've found to be extremely effective in keeping ingredients from splattering while blending. Overall, it lacks the Artisan Mini's portability and convenience, and doesn't match the Artisan 5-bedroom model's capability or aesthetic. (The Classic also comes in just two colors: black and white.)
KitchenAid Professional 5 Plus Series 5-Quart Bowl Lift Stand Mixer: This machine isn't much different from the Artisan - they're the same list price and hold the same amount of food - and both performed well in our tests. The main difference is that the Professional 5 Plus is a bowl lift model, which means it is bulkier and heavier and therefore more difficult to store. It also doesn't come with a spill guard, which I find to be an especially useful tool.
White, thought I'd try thePro Line Series 7-Quart Bowl Holder MixerI found it very similar to the 600 Professional Series, with the main differences being price and capacity. I also decided not to face theCommercial series 8 quart bowl stand mixeragainst others; While this model is powerful, it was designed for professional kitchens, not home baking projects.
How to Choose a KitchenAid Mixer
As you explore the various KitchenAid stand mixer models, here are the factors to consider to help you choose the best machine for you.
KitchenAid stand mixers range in capacity from 3.5 liters to 7 liters. (Although the brand makes larger models, these are designed for commercial use.) When deciding which capacity is right for you, keep in mind how much you tend to bake at one time, as the size of your pan will dictate how much food you cook. you can prepare. For most home bakers, a 5-quart stand mixer should suffice. If you only bake occasionally and like to make smaller amounts of food (think half-portions of chocolate chip cookies or a cup of buttercream frosting), the Artisan Mini might be a better option. If you want a professional-grade machine that can mix multiple batches of dough at once, consider using a 6-quart (or even 7-quart) machine.
Just remember, bigger is not necessarily better. “Just because they sell a big bowl doesn't mean you need a big bowl,” says David. If, for example, you're trying to make half a batch of meringue in a 6-quart stand mixer, the attached beater probably won't have enough substance to hold it. David explains, "If the bowl is too big, the beater can't do its job efficiently because it can't reach the ingredients, it will just scrape the top."
Tilt head vs. bowl lifter
KitchenAid mixers come in two styles: tilt head and bowl lift. On tilting head models, the mixing bowl locks into the base of the machine and the mixing head swivels backwards. When you need to change attachments or add more ingredients, just stop the machine and tilt the head back. In glass blenders, the head of the machine is fixed and the mixing bowl is supported by two arms that are fixed to the body of the machine. For manipulating the dough or scraping the sides of the bowl, an easy-to-use lever moves the bowl up and down; If you need to change accessories, you will usually need to remove the bowl from the machine.
In general, swing head models are lighter, more aerodynamic and easier to use. Bowl lifter models, comparatively, are more powerful machines; Due to their weight and design, they are also often sturdier, which is why they are often recommended for bakers. “I find the bowl lifter models to be a little sturdier when making bread dough,” says David. “The tilted head can come off when mixing sticky dough.” Chang largely agrees: "Bowl mixers tend to be bigger and stronger," she says. That said, although she says she prefers this style at work, "for home use, I don't have a preference between the two."
size and weight
Even the smallest KitchenAid stand mixers require a decent amount of counter space and storage space, so before you hit "pay" on a model, be sure to assess how much space you can dedicate to the stand mixer. If you're short on kitchen space, consider the Artisan or Artisan Mini. While the Artisan Mini is the smallest, comparable to the size of a coffee maker, the Artisan can also fit in most cupboards. Mixers like the Professional 600 require a significant amount of space, say, a cupboard or pantry all to themselves.
It is also important to consider the weight. KitchenAid stand mixers are heavy-duty machines, ranging from 18 pounds (the Artisan Mini) to 29 pounds (the Professional 5 Plus). If you live in an apartment with weak pantry shelves, you might not want to put a £29 KitchenAid in it; It's also not advisable to buy a larger model if you have difficulty lifting heavy items and want a model that can easily move between the counter and cabinets.
All KitchenAid stand mixers come with three attachments: a flat beater, a dough hook and a wire whisk. Also, included accessories vary by model. For example, some mixers come with a plastic spill guard that attaches to the top of the bowl and helps keep ingredients from splashing over the sides while the machine is running. And while most mixers come with a standard flat beater, the Artisan Mini includes a flexible silicone-rimmed beater, which features a flexible silicone fin to minimize scraping of the bowl.
Along with the standard mixing tools, KitchenAid sells an incredibly diverse array of accessories and add-ons that substantially expand the machine's functionality: pasta press, meat grinder, and ice cream maker, to name a few. Because KitchenAid stand mixers have a universal power hub, all accessories that connect through the hub are compatible with all models and can be purchased from the KitchenAid website.
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