Want to find out whether the KitchenAid Stand Mixers are all they are cracked up to be? Great, you’re at the right place! There is certainly no denying the range are both beautiful and desirable, but are they practical too? And how on earth do you decide which model (and more importantly for some, which color) Kitchenaid mixer to buy?
With Artisans, Professionals, Classic, Classic Plus, Pro and many variations to choose from, which is the best KitchenAid mixer for your shiny kitchen?
First up we’ll be having a look at the key features you need to decide on. Once you know which features are important in your kitchen you will be far closer to knowing which stand mixer to buy.
Tilt Head V Bowl Lift
This is one of the biggest deciders for choosing any stand mixer. Most of us will simply find one or the other easier to use, because it is what we are used too. After reading countless answers to the question here, I have concluded that it is really matter of personal preference. Some folks swear tilt head makes it easier to scrape down the bowl, and add new ingredients. Whilst others say the exact opposite, and sing the praises of the bowl versions!
Generally more powerful professional kitchen mixers are bowl lift versions. This leads us to surmise that bowl lift models are perhaps more hard working, and they do come with the larger motors and bigger bowls for mixing more in one go. There are some that believe the tilt head is simply not so strong and stable, particularly when dealing with tough jobs such as mixing bread dough.
To be honest, I think the biggest deciding factors when trying to choose between tilt head or bowl lift models are how much cash you have to spend, and how much room you have in your kitchen, along with which type you are already familiar with.
I went for the tilt head Artisan model mostly because it is what I had used before! It also sits more comfortably on my counter-top since it is smaller than the bowl lift versions. But, if I were baking lots of wholemeal bread I know the more powerful motor of a professional series bowl lift model would be more practical!
All the bowl lift versions have the following features that the tilt heads do not:
- all metal gears
- soft start
- motor protection
- electronic speed sensor
They are also heavier, taller and have more powerful motors.
The tilt mechanism obviously takes a lot of weight and there have been customers reporting the hinge lock failing. Thankfully I’ve been lucky so far. But in all honesty I have to admit that perhaps the lift bowl models such as the Professional 600 KitchenAid mixer are probably long term, a more robust piece of kitchen kit.
You can choose 4.5, 5 or 6 quarts for the home stand mixers. These do not dictate how much you can put in them though. This is also affected by the motor and whether you have a tilt head or bowl lift version.
For example both the Classic and the Pro450 have a bowl capacity of 4.5 quarts. But with a tilt head and lower powered motor the Classic will mix you 3.75 bread loaves whilst the Pro450 will cope with 4.5 loaves.
Whilst we’re talking bowls, most mixers come with a traditional stainless steel bowl, but if you prefer glass there is the Artisan Design series.
KitchenAid Stand Mixer Colors
Ah, the pretty bit! Here it has to the KitchenAid Artisan stand mixers – it simply has far more color options than any of the others! But, for serious baking fans it might not be quite as practical as one of the Professional series bowl lift models.
Whilst bowl sizes vary for particular models, other attachments are interchangeable. So if you upgrade the mixer itself in the future, your existing attachments will fit the new model. This is all thanks to a “power hub” where attachments are inserted, turning your stand mixer into just about anything from a blender to a juicer, pasta-maker or mincer!
Now we know which are the key features to look out for, I’ll be compiling a KitchenAid Stand Mixer Comparison soon…