We asked home cooks, personal chefs, and food writers what their favorite attachments were and learned how they use them in innovative or nostalgic ways. Listed below are the top Kitchen attachment options to compliment your stand mixer.
Check out their expected functions, find some surprising ones, and get helpful recipes for using your new tool. Classic mixer attachments like a meat grinder, pasta roller, and vegetable chopper are most commonly made by third-party companies.
For example, if you frequently make tomato sauce, the Kitchen Fruit & Vegetable Strainer Set with Food Grinder Attachment would be a quick purchase. Another great option for bakers and chocolate makers is the Kitchen Precise Heat Mixing Bowl.
This handy tool can produce thin sheets of fruits and vegetables like zucchini, apples, cucumbers, and more. Chris-Rachael Os eland describes using the Vegetable Sheet Cutter as a personal chef.
Kitchen Fun Fact: While the Veggie Sheet Cutter attachment was in testing and development with the Kitchen product team, they we were able to get an “unofficial record” of a 14-foot-long apple sheet. Made in Italy, this mixer attachment may be designed to create authentic fresh pasta, but home cooks have also found other uses for it.
Amanda Blum of Oregon told me a nostalgic story about how her “mother and Nana used to make replace by hand. At some point my mother automated the process using the Kitchen Pasta Roller, and we never had broken ones anymore.
), the Fresh Prep Shredder/Slicer takes the hand work out of the task with an attachment that helps you easily slice or shred veggies and other foods. Amy Allan had glowing reviews and memories from the Fresh Prep Shredder/Slicer Attachment.
The workhorse stand mixer pairs up with this ice cream attachment to make cold treats a cinch. Keep the attachment in the freezer for at least 24 hours, and you'll be ready to create up to two quarts of a variety of cold treats like ice cream, gelato, and sorbets.
That simply means it chews things up first to give you smoother juices and sauces while keeping as many nutrients as possible intact. It goes beyond being a simple baking tool; it helps measure ingredients precisely by weight but also features hands-free sifting.
This attachment is great when integrating dry goods or creating mixes like your own self-rising flour. Use the scale directly attached to your stand mixer or on the counter for additional ingredient weighing options.
This gourmet press makes it easy to whip up six shapes of pasta: spaghetti, beating, rigatoni, fusible and large or small macaroni. To use the attachment, just connect it to your stand mixer ’s power hub and add your favorite homemade dough.
The mixer ’s motor will force the dough through the press, creating the selected pasta shape. Sharp blades and your stand mixer ’s motor quickly spiralize zucchini, squash, potatoes and other produce.
), it’s the perfect pick for a dish that requires a lot of spiralized veggies, like these Tequila Lime Shrimp Noodles. Via kitchen aid .com A serving of fresh, creamy ice cream is mere minutes away, thanks to this bowl attachment.
Simply pop the bowl in the freezer overnight, attach the rotating paddle and add your favorite frozen dessert recipe. We’re big fans of these homemade ice cream recipes, but you can also make sorbet, gelato or frozen yogurt.
The gadget attaches to your mixer ’s power hub, and a collection of discs make dicing, slicing or julienne ingredients a snap. For extra precision, simply adjust the sliding slicing lever to control the thickness of each cut.
Via kitchen aid .com If your morning routine involves a fresh-pressed glass of green juice, it’s worth adding this attachment to your kitchen. Designed to expertly create juices, sauces and jams, this add-on gadget can replace other bulky, stand-alone appliances.
To use, simply connect the attachment to your stand mixer ’s power hub, pop in the desired blade and feed ingredients into the chamber. Simply connect the attachment to your mixer ’s power hub, pick a whole grain (such as corn, rice or wheat) and choose a grind consistency level.
Final Verdict Donna Carrie is the author of the cookbook Make Ahead Bread and specializes in product reviews and kitchen gadgets, so she knows a thing or two when it comes to KitchenAidattachments. Donna has written countless roundups and reviews for The Spruce Eats, including the best instant-read thermometers, espresso machines, spiralizers, and more.
The Spruce Eats / Tierney McAfee Pasta sheet roller: Unless you’ve had decades of practice learning from an experienced Italian Donna, you’re probably not going to be able to roll out perfectly thin and even sheets of pasta with much ease. This is exactly why the pasta sheet roller is one of the most popular mixer attachments for both home and professional cooks.
Three-piece set: Includes the pasta sheet roller as well as a small spaghetti and medium-width fettuccine cutter. Pasta dough is pressed through the top feeder and then cut with a wire cutter at the base when it has reached the desired length.
If you’ve never made extruded pasta before, you’ll likely get the hang of feeding and cutting the dough quickly. Grinders are great for those interested in making their own sausages, chorizo, or even easily grinding hard cheeses, vegetables for salsa, and quick breadcrumbs.
The metal grinder attachment is meant to be refrigerated before and in between meat-grinding projects for cleaner grinding without melting the delicate fats in your meats. An attachable sausage suffer kit and a larger food tray are sold separately.
Fruit and vegetable strainer set with food grinder: The same plastic food grinder set with two grinding plates as listed above, with an additional fruit and vegetable strainer is attached to the front to help process ingredients for soups, sauces, chutneys, and jams. These are smaller versions of commercial types of food processors that include disks for slicing, julienne, and shredding as well.
The upgraded model includes a dicing kit and a carrying case for the disks. If you start with the base model attachment and find that you want to use the dicing kit and disk case, Kitchen offers them separately to complete your collection.
While generally not as powerful as other standalone food processors on the market, most users love it for its convenience and range of uses while taking up so little space. Five-blade and seven-blade spiralizer: These spiralizer attachments will produce the long vegetable tendrils you love for veggie pasta and fresh salads, and they include a peeler blade to make quick work of those apple and potato skins that would otherwise slow your cooking down.
The seven-blade set includes an additional slicing and spiralizing blade, which can be purchased separately if you decide to start with the five-blade model. Give your arm a break, put the box grater and mandolin away, and let the slicer/shredder do the work for you.
Once assembled, the special paddle attachment spins your ice cream base until it's soft, aerated, and chilled. To completely freeze your ice cream, it may need to finish chilling in the freezer for an hour or two.
You may think that’s mighty fancy for fondue, but this bowl was designed and engineered for more complex and precise projects, including proofing bread and tempering chocolate. With a max temperature of 220 degrees, you can also slow-cook foods over several hours and heat delicate sauces like Béarnaise without risking scorching them on the stove top.
The popularity of KitchenAidattachments has spawned several compatible off-brand products, including a whole slew of pasta shelters and cutters, as well as grinders, slicers, and shredders. If price is a major consideration when looking for an additional piece of equipment, it’s a good idea to compare the attachment you’re interested in with other standalone machines that do the same job.
Some stores have a flexible return policy and will replace an attachment if it isn’t working properly, without involving the manufacturer directly. Some attachments, like the pasta shelter and cutters, are very delicate and need to be cleaned entirely by hand, with no more water than a damp cloth.
Sometimes that means you’ll need to work at a slower speed, cut your veggies a little smaller for processing, or temper your expectations based on what it can produce. The price tag reflects the quality craftsmanship you’ll find with Kitchen products, but also the convenience of having a multi-functional tool.
Mindful use will allow you to express your creative ideas in the kitchen with a variety of handy tools. Our editors independently research, test, and recommend the best products; you can learn more about our review process here.
One of the trickiest parts about making pasta is rolling it evenly so you end up with noodles that are all the same thickness. It also takes a lot of the work out of the process, since you just need to feed the pasta into the roller and catch it on the other side.
Our product tester found that both the rollers and cutters were solidly built and easy to attach and detach. Making ice cream at home is fun, and it allows you to customize the flavors to fit your family’s taste.
Our reviewer says she made two batches of ice cream with this attachment, and both turned out creamy and delicious. Like other attachments, it connects to the hub, and it fits all current Kitchen stand mixer models.
Unlike other attachments, this one doesn’t add any functions to your stand mixer, but it does make mixing more efficient. However, our product tester suggests using a pouring shield with this attachment if mixing dry ingredients.
This shouldn’t be used to mix thick batters with hard ingredients that could damage the rubber edge, like cookie dough with nuts. It uses the mixer ’s power hub to squeeze pasta dough through one of the six included dies to make pasta shapes including spaghetti, beating, rigatoni, fusible, large macaroni, and small macaroni.