These mixers also make quick work of tasks like whipping cream, beating egg whites to stiff peaks, and kneading bread dough –all possible by hand, but take way longer and tire you out. Stand mixers also offer greater capacity than a standard mixing bowl and handheld mixer, so you can make larger batches of dough, batters, and frostings which is perfect for bake sales, parties, and holiday cookie trays.
There are over ten attachments sold separately that turn your mixer into a juicer, pasta maker, food processor, and more. Reviewers say the 5-quart stainless steel bowl is big enough to hold double batches of cookies and royal icing.
While Kitchen stand mixers might never be considered inexpensive, this tilt-head model offers slightly less power at a more affordable price. Customers have noted that this machine is quieter than other models because of its 275-watt motor but reported that it can still handle tough dough.
Thanks to a wide range of accessories and attachments, and a powerful, high-speed motor, you can create everything from homemade pasta and stuffed sausage to fresh juice and ice cream. Several reviewers say this mixer makes an attractive addition to their kitchen, and that it operates relatively quietly.
There are 14 different attachments sold separately so you can roll out pasta to the perfect thickness, make ice cream, or grind your own meat. If you can't choose between all the color options available for our top pick, the Artisan 5-quart stand mixer, this might be the KitchenAidmixer for you.
It has all the same power, features, and capacity as the Artisan 5-quart but in a special edition all-white design that'll bring a fresh, crisp, and calming vibe to your countertop. The vintage white hobnob ceramic mixing bowl offers a hint of retro nostalgia.
This mixer comes with the Flex Edge beater, flat beater, dough hook, and wire whip to help you tackle baking tasks, from beating egg whites for meringue to whipping cream and kneading bread dough. Users found the 575-watt motor strong enough to knead dough for long periods of time without damaging the machine, even when baking back-to-back bread loaves.
This model comes complete with a soft-start feature, which means the mixer starts at a slower speed so you’re less likely to spew flour all over the kitchen or splatter wet ingredients before it’s all neatly incorporated. Featuring an attractive silver design, a 1.3 horsepower motor, and a bowl that holds up to 16 cups of flour, it's the perfect addition to any kitchen.
However, weighing in at nearly 33 pounds, it's heavy to move in and out of storage, so it’s best to find a permanent spot for it in your kitchen. Several reviewers also report that it operates more quietly than previous Kitchen models they've owned.
You can choose to purchase it with or without a metal bowl-guard, which prevents extra ingredients from being added while the mixer is in motion. Final Verdict Donna Carrie is the author of the cookbook Make Ahead Bread.
She specializes in small kitchen appliance testing and reviews for The Spruce Eats. The motor head of a tilt-head mixer pushes back to let you pour ingredients into the bowl and access the beater.
Our editors independently research, test, and recommend the best products; you can learn more about our review process here. The Kitchen Artisan Series stand mixer might be the most iconic model out there, known for its durability and performance when mixing everything from meringues to pizza dough.
Weighing in at 23 pounds, this stand mixer will stay in place without worry while in operation, and the tilt-head mechanism allows for easy removal of the mixing bowl. “I also like the pouring shield (on this model),” says Kelsey Rose Weber, an LA-based food stylist who has been using her KitchenAidmixer daily to churn out loaves for friends and neighbors.
Since the machine is often a constant fixture on the counter, it also helps that there are over 32 available finishes, allowing you to color-coordinate with your kitchen decor. This compact mixer has a die-cast aluminum housing with a powder-coated enamel finish reminiscent of a classic car, complete with chrome accents and gearshift-like speed control on the top of the unit.
The 5-quart mixing bowl maxes out at almost 3 pounds of bread dough, so if you’re baking larger quantities, you’ll have to do it in batches. If you value form and design a little more than functionality, then you’ll favor the Meg Stand Mixer for its sleek looks and solid performance.
This model includes a 3.5-quart capacity stainless steel mixing bowl, dough hook, wire whisk, and plastic paddle. Our tester highlights the folding option (in addition to the appliance's six speeds), which she says is particularly useful for folding in delicate ingredients, as well as for initially mixing ingredients more slowly that might otherwise fly out of the mixing bowl at higher speeds, like flour.
If your bread-baking habits are higher in volume, the high-performance Kitchen Pro Line 7-quart Stand Mixer is an outstanding option. It’s a bigger, more powerful version of the trademarked Kitchen design that can mix up to a whopping 8 pounds of dough at a time.
The bowl-lift utilizes a crank that locks the bowl into place, and it includes a wire whip, paddle attachment, and a spiraled dough hook, which mimics hand-kneading. If you’re looking for the capability of a full-sized machine but simply don’t have the room for one, look no further than the 3.5-quart version of the Kitchen Artisan Stand Mixer.
Armed with the same functionality and tilt-head feature as the full-size version, this 250-watt model is perfectly sized for mixing smaller quantities. Bonus: This model has the “Soft Start” feature that eliminates ingredient “splash-out” when turning the mixer on.
Though this stand mixer is fairly new to the game, the Wolf brand is known for superior quality and craftsmanship, as demonstrated by its highly sought-after gas ranges. This professional-grade machine features a 7-quart capacity bowl and a robust 500-watt motor that can handle 8 pounds of dough at a time.
The Wolf Gourmet High-Performance Stand Mixer also includes a flat beater, whisk, and dough hook that are all top-rack dishwasher-safe, making for hassle-free cleanup. Two noteworthy features: double dough hooks (as opposed to a single one) to make dough kneading easier, and a splatter guard that doubles as a pouring shield to make pouring in liquid ingredients or beating butter a breeze.
“Much to my surprise, the mixer was able to knead dense pasta dough and only got slightly warm in the process.” The author of this piece, Bernadette Ma chard de Gramont, specializes in global food and wine content.
She interviewed LA-based food stylist Kelsey Rose Weber for this piece and has personally used the Kitchen Artisan series. She often uses her Kitchen Pro Line mixer at home to bake traditional French boules, brioche, and the occasional chocolate-cinnamon baba.
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.
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.
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, Kitchen ’s website lists fours types of stand mixers to cover a wide swath of budgets and needs.
If you’re in the market for a new KitchenAidmixer, 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 KitchenAidmixer that will blend in with your decor.
One of the small options in the Kitchen 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.
The KSM3316X comes in six colors and features a polished stainless steel bowl with a handle, flex-edge beater, wire whip, and dough hook. 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. The less-expensive mixer, with its stainless steel bowl, has a special “Power knead” dough hook that the company says kneads more efficiently.
All Kitchen attachments are dishwasher safe except the ones with motors (like the food processor) and the pasta maker. Clean the mixing bowl with hot water and soap, or place it in the dishwasher.
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. Lift the mixer and wipe away any dust and grime that may have collected on the bottom part of the stand.
Kitchen mixers were initially sold door-to-door by female salespeople who would demo the product in customers’ homes. Some Kitchen 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.” Included in the price of each mixer are three accessories: a flat beater, a wire whip, and a dough hook.
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 KitchenAidmixer enhances its utility footprint and allows cooks to use one multipurpose appliance and gain more countertop real estate.
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.
In our opinion, the Kitchen 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.
The Kitchen food processor unit we tested was shaky, as if it didn’t it fit well. In addition, the attachment has lots of sharp components which could pose a danger to users.