While we haven’t tried out the Classic Series, we tested the upgraded Kitchen Professional 600 Series ($359) and the Kitchen 5-Quart Artisan model (on sale for $299.99), with the latter earning its spot as our all-time favorite stand mixer. For instance, both have 10 different speed options and a tilt-and-lock base for the included bowl and beater, which we found to work really well.
With your purchase of the Classic Plus, you’ll not only snag the stand and 4.5-quart bowl, you'll get three attachments: a metal wire whip, a nylon-coated flat beater and a dough hook, all of which we found easy to put on, remove and clean. In fact, the Classic Plus has a near-perfect rating from more than 6,000 Kitchen shoppers, who were absolutely tickled with their purchase.
Along with this impressive Kitchen discount, this stand mixer will also ship free, saving you an additional $.95. If you’ve ever watched Fixer Upper, or spent way too much time in Target checking out everything from Hearth & Hand with Magnolia (like the farmhouse-inspired holiday trinkets, rustic home decor, wood furniture and so much more), then you already know Joanna Gaines has a knack for making any space look better (and smell great too, the candles are amazing).
Now the Fixer Upper star will make your baking even better, or at least easier, thanks to the Hearth & Hand with Magnolia KitchenAidMixer, available at Target. While the mixer is a bit of departure from what you’d typically expect to find in the Hearth & Hand collection (mainly because it has a plug), this classic countertop staple gets a rustic yet chic upgrade.
It comes with all the bells and whistles you'd find in the original, including the tilt-head for easy access to the bowl, 10 different speeds gentle enough for whipping cream and strong enough for kneading bread, plus several attachments including a coated flat beater, coated dough hook, wire-whip, and pouring shield (which helps protect your countertops). There are also over 10 attachments that are sold separately which will allow you to make anything from veggie burgers to fresh pasta to even ice cream.
The Kitchen stand mixer is a countertop staple for any home baker worth their salt and a colorful kitchen showpiece for plenty who aren’t. Where it came from: The stand mixer was invented in the early 1910s by Herbert Johnson, an engineer at Hobart Manufacturing Company, after he observed a baker laboring over mixing dough.
As the story goes, Hobart executives brought prototypes home for their wives to test out, and one of them exclaimed, “I don’t care what you call it, but it’s the best kitchen aid I’ve ever used.” Thus, the brand name was born. Explaining its iconic status: Celebrating its 101st anniversary this year, the Kitchen stand mixer is so widely loved that people get its likeness tattooed on their bodies.
Though the company developed a series of increasingly smaller, cheaper stand mixers to compete with a much more affordable newcomer, the Sunbeam Mix Master, Kitchen didn’t grab hold of the consumer imagination until 1937. Areas was a former art editor of Vanity Fair and celebrated “humaner” who advocated for aesthetically pleasing consumer products designed with the needs and wants of the public in mind.
“I had picked a color that, once received, I decided I didn’t love,” says Mindy Fox, food editor and cookbook author of Salads: Beyond the Bowl, who put the Kitchen on her wedding registry. Every Kitchen stand mixer released since the Model K works with the modern attachments, a fact often discussed in online forums or fan sites.
Several interviewees told me that their mixers were passed down from family members (mine was my grandmother’s from the 1970s), making it understandable that people form an emotional bond with the gadget. “My mom has one, so many friends have them, and I see them all over food Instagram.” They’re ubiquitous on cooking shows and in magazines; and in most product reviews of the category, Kitchen unquestionably reigns supreme for its classic design and superior performance.
It became apparent from the interviews I conducted over email and Facebook that a Kitchen stand mixer bestows symbolic status on its owner, thanks to the lifestyle it represents. That may be shifting as traditional wedding registries fall out of favor and millennial shoppers stop waiting for marriage to upgrade their kitchen tools.
As Sierra Thwart, founder of cookware startup Great Jones, told the Atlantic, “I remember thinking, I want nice things, but do I have to wait for that stage of my life? Whether your KitchenAidmixer was gifted to you on your wedding day, passed down by your grandmother, or purchased for yourself in a snub of tradition, it’s a tool that carries a surprising amount of emotional weight.
Before you find yourself freaking out over what to register for and when, take a look at what Jennifer Spector, Director of Brand at Zola, has to say. Most couples start at least 7 months in advance, but the best rule of thumb is to register before your first events like your engagement party or wedding shower.
You can always keep adding gifts to your registry, but you can’t prevent your friends and family from going rogue if they can’t find your wishlist. Many couples feel like they have to register at multiple locations because they can’t find everything that they want at one store.
Beyond luggage, couples often forget that their registry is a great opportunity to upgrade items they already have. Asking for a super nice vacuum might not seem fun, but it’s a gift you will really use for a long time.
It’s best to register for gifts at a variety of price points to give your guests options. You should add a $15 avocado slicer if you really want it, but don’t shy away from adding the $400 stand mixer either.
Also, after important events during your wedding planning process, it’s a good idea to check in and make sure you still have enough options available. My biggest piece of advice to newly engaged couples when registering is to have fun with it.
The only thing it has sort of labored over is REALLY THICK granola that I make with grains, nuts, seeds, and almond butter as the only liquid. I fill up the Kitchen Aid stainless steel bowl till almost overflowing and the mixer goes to town (well, slowly).
There is one piece of kitchen equipment that is revered by bakers around the world, a small appliance that has a place in the Smithsonian Museum and is so beloved that it has inspired a generation of tattoos. The iconic Kitchen stand mixer was invented by an Ohio engineer who was watching a baker mix bread dough with a heavy iron spoon and decided there had to be a better way.
According to legend, when a home model was introduced, the wife of a salesman for the manufacturing company tested it and said, “I don't care what you call it, it's the best kitchen aid I've ever had.” The current silhouette was introduced in the 1930s by an industrial designer named Segment Areas (a renaissance man who was also a sports editor and owner of the Washington Square Bookstore in New York City) and has remained constant ever since.
A variety of attachments have been added over the decades, often following food trends or regional preferences: Those who are vegetarian or gluten-free may especially appreciate the spiralizer ; beefy types might enjoy the meat grinder for homemade sausage; bakers who want precise metric measurements will like the sifter/scale. The pop of color and pedigree have made the mixer a kitchen status symbol, often accorded valuable counter space even in small apartments, rather than hidden away in a cabinet.
Shipping is customizable, meaning Zola will hold items until a couple returns home from their honeymoon. And they offer perks including 10% off everything on the site for a year after the wedding date.
Such fans are we that Parachute's Bedding and Bath collections are available as registry items on Zola ’s site. No ordinary kitchen tool, you might call this Kitchen in metallic copper a sculptural piece.
We have a tendency to buy prints we love at museum gift shops or online, but then never get around to framing them because it gets expensive or can be a hassle. The Picnic at Ascot basket is equipped with flatware for four people, wine glasses, coffee cups, a cutting board and a blanket.
Wherever you opt to place it, the look of this version adds a sophisticated, whimsical vibe to your home. Not intended for any home improvement projects, Design Ideas Decor Ladder is a clever and eye-catching way to showcase housewares.
We all have those stacks of Vanity Fair and Kinfolk that accumulate, and this is a much better looking way of storing them for quick reference. Visit the Parachute Blog for more stories that enhance your sleep and inspire your waking moments.