There is no name more trusted in the kitchen than Kitchen Aid. For generations, home cooks have been mixing up recipes like the professionals with Kitchen Aid’s line of equipment. The Kitchen Aid Artisan Stand Mixer is a classic kitchen mixer with some modern amenities.
This Kitchen Aid mixer boasts 325 watts of power and is without a doubt the most substantial at-home kitchen mixer on the market. From kneading heavy dough, to whipping delicate cream, this mixer is up to the challenge. The Kitchen Aid Artisan Stand Mixer comes standard with three attachments – a flat beater, a wire whip, and a hook dough mixer. It’s sleek styling, and perhaps the fact that is weighs more than most mixers, will keep it on your counter.
There are, however, a few issues to be aware of before investing in this Kitchen Aid mixer.
1. First, there is the matter of its weight and size. If you don’t have a few feet of counter space to dedicate to it, you may tire quickly of lugging it in and out of the cabinets.
2. Second, know that you may have to lower the mixing attachment via an adjustment screw. Oftentimes the preset height is slightly too high, and there are ingredients left at the bottom of the bowl after mixing.
3. Finally, occasionally the gears in the mixer have been known to seize up entirely. If that happens, the silver lining is that Kitchen Aid has excellent customer service, and will work to repair or replace the mixer.
There are a few similar alternatives on the market, and as with every large purchase, comparison shopping is the key.
The Cuisinart SM-55B
Hamilton Beach 63220 12-Speed Stand Mixer
The Hamilton Beach 63220 stand mixer is also an appliance to consider when comparison shopping for that perfect mixer. Slightly smaller, but with just as much power, this die-cast metal stand mixer may be a good alternative for those with less counter space. The powerful motor can take on any task from dough to cream with no issue. However, the attachments seem a bit flimsy. Also, the attachment arm is not adjustable, and there are occasionally ingredients left on the bottom of the bowl.