17 June, 2019
KitchenAid Stand Mixer Review – A Guide Before You Buy
I found myself in need of a new stand mixer this past month! My KitchenAid mixer that I had for over 25 years has decided to retire and leave me using a hand mixer or mixing large amounts of cookie dough by hand! It is one of those things that you really do not appreciate what you have until it is gone.
What I did not realize is that there are so many different models of KitchenAid Mixers to choose from! As I was looking at them in the store, I couldn’t figure out why there was such a price difference. So my research got me online and again, the prices differed and from the looks of it it was just because of the colors. I new there had to be something more to it than just colors.
My research lead me to being:
- Scared to spend money on a product I wasn’t sure about.
- Not sure what I was looking at was what I needed.
- Wanting specific features and not sure which models had it.
- Wanting a specific color, but not realizing all models come in all colors.
Before You Buy
Before I bought new one, I needed to evaluate what I needed it for. I didn’t want to end up purchasing a product and be disappointed if the motor burns up and only runs a little while. I was afraid it wouldn’t handle the amount of work I needed it to do. So, I answered these questions first and it really helped me figure out what I wanted and needed for my kitchen.
- How often are you going to use your mixer? Are you going to be doing just occasional use or are you going to be using it daily?
- What are you going to be using it for? Mixing up cookies for a once in a while thing? Or, professional baking use where you are baking in large quantities? Are you going to be making tough doughs like bread or cookies? Or, just whipping up frostings and creams?
- What kind of attachements and bowl do you need? Some bowls are stainless steel and some are glass. Not everything can be mixed in a metal bowl!
- What kind of counter space or cabinet space do you have to store your machine?
- If you have to move your machine from a cabinet to counter, will you be able to lift it?
- Does the color matter? All models do not have the exact same colors available.
Model # : KSM3311X
Motor Size, Watts/HP: 250 W
Flour Cup Yield: 5 Cups
Features: Brushed stainless steel bowl, white coated flat beater, 6-wire whip, white coated dough hook.
Colors: Orange, aqua sky blue, bird of paradise, empire red, guava glaze, honeydew, hot sauce, liquid graphite, matte gray, twilight blue
Uses: Because of it’s size and weight, this mixer would be great for those who do not have the counter space for storing. It will easily fit into a kitchen cupboard. Since it only holds 5 cups of flour, and with 250 watts, it would be great for those who only need it for occasional use and are not planning on using it for heavy doughs.
Model #: KSM150PS
Motor Size Watts/HP: 325 W
Flour Cup Yield: 9 cups
Features: Polished stainless steel bowl with handle, white coated flat beater, 6-wire whip, white coated dough hook.
Uses: This is a good counter top stand mixer. It has a good size motor and can hold a double batch of cookie dough. This is to be used for the occasional heavier uses, but not for someone who is looking at using it daily. There are other colors than white, but are harder to find. If you are picky about color, you may want to look at a different model.
Model #: KSM155GB
Motor Size Watts/HP: 325 W
Flour Cup Yield: 9 cups
Features: Glass bowl with handle, Burnished flat beater, 6-wire whip, Burnished dough hook.
Colors: Azure blue, blueberry, candy apple red, champagne, pearl white, plum berry, raspberry ice, sea glass, silk pink, starry night, sugar pearl silver, toffee, truffle dust
Uses: This is a good counter top stand mixer that has a good size motor to handle 9 cups of flour or a double batch of cookie dough. It is for occasional heavy uses, but not for daily use of heavy doughs. The glass bowl offers a good alternative to those ingredients that can not be mixed in metal bowls. It also offers quite a few colors for those wanting to match their kitchen décor.
Model #: KP26M1X
Motor Size Watts/HP: 575 W
Flour Cup Yield: 14 cups
Features: Polished stainless steel bowl with handle, burnished flat beater, 6-wire whip, power knead spiral burnished dough hook.
Colors: Aqua Sky, Black Storm, Champagne, Cobalt Blue, Cocoa Silver, Copper Pearl, Empire Red, Espresso, Cinnamon, Green Apple, Grenadine, Imperial Black, Licorice, Liquid Graphite, Majestic Yellow, Metallic Chrome, Nickle Pearl, Onyx Black, Pearl Metallic, Satin Copper Polished Metal, Silver, Sugar Pearl silver, Tangerine, White, Pink
Uses: This mixer has a large motor and can handle 14 cups of flour to be able to do heavy dough. It also has a power knead dough hook especially for making bread. It will handle daily use of heavy doughs. It can also be purchased in a wide range of colors.
Model #: KSM7586P
Motor Size Watts/HP: 1. 3 HP
Flour Cup Yield: 16 cups
Features: Polished stainless steel bowl with handle, silver coated flat beater, 6-wire whip, Power head spiral soft nickel coating dough hook.
Colors: Candy Apple Red
Uses: With a large bowl, motor and special beaters and dough hook, you could easily run this machine everyday doing a lot of heavy baking jobs. Colors other than Candy Red are harder to find and more expensive.
Prices range from $275.00 – $500 depending on the motor size Watts/HP that you choose. But, do not skimp on motor size because of the price. You are better off saving your money to get the right size that you need, rather than spending a little for something that will not last!
After answering the questions above, I have decided that the Professional 600 series fits my needs the best. Especially in the fall and winter, I do a lot of baking for Christmas. Cookies are one of my favorites and I make them in large quantities. I also want to get into making more homemade breads. You will soon see recipes for that on my site as well.
How about you? Which Kitchen Aid mixer fits your needs? Leave me a comment below and let me know how you decided on your appliance.
Amazon has many different models to choose from. I only stated the ones that I was looking at and how they effect me and my kitchen. Use my questions above to help you make your decision and purchase your Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer here.