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KitchenAid Stand Mixer Review – A Guide Before You Buy

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My Dilema

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:

  • Confused
  • 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.

  1. 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?
  2. 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?
  3. 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!
  4. What kind of counter space or cabinet space do you have to store your machine?
  5. If you have to move your machine from a cabinet to counter, will you be able to lift it?
  6. Does the color matter?  All models do not have the exact same colors available.

Findings

 

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.

 

Artisan Series 5QT
Tilt-Head Stand Mixer

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.

Colors: White

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.

 

Artisan Design Series
5 QT Tilt-Head Stand Mixer

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.

 

Professional 600 Series
6 QT Lift Stand Mixer

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. 

 

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12s COMMENTS

12 thoughts

  • Henry
    July 22, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    Hi! I really appreciate you have made me go thought these questions before I buy. Big questions such as: How often am I going to use it? To probably questions that are less important to some people (but equally important to others) such as: Does color matter? I agree with you, they all need to be answered so we may buy what fits us best.

    Having answered them all, I believe my best choice is Professional 600 Series6 QT Lift Stand Mixer. Thanks for this helpful post!

    • admin
      July 22, 2019 at 6:18 pm

      Your welcome!  You would be surprised as to how many people make the color their first priority in buying one!  Nice choice of mixer!

  • Michel
    July 22, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    Thanks for these great thoughts and tips to ponder on before buying a mixer. I have been looking around for a while at something like this. However, I am not a lover of being in the kitchen, but it might make the tedious tasks a bit simpler to manage, and maybe if I get one of these I will be enticed to bake more often.

    I think that the 5QT will probably suit me better, as I don’t want something too small as I always double my recipes. On the other hand I don’t want something huge either, as I don’t bake for profit.

    • admin
      July 22, 2019 at 6:15 pm

      I found that I wanted to get into the kitchen more after I got my first one!  It really does help make things go faster especially when you have a recipe that might call for stiff peaks.  It can take up to 10 minutes to make stiff peaks and with a hand mixer you would be standing there mixing the whole time.  With a stand mixer, you can turn it on and do other tasks while the mixer does the job for you!  

      The 5QT sounds like the perfect size for you!  

  • rjkennedy
    July 22, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    I guess with me being a guy that hardly ever bake or cook, when it comes to mixers any type would do. (I guess I can’t be picky or choosy.) Maybe my late wife would’ve chosen a blender that would’ve done the job effectively. I guess she would have had a hard time choosing. But I was thinking, does it depends on what the individual is preparing to bake? Do a particular blender works in a way, that’s different compared to the others.

    I need to get more involved with learning how to bake and prepare meals better, so I won’t have to depend so much on a woman doing these things for me.

    • admin
      July 22, 2019 at 6:12 pm

      Yes!  It does depend on what you are planning on baking and how often you plan to bake.  For someone who is baking every day and large quantities, especially heavy dough like bread, I would recommend the more industrial one.  For someone like you, who sounds like you would only bake occasionally, I would go with one of the smaller one that you can tuck away in your cabinet.

  • DorcasW
    July 22, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    Hello; the collection of modern days mixers seems good to choose from as they have different mixing capacity. I know that some of the mixers that are trending now are of inferior quality to those that we are accustomed to using/

     Do they have a warranty on Shelf-life? How long will one of these Mixers last me if I use the machine one time per week? 

    DorcasW

    • admin
      July 22, 2019 at 6:10 pm

      They all have a 1 year warranty, but I am pretty sure (will need to do more research) you can purchase longer warranties.  

      As for the shelf life, the more HP you purchase the better it is going to be.  I have/had a 325  HP and I used it on occasion and at times daily.  Mine has lasted over 20 years!  But, like you said, they seem to be inferior in quality with the newer brands, so I am planning on purchasing a higher HP.

  • Miss Momo
    July 22, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    I have been thinking about getting a new mixer for a while now but after a quick google I also realized that it would take some serious research to get a good one. And they’re not exactly giving them away for free. Big thanks to doing the job for me. Now I don’t have to spend hours searching. You even listed the colors (which I care quite a bit about). I hope you got satisfied with your new mixer as well. 

    • admin
      July 22, 2019 at 6:05 pm

      I was surprised at the amount of colors they have on certain models!  I have not purchased my new one yet.  I am saving up for it and hopefully before I do Christmas baking I will be able to get my new one.

  • Harber
    July 22, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    Hi Karen,

    Thank you for your valuable review. From your article, I have known much information about a stand mixer. You had said which one is better for daily heavy work and which is for normal work. This article would help me much when I would buy one. By reading your review, I would suggest others to choose the right one. Before seeing your article, I had no idea about a mixer. But now you help me much.

    Once again thank you so much.

    • admin
      July 22, 2019 at 9:01 pm

      I’m so glad I could help! It can be a nice investment if chosen correctly!

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