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Every home baker dreams of outfitting their countertop with a powerful stand mixer—and no one makes a better one than KitchenAid. While all of the brand's mixers are excellent, the numerous models, styles, and options can make it difficult to choose which one to bring home and put to work on your favorite cookie recipe. 

Sure, they each have the same basic function: They hold a mixing bowl steady while a beater or whisk spins, providing efficient hands-free baking assistance. But the slight differences in models can be important to consider when choosing an appliance that you'll have for a very long time. 

This guide will help you find the best KitchenAid stand mixer for you based on your baking needs, countertop space, price range, and personal preference. Once you've found the mixer of your dreams, check out our guide to mixer attachments to maximize your new machine's cooking and baking potential.


What are the basic model types?

KitchenAid mixers fall into one of two categories, which the company calls “bowl actions”: tilt-head or bowl-lift

Tilt-head models allow the head of the mixer to hinge back on the neck while the bowl stays fastened to the base. They are are on the smaller end of the spectrum capacity-wise, with , , and 5-quart options. 

Bowl-lift styles feature a lever that cranks the bowl up to or away from the head of the mixer, which stays fixed in the downward position. These are larger, and come in a wider range of sizes, from 5- to 8-quart capacities. 

The two most common KitchenAid stand mixers are the Classic (quart capacity) and the Artisan (5-quarts)—both are tilt-head models. The company claims that this size range can make eight to nine dozen cookies or about five loaves of bread at once. 


What other choices do you need to make?

In selecting a capacity and bowl action for your ideal KitchenAid mixer, there are a few other variables to keep in mind. Bowl material, color preferences, and the height of the space where you plan to store and use your mixer all factor into which model is best for you.

Bowls

Almost every KitchenAid mixer comes with a stainless steel bowl; only certain Artisan models come with a glass bowl. Bowls are available for sale individually if you'd rather substitute one material for another or if you plan on doing a lot of multitasking—having an extra bowl on hand is an avid baker's secret weapon. Clear glass bowls with measurement markings on the side are available for tilt-head and select bowl-lift models, while frosted glass, hammered glass, and ceramic are only available for tilt-head. 

Colors

Choosing your mixer color is perhaps the most fun part of the KitchenAid buying process. There are over 40 options, including dusty Matte Rose, deep purple Boysenberry, or the classic Candy Apple Red—though not ever color is available in every size or bowl action combination. The Classic quart tilt-head offers the fewest color options (white, black, or silver). If you want an array of color choices, the 5-quart Artisan tilt-head has the most, with The mini and the bowl-lift models fall somewhere in between.

Size

Bowl-lift mixers are around 16 to 17 inches in height, tilt-head models are 14 inches, and minis about 12 inches. If you have low-hanging cabinets and plan to use your mixer on the counter, it's best to stay away from the taller bowl-lift models. However, if you regularly double and triple your baking batches or want to start churning out multiple loaves of bread, the bowl-lift, with its larger capacity, is the way to go—you just might have to pull it over to a different counter when you use it.


What comes with your mixer?

Every KitchenAid stand mixer comes with a fitted mixing bowl, six-wire whisk attachment, paddle attachment (flex-edge, coated white, or silver plated, depending on the model), and a dough hook (coated white or silver plated). Some models—like the Artisan and Pro —also come with a pouring shield, which keeps added ingredients from spilling out of the bowl while you work. While every mixer has ten speeds, only a few models (the Artisan Mini, Classic, and Pro ) have “Soft Start,” which eases into the top speeds to limit sudden flying flour.


Do you need more attachments?

KitchenAid attachments can turn your mixer into any number of culinary appliances. If you want a mixer that's also a juicing, sausage-stuffing, pasta-making, grain-milling machine, you need only amass a collection of certified attachments. KitchenAid products have a universal power hub, so your new attachments will fit any model. 


Small But Mighty: The Artisan Mini Series

Here's a stand mixer that retains all the beauty and horsepower of a classic model at a fraction of the size. The Artisan Mini is the smallest and often most affordable of the bunch (though sometimes the Classic model is slightly less expensive, as is the case at the time of writing this article). The stainless steel bowl is quarts, and comes with a handle for easy attachment and removal. The machine is lighter (by 10 to 15 pounds), but otherwise you get all of the same features you'd get with the original model—plus 11 color choices. You can still make up to five dozen cookies in a single batch.


Quintessential: The Classic Series

This model lives up to its name: It's the standard KitchenAid stand mixer, a workhorse, with no extra bells or whistles. With a tilt-head body and quart capacity, it can tackle nearly any task or recipe, whether you’re making buttercream, kneading bread dough, or whipping egg whites for meringue. There are only three color choices with the Classic Series—white, black, and silver—so it's great for an indecisive shopper (or lover of neutrals). The Classic Plus model in the series is the same as the straightforward Classic, but with watts of power versus

KitchenAid Classic Series Plus Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer


Upgrade: The Artisan Series

This model is similar to the Classic, with a few exceptions. It is available with either a stainless steel or glass bowl (each with a handle), comes in 38 colors or patterns, and has a slightly larger capacity at 5 quarts. The tilt-head body of this mixer is slightly taller than the Classic if you choose the glass bowl (which offers handy measurements on the outside), but the stainless steel bowl version is the one that comes with a pouring shield for keeping messy ingredients from spilling out.


Heavyweight: Professional Series

These bowl-lift mixers utilize most of the elements of the Artisan series, but bump it up a notch. The larger capacity bowls can mix dough for 13 dozen cookies, eight loaves of bread, or eight pounds of mashed potatoes in a single batch—a must-have if you're cooking and baking for a crowd. Unlike the standard C-shaped dough hook, this model comes with a spiral-shaped one in burnished aluminum. It's available in more than 20 different colors.

Sours: https://www.epicurious.com/expert-advice/kitchenaid-stand-mixer-buying-guide-article

A great stand mixer—unlike many other countertop appliances—is an investment that can last a lifetime. After over 50 hours of testing since , we think that the KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer is the absolute best stand mixer you can get for its performance, versatility, and price. It’s a workhorse worthy of heirloom status, whipping up cakes, cookies, and creams with ease, and kneading sticky bread and pizza doughs without straining.

We’ve been using the KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer since , and we can definitively say that it is still the best for most home bakers and cooks. The Artisan is a sturdy machine that can power through thick doughs and aerate light batters without straining. It’s easy to use and clean, and it’s built to last. KitchenAid also makes attachments like a meat grinder or pasta maker that you can use with this machine, and as an added bonus, the Artisan comes in a huge variety of fun colors.

The KitchenAid Pro Series 6-Quart Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer is a great choice for people who make a lot of bread or dense cookie dough or who like to bake in large batches. Compared with the Artisan, it has a bigger bowl, stronger motor, and added heft. It also takes up more space and runs much louder than our top pick, and it costs more, but it’s a workhorse that’s so dependable it’s often found in professional kitchens.

Why you should trust us

For advice on what to look for in a good mixer, we spoke with several kitchen experts, including Sarah Carey, then editor in chief of Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food and now the editorial director of food at Martha Stewart Living; Jane Lear, a food writer and editor who was senior articles editor at Gourmet at the time of our interview; and Anna Gordon, owner of The Good Batch bakery in Brooklyn, New York.

Wirecutter senior staff writer Lesley Stockton, the original author of this guide, has worked with stand mixers often during the course of an year career in restaurants, catering kitchens, and test kitchens. Anna Perling is an enthusiastic home baker who likes to whip up the occasional rhubarb pound cake or chocolate chunk shortbread, so she approached testing for the update with an eye toward features home cooks would use. Research for this guide also included reading through articles from Good Housekeeping, Cook’s Illustrated (subscription required), Foodal, and Top Ten Reviews, and combing through major retailers and Amazon for notable new models to test.

Who this is for

A great stand mixer will make your baking and cooking life a lot easier and can accomplish tasks that would be harder or impossible to do by hand. A well-made stand mixer can help you turn out rustic bread loaves, moist cake layers, and dozens upon dozens of cookies. It can make quick work of whipping egg whites into meringue and heavy cream into an airy dessert topping. Great mixers also have power hubs for extra accessories that can roll out pasta dough, grind meat, and even churn ice cream.

If you bake or cook regularly and have been struggling with a low-grade or older stand mixer, or want to level up from a hand mixer, you might consider upgrading. Hand mixers are lighter and more portable than stand mixers, and they’re great for occasional bakers or those with limited storage. But a stand mixer’s extra heft and power, as well as its bigger bowl capacity, means you can make larger, more involved recipes with less effort. That may be especially helpful if you have limited motor abilities and find working with a hand mixer difficult. (Keep in mind that a stand mixer is heavier to carry, though ideally you can park it on your kitchen counter.) With larger attachments and greater speeds, a stand mixer can handle tasks such as creaming butter, aerating batters, or kneading dough more efficiently than a hand mixer.

How we picked

Our two stand mixer picks, the KitchenAid Artisan and the KitchenAid Pro , side by side atop a kitchen counter

Stand mixers can be categorized in two ways: by the design of the base or by mixing action. The design of the base determines how the beater attachment meets the bowl and comes in one of two styles:

  • Tilt-head design: The top of the machine tilts up so that you can attach or remove the mixing attachment and bowl. Most stand mixers for home cooks—including the popular KitchenAid Artisan—are made in this style. Tilt-head mixers tend to be more compact than bowl-lift mixers, and they make it easy to swap out beaters or to remove the bowl while the beaters are still attached.
  • Bowl-lift design: With this style, you snap the bowl into place on the base of the mixer, then lift it toward the mixing attachment using a lever. Professional mixers such as the Hobart line mainly use this design, but so do some domestic mixers, like the KitchenAid Pro Series. They tend to be larger than tilt-head mixers (since you need clearance to raise and lower the bowl), and they’re also typically sturdier and more stable so they can better handle thick doughs. It’s a bit easier to add ingredients to a bowl-lift mixer than a tilt-head mixer when the bowl is lowered, but it’s also impossible to remove the bowl without also removing the beater attachment, which is a mildly annoying extra step.

Stand mixers also use one of two mixing actions:

  • Planetarymixers have a single beater that spins on its axis while it rotates around the bowl. This action ensures more points of contact and thus more consistent mixing.
  • Stationarymixers have two stationary beaters that spin while the bowl rotates in place and, as a result, doesn’t mix as thoroughly. Because the beaters are stationary, according to Cook’s Illustrated (subscription required) “the attachments never touch the entire contents of the mixing bowl—they carve through a single trough.”

We considered all styles in our research, and ultimately decided to test both tilt-head and bowl-lift models, but we dismissed those with stationary mixing action, since they mix ingredients less effectively.

Beyond design and mixing action, we looked for mixers with the following qualities:

Power and range: A great mixer should be powerful, with a range of low and high speeds to handle a variety of recipes and baking needs. Starting on a low speed will help prevent contents from splashing out of the bowl and is better for handling delicate batters; high speeds will whip cream and egg whites quickly, and cream butter and sugar to a pale and fluffy consistency. When mixing heartier doughs, a stand mixer shouldn’t strain, smoke, or “walk” even when on its highest speed.

Simple controls: Stand mixers are bulky appliances, but they should be simple and intuitive to use. It should be easy to lift or lock the head, add or remove beater attachments, attach splash guards, and secure the bowl to the base. A handle on the included bowl is extremely convenient when you’re pouring cake batter, cooking Swiss meringue over a bain-marie, or scooping cookie dough.

Interchangeable beaters: Most stand mixers come with multiple beater attachments that are meant to handle different types of recipes. Ideally, the mixer should include a paddle for beating most batters and cookie doughs, a dough hook for kneading bread, and a whisk for aerating things like egg whites or whipping cream. These attachments are usually metal, sometimes with a nylon coating, and most are dishwasher safe. Although nylon coating runs a small risk of chipping, we’ve never had that happen to our coated KitchenAid attachments, so we think either style is fine as long as it does its job effectively.

Size and heft: Baker Anne Gordon noted that a quality mixer should be heavy enough to handle its own force—which means it won’t rock around on the counter on a high speed setting. Some reviewers complain about the heavy weight of stand mixers, which is understandable if you have to pull one out of a cabinet or down from a shelf every time you need to use it. But stand mixers are really designed to be left on the counter. If you want something more portable, we recommend a hand mixer. The added heft of a stand mixer is crucial to keeping it stable and prevent it from rocking on a counter during more intensive tasks.

As for bowl size, we recommend 5 to 6 quarts, which is big enough to make about four dozen standard-size cookies or handle just about any home baking task you might want to tackle. With a larger bowl, the beaters will make less contact with small amounts of liquids or foods.

Optional accessories: Many mixers come with a power hub that allows you to attach additional accessories, like a meat grinder or pasta maker (which you have to buy separately). While this feature is not essential, we like having the option to get even more use out of what is usually a large, expensive machine.

We also considered cost when looking for mixers to test. You might be tempted to go for a cheap option if you’re shopping for your first stand mixer, but we’ve found that more expensive machines are worth it for the added mixing power, stability, and versatility. Carey recommends getting the best mixer you can afford. More money will likely get you more features and attachments, and for a tool that takes up a decent amount of counter space, we think it’s wise to get a multitasker.

How we tested

For our original guide, we selected four recipes to test various aspects of a mixer’s performance: seven-minute frosting, sponge cake, Kitchen Sink Cookies, and bread dough. For the update, we repeated all of these tests, but made pizza dough instead of bread.

We chose to make seven-minute frosting (which is the same as meringue) to test each mixer’s whipping prowess. The recipe requires you to cook egg whites, corn syrup, and sugar over a water bath until it reaches degrees Fahrenheit, then whip the mixture on high for several minutes until it’s thick, white, and fluffy. Besides noting whether the mixers strained during such a long, high speed task, we also measured the volume of the frosting to see how well each machine aerated the mixture. The stated yield of this recipe is 8 cups, but getting more than that indicates better whipping abilities.

We also made a genoise (a type of sponge cake), which requires whipping whole eggs with sugar to give the cake its light, fluffy texture. Because the addition of flour in the last step of this recipe deflates the batter about 25%, it needs to be nice and airy to begin with to get tall, tender layers. So to judge how well each mixer aerated the batter, we measured the height of the baked cakes (down to 1/16 of an inch) and looked for an even, delicate crumb.

We also checked for an even distribution of raisins, nuts, coconut, and chocolate chips in each batch of cookies, an indication that the mixer could power through a big, dense bowl of cookie dough.

Then, we kneaded pizza dough, aiming for a springy, uniform ball that was resilient to the touch. When we made bread dough in our original tests, we examined the crumb on the loaves of bread to check for an even distribution of air bubbles, signaling that the dough was mixed and aerated sufficiently.

Finally, to see if the mixers could handle small-batch recipes, we used them to whip only one egg white, and then just ½ cup of cream. And every step of the way we also took note of how easy each mixer was to use, clean, and store.

When testing the Breville Bakery Chef for a update, we repeated all the tests except for the sponge cake batter test. We thought that one duplicated the findings of our seven-minute frosting test, which also tested for how well a mixer could whip air into ingredients.

Our pick: KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer

After multiple rounds of research and testing and continuous use since , the KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer is still the only model we’ve found that can handle every one of our mixing challenges without rocking on the counter. It churns through chunky cookie mixes, doesn’t strain when kneading bread dough, and whips up lofty frosting and perfect cake batter faster than the competition. In the Artisan’s deep-sided bowl, the whisk and beater attachments can even blend small quantities. The motor runs much quieter than those of some of the other models we tested, too. This model is also easy to wipe clean and comes with a pouring shield to keep mixing relatively mess-free. The Artisan isn’t cheap, but it’s a time-tested appliance that we’re confident will last you for years.

In both the cookie and bread tests, the Artisan mixed dough without rocking or straining the motor. The cookie recipe we used involves more mix-ins than your usual drop-cookie dough, and several of the mixers in the testing lineup strained with the effort, including the Breville and the Cuisinart Precision Master. Though all of the mixers ultimately made beautiful and tasty loaves of bread, the two KitchenAid stand mixers we tested were the only ones that didn’t wobble while kneading.

It churns through chunky cookie mixes, doesn’t strain when kneading bread dough, and whips up lofty frosting.

When making cookies, the Artisan creamed butter and sugar so efficiently and evenly that we didn’t have to scrape the sides of the bowl. Other mixers pushed ingredients high onto the sides of their mixing bowls, and we needed to stop multiple times to use a spatula to incorporate ingredients back down into the bowl.

The Artisan can also aerate creams and batters like a champ. It yielded 9 cups of seven-minute frosting, proving that it can whip more air into a meringue than most of the other stand mixers we tested, which hovered in the still respectable range of 8¼ cups to 8½ cups. The Kenmore Elite and the KitchenAid Professional actually did slightly better than the Artisan, but fell short in other areas. To further cement its whipping prowess, the Artisan made perfect genoise cake batter. The resulting cake was lofty, with a fine crumb and even doming, while the Cuisinart Precision Master and Hamilton Beach Eclectrics mixers made cakes with big air pockets and an uneven crumb, and the Kenmore Elite’s cake sank in the middle.

And while it had plenty of room for everything we threw at it, the Artisan could also handle tiny quantities, easily whipping first a single egg white and then a ½ cup of cream. Its otherwise stellar sibling, the KitchenAid Pro , couldn’t handle such a small batch of ingredients in its larger bowl. The Cuisinart Precision Master’s whisk struggled to fully reach such a small amount of cream, whisking it into a grainy, liquidy mess instead of a fluffy whipped topping.

The Artisan’s bowl twists into a locked position on the mixer’s base. Video: Sarah Kobos

A lever on the side of the Artisan switches between speeds. Photo: Sarah Kobos

The Artisan’s design is simple and user-friendly. There’s a speed control lever on the left, a switch to lock the head down on the right, and a power hub for extra accessories in the front. Many mixers will lock the head in place when it’s tilted up as well as when it’s down and positioned to mix, but the Artisan does not. This initially concerned us, but we’ve never actually had the head come crashing down on us. Meanwhile, we found the mixers that did lock the head upright, like the Cuisinart Precision Master, inconvenient. You need both hands to work the mechanism: one to press the release button, the other to simultaneously raise or lower the head. It sounds minor, but when you have a bowl of dry ingredients in your hand, it’s annoying to have to set it aside to put the mixer in place.

The Artisan comes with a nylon-coated beater and hook attachment, and a wire whisk attachment. These hook onto the machine easily, and all are dishwasher safe except for the whisk. Nylon coatings are a hot-button topic among KitchenAid owners because, over time, the nylon coating can chip off. But since we started using it in , we’ve never noticed any chips. If you notice chipping on the bottom edge of your beater, it’s likely that it’s sitting too low in the bowl. Luckily, recalibrating your mixer is easy, and KitchenAid has a YouTube video that will take you through the steps. You can also buy a stainless steel beater from KitchenAid if you’re concerned about chipping.

The KitchenAid’s pouring shield—a plastic attachment that helps guide wet and dry ingredients into the bowl—is a helpful tool for curbing messes, but it isn’t essential. We like that it’s designed so you can slide it on and off at any time while mixing. On some other mixers, like the Cuisinart SM, you’ll need to stop the machine, lift the head, and remove the beating attachment before you can take the pouring shield off.

It’s simple to wipe down the KitchenAid Artisan’s smooth and rounded body. You can easily clean the few crevices—the hinge, the spring where the attachments connect, and the bottom where the bowl snaps in—with a damp sponge or cloth (as long as you get at splashes while they’re still fresh). The bowl and attachments are all dishwasher safe, except the wire whip.

The Artisan was one of the quietest mixers we tested. Only the Hamilton Beach was quieter, while the KitchenAid Pro was the loudest and highest pitched, and the Cuisinart Quart Stand Mixer was loud in a grumbling-motorcycle kind of way.

The Artisan also has many additional attachments you can buy to make the machine even more versatile. Carey and Jane Lear both mentioned to us how much they like the KitchenAid pasta-rolling and meat-grinding attachments, and we’ve found that the ice cream maker bowl is an affordable alternative to buying a dedicated machine. And though not essential, it’s a delightful bonus that KitchenAid mixers come in a huge array of colors.

Flaws but not dealbreakers

KitchenAid has only a limited one-year warranty on its stand mixers, which isn’t long for such a pricey machine. But we think that if you read the manual about maintenance and know the limitations of your mixer, you shouldn’t have issues with its longevity. This is a tough machine favored by professional bakers and restaurant chefs. The Artisan is a popular and well-loved item on Amazon, and many reviewers say their machines are still going strong after 10 years or more.

Another complaint we’ve heard about KitchenAid mixers is that they’re made by Whirlpool now instead of Hobart (and have been since ). But we’ve found no concrete evidence that this adversely affects performance. KitchenAid representatives promise that the machine is the same as when Hobart made it, still with all-metal gears and housing, and with the same patented design.

Finally, the mixer doesn’t have a built-in timer. But given that you can set a timer on your phone, this isn’t a huge concern.

Long-term test notes

Since writing our original guide in , we’ve used the Artisan to make many batches of cookies and cakes, and even used it to grind meat with the meat-grinding attachment (purchased separately). In , we used it to mix many, many batches of pizza dough for our pizza stone guide, and the mixer held up like a champ. Many Wirecutter writers, on the kitchen team and otherwise, have used their own Artisan mixers for years with zero problems.

But like any small appliance with a motor, it’s important not to push it too far. The key to longevity for a KitchenAid mixer is respecting its limits: Don’t overfill the bowl; make things one batch at a time; and don’t cram meat into the grinder. Although it can mix a double batch of super thick cookie dough, overloading the machine will shorten the life of the motor. If you respect its boundaries, it will give you many years of service.

Refurbished and used options

If you’re looking for a slightly better deal on the Artisan, you can get a factory-refurbished KitchenAid stand mixer for around $ But the stock changes all the time, and the mixers that appear on the website don’t necessarily reflect what is actually available, so be sure to call and talk to one of the company’s very helpful customer service representatives for updated stock. You’ll also sometimes see these refurbs from KitchenAid on Amazon for as little as $, depending on the color.

You can also go the eBay route, which lets you sort by used items if you’re willing to take the (minimal) risk. Although the Artisan is built like a tank, you won’t get a warranty should anything go wrong.

Also great: KitchenAid Pro Series 6-Quart Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer

the KitchenAid Pro stand mixer atop a kitchen counter

The KitchenAid Pro Series 6-Quart Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer is a formidable appliance if you bake frequently or in large quantities, whether that’s hearty batches of bread, dozens of cookies, or large layer cakes. A big mixer with a big footprint, the Pro has a more powerful motor than the Artisan and can breeze through tough tasks. But it’s also significantly louder than our top pick and heavy enough that it’s best left permanently on the countertop.

The Pro mixer is a taskmaster designed to tackle big jobs, which, along with the fact that it’s even more durable than the Artisan, is why it’s often found in restaurants and test kitchens. The spacious 6-quart bowl is best for tasks like making multiple loaves of bread—helped by the spiral-shaped PowerKnead dough hook, which was better at keeping dough in the bowl rather than pushing it up around the gear and spring. The heavy-duty motor powered through almost all our test batches. However, because the Pro’s bowl is larger than the Artisan’s and has a much wider bottom, the whisk couldn’t make full contact with a single egg white or whip a ½ cup of cream.

Our two KitchenAid stand mixer picks standing next to each other atop a kitchen counter

The Pro has a larger footprint than the Artisan, and it’s heavier. This machine is best left on the counter. Photo: Sarah Kobos

A Wirecutter tester holding our two picks' mixing bowls, with the Pro demonstrably bigger than the Artisan's

The Pro ’s bowl, left, is wider than the Artisan’s bowl, right, causing ingredients to spread into a puddle too shallow for the whisk to reach. Photo: Sarah Kobos

While there’s also a 5-quart bowl-lift mixer in KitchenAid’s Pro Line, we don’t think it’s worth getting over the Pro for the smaller size, because the Pro line isn’t meant for whipping one egg white. If you’re willing to pay more for the extra mixing power, we think it’s best to go for the bigger bowl, since larger projects are where that powerful motor will really come into play. If you don’t bake dense doughs and big batches, you’ll find the Artisan is still strong enough to do anything you need, while also being more compact and less expensive than either the 5- or 6-quart Pros.

Like the KitchenAid Artisan, the Pro has a hub for extra attachments like a pasta maker or a meat grinder, which are sold separately. The same attachments will work on both the Artisan and Pro lines interchangeably. The Pro also comes with a pouring shield that slides on conveniently to prevent ingredients from splashing out of the bowl.

The Pro mixer is a taskmaster designed to tackle big jobs, which is why it’s often found in restaurants and test kitchens.

Unfortunately, the Pro Series was by far the loudest, highest-pitched mixer in our testing lineup. That said, this machine is a beast, in a good way. Like the Artisan, it comes with just a one-year warranty, but in our experience working with it in commercial kitchens, it will last for many years.

The Pro ’s bowl clips into the machine’s sides and back instead of twisting into the machine’s base like the Artisan. Video: Sarah Kobos

A lever lifts the Pro ’s bowl to meet the beater attachments for mixing. Video: Sarah Kobos

Other good stand mixers

We tested the Breville Bakery Chef in , and it works well. It was sturdy enough to resist rocking and walking on the counter as we whipped cream, mixed cookies, and kneaded pizza dough, while many other mixers we previously tried were not. And you may like some of its extra features: a timer that counts up and down, an automatically locking tilt-head, a 5-quart borosilicate-glass bowl (in addition to its 4-quart stainless steel bowl), and a silicone-coated scraper beater.

At this writing, the Breville Bakery Chef is pricier than the KitchenAid Artisan typically is, so it’s worth considering only if you really value those extra features or prefer Breville’s design, and if you don’t mind some of the machine’s drawbacks. We found the Bakery Chef’s 5-quart glass bowl to be heavy, while the 4-quart metal bowl was too small for us to mix a large batch of kitchen sink cookies—the dough pushed up against the edges and threatened to spill over. (The mixer was able to whip small amounts of cream in both bowls.) The Bakery Chef has a dial rather than a lever to control its speed, and it has a pause function that stops the timer as well as the mixer. However, the dial is a little slower to change speeds than the KitchenAid switch, and it’s too easy to overshoot the pause setting and turn the machine off instead (which resets the timer). Breville covers the Bakery Chef with a one-year warranty on the machine and a five-year warranty on the motor, longer coverage than the one-year warranty KitchenAid provides for the Artisan. All that said, we prefer the streamlined design and larger metal bowl of the KitchenAid Artisan—plus, the Artisan comes in a much wider variety of fun colors and can work with multiple cooking attachments such as a meat grinder or pasta maker.

The competition

We tested Cuisinart’s newest stand mixer, the Cuisinart Precision Master Stand Mixer, for our update. This mixer didn’t impress us, especially compared with the Artisan. The Precision Master is lighter weight, so it’s easier to take out of a cabinet or down from a shelf, but it rocked and strained while making fruit-and-nut–laden cookies, and even pizza dough. The whisk had a hard time whipping a small amount of cream and an egg white—the resulting mixture was loose and grainy, not fluffy. A knob rotates to select one of 12 speeds, but even the highest isn’t as fast as about medium speed on the KitchenAid. The head on the mixer tilts up and locks by default. Like most mixers we tested with this design, locking and unlocking the head slowed us down and felt awkward—you need to reach around the back of the mixer and use two hands to do so.

In , KitchenAid unveiled the Artisan Mini Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer. We found the smaller size to be restrictive. The Mini’s 3½-quart bowl was too small for us to finish a batch of kitchen sink cookies, and it doesn’t have a handle, so scooping cookie dough was precarious. And although the Mini is about 20% smaller than the full-size Artisan, it didn’t save a significant amount of space on our counter. The Mini Artisan measures 11¾ by 7⅜ by 12 inches (deep, wide, tall). By contrast, the classic Artisan mixer measures 13¼ by 8⅜ by 13¾ inches. If you really want a stand mixer, we suggest making room for a regular Artisan or getting a powerful hand mixer.

The two KitchenAid mixers—the Mini, noticeably smaller, has a corresponding bowl that's narrower and has no handle

We found the 3½-quart bowl on the Artisan Mini (left) restrictive. It doesn’t hold a full batch of cookies, like the 5-quart handled bowl on the regular Artisan (right) does. Photo: Michael Hession

A measuring tape shows the length of the Artisan at about 15 inches, and the Mini at less than

The Artisan Mini (bottom) is about 20% smaller than the full-size Artisan (top). But we didn’t find it saved a significant amount of countertop space. Photo: Michael Hession

The Artisan Mini's bowl, packed almost to the brim with nuts and coconut shavings.

The 3½-quart bowl couldn’t accommodate the cookie recipe we used to test all the mixers in this guide. Photo: Michael Hession

A tester scoops cookie dough with his right hand, holding the bowl in his left.

With no handle to grip, you have to hold the bowl close to your body, which can result in cookie dough on your shirt. Photo: Michael Hession

The Kenmore Elite 5-Quart W Stand Mixer looks great on paper: It has two bowls (a 3-quart and a 5-quart) plus all of the usual attachments. It comes with a five-year warranty, and its power hub accepts KitchenAid accessories. But the automatic head-locking mechanism drove us batty because raising and lowering the head took two hands. Even worse, this model strained and rocked back and forth while kneading bread, and when it tried to turn thick cookie dough, the paddle pushed the dough up the bowl’s sides, sending the splash guard spinning around the bowl.

The Hamilton Beach Eclectrics All-Metal Stand Mixer was the quietest of all the models we tested, with a pleasant low hum. But again, rocking and walking while kneading and serious motor strain with the cookie dough were both dealbreakers. The head-release button on this model is positioned in the back, which is not a very intuitive design. With a lack of power hubs for extra accessories, this is a basic mixer that’s good for only cakes and lighter baking.

We didn’t test the KitchenAid 5 Plus Series 5-Quart Mixer because it’s somewhat awkwardly in between the KitchenAid Artisan and the KitchenAid Pro It’s a bowl-lift model like the Pro , which means it has a more powerful motor than the Artisan and is also several inches taller and wider, as well as several pounds heavier. It also costs more than the Artisan. But we think the power and heft of a bowl-lift mixer is best put to use on larger batches, like the kind you can make in the Pro If you really like the bowl-lift style, or just want a more powerful 5-quart mixer, the 5 Plus might be a good option. But for most people, we think the Artisan has all the power and capacity you need in a more compact package.

What to look forward to

Frequently asked questions

What size stand mixer do I need?

We recommend getting a mixer with a bowl capacity between 5 and 6 quarts, which will easily fit most standard recipes for everything from cookies to layer cakes.

Go for the 6-quart size if you frequently make big batches of things such as bread dough. Otherwise, a 5-quart mixer will surely handle anything you want to make, and works better for small tasks like whipping ½ cup of cream.

Is tilt head or bowl lift better?

Both styles of stand mixer work well, and we recommend one in each style. Each type has pros and cons.

Tilt-head mixers are usually more compact, but bowl-lift mixers are a bit sturdier and more powerful—good for tough jobs like kneading dense bread dough. Tilt-head mixers also make it easier to swap out the beaters, but on the flip side, it’s a little easier to add ingredients to a bowl-lift mixer (when the bowl is lowered).

Hand mixer vs. stand mixer

Hand mixers are lighter and more portable than stand mixers, but stand mixers are more powerful and efficient and have a wider range of attachments and speeds.

If you bake only occasionally or have limited space, a hand mixer can do the job. But if you bake a lot or like to tackle bigger, more complex projects, a stand mixer will save you a lot of time and energy.

Sources

  1. Noah Adams, KitchenAid Mixers Still Proudly American, NPR, September 7,

  2. Sarah Carey, then editor in chief of Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food, email interview, September 26,

  3. Stand Mixers, Inexpensive (subscription required), Cook’s Illustrated, December 1,

  4. Stand Mixers, High-End (subscription required), Cook’s Illustrated, November 1,

  5. Anne Gordon, owner of The Good Batch, phone interview, September 27,

  6. Jane Lear, former senior articles editor at Gourmet, email interview, September 26,

  7. Betty Gold, The Best Stand Mixers for All Your Baking Needs, Good Housekeeping, August 12,

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Lesley Stockton

Lesley Stockton is a senior staff writer reporting on all things cooking and entertaining for Wirecutter. Her expertise builds on a lifelong career in the culinary world—from a restaurant cook and caterer to a food editor at Martha Stewart. She is perfectly happy to leave all that behind to be a full-time kitchen-gear nerd.

Anna Perling

Anna Perling is a staff writer covering kitchen gear at Wirecutter. During her time here, she has reported on various topics including sports bras, board games, and light bulbs. Previously she wrote food and lifestyle pieces for Saveur and Kinfolk magazines. Anna is a mentor at Girls Write Now and a member of the Online News Association.

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KitchenAid Stand Mixer Tilt Head vs Bowl Lift Comparison ~ Stand Mixer Review ~ What's up Wednesday

A Tilt Head or Bowl Lift Stand Mixer?

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tilt head or bowl lift stand mixerA good stand mixer is quite a big investment. It’s not something that most of us can buy anytime. Some of us have to save hard for a really good model that we hope will last us for years. Before we pick one, we research models and features because we want them to serve us well.

When it comes to how you can access the bowl, attachments and accessories of a stand mixer, there are two options for you. It’s either a tilt head model or a bowl lift model. It’s good to know what each option offers and how they differ so that you know exactly what to expect and to prepare for.

There seems to be some confusion when it comes to these two options. One owner of a high-end model submitted a review saying that she is disappointed because she cannot lift the head. Well, it’s because she got a bowl lift model.

What Is a Tilt Head Stand Mixer?

As the name implies, you can tilt the mixer head. The head of  some KitchenAid stand mixers tilts from where the head and the stand join, just on top of the stand. You have to unlock the head before lifting and lock it before operating.

Cuisinart’s tilt head mixers tilt from the middle of the stand. Its stand mixers are usually shorter. Consequently, the space between the head and the bowl is smaller.

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What purpose does tilting the head serves? It is needed when you attach and remove the bowl, beater, whip or hook. It is almost impossible to do them with the head down because there is very little room to maneuver.

A tilt head is also handy when you want more room for scraping and mixing the contents by hand, or when adding ingredients.

What Is a Bowl Lift Stand Mixer?

Bowl lift stand mixers are taller. Its head is fixed. The bowl is held by two clamps on either side. It is raised and lowered by turning a crank on the side of the stand. Lifting the bowl will bring it into contact with the beaters. Lowering it will give space to attach and remove accessories and to access contents of the bowl.

Comparing Tilt Head and Bowl Lift Models

It’s easier to attach, change and remove accessories in tilt head models. Batter that clings to the beater drips down better when the head is tilted because of its slanting position. It’s also easier to scrape off sticky batter from the beater.

Tilt head models require less vertical space when not in use, so it’s easier to find room for it under cabinets. You can just pull it out when you’re going to use it if there is not enough space.

The lifting mechanism, however, presents a drawback. Because there is a hinge, the head has a tendency to vibrate. Take the KitchenAid tilt head mixers. There are several reports that the pin that holds the head to the stand tends to loosen causing the head to bob, especially with thicker and heavier mixtures.

Removing beater, whip or hook in a bowl lift stand mixer can be a bit awkward. When you pull them to detach, you do so vertically down. That will usually mean dipping the beater on the batter again, especially, when the bowl is full. It can get messy.

Bowl lift stand mixers are taller and require more vertical room.

Bowl lift models are steadier because the head is not hinged to the stand. More powerful mixers with bigger motors and bigger capacity are usually bowl lift models. The KitchenAid Pro Series 6-quart, watts motor stand mixer is a bowl lift. You cannot find a KitchenAid 6-quart with a tilt head. Cuisinart have 7-quart, watts tilt head models, though.

One satisfied owner of a KitcheAid Pro shares that his dream is to have a Pro with a tilt head. I asked my husband, an engineer, why more powerful stand mixers are bowl lift types. His opinion: it’s most probably a design consideration because more power means a heavier motor. The designers deem it better to keep a big head fixed.

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How to Adjust the Clearance on a KitchenAid Stand Mixer

If your new KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer is not mixing the batter properly, or you find the beater does not come close to the sides or bottom of the bowl while mixing, don't fret. While this can be annoying, it's not a product flaw. It is just a sign that you may have to make a small adjustment when setting up your mixer.

Why You Need to Adjust Your Mixer

The reason you may have to adjust your mixer is that during the manufacturing process, KitchenAid stand mixers are set for the beaters to just clear the bowl when mixing. However, this clearance may need to be adjusted so that the beaters are closer to the bowl during the mixing process, without coming into contact with the bottom or sides of the bowl. When the mixer is adjusted properly, the mixing action pulls all the batter in from the sides and bottom of the bowl, leaving minimal scraping required.

How to Adjust Your Mixer

KitchenAid makes several models of the stand mixer, and all might need to be adjusted in order to address the beater-to-bowl clearance. This information is in the product manual, but if you don't have that handy, it's easy enough to make this minor adjustment.

  • Tilt-head models have a screw just below the area where the head is attached to the stand. You'll need to unplug your mixer and tilt the head up to find the screw. A slight clockwise (right) turn will lower the beater and a counter-clockwise (left) motion will raise it.
  • Bowl-lift models have an adjustment screw on the lower portion of the stand and you'll need to place the bowl's lift handle in the down position to see it, after unplugging the unit. The adjustment to lower the beater is clockwise (right), while the adjustment to raise it is counter-clockwise (left).

When testing your adjustment, you should use the flat beater to ensure it just clears the bowl. If you've over- or under-corrected, the bowl may not lock properly in place, or you may hear the beater hit the sides or bottom of the bowl. If this happens, you may have to counter the adjustment slightly to correct it. These instructions also work to properly seat a BeaterBlade mixer attachment on your KitchenAid mixer.

Having the beater in the correct position is very important. If the beater hits the bowl, the finish could get chipped, which will affect cleaning, and this added stress can also cause problems with the mixer motor.

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