Updated: June 8, 2015

KitchenAid Mixer Reviews:

If you ever do any baking in your home, chances are you need a mixer. A number of companies make mixers, but KitchenAid really rules this market segement -- which means, if you want to buy a top-quality mixer, buy a KitchenAid -- this comes from decades of experience (you won't have to worry about buyers-remorse). Mixers come in 2 main varieties - hand mixers and stand mixers. A hand mixer looks a little like a power drill, except it has 2 beaters instead of a drill-bit -- with a hand mixer, you hang onto the mixing bowl to keep it from spinning off the counter. A stand mixer has a larger base unit that holds the beaters, plus a base to hold a mixing bowl -- with a stand mixer, you can start it running and let it go, with no hands required. What's the difference between these? There are 2 big differences -- one is hands-free operation for people that do a lot of mixing and baking (imagine a recipe that calls for 4 minutes of mixing -- do you want to do that by hand for 4 minutes or let the machine do it for 4 minutes? or if you had to make 15 dozen cookies..) and price -- hand mixers run about $75 while the good stand mixers are over $200. So that is our first point of divergence -- do you want a basic, top-quality hand-mixer, or a top-of-the-line stand mixer? From there, we will take a look at the very best mixers you can buy from KitchenAid.
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KitchenAid Stand Mixers

In the last 20 years, from straight out of college to overseeing a mature kitchen, I've been through a number of mixers. And to be honest, I keep coming back to KitchenAid, both from my own experiences and from those of my friends and neighbors (and more recently, from hundreds and literally thousands of online consumers leaving their feedback). I just haven't seen anything better, so I don't recommend anything else. So let's look at the KitchenAid stand mixers. These mixers handle everything -- dough (bread, cookies, pizza), butter, whipped cream, mashed potatoes, cakes, etc. The most popular KitchenAid mixers are the Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixers. You've probably seen these -- they are sturdy, solid mixers (they weigh 22 lbs), that look like heavy-duty milkshake machines. A solid base anchors a heavy overhanging mixer head, which hangs over the mixing bowl (which you lock into place to keep it from moving around). The head tilts back allowing you to easily add ingredients to the bowl, clean things off the side of the bowl with a spatula, etc. They come with 3 mixing attachments -- a flat beater, a wire whip, and a dough hook -- and a pouring shield (5 and 6 quart models) for getting your mixtures into the pan without dripping all down the outside of the bowl. (KitchenAid also makes models where the bowl lifts up and down instead of the head tilting back, but we think these stand mixers are easier to work with.)
There are 3 main sizes -- the Classic 4 1/2 quart stand mixer (around $170), the best-selling 5 quart stand mixers (known as the KSM150) in Black, Red, White, and many other colorsstyle= (around $240), and the final step up is the KitchenAid Professional 600 Series 6-Quart Stand Mixers, offering 6 quarts of capacity and a powerful 575 watt motor -- the nickel pearl, stainless look is really classic, though $100 more than the other models (we've seen it with rebates below $300, pretty good deal). How big is a 5 quart mixing bowl? That's enough for dough for 4 1/2 loaves of bread, 9 dozen cookies, or 7 pounds of mashed potatoes. Unlike other mixers that make you spin the bowl around or scrape the sides to get everything mixed properly, these models are so thorough and precise in their mixing that they will actually just graze a dime left on the bottom of the bowl (and they can be adjusted by turning a screw if they are not quite perfect, see manual). Some of these model names change from time to time, so we include a link to Amazon's best-selling (updated hourly!) mixers here -- that way you always have access to the very best mixers. Buying one of these mixers should leave you feeling confident -- these mixers will last for 10 years or more and perform like no others. If you click through to Amazon, you'll find more than 1000 5-star ratings from real consumers (one comment said Amazon offered it for $100+ less than their local retail stores) -- this is almost unheard of, you'll have no regrets here. And KitchenAid makes it even easier with their 1 year "hassle-free replacement warranty" - if the mixer breaks, they will deliver a new one to your home and take away the old one, with a new 1 year warranty on the replacement.

Best KitchenAid Hand Mixer:

OK, so you don't want or need a $200+ mixer -- you're not alone. The good news? You can buy an excellent hand mixer for less than $75. It won't be quite as versatile as a stand mixer, won't be quite as powerful. But it will do the basics you need for your occasional mixing requirements -- and do it well. Why is that? Well, the truth is, KitchenAid makes super sturdy hand mixers as well as stand mixers. That means you get a great hand-product for a fraction of the price of the fancier stand products. There are really just two KitchenAid models to choose from. One is the classic hand mixer style, the other is a more modern hand blender (they call them immersion blenders) and chopper (think smoothies, sauces, and shakes). The (RECOMMENDED) KitchenAid KHM9PWH 9-Speed Professional Hand Mixer (about $60) comes with 9 speeds and is the top-rated hand mixer on Amazon. It's lightweight (just over 2 lbs), powerful, and easy to clean (with the same 1 year warranty). It uses digital controls to move through it's 9 speeds, so you can easily go from very slow to very fast at the push of a button. It comes with stainless steel beaters and a whisk attachment. This is a long-lasting, low-cost hand mixer -- among the best you'll find (KitchenAid also makes 3, 5, and 7 speed mixers, but the 9 speed doesn't cost a whole lot more, and it is a lot more rugged).

Hand blenders (or stick blenders, or immersion blenders -- all the same thing) are becoming more popular -- they work with both a low-level grinding blade attachment (perfect for working in a soup pot, or making mixed drinks, baby foods, smoothies, milkshakes) or with whisking attachments for lighter work. You can use them in the included mixing beaker (like a large plastic cup), or attach them to a chopping cup (included) and use them like a food processor. The KitchenAid Immersion Hand Blender with Chopper (around $90) is our favorite model. We've used both Braun mixers and KitchenAid mixers, and we prefer the heavy-duty KitchenAid models. You can dunk it up to 8 inches deep into a soup pot (be careful with hot liquids..) for mixing or chopping ingredients right as you cook. Easy to use, easy to clean, affordable, it offers everything you want. Check the lowest prices today here and have in your kitchen in just days.