KitchenAid offers several models with subtle and incremental differences that vary across size, power, and price. Here, I’m going to break those down so you can make the best choice for your needs.  Among the best stand mixers, we rank the iconic KitchenAid Artisan (opens in new tab) as our top pick. Despite being the brand’s mid-range offer, it will suit everyone from amateurs to the advanced; and it comes in vast range of color options.  Our second choice is the KitchenAid Professional (opens in new tab), which swaps the tilt-head style for a bowl lift design and packs extra power for extended mixing. We’ve also trialed smaller stand and hand mixers in the range, all of which make the cut. 

Best KitchenAid stand mixers 2023

Why you should buy it: It’s the classic KitchenAid that should suit most, and it comes in an endless array of colors Why we love it It’s a real workhorse. With 10-speed settings, it powered through cake batter, bread dough, and whipped cream with perfect results. The handy tilt-head makes it a joy to use, and it was easy for me to add ingredients and switch out attachments. These attachments include a wire whisk for beating eggs, a flat beater for integrating cake batter, and a hook to work your bread dough. I was particularly impressed by the flat beater, which creamed sugar and butter with minimal intervention before adding in eggs and flour to make easy loaf cakes. The dough hook needed a little supervision for larger loaves, but it’s perfectly suitable for brioche or sourdough.  Good to know If you want the best, the KitchenAid Artisan is the top option among 5qt. models, but if you’re cooking larger batches at once, you may want to try a bigger option like the Professional. Our tester Millie was able to mix two chocolate sponge cakes for a recipe but only one loaf of bread at a time. For perspective, the 5-qt. bowl equates to about 9 dozen cookies.  Depending on where you purchase, some models come with a pouring shield, so check what’s included when making your purchase, if that’s important to you.  Our KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer review has more details Why you should buy it: For a little extra oomph in power, plus, a Bowl Lift Design provides additional stability, making it ideal for heavier mixtures.  Why we love it Like the Artisan above, the Professional 5™ Plus Series is equally a baking workhorse with its 10-mixture speeds, 5-qt capacity, and various attachments. Though, it does get an upgraded dough hook, the Powerknead™ Spiral Dough Hook, making it better for making bread. The introduction of the bowl-lift design creates more stability. Simply use the lever the raise it into place, and the bowl is attached at three lock points to keep all parts of the machine stable.  Good to know The Professional and Artisan Series have identical price points, so in general, the decision can come down to whether you prefer a tilt-head or a bowl-lift style, and of course color. However, during sales, we often see better promotions on the Professional over the Artisan. For instance, during this holiday season, the Professional came with a nifty $200 discount, while the Artisan only offered $100 off. Bowl-Lift designs are typically heavier than the tilt-head, so you will likely want to keep that in mind should you plan to transport it or move it when not in use.   We’ve also gone into detail about the similarities and differences between KitchenAid Artisan vs Professional, the two most popular models, while KitchenAid offers a helpful comparison guide (opens in new tab) as well across all of its mixers.  Who should buy it? KitchenAid’s most powerful design with 969W, it offers commercial power with retro style.  Why we love it: It’s KitchenAid’s most premium and powerful offering, and the smoothest of mixing experiences, From our tester Millie: ’there was no juddering or moving on the countertop, which is great for safety, especially if you’re cooking with kids. It also had far less trouble with ingredients sticking to the side of the bowl than other stand mixers in our lineup, thanks to a broad wire whisk and efficient planetary motion. Good to know: It’s KitchenAid’s most expensive offering, and definitely more geared toward professional bakers who will be cooking up large batches frequently or thicker mixtures that require the extra power.  Our KitchenAid Proline review has more details Who should buy it? Those who are looking for a more compact design, whether short on space or prefer to make smaller recipes.  Why we love it Good things come in small packages. The KitchenAid Artisan Mini is both smaller and lighter, but it can still power through cake batter, bread dough, and more, and move it around the kitchen from cabinet to counter with ease. For reference, it clocks in at 18lbs down from 26lbs and has a 3.5 qt. capacity as opposed to the typical 5 qt. Everything is on a smaller scale, making it easy to store or put in the dishwasher. It also has a nice soft-start feature that gradually introduces speed and power as opposed to starting mixing at full force. Our tester Molly found that the smaller motor kept up with the bigger appliances she’s tried and had the added bonus of being quieter.  Good to know The 3.5 qt. size can make up to 5 dozen cookies at once. It’s the only KitchenAid Stand Mixer that doesn’t have a handle on the side. The MSRP isn’t that much different than the full-size Artisan, so unless you’re purposefully looking for something small and compact, we would opt for the Artisan.  Also of note, due to its size, the Artisan Mini works with all of the KitchenAid attachments, except the ice cream maker attachment.  Our KitchenAid Artisan Mini review has more details Who should buy it? If you’re not set on a specific color, the KitchenAid Classic gives you the basic KitchenAid experience at an entry-level price.  Why we love it It’s not the cheapest stand mixer out there, but it is the most affordable KitchenAid option for those casual bakers who want a KitchenAid at its entry-level price point.  It’s decidedly basic, but it has everything you need for most baking endeavors including a Coated Flat Beater, Coated Dough Hook,  6-Wire Whip with a 275-watt motor, and 4.5 qt. bowl. If you’re not picky about colors or wanted black or white anyways it has the same retro design as the Artisan but is slightly smaller in capacity and motor.  Good to know The 4.5 Qt. size also has a brushed stainless steel bowl and no handle, unlike the Artisan. The Classic Plus option you may see is a silver color, but other than that, there are no differences.  Who should buy it: Those in the market for a hand mixer with good looks, and great functionality and appreciate the outstanding power of a cordless Why we love it It’s just excellent quality, our tester Molly reports.  ‘The cordless element makes things even more aesthetically pleasing. But don’t fall into the trap if you know you’re horrendous at charging things, as this mixer needs more attention than usual.’ With seven power settings, it utilizes two sturdy beaters that are a crossover between a traditional balloon whisk and beater shapes instead of having parts for both to find storage to store. It still aced cookie dough and cake batter, despite extra attachments.  Good to know It has about a 20-minute run time which is enough for most baking projects.  Our KitchenAid Cordless Hand Mixer review has more information.   Why you should buy it: Nine-speed settings and great power; good looks, too. Why we love it With nine speeds with a slow start, a neat LED screen to clearly see the level, and a lockable swivel cord, if you’re looking for something lightweight and easy to use, this traditional style really impressed us with its intuitive design. ‘You get more for your money with the additional attachments, and the controls are a little smoother to use,’ says our tester Molly.  Good to know You will likely be able to find one of the best hand mixers for cheaper. Still, we stand behind the 9-speed as a solid choice, and particularly like that it has all the power and accessories that typically come with a stand mixer, like a wire whisk, dough hooks, blending rod, and a storage bag, you’ll need your own mixing bowl. Our full KitchenAid 9-Speed Hand Mixer review has more information.

Other KitchenAid Models

The KitchenAid Ultra Power Plus 4.5qt Tilt-Head Stand Mixer (opens in new tab) appears to be an exclusive model to Target and is considered a good option when on sale. Among the KitchenAid line up, it sits between the Classic and the Artisan, with the same 4.5 qt. bowl capacity of the Classic, but a few extra color options and a bump up in motor of 300 watts puts it closer to the Artisan. The KitchenAid Professional 600 Series 6 Qt. (opens in new tab) is KitchenAid’s six-quart option. It is geared toward professional bakers and has a bevy of color options to choose from. It falls between the Professional Series and the Pro Line. 

How we test and review the best KitchenAid stand mixers

At Homes & Gardens, we believe that the only way we can truly inform you of which appliance is the best is if we have hands-on experience with them ourselves, which is why we’ve formulated a plan as to how we test different products. We went to lengths to test each of these mixers, some of them simultaneously, so we can establish which performed the best. We also used our testing facility in order to gauge the size, features, and maneuverability of these mixers. When it comes to the tests themselves, we tried these mixers out on three different tasks in order to see the performance of different attachments, as well as the power of the mixers. The tests were made as quantifiable as possible, with recordings of time taken to adequately mix as well as decibel readings. We also gauged how easy it was to clean the stand mixers as part of this process.

Where to purchase KitchenAid stand mixers

The wire whisk attachment should always be washed by hand.

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