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Comparing stand mixers isn't quite like comparing apples and oranges!Comparing different models of KitchenAid stand mixers isn’t as easy as comparing apples and oranges! That’s why we put together this handy overview of all of the popular KitchenAid stand mixer models so you can see them side-by-side and compare the different specs and features.

To see more detailed information about each model, including our current pricing, discounts and customer reviews, just click on the “More Information” button of the stand mixer you want to learn about!

In a few cases, such as the KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer, there are many different colour choices. In these cases, clicking on the link above the image will take you to a page where all of the model colours and their prices are displayed.

If you don’t quite know what your needs are, our Stand Mixers Buyer’s Guide is a helpful resource.

Please scroll down to the bottom of the table to learn about the general terminology used in this list.

Series NameTypeBowl SizeMotorWeightBread Yield 
Architect
KSM150AGB

KitchenAid Architect Stand Mixer
Tilt Head5 Quart325 watts26 lbs4.5
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Artisan
KSM150PS

KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer
Tilt Head5 Quart325 watts26 lbs4.5
loaves
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Classic
K45SS

KitchenAid Classic Stand Mixer
Tilt Head4.5 Quart250 watts25 lbs3.75
loaves
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Classic Plus
KSM75

KitchenAid Classic Plus Stand Mixer
Tilt Head4.5 Quart275 watts25 lbs4
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Custom
KSM120

Tilt Head4.5 Quart325 watts25 lbs4.5
loaves
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Pro 5 Plus
KV25H0XMC

KitchenAid Professional 5 Plus
Bowl Lift5 Quart450 watts29 lbs6.75
loaves
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Professional 500
KSM500PS

KitchenAid Professional 500 Stand Mixer
Bowl Lift5 Quart325 watts30 lbs4.5
loaves
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Professional 600
KP26M1X

KitchenAid Professional 600 Stand Mixer
Bowl Lift6 Quart575 watts30 lbs8.25
loaves
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Ultra Power
KSM95

KitchenAid Ultra Power
Tilt Head4.5 Quart300 watts26 lbs3.75
loaves
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Ultra Power Plus
KSM100PS

Tilt Head4.5 Quart300 watts28 lbs3.75
loaves
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Series Name: This is the basic name given to each KitchenAid stand mixer series.

Model Numbers: To simplify the amount of information on this page, we have not included full model numbers, as they are dependent on the colour and sometimes features that vary within a product line. For instance, the model number for a KitchenAid Professional 500 Series stand mixer in Empire Red would be KSM500PSER, while the same model in Silver Metallic would be KSM500PSSM. Our simplified model number reads KSM500PS.

Bowl Lift: The majority of the stand mixer remains stationary while a lever moves the bowl up into and down out of the proper mixing position.

Tilt Head: Unlike a Bowl Lift style mixer, the top part of the mixer that contains the actual mixer moves up, bringing your beaters out of the bowl.

homemade-pastaConcerned about additives? Like to cook with the freshest ingredients? Check out the following 5 KitchenAid stand mixer attachments we recommend to help!

While the convenience of processed foods can save time, the true culinary connoisseur knows the value of processing their own ingredients.

But you don’t have to be a marvel home chef to appreciate what goes into your food. Making your own food at home means you can control what goes into your meals, and more importantly, what doesn’t.

Sure, it may take a little longer, but the quality and freshness of your products that are the end result are worth the effort.

KitchenAid has made it easier than ever to process your own ingredients, and they have introduced five attachments for your KitchenAid Stand Mixer that are well worth the investment.

 

Meat/Food Grinder Attachment

kitchenaid-meat-grinder-attachmentCompatible with any KitchenAid stand unit, the KitchenAid Food Grinder is an innovative piece of equipment that opens up the ability to tackle a number of tasks. Its powerful motor moves the coarse grinding plate, enabling users to grind meat to be used for hamburgers or meatloaf. The beauty doesn’t stop at meat, however. Owners of the KitchenAid Food Grinder can also transform products such as onions, tomatoes, and peppers into a tasty salsa. Not to mention, cumbersome tasks such as grating cheese is a cinch. The appliance’s grinding plate can tackle hard cheese, and users can even make breadcrumbs. For less than $100 and a little planning, fresh, preservative-free food is at your fingertips.

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Ice Cream Maker

Kitchenaid Ice Cream Maker AttachmentFew things are better during the hot summer months than indulging in a delicious scoop of your favorite flavor of ice cream. You can take that summertime favorite and step it up a notch with KitchenAid’s Ice Cream Maker. This device makes the traditional task of preparing homemade ice cream simple. After placing all of the necessary ingredients into the appliance, users are rewarded with up to two quarts of delectable ice cream, sorbet, or other frozen desserts within minutes. Imagine hosting your next event with a homemade dessert you can take pride in. The process is a breeze as the dasher rotates inside of the bowl, effectively spreading, scraping, and mixing the batter. Best of all, the included Use and Care guide provides a number of delicious new recipes to try out.

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Pasta Roller and Cutter Set

Fresh Pasta is easy!Anyone can now enjoy the taste of Italy with KitchenAid’s Pasta Roller and Cutter Set. This attachment is easily set up on any stand up KitchenAid mixer to transform the unit into a device capable of guiding sheets of freshly-made dough to the thickness you desire. Whether you are in the mood for thick pappardelle noodles, square raviolis, or even fettuccine or spaghetti, this magnificent attachment can get the job done. The finished product will be perfectly uniform, and those enjoying your meal will have a hard time believing you did it all by yourself. This product is a must have for any kitchen.

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Shredder/Slicer Set

kitchenaid-slicer-shredder-attachmentAnyone who has spent time in the kitchen knows that hours can quickly pass as meats are sliced, cheese is grated, and fruits and vegetables are chopped. Not only is this exhausting, but it also creates quite a mess to be cleaned up after the meal is finished. KitchenAid has provided a solution. Their Shredder/Slicer Set allows cooks to shred, slice, and dice foods up instantly. Best of all, cleanup is a cinch. Simply place the shredding cones in the dishwasher after use, and you are finished. The shredding cones come in coarse and fine versions, so your options are vast. Never has enjoying a home-cooked meal been so delicious.

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Fruit/Vegetable Strainer Set

kitchenaid-fvsfga-fruit-vegetable-strainer-attachmentIn a world full of convenience foods and unhealthful snacks, KitchenAid’s Fruit/Vegetable Strainer is a breath of fresh air. It has never been easier to procure a delectable puree of delicious fruits and vegetables. This simple attachment goes to work using its coarse and fine grinding plates to strain or puree fruits and vegetables to your liking. With the help of the grinder, the strainer breaks down ingredients and removes peels. Within just seconds, the user can make tomato sauce, fruit butters, baby foods, and so much more.

*Note: This set includes the food grinder we talk about toward the top of this article.

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There are many more attachments and accessories made by and for KitchenAid stand mixers. Browse our KitchenAid section to see if there’s an accessory perfect for your stand mixer!

little-girl-bakingAre you a bread baker or a cake maker? Does the sight of a batter and sound of a mixer get your creative energy flowing? If your old mixer is on its last leg, or you just want a new one, consider that choosing a stand mixer perfectly suited to your baking style will not only simplify your life, but it will take your cooking to the next level, too.

While there are some very good reasons to choose one style over another, sometimes it just comes down to personal preference and space. Both have their places, and it really depends on what you will do with the mixer, and how much room you have.

Tilt head mixers require you to tilt or lift the hinged head of the mixer back to access the bowl, while the bowl lift mixer uses a lever that smoothly raises the bowl up to meet the mixing attachment.

To help you decide which type is right for your needs, here is a comparison of tilt head versus bowl lift style mixers.

Tilt Head Mixers

An Artisan Mixer tilted back for bowl scrapingRequiring less counter space, tilt head mixers are short enough to fit underneath cabinets when sitting on your counter top. Tilt head mixers are designed for basic batters, like cakes, cookies, and other thinner mixes, though some are designed to handle the odd batch of bread dough, as well.

The motor wattage is generally lower for tilt head mixers than for bowl lift models, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are any less powerful.

KitchenAid and Cuisinart are the best known brands in the mixer category. KitchenAid stand mixers are especially popular because they have a universal port on the mixer head which is used to attach several different accessories. The company sells an array of attachments which will fit any model sold after 1990, and sometimes will fit earlier models, too. Both Cuisinart stand mixer models, the 5.5 quart and the 7 quart mixers, have tilting heads and prove that tilting head mixers don’t always have to be small. They also have a list of available attachments, but that list is a little shorter.

Tilt head mixers will require more space for the tilting the head back, but it’s also easier to attach the paddle, whisk, or dough hook. Conversely, it’s harder to put ingredients in while the machine is running.

Overall, tilting head stand mixers are best suited to people who like to bake for a small family semi-regularly. It’s also a good option if you have a small kitchen with little counter top room to spare.

We Love: The KitchenAid Architect in Candy Apple Red

Bowl Lift Mixers

stand_mixers-bowl_liftBowl lift mixers are sturdier, often have a larger bowl capacities, and are built to handle heavy ingredients and multiple batches. They have a bigger base, a stronger motor, are taller and heavier than tilt head models, and won’t walk across the counter top when mixing dense dough.

Their design also makes it easy to add ingredients without stopping the machine. Bowls of hot or cold water can also be placed underneath the mixer bowl when tempering ingredients. Preferred by people who make a lot of bread and by professionals, the bowl lift design was originally used mainly in commercial kitchens.  The KitchenAid Pro 600 mixers are currently their most popular line of bowl-lift mixers.

Another advantage with this design is that the mixer can fit underneath a cabinet and it does not have to be moved forward to use – that is, if it will fit under there in the first place. The large capacity gives you the ability to double or triple recipes, and these mixers can easily handle the toughest mixing jobs.

Often, the two big questions for those wanting a bowl-lift mixer are based on whether the capacity is actually needed, and whether there is enough space for it when the mixer isn’t in use. Many daily bread makers and kitchen professionals swear by this style of mixer for their home.

We Love: The KitchenAid Pro 600 in Majestic Yellow

Which Style of Stand Mixer is Best for My Kitchen?

Each style of mixer has its advantages. Whether baking is your pleasure, hobby, or an everyday necessity, you know that owning the right tools will ensure your success.

Interested in a Bowl Lift style mixer? Check out our KitchenAid Professional 600 category to see what amazing colours we currently have in stock. Don’t forget to check back for special sale prices, too!

If a tilting head style mixer is the way you want to go, you still have more choices ahead of you. Check out our Cuisinart 5.5 Quart mixers, or the ever-popular KitchenAid Artisan stand mixers. Both are solid choices we happily recommend.

artisan-vs-classicKitchenAid offers two great Tilt-Head mixers on today’s market; you may have wondered which one is right for you and your unique cooking needs. Both have very similar features and both are a great choice to add to your flourishing kitchen.

The first mixer you have most likely seen while browsing is the “Classic Series Tilt-Head Stand Mixer.” This mixer is an innovative creation with a lot of exciting features and abilities. Another stand out mixer for sale is the “Artisan 5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer.”

The KitchenAid Artisan may include a few extra features and a little more capacity than the economically priced KitchenAid Classic, but you can often find both of theses great stand mixers in our on sale section.

First Contender: KitchenAid Classic

KitchenAid Classic Stand Mixer in WhiteThe Classic Series Mixer is a crowd favorite and always receives high marks for satisfaction. It includes a 4.5 quart stainless steel bowl that can hold enough cookie dough to make up to 72 cookies at a time. It also has 10 speeds to optimize any mixing and baking challenge you may encounter. The mixer has the ability to function with several additional attachments, as well, enabling you to make many various types of foods such as pasta and will give you the ability to grind meats and cheese. When purchasing the Classic Mixer you receive a 6 wire whip, a dough hook and a nylon coated flat beater. It also includes an instruction guide that contains 67 amazing recipes. An alluring feature is the dishwasher safe bowl that additionally makes for a simple clean-up process that everyone can enjoy.

In The Other Corner: KitchenAid Artisan

KitchenAid Artisan Mixer in Onyx Black

The Artisan Mixer is a step up from the Classic Mixer and comes with a larger 5 quart stainless steel mixing bowl. The Artisan Mixer allows you to choose which colour suits your personality and your kitchen’s style. You can choose from over 25 exciting and beautiful colours that will be eye catching and pleasant. This mixer also has 10 speeds and you are able to add the same additional attachments as you are able to with the KitchenAid Classic. The larger bowl can hold enough dough to make 108 cookies at a time and is dishwasher safe, as well. In addition to including the dough hook, flat beater and wire whip, that the Classic Mixer includes, you will receive a two-piece pouring shield. The pouring shield makes it very easily to add ingredients to your mixture without any overwhelming splatter.

The Winner: You Decide

Both mixers will make an amazing addition to your kitchen needs and both can accommodate any and all challenges you may throw at them. The Artisan and Classic Mixers are made to mix with top of the line technology that is capable of mixing ingredients from all around the bowl with a special 59-point planetary mixing action. Now that you know all the elements of these great mixers, your choice should be that much easier to find the mixer that is right for you.

Happy Mixing!

You can find more about each of these great mixers, including today’s price and specifications by clicking on the links below:

 

Artisan's Different Colours

There is a KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer in a colour that is right for every style, personality, and decor trend. Whether the kitchen is bright and vibrant, or calm and refreshing, Artisan mixers have many different colour choices.

KitchenAid Artisan in Imperial Black

Imperial Black

KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer in Onyx Black

Onyx Black

KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer in Caviar

Caviar

KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer in Grey

Grey

KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer in Silver Metallic

Silver Metallic

KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer in Metallic Chrome

Metallic Chrome

KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer in White

White

KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer in White On White

White On White

KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer in Bay Leaf

Bay Leaf

KitchenAid Artisan in Green Apple

Green Apple

KitchenAid Artisan in Pistachio

Pistachio

KitchenAid Artisan in Cinnamon Gloss

Cinnamon Gloss

KitchenAid Artisan in Empire Red

Empire Red

KitchenAid Artisan in Boysenberry

Boysenberry

KitchenAid Artisan in Pink

Pink

KitchenAid Artisan in Persimmon

Persimmon

KitchenAid Artisan in Tangerine

Tangerine

KitchenAid Artisan in Buttercup

Buttercup

KitchenAid Artisan in Pear

Pear

KitchenAid Artisan in Majestic Yellow

Majestic Yellow

KitchenAid Artisan in Cobalt Blue

Cobalt Blue

KitchenAid Artisan in Blue Willow

Blue Willow

KitchenAid Artisan in Cornflower Blue

Cornflower Blue

KitchenAid Artisan in Crystal Blue

Crystal Blue

KitchenAid Artisan in Ice

Ice

New Colours!
KitchenAid Artisan Design Raspberry Ice Stand Mixer

Raspberry Ice

KitchenAid Artisan Almond Cream Stand Mixer

Almond Cream

Watermelon

Colours such as Imperial Black, Onyx Black, Caviar, Grey, Silver Metallic, Metallic Chrome, or Pink, are perfect for a sleek, or city-modern kitchen design. These colours go well in a kitchen stocked with black or chrome appliances, and make a sophisticated modern statement in a kitchen with few, but bold colours.

If bright colours are desired in the kitchen, the KitchenAid Artisan stand mixers have the perfect accent for any design. Cinnamon Gloss, Empire Red, Boysenberry, Persimmon, Raspberry Ice are all perfect colours to accent an energetic, bright kitchen. On the sunny side of exciting colours, choose Tangerine, Buttercup, or Majestic Yellow for an uplifting decor.

Stand mixer colours such as Bay Leaf, Green Apple, Pistachio, or Pear complement an array of earth tone kitchen palettes. Earth tones are popular colour schemes for many rooms in the house, but especially in the kitchen where wooden kitchen cabinets and floors go well with a Pear or Bay Leaf mixer, for example. Earth tone kitchens also can benefit from a bright natural stand mixer colour, such as Tangerine or Buttercup. As in nature, bright, cheerful colours are found among the soft browns and greens of the earth.

Colours in hues of blue are always popular. The KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer line definitely does not disappoint in this area. There are a full range of blues, from the vibrant Crystal, the bold Cobalt Blue and dark Blue Willow to the more sedate Cornflower Blue, and Ice. These blue colours work well in Earth tone, modern, or even country kitchen decors. The Cornflower Blue, Crystal Blue, and Ice stand mixers work well in an Earth tone or country kitchen as a hint of the beautiful colours that make up the oceans, lakes, and streams we enjoy. Cobalt Blue and Blue Willow make bold statements in sleek, modern kitchens.

The Artisan line even has variations on the classic white. Not only do they have the traditional White, but they have White on White and Almond Cream. Perfect for an already colourful kitchen.

The KitchenAid Artisan line of stand mixers has the perfect colour choice for any personality and creative kitchen design. Vibrant blues, reds, pinks, yellows and oranges are standouts, while the earth tones and different variations on the classics are calming and project a sense of serenity and peace to the kitchen decor.

Stand mixers have become a very helpful tool to the home baker, and is becoming more prominent for the home chef as well. Deciding what features you need to accomplish the tasks you need your stand mixer to perform can be confusing, but it doesn’t need to be.

The following is a list of different features and specifications that you should consider before choosing which stand mixer is right for you.

Cheap Vs. High End

My biggest piece of advice: Don’t expect a cheap mixer to handle much. They tend to burn out easily and are really only good for cake mixes and beating eggs.

For more versatility and reliability, choose a higher-end mixer from a top name like KitchenAid or Cuisinart. Not only will you not be throwing money down the drain, but these mixers can open up a whole world of fresh cooking and baking to your home with the addition of attachments created specifically to allow you to use your mixer for several other tasks.

Weight

Everyone has different limits and one of the top considerations you should make when looking for your stand mixer is the weight – it should be comfortable enough for you to carry and move, yet powerful enough to tackle the jobs you need it to do.

Capacity & Motor

Of course, a stand mixer’s capacity is really what should be considered as the next most important point, because the capacity and rating is what will determine whether it will be able to handle the job you task it to do.

Be aware that when manufacturers advertise how much a mixer can handle, it’s usually on the high-side. You will probably not want to run it at those quantities regularly.

For small batters and mixes like cake or cookie dough, smaller mixers are fine. Look for at least 4 quart capacities and 250 watts.

Lighter dough like quick breads and pizza dough needs a bit more power in a stand mixer. You would ideally want to have a mixer that has at least a 5 quart capacity and a 325 watt motor.

Heavy bread recipes, think whole grain, or old yeast bread recipes that require a lot of kneading, should be mixed with a mixer that has at least a 6 quart capacity and no less than a 575 watt motor.

Beaters & Other Mixing Tools

I generally shy away from machines that use pairs of mixing tools – two beaters, two whisks, etc. It’s usually (but not always) a dead giveaway that it won’t function well for kneading dough. However, if you’re more interested in cake batters and beating eggs or cream, consider this a less important point.

Speeds

Cheaper stand mixers have fewer speeds, but how many speeds do you need? While you want to have a full range of speeds, anything over eight or ten speeds is probably unnecessary.

Type of Power Head

There are two types of power heads – stationary (often called bowl-lift) and tilt-head. While the tilt-head style is far more common and often less expensive than its stationary counterpart, bowl-lifts often have the advantage of more thorough and heavier mixer capabilities.

Stability

Smaller, lighter units tend to be less stable. They also tend to be tilting head style mixers that require the bowl to move to incorporate ingredients rather than relying just on the beaters. These two points together often means that the operation is usually a little more hands-on by helping the bowl spin and stopping to incorporate the left-out ingredients more often.

Brand

More expensive and well-known brands tend to produce higher quality and longer life products. They also tend to be made of sturdier materials and have better warranties.

Overload Protection

This is a feature that is generally limited to the more expensive mixers, but is one well-worth considering. If you try to mix too much or too thick a dough, mixers that have some form of overload protection will stop before the motor burns out and is permanently damaged. This is one feature I recommend everyone consider.

Available Attachments

Some brands, such as KitchenAid and Cuisinart, have created an entire line of accessories and attachments to help you with a variety of other cooking tasks far beyond mixing. Often, these attachments will work across all models of mixers, but be sure to check.