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Beater Care

How to Take Beater Care Using KitchenAid Stand Mixer

Caring for different types of beaters

KitchenAid® makes flat beaters, dough hooks and wire whisks in a variety of materials.  It is important to identify the type that comes with your mixer and follow the cleaning instructions in your Owner's Manual for each type.

Some stand mixers come with dishwasher safe beaters, and others do not.  

  • Replacement beaters are available for all models in several colors and material types, depending upon your preference.

Non-Dishwasher Safe Beaters

Stand mixer with non-dishwasher safe flat and wire whip burnished beaters

Burnished Beaters 

Many people prefer the professional "look" of a burnished beater.

  • Burnished beaters are polished aluminum and are not dishwasher safe.  They must be washed and dried immediately to prevent oxidization.
  • If a burnished beater is put into the dishwasher, or allowed to soak in the sink, it can oxidize.

This thin layer of oxidization is not harmful and can be removed.

CLICK HERE  for more information on oxidization and how to remove it.

NOTE: In 2018, KitchenAid transitioned to all dishwasher safe beaters for easier cleanup.  If you prefer the silver look of burnished aluminum, we offer a "subtle silver" beater, which is dishwasher safe.

Dishwasher Safe Beaters

Stand mixer with dishwasher safe flex edge beater

Some people prefer to put their beaters in the dishwasher.

KitchenAid® offers several color and material type options that are dishwasher safe.

Coated Beaters

Polyester coated flat beaters and dough hook beaters

  • Many models come with white polyester coated beaters, which can be washed in the dishwasher.
  • Subtle silver polyester coated beaters were introduced in 2018.

Coated beaters are burnished aluminum which is powder-coated in either white or subtle silver.

Coated beater and dough hook planetary shaft attachments provided with KitchenAid stand mixers consist of a cast aluminum base material coated with a food-grade polyester based powder coating.  The cast aluminum base material component elements are either US FDA Generally Regarded as Safe or as acceptable for US FDA Indirect Food Contact.   

To prevent chipping

In order to prevent chipping the white or subtle silver polyester coating, it is important that you check the clearance between your beater and your bowl regularly. 

Stainless Beaters

Stainless beaters are available for all tilt head mixers and come standard on commercial models.  

They are sold separately or in a pack of three, which includes a dough hook, flat beater, and wire whip.

Fits all Tilt-Head Models (with the exception of the Artisan Mini and the KN15E1X (Accolade)

3-Pack of Stainless Mixing Tools

KSM5TH3PSS (3-pack)

Stainless dough hook, flat beater, and wire whip beater


KSM5THFBSS - Flat Beater

KSM5THDHSS - Dough Hook

KSM5THWWSS - Wire Whip

Features and benefits:

  • 100% Stainless Steel
  • Dishwasher Safe
  • Long Lasting, Durable Material

Wire Whips

Most wire whips are stainless with a burnished aluminum hub, (the area where the tines are inserted)  and therefore are not dishwasher safe.

Stainless wire whip with a burnished aluminum hub

Select models come with all stainless whips, including the 11 - wire elliptical-shaped models.

All stainless wire whip

If you'd like to purchase a flat beater, dough hook or wire whip, please  Purchase Genuine Parts.

If you would like to download or view product literature for your appliance, please visit our Manuals and Literature page.

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