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Which Stand Mixer is Right for Me?

Different features of KitchenAid Stand Mixers

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KitchenAid® makes stand mixers in two styles, a myriad of colors, and sizes ranging from  3.5 to 8-quart capacities in various price ranges.

With so many to choose from, how do you determine which one is right for you?

Things to consider:

  • All KitchenAid® stand mixers utilize the same unique planetary action, regardless of mixer size.
  • All models have sufficient power to accommodate the bowl capacity.

The Two Types of Stand Mixers:

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 The head of the mixer tilts back from the base, and the bowl is attached to the base.  

Capacity:  3.4, 4.5 and 5 quarts

  • The tilt-head style makes it easy to access the beaters.  Simply tilt the head back and remove them.  The head locks into place when mixing.
  • This type of mixer is also slightly shorter, so it is a consideration if you have low hanging upper kitchen cabinets.  (2.5"-3" shorter)

Comparison of our two most popular tilt head models:

The Classic:

  • 4.5-quart capacity
  • White only
  • No handle on the bowl
  • No pouring shield

The Artisan:

This 5-quart model is our most popular mixer for many reasons:

  • Our largest tilt head mixer (5 quarts)
  • The array of colors - the most of any model 
  • Pouring shield
  • Ergonomic handle on the bowl
  • Often comes with a rebate - either cash back or a free attachment


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The bowl sits on the "arms" of the mixer and is raised with a lever.  The head of the mixer is stationary.

Capacity4.5-8 quarts

  • Large Capacity
  • Spiral Knead dough hook on select models
  • Professional look
  • Many models to choose from

The Artisan Mini:

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If space and weight are significant considerations, the Artisan Mini is shorter,  lighter and has a smaller footprint, but has the same mixing action and robust motor.

3.5-quart capacity.

  • Mini Mixer. Powerful Performance.
  • The Artisan® Mini tilt-head stand mixer makes up to 5 dozen cookies in a single batch, with the same power as the full-size KitchenAid® tilt-head Stand Mixers while being 20% smaller, 25% lighter*.
  • *KitchenAid® Artisan® Mini compared to the full-size KitchenAid® tilt-head Stand Mixers.
    • Weight:  18 lbs.
    • Depth:  12.3 "
    • Height: 12.3
    • Width:  7.8

Part of choosing a mixer is a personal preference.

  • Some prefer tilting the head back to access the beater easily.  
  • Some choose bowl lift mixers because they prefer the professional look.
  • Some find it more difficult to remove the bowl and beaters on a bowl lift mixer, mainly if they have been accustomed to a tilt head, while others have no issue.
  • It sometimes helps to go to a store and assemble the bowl and the beaters to see which "feels" best to you.

Do you need a large capacity mixer?

  • Do you regularly make double or triple batches?
  • Do you have a large family?
  • Do you make a lot of bread?
    • You can make bread in any size stand mixer, but if you make large quantities, you may prefer a model with a spiral knead dough hook, which comes with select models of bowl lift stand mixers.
  • If so, you may prefer a bowl lift mixer, which comes in capacities of 4.5 to 8 quarts.

Is color a consideration?

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  • KitchenAid® makes over 50 colors and finishes.
  • Not all models come in all colors.
  • The Artisan model has the most color and finishes options.

Space considerations:

Tilt head mixers are slightly shorter (3") than bowl lift mixers, which can make a difference if you have low hanging upper kitchen cabinets.

Tilt-Head Height: 14.0"

Bowl-Lift Height: varies from 16 7/16" to 17." 

Do you like to put your beaters in the dishwasher?


  • Some models come with white-coated beaters, which can go in the dishwasher.
  • Other models come with burnished aluminum beaters, which must be hand washed and dried immediately.
  • KitchenAid® sells replacement beaters in both finishes for all mixers.

Do you prefer a handle on your bowl?

KitchenAid makes bowls in Glass, ceramic and stainless in various sizes with several handle options:

  • Some models come with a bowl with no handle.
  • Others have a flat "strap" handle.
  • Others have a comfortable, ergonomic handle.

What type of bowl do you prefer?

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  • Clear Glass with measurement markings.
    •  Available for all tilt head and select bowl-lift models. 
  • Frosted Glass - tilt head only
  • Hammered Glass - tilt head only 

Ceramic - decorative colors - tilt head only

Stainless Steel - from 3 quarts to 8-quart capacities available.  

  • Available for both bowl lift and tilt head models.

NOTE:  It's nice to have an extra bowl when doing holiday baking, or to have a spare when one is in the dishwasher.

Pouring Shield:


  • Some models come with pouring shields, to aid in adding ingredients, and prevent splashing.
  • KitchenAid®  sells pouring shields for almost every model, except for the glass bowl models.


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