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Which Stand Mixer is Right for Me?

Different Features of KitchenAid Stand Mixers

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

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 a professional look.
  • Some find it more difficult to remove the bowls 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.

With so many choices, how do you determine which one is right for you?


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
  • The 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:

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, and 25% lighter*.

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?

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

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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 17.0" 

What Type of Bowl do You Prefer?

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  1. Glass
    • 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 
  2. Ceramic
    • Decorative colors - tilt head only
  3. Stainless Steel
    • From 3 quarts to 8-quart capacities are 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.

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