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Which Stand Mixer is Right for Me?

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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:

Tilt Head:  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 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

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

Capacity: 4.5-8 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 major consideration, the Artisan Mini is shorter,  lighter and has a smaller footprint, but has the same mixing action and powerful 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 personal preference.

  • Some prefer tilting the head back to easily access the beater.  
  • 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, especially 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?

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


  • 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 quart 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, with the exception of the glass bowl models.


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