Best KitchenAid Stand Mixers – Top Picks and Reviews for 2017!

Looking for the best KitchenAid Stand Mixer? Find our KitchenAid Stand Mixer reviews, comparison charts and buying guides to help you buy the mixer that’s right for YOU.

If you’re looking for the most versatile yet powerful stand mixer, then KitchenAid KSM150PSWH Artisan Series has everything you need. It’s a beast of a machine whether you’re whipping, creaming or kneading, it outperforms every other stand mixer (even the heavy-duty KitchenAid Professional 600). 

If you’re a baker (or aspiring to be one), and you’d like to keep it fun, then a good stand mixer can help you get stuff done, faster and without the physical labour.

Whether you’re making dough for bread and cookies or whether you’re whipping eggs and cake batter, if you’re used to using a hand blender or (worse) you’ve been doing it with your hands then you’re in for a ride.

KitchenAid Stand mixers will be a game changer for you, and that is no exaggeration.

We’ve reviewed the best products from each of the KitchenAid’s signature product lines:

  1. KitchenAid Artisan
  2. KitchenAid Professional 600 and
  3. KitchenAid Classic Series

Best Stand Mixer for Home Use and Small Bakeries

KitchenAid KSM150PSWH Artisan Series: This is a beast of a stand mixer. Features such as a 325 Watt Motor, a 5 quart bowl and tons of compatible attachments make it the ideal stand mixer for home use for beginners as well as professionals.

KitchenAid KSM75WH Classic Plus; If you’re looking for a stand mixer for home use but are on a tight budget then the KSM75WH Classic Plus is our top pick. It comes with a 4.5 Quart bowl and a 275 motor that ensure perfect mixes.

Best Stand Mixer for Large Scale Baking

KitchenAid KSM6573CER Professional 6000: The 6-Quart bowl along with a 575 Watt motor make it the ideal stand mixer for large scale baking so if you’ve got to roll out those cookies and cakes quickly this model checks all the right boxes.

A List of the top KitchenAid Stand mixers for 2017-2018

 

KitchenAid KP26M1XER Professional 600 SeriesKitchenAid KSM150PSER Artisan with Steel BowlKitchenAid KSM75WH Classic PlusKitchenAid K45SSOB Classic Series
Capacity6-Quart 5-Quart4.5-Quart4.5-Quart
Flat BeaterBurnished Aluminium Nylon CoatedNylon CoatedNylon Coated
Dough HookSpiral-Shaped Burnished Aluminium C-Shaped Nylon Coated C-Shaped Coated C-Shaped Coated
Wire Whip
Pouring ShieldNo shieldNo shield
Wattage575325275250
ColourOver 5 Colors AvailableOver 20 Colors Available1 Color Available1 Color Available
UsageCookie Yield - 13 DozenCookie Yield - 9 DozenCookie Yield - 6.75 DozenCookie Yield - 6.75 Dozen
Warranty1 Year Warranty1 Year Warranty1 Year Warranty1 Year Warranty

The Winners:

 

#1 Recommendation: KitchenAid KSM150PSWH Artisan Series

The KitchenAid Artisan series, you must have already heard much hype and praise about this line of stand mixers and all for the right reasons. With over 6000 positive reviews, recommendations by celebrity chefs like Eric Lanlard and fanatics like yours truly, the KitchenAid KSM150PSWH is the best stand mixer that money can buy.

It’s an excellent choice whether you’re running a small bakery or you like to bake yummy things for your family.


Performance – Whipping, Creaming, and Kneading

KitchenAid KSM150PSWH Artisan brings a high-power 325 Watts motor a good bowl to whisk ratio (the famous 59-Point Planetary Mixing Action) which makes sure that it has excellent reach, which is essential for a good whipping action.

Apart from the high-power motor, the KSM150PSWH also features great torque which means the hook can easily move ingredients around the bowl. This is great for kneading a hard dough.

Beautiful Design and a Sturdy Built

The signature cherry red variation is an eye candy and adds vibrancy to your kitchen.

However, it’s much more than just a pretty looking machine. The KitchenAid KSM150PSWH is built with durability in mind, and this baby is built to last for years if not decades.

The mixer is silent as it gets even when heavy kneading and you won’t find it wobbling around the kitchen counter, unlike many other leading stand mixers.

The KSM150PSWH features a tilt-head design which makes it easy to clean your whisk and extract any extra ingredients once you’re done.

Signature Attachments

It comes with four key KitchenAid stand mixer attachments:

One coated flat beater – The unique shape makes sure that ingredients aren’t stuck between the edges and are mixed evenly.

One coated dough hook – Perfect for kneading dough. Works great even with hard bagel dough.

One 6-wire whip – Need that perfect whipped cream? The 6-wire whip makes sure that your eggs and cream get enough air in there.

1 C-Shape Splash Guard – Love the design, easy to place and the opening is wide enough to easily add ingredients while mixing.

Drawbacks but not DealBreakers

There’s just a one year warranty on the KitchenAid KSM150PSWH.

While, it’s not much of concern for us since I’ve been using my Artisan for the past three years without ANY problems. If it’s not defective when it was delivered, then you can be assured that it’s going to last.

Another drawback would be that the mixer doesn’t have an auto-turnoff option. However, you won’t find that quirky feature unless you’re ready to spend another $100-150 AND compromise on performance. We wish it had one but honestly, at it’s price point it’s worth the trade-off.

 

#2 Recommendation:KitchenAid KSM6573CER 6-Qt. Professional 6000

The only reason why you would choose something other than the KitchenAid KSM150PSWH Artisan is if you’re looking to bake on a large scale every single day.

The artisan series is great for home users and indie bakers but if you want a stand mixer that comes stacked with more than double the horsepower then KitchenAid Professional 6000 series won’t disappoint you.

Apart from being a high-powered beast of a machine, the professional 6000 series also gives you 70% more output than the artisan series. That means instead of making batter for 9 dozen cookies, you can make enough for 13 dozen cookies.

Performance – Whipping, Creaming, and Kneading

Given almost double the wattage (1 horsepower), the KitchenAid KSM150PSWH does a great job of kneading tough dough and works great when a lot of ingredients are involved.

Another feature that makes it a better choice for large scale production is the 67-Point Planetary Mixing Action which gives it more torque and better reach and stronger mixing action.

Beautiful Design

As expected from KitchenAid, the professional 6000 series features a great design, beautifully polished bowl exterior and comes in four different classic colours.

Unlike the Artisan series, the KitchenAid KSM150PSWH features a bowl-lift design which, in it’s case, offers a better reach and mixing action. However, it can be a pain to remove extra batter from the whisk in a bowl-lift design.

The KitchenAid KSM6573CER features a 6 Qt steel bowl which allows you to work with larger quantities of ingredients and thus results in more output.

Sturdy Built

The machine is built to last and to support the more powerful motor; it is sturdier than the artisan series. It does not wobble around the counter even when mixing the hard dough or batter.

Drawbacks but not DealBreakers

This machine is built to deliver, but a stronger motor will make some noise. It creates a lot of noise when mixing batter or kneading dough.

Another one would be the small inefficiencies caused by the bowl-lift design. It’s harder to extract the extra batter from the whisk when you compare it to a tilt-head design.

However, if you’re looking forward to baking a ton of cookies, cakes or bread on a regular basis, then it is worth the trade-off.

 

#3 Recommendation:KitchenAid KSM75WH Classic Plus

If you need something only for the occasions, a mixer that is cheap yet delivers good results then KitchenAid’s Classic Plus series is a great fit for you.

Take it as the cheaper, dialed-down version of the Artisan Series.

Performance – Whipping, Creaming, and Kneading

The KitchenAid KSM75WH Classic Plus features a 275-watt motor, which is a bit lower than what you see in the artisan series which means that it won’t be able to knead or mix batter as good as it’s big brother. However, if you’re just planning to bake some cookies, cakes or muffins for your family, then you don’t need that kind of power.

Despite the drop in power, the mixer features the same 59-Point Planetary Mixing Action which means you’ll get enough torque for a comprehensive mixing action.

Beautiful Design

A signature feature of all Kitchenaid mixers, this one, is beautifully designed. It’s compact and can easily fit in your kitchen without taking much space.

The KitchenAid KSM75WH features a tilt-head design that’s easier to operate and clean up, which makes it a perfect appliance for home-use.

However, it features a small 4.5-Qt. Stainless Steel bowl which reduces it’s output capacity by 25%, which means instead of making batter for nine dozen cookies, you can just make enough for six dozen cookies.

Unfortunately, this machine comes in just ONE colour i.e. white and we definitely missed the vibrancy of the beloved cherry red colour.

Sturdy Built

Even though you’d find the classic series at a $60-100 price difference, the machine is built to last. It’s as good as the artisan or professional 6000 series and no compromises have been made on the durability and stability of this product.

Drawbacks but not DealBreakers

It’s cheap and great-value-for-money at that. However, if you’re looking to do some professional grade baking then this is definitely not for you.

It’s hard to find a real drawback with this one as the lower power and output capacity is well justified by the price difference from the more powerful counterparts. At this price, this is the best one can buy.

 

#4 Recommendation :KitchenAid K45SSOB Classic Series

The predecessor to Classic Plus Series, KitchenAid K45SSOB is a similar machine built for moms who love to bake cookies for their family. However, it’s utility is limited to that.

Performance – Whipping, Creaming, and Kneading

The KitchenAid K45SSOBfeatures a 250-watt motor, which makes it great for whipping and creaming but it struggles with heavy duty tasks like kneading bagel dough and dense batter.

Built and Design

This model from the classic series features the same design, build and bowl size (4.5 Qt) as the Classic Plus version and apart from a visual standpoint, you can’t really make a difference between the two.

Fortunately, it also features the signature 59-Point Planetary Mixing Action that gives you a comprehensive mixing action.

Drawbacks but not DealBreakers

Priced at pretty much the same price as the Classic Plus, we don’t really see a point in getting a low-power version. This series can be considered obselete and if you need something affordable but powerful enough to make your life easier then Classic Plus would be our best recommendation.

 

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