“Read Why The Kitchenaid Artisan Stand Mixer Is Consistently The Number 1. Best Seller”
The KitchenAid brand of stand mixer has its competition, but for the most part, when the subject comes up, most people think KitchenAid. With its stylish looks and reputation for hard working quality, it’s really no surprise.
This review covers the Artisan stand mixer, of course, but it’s worth knowing that KitchenAid also makes many other appliances in the Artisan line-up. This includes a blender, toaster, food processor, waffle baker, espresso maker and burr grinder, all of which are quite lovely and match well. How well they work is the topic of another review, however.
A hand mixer is an electric device that mixes, beats and folds ingredients quickly and efficiently in the kitchen. A stand mixer is related to a hand mixer, and does the same job, but is more convenient as the weight, which can be considerable, is held by the stand. A stand mixer usually comes with accessory paddles, or hooks for mixing different types of ingredients.
At first glance you might call these stand mixers retro, but in truth the KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer hasn’t really changed in looks much over the years. Why mess with a good thing? It goes to show that not fixing what isn’t broken pays off, in this case, by adding brand recognition, and maybe even a touch of nostalgia. The look of the mixer is so entwined with American design culture that there are enthusiasts who go so far as to custom paint their mixers with automotive style flames and other fun schemes.
The KitchenAid Artisan series of stand mixers represents their premier five quart consumer grade mixer. In terms of price and features the Artisan series is, put plainly, an excellent choice for the home user.
My own experience with the machine allows me to recommend it wholeheartedly to anyone who expects outstanding performance, versatility, and quality. A little later in the review I will list all of the specs, and other pertinent information, but I wanted to point out, here, the weight of the machine.
According to KitchenAid, the mixer weighs in at 26 lbs., at this weight, the mixer is quite heavy. The machine is all steel and there appears to be no corners cut, I remember when I first picked mine up and I was surprised at the weight. The quality of an electric motor can be judged by a few factors but weight is the easiest. Mixing dough, as you no doubt know, can be very difficult to do by hand. Asking an inferior motor to do the job, especially for many years, is a recipe for failure.
The step up from the Classic models 250 watt motor, to the Artisans 325 watt motor, is better than it looks on paper, or in this case in pixels, but I don’t want to give you the wrong idea. The classic will hold its own, it’s just that the Artisan is a very powerful and stable machine. There’s a reason KitchenAid uses the very same 325 watt motor in their Pro 500 series.
KitchenAid Artisan stand mixers, like all of their stand mixers, have an attachment “hub” at the front of the machine. While the mixer doesn’t come with any attachments for this, they offer an incredible array of optional equipment that expands the usability of the machine. One other thing, as if the good looks of the machine itself wasn’t enough, KitchenAid offers the Artisan in a whopping 28 colors!
NOTE: KitchenAid also sells a special “Cook for the Cure” edition of the Artisan mixer. The program, in association with Susan G. Komen for the Cure, has raised $8 million in the fight against breast cancer over the last decade. In 2011 KitchenAid will donate a minimum of $450,000 to the foundation.
That’s pretty impressive, and the pink or new “Raspberry Ice” colors that the mixers come in are cool too. I’d have bought one had I known they were available when I purchased mine, even if they ARE pink.
Actually, in my opinion anyway, pink and Raspberry, in this case, are probably the “manliest” colors you could buy.
The Cook for the Cure models are assembled with Pride in Greenville, Ohio.
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING
You will be hard pressed to find a product that is raved about more than a KitchenAid stand mixer. I reviewed over 200 customer comments (you can read them here), and found the percentage of unsatisfied customers to be so low that they, in my opinion, are statistically insignificant.
Put another way, you could count the “bad” reviews on two hands.
Without using thumbs.
Obviously complaints are there for a reason, and they should be taken seriously, however, I have seen other products receive a much higher percentage of complaints and *sometimes* it’s down to the customer not realizing that there is a simple solution to the problem, or that what they are experiencing is not an actual problem at all.
For instance, with a stand mixer, when it is new, you can expect to smell a slight odor from the motor. This is normal, but occasionally you will get a negative review because the customer simply doesn’t realize it.
More disturbingly I came across some information that was simply false and borderline malicious. There were a couple of instances of people claiming they took their machine apart, which you should never do, and found inferior equipment. It’s unfortunate that these customers are misinformed, and unfortunate that it could turn an otherwise happy customer away from a good product.
On a positive note, I came across a review that I thought was helpful. Apparently the customer was having trouble with their beater hitting the bowl. They referenced the included guide, and they fixed the problem that way, but they also called customer service to discuss it with a technician. The tech walked them through a series of steps using a dime. By making adjustments to the beater adjustment screw, the beater should move the dime about ¼” when placed at the bottom of the bowl.
With this solution, the customer claimed they could whip a single egg in their five quart bowl, that’s pretty impressive.
All in all, out of the many, many people who own this machine, the vast majority would recommend it.
SPECIFICATIONS & CAPACITIES
• 5 Quart
• Bread Yield- (Loaves) 4 ½
• Cookies Yield- (Dozens) 9
• Mashed Potato Yield- (Pounds) 7
• 10 Speed Solid State Slide Control
• Direct Drive Transmission
• Includes Flat Beater, Dough Hook, Wire Whip and Pouring Shield
• Locking Tilt-Head
• 325 Watt Heavy Duty Motor
• 9 Cups “Flour Power”
• Multipurpose Attachment Power Hub with Cover
• Unique Planetary Mixing Action
• 5 Quart Polished Stainless Steel Bowl with Comfort Handle
• Almond Cream
• Bay leaf
…. well in fact there are 28 colors to choose from. I won’t list them all here but you can see them if you click here.
Don’t forget of course, a Special Edition “Cook for the Cure” Pink or Raspberry Ice
• Sausage Stuffer Kit
• Roto Slicer w/Shredder
• Ravioli Maker
• Pasta Excellence Kit
• Pasta Cutter
• Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl Polished
• Mixer Attachment Pack w/Citrus Juicer
• Ice Cream Maker
• Stainless Mixing Bowl
• Flat Beater Burnished
• Wire Whip
• Dough Hook
• Citrus Juicer
• Fruit & Vegetable Strainer Parts
• Fruit & Vegetable Strainer & Grinder
• Food Tray
• Mixer Attachment Pack
• Food Grinder
Deoth = 14 1/8”
Height = 13 15/16”
Weight = 8 11/16”
“Hassle-Free” One Year Replacement Warranty
THE KITCHENAID COMPANY
KitchenAid started out in 1919, making, you guessed it, stand mixers. A company executive brought home the first model, model number H-5, his wife commented that she felt it was the “best kitchen aid” and the name of the company was born. Their hallmark from the beginning was quality, and ever since, KitchenAid has worked hard to continue to develop many products bearing the same level of craftsmanship and timeless design.
When asked what they feel their secret to success is, KitchenAid responds: “It’s always been you. For generations you’ve brought KitchenAid into your home. Our products have helped you craft delicious meals and great times with your loved ones. You’ve made us part of your family, which is truly a special thing.”
With that, KitchenAid asks customers to continue their close relationship with the company and gives its address:
Customer Satisfaction Center
P.O. Box 218
St. Joseph, MI 49085
EXPLORING THE COMPANY WEBSITE
The KitchenAid website uses Flash, and is pretty straightforward and useable. The layout is clean and informative. You will find plenty of information on any of their products. Be sure and check the Special Offers tab for rebates and discounts. If you are interested in goings on, recipes, more on their history, or even investigating a career you will find it all here.
As stand mixers go, the KitchenAid Artisan line is difficult, if not impossible to beat.
I certainly haven’t found a model that I would replace mine with, and that includes some very nice mixers from Cuisinart or Breville. I’ve commented a bit on the great look of these mixers, but what it all comes down to is functionality. KitchenAid has been doing this for over 90 years, and in that time they have learned a thing or two about this product.
While it’s true that they aren’t exactly giving them away, if you need or just plain want one of the very best money can buy, look no further than the KitchenAid stand mixer.