This new line of Cuisinart mixers has seen a redesign: more rounded edges have brought them closer to their KitchenAid counterparts.
The attachment power outlets have also been re-engineered: gone are the top units to make place for a single attachment port located at the front of the mixer, hidden behind the logo for a very sleek look.
Two Cuisinart Precision Master stand mixer models are presently available with a 5.5- or 3.5-quart bowl.
Cuisinart Stand Mixer Common Features
Durable die-cast metal housing.
Tilt-back head design allows easy access to the mixing bowl.
A generous 12 speeds enable precision mixing from ultra-gentle fold to powerfully fast whip in seconds for perfect results every time.
A single power outlet (as opposed to the previous three) allows for compatible attachments to be secured through a locking screw, turning your stand mixer into the most multi-functional appliance in your kitchen.
Four Cuisinart accessories are included:
.Chef’s Whisk for whipping eggs, egg whites, cake batter, heavy cream or potatoes;
.Flat Stand Mixer Paddle for stirring, mixing or beating ingredients for cookies, cakes, pie crusts, frostings, as well as mixing meatloaf mixtures or even shredding cooked chicken;
.Dough Hook for kneading pasta dough or yeast dough for breads, rolls or pizza;
.Splash Guard with Pour Spout helps prevent spattering while mixing and adding ingredients.
3-year limited warranty (U.S. and Canada only).
Currently comes in 6 colors.
Its powerful 500-watt motor handles heavy dough mixing like a pro.
This Cuisinart 5.5-quart stand mixer’s polished stainless steel bowl with easy-to-grip handle has a 6-cup power rating, can mix enough batter to make 5 dozen cookies and is dishwasher-safe.
Measures 14.17”L x 7.87”W x 14.13”H and weighs 17 pounds.
5 Compatible Attachments
.Ice Cream Maker
.Pasta Roller & Cutter
Check out the Cuisinart SM-50BC 5.5-Quart Stand Mixer here.
Offered in 3 colors.
Equipped with a powerful 350-watt motor.
The 3.5-quart stainless steel stand mixer bowl with handle is dishwasher safe.
Measures 15.47”L x 10.04”W x 15.16”H and weighs 12.43 pounds.
4 Compatible Attachments
.Pasta Roller & Cutter
Check out the Cuisinart SM-35R Precision Master 3.5 Quart stand mixer here.
Cuisinart Mixer Attachments
Five Cuisinart stand mixer attachments available separately and covered by a limited one-year warranty (US & Canada) greatly enhance the functionality of these appliances, eliminating the need for extra small appliances:
1.Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker IC-50
Note that this attachment only fits the SM-50 Cuisinart model – not the SM-35. It comes with two paddles, one for mashing and processing fresh fruit, the other for making ice cream or frozen yogurt.
In just 10 to 25 minutes, the Cuisinart IC-50 Fresh Fruit & Ice Cream Maker Attachment can make ice cream and all sorts of healthy fresh fruit frozen desserts. Once the 1.5-quart bowl has been allowed to freeze fully in the freezer (up to 24 hours), lock it into place on your stand mixer, attach one of the two paddles, and get going! This popular attachment produces tasty treats and has been found easy to use and clean.
2.Meat Grinder MG-50
Use the Cuisinart MG-50 Meat Grinder Attachment with the SM-50 or SM-35 to grind meat, poultry, nuts and vegetables, as well as make small and large sausages. Two grinding plates (medium and coarse) and two sausage nozzles (large and small) are included.
3.Pasta Roller & Cutter PRS-50
Use this Cuisinart PRS-50 Pasta Roller & Cutter Attachment with either SM-50 or SM-35 stand mixers to make a variety of homemade pastas. Included are:
.Pasta sheet roller to make lasagna or various thicknesses of dough sheets (using the Thickness Adjuster Knob) for use with cutters;
Note that this Cuisinart pasta maker attachment set must be kept dry at all times.
4.Pasta Extruder PE-50
The Cuisinart pasta attachment PE-50 is compatible with both SM-50 and SM-35 models. Included are 6 pasta plates for spaghetti, small macaroni, rigatoni, fusilli, large macaroni, bucatini as well as a storage case.
5.PrepExpress Spiralizer SPI-50
These Cuisinart food processor attachments can be used with either the SM-50 or the SM-35 to produce eight different cuts of food with the help of four stainless steel cutting cones:
.2.5mm Slice/Ribbon (Green);
.3.0mm Crinkle Slice/Ribbon (Blue);
.3.0mm Thin Shred/Spaghetti (Maroon);
.9.0mm Wide Shred/Spaghetti (Black).
Each cone is able to create two different cuts depending on which of two feed tubes you use:
.Angled feed tube and pusher for slicing and shredding;
.Straight Feed tube and pusher for spiralizing.
The top three Cuisinart attachments are highly appreciated for their value and ease of use. The last two, however, have not been well received.
Cuisinart Stand Mixer Reviews
Owners find their stand mixer easy to use and clean and appreciate the versatility that the attachments provide. Its light weight is also a plus when you need to move the appliance. The SM-50 is also deemed relatively quiet compared to other large mixers.
Though the accessories are easy to put on and remove, the splash guard must be removed every time the head of the mixer gets raised or lowered. There are also complaints that there is not enough space between mixer head and bowl edge for adding ingredients without having to stop the mixer.
Cuisinart vs KitchenAid Mixer
Let’s compare Cuisinart vs KitchenAid stand mixers so we can get a clear picture of where each manufacturer’s strengths and weaknesses lie. In order to compare apples to apples, the SM-50 and SM-35 will face off with the Artisan KSM150PS and Mini KSM3311X, also with metal bowl.
500 VS 325 watts (Artisan KSM150PS)
350 VS 250 watts (Artisan Mini)
12 VS 10
Stainless Steel Bowl
.5.5-quart VS 5-quart
.12-cup VS 9-cup flour power rating
3 VS 58 colors
17 VS 26 pounds (Artisan KSM150PS)
12.43 VS 18 pounds (Artisan Mini)
3 years VS 1 year
China VS United States
5 attachments VS 20+
.Planetary Mixing Action
.Direct drive transmission
This is a complaint common to both Cuisinart AND KitchenAid stand mixers which comes with a very simple solution: read the instructions! Both brands explain in detail how to adjust bowl height in order to enable the dough hook to reach deep enough to mix all ingredients properly.
Customer Stand Mixer Comparison
Now let’s see what customers who have owned both manufacturers’ 5-quart stand mixers have to say about the Cuisinart vs the KitchenAid stand mixer:
.lighter, quieter and “just as great… at half the price”;
.flat paddle has a nicer finish and is easier to clean;
.splash guard stays on even when kneading large batches of bread;
.Cuisinart customer service can be more user friendly.
On the other hand:
.pour spout on the splash guard is too narrow, making it hard to avoid making a mess while adding ingredients;
.lifting the head of the Cuisinart is more complex and can become annoying with the Head-Lift Release Lever being located at the back of the mixer head, while KitchenAid’s Locking Lever is opposite the Speed Control on the other side of the mixer head;
.some find the Speed Control inconveniently located at the right on the base of the unit as opposed to KitchenAid’s in the middle at the top of the mixer head.
If price is a factor, Cuisinart is certainly more buyer-friendly – making theirs the best affordable stand mixer as well as a highly giftable item – perfect for a wedding gift for example!
And beyond pricing, Cuisinart mixers have proven themselves in a very short period of time to be worthy competitors on many levels. This is truly a battle of titans. Whether Cuisinart makes the best stand mixer for your particular needs remains for you to decide.Share This!