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KitchenAid Artisan Mixer Review

KitchenAid Artisan mixerMy dog and my KitchenAid Artisan mixer. Those are the two things I would run for if the house burst up in flames. Now that makes no sense at all. I’m not a big cook, so why save any of my small appliances?

Truth be told, I fell in love with the little rascal for its looks. And it’s a relief to know that I’m not the only one. Retro is usually not my style, but the flawless design of the Artisan is a wonder to behold. So much so that it has become an icon of design.

By the time I realized that he had turned into my favorite little sous-chef, it was too late – he had become indispensable!

But to buy a Kitchen Aid Artisan just for its looks is to sell it short by a good country mile. Let’s take a look at the main features that take the Artisan KitchenAid mixer to a higher level.

Artisan KitchenAid Mixer Intro

Head Type

KitchenAid Artisan locking Tilt-Head designThese stand mixers feature a locking tilt-head design which makes it easier to access the beaters, reach inside the bowl or remove it from its base. Of course, you’ll also need extra clearing space to allow the head to swing backwards.

Planetary Mixing Action

KitchenAid’s trademarked planetary mixing action is designed so that the beater spirals to 59 different touch points within the bowl, achieving the highest beater-to-bowl coverage in the industry.

Maximum mixing efficiency, faster results – don’t know about you, but I’m grinning like a Cheshire cat right now! 😉

Mixing Speeds

This kitchen mixer’s 10-Speed Solid-State Control with direct-drive transmission ranges from a very slow stir to a very fast whip, providing greater control when adding ingredients. Greater speed selection and control also makes it easier to achieve perfect results.

Direct Drive Transmission

For the technically challenged like myself: Direct drive transmission is more efficient than regular transmission in that it requires less space and fewer parts to move power, which explains why a relatively small appliance can be so powerful. At least that’s my take on it, and I stand by it. What I can say for sure is that my Artisan packs one hell of a punch.

KitchenAid Mixer Artisan Colors

It might be fair to say that the majority of people looking at these little beauties check color first: does it come in a color that coordinates with their kitchen – or perhaps offers a stark contrast?

Let me reassure you right now: whatever color scheme you may have in mind, you’re not likely to be disappointed. I worked in Interior Design long enough to be able to state categorically that KitchenAid does not shy away from color. In fact, they approach color with gusto. It becomes obvious when you take a look at their current color breakdown by series:

. 5 Qt KSM150PS: 46 colors
. 5 Qt Custom Metallic KSM152PS: 3 colors
. 5 Qt Artisan Design Series KSM155GB: 13 colors
. 5 Qt with Glass Bowl and Flex Edge Beater KSM105GB: 12 colors
. 3.5 Qt Artisan Mini Series KSM3311X: 10 colors

Raging fans are quite vocal about their favorite color. In fact, it is often the first feature they mention in their reviews, and many own the Artisan in more than one color. If you can’t find a Kitchen Aid Artisan to coordinate with your kitchen, it might be time for a kitchen makeover…

KitchenAid Artisan Mixer Series

Here are the five series – each with its own variations (and a few of our favorite color selections):

5 Qt with Pouring Shield KSM150PS
Motor: 325 watts
Dimensions: 13.9″H x 8.7″W x 14.1″D
Weight: 26 lbs
Bowl: 5 Quart Stainless Steel Bowl with Comfort Handle
Includes: coated flat beater, coated dough hook, 6-wire whip, pouring shield
KSM150PS Artisan Series

Custom Metallic 5 Qt with Pouring Shield KSM152PS
Motor: 325 watts
Dimensions: 13 15/16″H x 8 3/4″W x 14 1/8″D
Weight: 27 lbs
Bowl: 5 Quart Polished Stainless Steel Bowl with Comfort Handle
Includes: coated flat beater, coated dough hook, 6-wire whip, pouring shield
KSM152PS Artisan Custom Metallic

Design Series 5 Qt with Glass Bowl KSM155GB
Motor: 325 watts
Dimensions: 13 15/16″H x 8 3/4″W x 14 1/8″D
Weight: 29 lbs
Bowl: 5 Quart Glass Bowl with Measurement Markings & Comfort Handle
Includes: burnished flat beater, burnished dough hook, 6-Wire Whip
KSM155GB Artisan Design

5 Qt with Glass Bowl and Flex Edge Beater KSM105GB
Motor: 300 watts
Dimensions: 13″H x 11″W x 14″D
Weight: 24 lbs
Bowl: 5 Quart Glass Bowl with Measurement Markings & Comfort Handle
Includes: flex edge beater, burnished metal dough hook, 6-wire whip

The flexible edge of the flex edge beater is designed to reduce mixing time and eliminate the need for manually scraping ingredients down the side of the bowl.
KSM105GB 5 Quart

Mini KitchenAid Mixer Series 3.5 Qt KSM3311X
Motor: 250 watts
Dimensions: 12.3″H x 7.8″W x 12.3″D
Weight: 18 lbs
Bowl: 3.5 Quart Brushed Stainless Steel Bowl *
Includes: coated flat beater, coated dough hook, wire whip

This relative newcomer is perfect for small spaces. While the KitchenAid Mini stand mixer can still make up to 5 dozen cookies in a single batch like any other Artisan, it features the same motor power as the Classic (250 watts) though it comes with a 20% smaller footprint and is 25% lighter than the Classic.
KSM3311X Artisan Mini

KitchenAid Artisan Attachments (Optional)

No matter which model you fall in love with, you will notice an attachment hub with a hinged cover located at the front of the mixer right above the KitchenAid logo – pure genius!

This little hub is the hidden operation center of every KitchenAid stand mixer and literally turns your mixer into a Swiss army knife (and saves you storage space in the process), and allows you to use any of the following attachments:

Food Grinder FGA
Sausage Stuffer Kit SSA (works with FGA)
Fruit & Vegetable Strainer Parts FVSP (works with FGA)
Fruit & Vegetable Strainer & Grinder FVSFGA (works with FGA)
FGA Mixer Attachment Pack 1 FPPA
FGA Gourmet Specialty Attachment Pack 2 KGSSA
FGA Mixer Attachment Pack w/ Citrus Juicer Pack 3 KN12AP
Spiralizer KSM1APC
Spiralizer Plus KSM2APC
Fresh Prep Slicer/Shredder KSMVSA
All Metal Grain Mill KGM
Rotor Slicer & Shredder RVSA
Masticating Juicer & Sauce KSM1JA
Food Processor KSM1FPA
Food Processor + Dicing Kit KSM2FPA
Ice Cream Maker KICA
Citrus Juicer JE
Pasta Excellence Kit KPEX
Ravioli Maker KRAV
Pasta Extruder KPEXTA
Pasta Roller & Cutter KPRA
Pasta Cutter Set KPCA
Pasta Roller KPSA

You can find more information on KitchenAid mixer attachments and pasta attachments here.

KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer Reviews

The Pros

That rogue on my countertop has got that dangerous gleam about him: challenge me if you dare! And over the past fifteen years I have done just that. Cookie dough, cake mixes, whipped cream, meringues, homemade dog food – you name it, and this mixer has done it without ever flinching.

But don’t just take my word for it. Thousands of Amazon customers report being extremely pleased with their purchase. These are the main features they praise:
• Color Selection
The fantastic array of colors makes it easy to complement any décor or provide a splash of color for contrast.
• Tilt-Head Design
Offers better access to the bowl and beaters.
• Bowl
The ergonomically designed bowl is broader than the Classic’s (except for the Mini food mixer), providing better access and sports a comfort handle for easier maneuverability, specially for weaker hands.
• Accessories
Nylon coated flat beaters and dough hooks are dishwasher proof.
The pouring shield (KSM150PS, KSM152PS) helps avoid splashing when adding dry or liquid ingredients.
• Dimensions
The Artisan’s height usually allows it to fit under top cabinets.
• Optional Attachments
As with any of the KitchenAid mixers, the option to purchase separate attachments in order to increase versatility is a huge plus, resulting in savings of money and storage space.
• Manufacturing
Good quality made in the USA.

The Cons

• Weight
Some may feel that the 24- to 29-lb weight (excluding the Mini) can make it hard to cart in and out of storage, though that weight also makes it stable.
• Power
The 300- to 325-watt motor may not be the best choice if you love baking and favor heavier bread or pizza doughs.
• Accessories
For heavy bakers, the spiral dough hook of the Professional may perform better.

The Verdict

Besides the Artisan Custom Metallic, all Artisan series have been very well received, in particular the KSM150PS. It is probably fair to say that the rainbow of colors available has played a substantial part in its popularity.

With homes getting smaller, the new Mini Kitchen Aid is leaving a blazing train behind as it is busy getting discovered. But then, when ‘Hot Sauce’ is working its magic, what else would you expect?

The Custom Metallic lags slightly behind, probably due in part to its price tag and limited choice of colors.

KitchenAid Artisan Mixer Best Price

Amazon offers amazing discounts, often with free shipping. It also makes it easy to compare prices at different merchants for the best price possible. You will often find a KitchenAid Artisan mixer sale during major holidays and if you’re flexible with regards to color, you are likely to snatch a bargain.

Our Recommendation

Cooking is a cinch with the Artisan KitchenAid stand mixerKitchenAid Artisan 5-qt. stand mixers (KSM150-KSM152-KSM155) accommodate double recipes, and their 300- to 325-watt motor can handle just about anything you throw at it.

The KSM105 series (also with 5-quart bowl) has a 300-watt motor and comes with a flex edge beater which means less scraping will be required.

The KSM3311 Mini has a smaller 3.5-qt bowl with a 250-watt motor which can still handle a lot and leaves a small footprint.

The only issue with the Kitchen Aid Artisan stand mixer is that it comes in such a tempting array of scrumptious colors and finishes that you might have trouble choosing only one! Even if you don’t cook much, a gorgeous Artisan basking in the limelight on your countertop will make you look like a pro. Hopefully, our review of the Artisan mixer has helped shed light for you on my kitchen sweetheart.

If you are passionate about bread making or love churning out pizzas, you might want to have a look at a KitchenAid Professional 600 stand mixer. It comes equipped with a spiral dough hook and a more powerful motor – perfect for a heavy, sticky dough bread mixer.

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